There’s plenty to explore in the Grampians region
Beyond its most notable attraction of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, throughout the region lies a hidden world of local food and wine experiences, diverse farming areas, picturesque townships and rich history of days gone by.
Historical Ballarat, situated 115km from Melbourne, is the third largest city in Victoria with a population of just over 100,000.
Ballarat is the perfect blend of mixing small city opportunities, services and amenities with a regional lifestyle. A bustling food and wine scene and ample shopping facilities, convenient public transport around the city, across regional Victoria and into Melbourne.
Lake Wendouree is a key attraction of Ballarat, offering multiple recreational activities to the community. The adjacent Ballarat Botanical Gardens is home to the annual Ballarat Begonia Festival.
The importance of history to Ballarat is evident throughout town, whether in historic old buildings, the Eureka centre or the renowned Sovereign Hill tourist attraction.
The picturesque river town of Dimboola is emerging as a cultural and arts magnet and often referred to as the ‘new Daylesford’ for providing alternative social lifestyle opportunities.
With a population of around 1,400 and located 334km north-west of Melbourne, it is also the gateway to Victoria’s iconic Little Desert National Park.
A small, quiet rural setting of around 1,000 residents, Edenhope is situated on the back of Lake Wallace, 30km from the South Australian border and 394km of Melbourne (via Horsham).
The lake has many amenities which makes it popular with residents and visitors alike. Surrounding the township, beyond its vast farming countryside lies a number of nature-based attractions including Lake Charlegrark, Minimay Swamp Wildlife Reserve, Lake Bringalbert and Bailey’s Rocks, part of the Dergholm State Park.
Edenhope hosts Henley on Lake Wallace, an annual family festival held on the second weekend in February and attracting a crowd from across the region to take part in its many activities.
Horsham – the ‘capital of the Wimmera’, with a population of around 16,000 – is located 310km west of Melbourne, 420 km east of Adelaide and in close proximity to the Grampians National Park.
A western Victorian oasis, Horsham is central to a vast landscape of golden croplands and natural wilderness parkland including the nearby Grampians range. The wheatbelt capital is home to endless outdoor recreation activities from domestic sports to hiking, mountain climbing and fishing great lakes and rivers.
As a self-contained regional centre and rural city it provides all major services and expansive shopping opportunities from boutique retail stores to department stores such as Target, Bunnings and Kmart.
The gateway to the Grampians National Park, Stawell is only 20 minutes from Halls Gap and is 237km from Melbourne. Stawell boasts a rich past which is evident in the historic buildings that grace the town. It is also home to the famous Stawell Gift, held annually over the Easter weekend.
With a population of 6,000, Stawell is ideally situated to take advantage of what nature has to offer in the Grampians region.
Just beyond the township is the Black Rock Scenic Reserve where you will find the Bunjil Shelter and the only rock art painting of Bunjil known – widely regarded as one of the most significant cultural sites in south eastern Australia. Also nearby is the Big Hill lookout for some of the best views over the Grampians. The area is also famed for its outstanding wine regions.