The Grampians: Walks and wine, history and mystery

Waiting for the pilot before lift off—Grampians Helicopters

Where else in Australia can you do this in 3 days…

Day 1—Friday

Depart Melbourne 10am, it’s just over 2 hours before you reach Ararat—head straight to Montara Wines for wine tasting and local tasting platter ($30)—perfect light lunch with views that will set the tone for the weekend. Continuing via the scenic way to Halls Gap, just in time to grab an ice cream and see the many Kangaroos jumping around. Check in to your chosen place of stay—check out DULC Halls Gap & ask for the Treehouse cabin. Time to make sunset at Boroka Lookout—a must see.

Montara Winery—"Here's to a great day!"
Montara Winery—”Here’s to a great day!”
Day 2—Saturday

Time to either sleep in and relax, explore the township of Halls Gap or visit the cultural centre Brambuk to discover the history of the area. Lunch time—see, learn, experience and taste the region in one afternoon. Meet Grampians Helicopters at Stawell airport, depart and fly over the NP, while learning about the area from your local pilot. Land between olive trees at a hidden lunch location Deirdre’s at Laharum Grove for three courses & wine ($399pp including flight) after your scenic flight back over the Grampians National park, time to relax and enjoy the local wildlife with lots of dinner options in the town, our pick is Spirit of Punjab.

Grampians National Park from above
Grampians National Park from above
Day 3—Sunday

Start the day with a morning hike to see Mackenzie Falls & Reeds Lookout before departing & making your way back down the Western Hwy. We suggest stopping at Seppelt Wines to take the one-hour underground guided tour ($15pp) to see Australian largest underground cellar, then our pick for lunch, also in Great Western is Steel Cutters Cottage for beautiful quality food made to perfection. Home to Melbourne in two hours drive.

The Grampians is one of my favourite spots—so jump in the car and head up that way!


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