Top 5 reasons to visit the Grampians National Park
Bunyip guide Alex has given us his Top 5 reasons to visit the Grampians National Park!
The Grampians National Park is a mountain range west of Melbourne. It is home to incredible native wildlife, dramatic landscapes, and plenty of opportunities to get outside and explore nature.
Avoid the crowds
Some of the first things that you’ll notice when arriving at the Grampians are the fresh air and lack of crowds. Despite being a popular destination for visitors, the national park is not overrun by tourists. You won’t have to compete for room to take photos. You can instead sit, relax and take time in the sounds of nature around you. Breathe in some fresh air and listen to the birds. Stretch your legs along the trails and pass a few other hikers along the way. And sit at the lookouts with incredible views stretching out before you. Definitely a destination for those wanting to get off the beaten track!
There’s no shortage of incredible views in the Grampians. Some lookouts can be easily accessed by diving to the carpark and walking a short distance. From Reeds Lookout you can view the mountain ranges stretching out ahead of you with forest- filled valleys and lakes below. Boroka Lookout gives you views over the town of Halls Gap and across the plains and farming land. Other lookouts require a little more effort. The Pinnacle can be reached via a 2.1 km walk from the Wonderland carpark.
Experience wildlife and nature
The Grampians National Park is one of the best places near Melbourne to see kangaroos and emus in the wild. Hundreds of kangaroos live in the area and can be best viewed in the evenings as the sun starts to set behind the mountains. Emus roam around both the valleys and the mountains, usually in small flocks or pairs. Many other native birds can be seen including cockatoos, kookaburras and rosellas. And when you take to the bushland trails keep an eye out for wallabies ducking in and around the trees.
There’s no shortage of beautiful waterfalls in the Grampians National Park. The largest and most popular is MacKenzie Falls. The MacKenzie River flows over multiple rock falls, before one last long drop onto a deep pool below. To get to the base requires a steep walk down into the gorge, but you get rewarded with the incredible view (and great photo opportunities as well.) Broken Falls can also be viewed just a short walk from the MacKenzie Falls carpark.
More time to spend exploring
Visiting the Grampians on our 2 day tour is a memorable experience in many ways. You’ll spend time out on the trails, soaking in the natural surroundings and viewing native wildlife. You’ll also appreciate the time to connect with your guide and fellow travellers. Whether is the joy of completing the hike to the Pinnacle Lookout, or marvelling at the docile kangaroos feeding in the evenings, you’ll be a part of an excellent adventure together.