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An exploration of the towns and villages in the Grampians

Words by Della Vreeland
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Grampians Road Trip

The Grampians. The region most commonly identified by its majestic mountain ranges, ancient landmarks, awe-inspiring views, and lush Australian surrounds.

What people may not know, however, is that this western Victorian region extends beyond simply the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and all its natural glory.

Referring to an entire municipality, the Grampians encapsulates tens of towns and villages that when combined create one of the state’s most striking tourist destinations.

Some well regarded, others unassuming, here is a list of some Grampians villages worth exploring upon your next visit to the region.

Pomonal

Pomonal EstateWalking trails, historic tunnels, a monthly market and its very own hub of producers, Pomonal prides itself on its true village feel.

Home to Pomonal Estate (a winery, microbrewery, cider house, cafe and accommodation space!) as well as producers Red Rock Olives and Five Ducks Farm, the town is located in the eastern Grampians and places huge emphasis on culture and community.

 

 

Wild Flowers GrampiansFamous for its native flowers and orchids, Pomonal is all about celebrating natural beauty. Make sure to visit during the springtime and check out the annual Native Flower Show which showcases the town in all its glory. Looking for somewhere to camp? The nearby Kalymna Falls Campground is a highly-rated hideaway, positioned in a secluded setting with peaceful surrounds and bush toilet to boot!

Willaura

Grampians BakeryAlso located in the eastern Grampians, Willaura is a picturesque town only 15 minutes from the city of Ararat. The quaint village boasts its very own bakery, housed in an historic shopfront along the main drag. Pastries aside, Willaura Bakery is a tourist destination in and of itself, especially since it’s the oldest continuous running bakery in Victoria. Charming, inviting, and with passionate staff, the shop is a bang-on reflection of the community’s inherent spirit.

Moyston

https://www.facebook.com/moystongeneralstoreThe birthplace of the AFL, Moyston is a perfect stopping point between Ararat and Halls Gap. Dubbed as a tiny town with a huge heart, it is home to the Moyston General Store – a licensed cafe with great food and coffee, and a strong Persian influence. If you are passing through, also make sure to drop into Clayfield Wines, where you’re bound to receive a personal interaction with the vigneron himself, Simon Clayfield.

Halls Gap

Halls Gaps Waterfalls, walking trails, lookouts, a zoo, cafes, restaurants and a delectable ice-creamery – Halls Gap has everything going for it and more! As the tourist hub of the Grampians, the village is nestled in the heart of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and has an experience to suit everyone. For avid recreational types, there’s a number of lakes including Lakes Bellfield, Lonsdale, Fyans and Wartook, perfect for a canoe, fish, swim or for birdwatching. For those seeking adventure, opportunities abound with rock-climbing, abseiling, 4 x 4 driving and quad biking.

 

The GrampiansSpend your days exploring the rugged terrain, admiring the stunning views and interacting with the wildlife. While away your evenings perusing the restaurants and indulging at your unique accommodation. However you plan your itinerary, one thing’s for sure – this small village will have you wrapped around its almighty finger.

Dunkeld

Hotel GrampiansHome to one of Australia’s best dining destinations – Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel – Dunkeld is one of the most charming towns in the Grampians region. Dining at Wickens features an inspired degustation feast created by Executive Chef Robin Wickens, using seasonal produce that has been sourced from the hotel’s own garden. After your meal, settle into the hotel’s luxury accommodation space and truly absorb the natural beauty that surrounds.

Situated at the foot of Mount Surgeon, Dunkeld’s stunning vista is another of its drawcards. Further characterised by its quaint main street, trendy art spaces and peaceful environment, the town truly is a haven of tranquility.

Cavendish

Grampians PubKnown for its culinary mastery, country hospitality, historical landmarks, and sweeping views, this centre of serenity is another Grampians must-see.

Special spots include the Bunyip Hotel – a classic pub with a constantly changing menu of locally-sourced grub, The Bridge Cafe – renowned for its homemade Bridge Sausage Rolls, as well as the Settler’s Walk – an historic and peaceful walk that not only gives you a glimpse into Cavendish’s past but also immerses you in the natural beauty of the present.

 


Halls GapNo matter which Grampians hamlet you choose to visit, you’re sure to be confronted by a recurring theme – yes, the towns are small geographically speaking, but they all have a helluva lot going for them. Nature’s gifts, local produce, historic buildings, charming cafes, outdoor adventures – all situated amongst the picturesque backdrop that the Grampians provides.

We wish to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land and to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.
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