About Halls Gap
Halls Gap is a town nestled in the valley at the base of The Grampians, located 256km West of Melbourne. As a base to explore the views and walks of The Grampians, which are home to waterfalls, canyons, rocky escarpments, spectacular scenery, bush walking and rock climbing opportunities. Halls Gap is an ideal locale, with restaurants, pubs and wineries all included in the package. The Halls Gap Zoo and Wildlife Park is also only 7km from town.
Halls Gap: Gateway to the Grampians
Nestled to the east of the Grampians National Park, Halls Gap has been a favourite alpine retreat since the late 19th century. The town is a base for bushwalkers and a hub for families and culture buffs, especially those interested in the region’s rich Aboriginal heritage.
Halls Gap hosts one of the longest running food and wine festivals in the country. Only a short drive from the main street, hikers and rock climbers can practice their sport to their hearts’ content, whereas canoers and kayakers can hit the national park’s numerous waterways.
Halls Gap holiday rentals include cottages tucked away in the hills, apartments close to placid lakes and family houses with mountain views.
Action and Adventure Sports around Halls Gap
The Grampians attract rock climbers and abseilers the world over. If you’re a pro, head straight to Mt Arapiles. Here, you will also be able to learn with experienced guides. Mt Rosea is another popular spot for rock climbing, with many different paths up the cliff to choose from.
To view the scenery from above, look up the Grampians Soaring Club and spend a few hours gliding over the mountains in a jet. Learn to fly or just enjoy a scenic flight with one of the club’s pilots.
On the ground, hire a 4-wheel drive and explore the Grampians National Park’s unpaved, off-road areas. A short drive from Halls Gap is Little Desert National Park, so named for its endless sandy dunes and trails, which you can also discover by 4WD.
Hikes and Bushwalks around Halls Gap
Halls Gap is set close to roughly 160 km of walking trails. Mt William towers over the national park at 1,167 m above sea level. From the peak, take in sweeping views over eucalyptus forests, rolling hills and glistening valleys.
For additional views of the mountain range and countryside, make your way up to the Pinnacle, along one of the designated trails. The path departing Sundial Carpark is the easiest for families. A more challenging trek goes past the Grand Canyon, leaving from Wonderland Carpark.
Closer to town, hit the Venus Baths Loop, a short, flat walk that leads through town, along a creek, over a footbridge and to the series of rock pools. This walk is quite manageable even for children.
Lakes and Waterfalls
Halls Gap is a short way from quite a few lakes and waterfalls. The MacKenzie Falls are one of the most visited natural attractions in the Grampians National Park. To view the cascades and the MacKenzie River, make your way to the Bluff Lookout, high above the gorge. Several steep walks depart from the lookouts to the base of the falls.
For a serene, perhaps less visited attraction, spend an afternoon discovering Beehive Falls. Follow Mud Hut Creek upstream to the base of the falls, where you will find rock pools, ferns and plenty of space for a picnic.
Head to Lake Bellfield for days of swimming in the clear water, fishing, snapping photos of the mountains in the background and picnics on the shore. Hire a canoe or kayak to go out further on the water. The lake is also a hub for festivals in the spring and winter and is a birdwatcher’s paradise no matter the season.
Culture and Heritage in Halls Gap
Halls Gap is home to the oldest Aboriginal cultural centre in Australia, Brambuk. The centre offers activities for the whole family, from boomerang painting to didgeridoo workshops to theatre performances. If you would like to find out more about local aboriginal culture, take part in one of the organized tours.
Throughout the year, Halls Gap organises a number of agricultural, music and flower shows. If you’re visiting Halls Gap in May, you’ll be able to attend the Grampians Grape Escape, a pioneer Australian food and wine festival, around since 1992. Sample produce, baked goods and local wines made by the region’s artisans. Over 100 local businesses, wineries and farms get involved.
Getting to Halls Gap
Halls Gap is situated just under 3 hours from Melbourne. The quickest way to get to the Grampians is to drive. If you don’t have a car at your disposal, opt for transport by train and bus to reach your rental in around 5 hours.