3 best days in the Grampians
Where else can you stay in a treehouse cabin, explore magnificent mountains, ride a helicopter to lunch and land amongst 150-year-old vines for wine tasting?
By Justine Hide
Embark on a three-day excursion that will enable you to see, study, feel and taste the Grampians in a unique manner. See the Grampians National Park from below and above, feast on fresh seasonal vegetables, sample award-winning wines, learn about the region from a local pilot and overnight in a beautiful treehouse cabin surrounded by nature.
What to anticipate
Stunning vistas in the Grampians National Park\sPrivate cellar door visit by helicopter
Time: 3 days
Distance: 254 km (158 miles) (158 miles)
Transport: vehicle and helicopter
Nearest major city: Melbourne
Price: $$$$ – good value for what is included
DAY 1: MELBOURNE TO THE GRAMPIANS
Take the 2.5-hour trip west from Melbourne to Great Western, a sub-region of the Grampians where you’ll discover some of the area’s best vineyards.
Drop into Best’s Wines, where you can have a free self-guided subterranean tour with 155 years of wine production history, and the ancient cellar door at Seppelt for a sampling and light lunch.
Continue your trip about 30 minutes further to reach Halls Gap by mid-afternoon. Check into DULC Halls Gap and experience the tranquil setting of your accommodation.
Spend a little of time visiting this beautiful rural town, where it’s easy to view kangaroos, emu and deer in practically every park or green area.
As darkness comes, take the 15-minute journey up the twisting roads to Boroka Lookout. Enjoy a stunning sunset with views across Wonderland Range, Mt William Range, Fyans Valley, Lake Bellfield and the plains to the east of the Grampians.
Head back down into town for a beautiful meal with local wines at the Halls Gap Hotel, Kookaburra Hotel or Barney’s Bar & Bistro before resting in front of the fireplace of your snug treehouse at DULC.
DAY 2: FLY – DINE – WINE
Enjoy your breakfast basket given by DULC and take in the environment around your own cabin.
If you’re feeling energetic, venture out on an early morning stroll along one of the numerous walking routes inside the Grampians National Park. There are alternatives for every level of fitness and time range.
Late morning, get ready to be picked up by Grampians Helicopters and brought to Stawell Airport (a 20-minute drive), where you’ll board your R44 aircraft.
As you fly above the region you’ll hear about the area from your pilot, who was born and bred in the Grampians, before landing at the foot of the vineyards at Montara Wines. This winery is only available to the public on the first Friday of each month, or when you land with Grampians Helicopters.
Here you will be treated to a thorough wine tasting and a tray of complimentary seasonal fruit – with no need to hurry, simply enjoy.
If you’re not willing to fly, additional possibilities include Grampians Wine Trips, which conduct half and full-day tours, silo art tours and hikes in the Grampians.
For a family-friendly alternative, travel to Halls Gap Mini Golf or rent electric bikes and explore the town.
Back at DULC, enjoy a recent purchase from your wine tour, grab a take away supper from Spirit of Punjab or eat in at The Views Restaurant.
DAY 3: SEE, TASTE, EXPERIENCE, LEARN
Start the day with another of the area’s spectacular climbs, such as the Pinnacle or Mackenzie Falls, before stopping in town for coffee or brunch at Livefast Café.
Make a relationship with the traditional proprietors of Gariwerd (Grampians), the Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung Aboriginal groups, by paying a visit to the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
It may be time to make your way back to the city, but you may continue your enjoyment of the region’s cuisine, wine and culture along the route.
Stop out to Pomonal Estate — a vineyard, microbrewery, and cider house – for lunch and a tasting. As you continue down the Western Highway you’ll come to one of the numerous Aboriginal artwork shelters available to the public.
The Bunjil Shelter is approximately seven kilometres (4.3 miles) from Stawell in the Black Range Scenic Reserve. Take the Bunjil Cave Road to the parking area. From here it’s merely a five-minute walk to the big boulder that holds the artwork.
The artwork is considered as the most significant in the region since it shows a picture of the author.
From Black Range, continue the three-hour trek back to Melbourne.
Topic: days in the Grampians
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