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We finished our corporate working week on Friday and made our way down from Melbourne to Halls Gap. The 5 of us spent the first night drinking wine and discussing what hikes and routes we would climb for the long weekend. The first day we made our way to Hollow Mountain to climb the routes at Tribute and Amnesty. After a good 8hrs of climbing and hiking we made our way back to our accommodation and rewarded ourselves with some Indian cuisine at the restaurant across the road. The next morning we got up at 4:30am and headed to Mt William for sunrise, and we were in absolute awe.
We were back at the house by 7:30am to prepare ourselves for another big day of climbing. We met a few friends the previous day who suggested to climb in the dreamtime area. When we got there the more experienced guys set up to climb the 50m route whilst a few of us headed a bit further down to climb a pillar called ‘Prince Albert’. It had 3 climbs from easy to moderate, which gave us the warm up we needed.
Being a photographer this area was just so picturesque and a great place to take photos of all the others climbing, especially to capture the scale of some of those walls. After another big day we headed back to the house where we appreciated the clean warm showers before making our way to Reeds lookout to witness the last sunset for the weekend.
After sunset we got stuck into drinking more wine, eating cheese and watching rock climbing documentaries on Netflix and Youtube. The next morning we got up bright and early, the girls did some yoga then we enjoyed breakfast on the deck before packing up to have a free day in the Grampians then headed home due to the hot weather. Definitely the best 3 days I’ve had and experienced in this National Park, with the combination of modern, clean accommodation, the escape you need with hiking and the rush you feel with climbing, it was everything we needed.
Sunset at Reeds Lookout,
Grampians National Park
Grampians National Park
Breakfast on the deck at Golton in the Gap
The Grampians is a picturesque setting for a couple’s very special day when they say, “I do”.
Golton in the Gap provides a luxury stay for either the bridal party or for guests attending a wedding. Centrally located to venues in and around Halls Gap.
With modern decor, spacious light filled rooms and an expansive deck, there is ample room for all to get ready and enjoy the day, as well as providing the perfect venue for photos.
Book early to secure dates for your special occasion in 2019.
Golton in the Gap was recently awarded Gold at the 2018 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards in the Self-Contained accommodation category.
Golton in the Gap was recognised as a Finalist in the Self-Contained Accommodation category, and then went on to be awarded Gold. Our congratulations to all entrants and Finalists in this category, knowing they all run and operate amazing businesses, and take pride in presenting special accommodation for all their guests.
Roslyn & Daryl are overjoyed at receiving this award, recognising the achievements that have been made in the business since opening in December 2016. To be recognised for our level of commitment in the delivery of a quality tourism experience for guests is a great honour. We believe in creating a high quality guest experience, which contributes to a memorable stay. This award also highlights the tourist destination of Halls Gap and the Grampians, and we are very pleased to support growth and development of tourism within this region.
We thank our wonderful small team for their commitment and effort. To all guests who have stayed at Golton in the Gap, “Thank You”, we appreciate your support and hope that we can welcome many of you again in the future.
Golton in the Gap will now represent Victoria at the QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards in Launceston in March 2019.
Halls Gap is the location for the “Halls Gap Jazz & Blues Festival” to be held in Spring 2018, over the weekend of the 26 to 28 October 2018.
Halls Gap Jazz & Blues Festival will bring together over 50 bands and singers performing a range of jazz, blues, American songbook, swing, funk and classic tunes to stir your soul and get your feet tapping, across 7 venues in Halls Gap.
The festival is a family friendly event, with children welcome to attend many of scheduled performances. There will be something for every music lover, with a variety of musical styles and performances. For more festival information, go to grampiansjazz.com
Gather friends or family together for a weekend filled with musical entertainment and good company. Enjoy a luxury stay at Golton in the Gap, where you will be within walking distance of all festival venues. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Golton in the Gap & Grampians Wine Tours
Weekend and mid week packages available
PERFECT GROUP PACKAGE
This package includes two nights accommodation at Golton in the Gap, a half day tour visiting local wineries OR a full day Silo Art Tour. Wake up to the tranquillity of the Grampians in luxury accommodation, nestled in the heart of Halls Gap, the perfect place for friends to catch up, sleeping up to 8 people.
You will spend an afternoon tasting wine on the Triple Treat Wine Tour, visiting three wineries and a local olive farm all while being entertained by your knowledgeable driver. Pick up times vary – tour is approx. 5 hours. Your group will be both picked up and returned to your accommodation at Golton in the Gap.
Choose to visit the largest outdoor street art in the Wild West as your package includes a full day tour out to see the Silo Art Trail in the Wimmera. This tour departs 9am, includes 4 silo’s, morning tea and lunch returning about 4:30pm
Pricing for a Weekend Package (Friday & Saturday)
$399 per person for 2 People
$289 per person for 4 people
$253 per person for 6 people
$234 per person for 8 people
Pricing for a Midweek Package (Sunday – Thursday : 2 night stay)
$349 per person for 2 people
$264 per person for 4 people
$236 per person for 6 people
$222 per person for 8 people
Email: email@example.com or call Roslyn 0408 957 832 Include details of which tour you are interested in.
*This package is subject to availability.
Extra option: Be picked up (and returned) to accommodation, to have dinner & drinks at Halls Gap Hotel – addition cost per person for transport and minimum of 6 required. With all food & beverages selected payable directly to Halls Gap Hotel.
- frosty mornings
- sunny days
- mist over the mountains
- cold nights
- sometimes rain
- occasionally snow
Winter is a spectacular time to explore the Grampians. Rug up and head outdoors for the day. Perfect weather to go bushwalking, or to be more adventurous and tackle a challenging trek such as The Pinnacle. Visit a local award winning winery. The Grampians are renowned for the fabulous Shiraz produced in the region. Don’t forget to bring a bottle back to enjoy in the evening sitting around the wood heater.
Winter evenings spent by the wood heater
Grampians Grape Escape is one of the longest running food and wine festivals in Australia, beginning in 1992. Over this time, the festival has grown and now attracts a crowd of up to 10,000 foodies from across the world.
Grampians Grape Escape is held on the first weekend in May every year, at the Halls Gap Recreation Reserve, within the Grampians National Park at Halls Gap.
The month long festival culminates with the Grampians Grape Escape weekend. During the month there are many special events at local wineries and restaurants, showcasing the delights of producers in the western region of Victoria.
The Grampians Grape Escape weekend provides food and wine offerings by more than 100 local artisan producers, master-classes, celebrity chefs, live music and family entertainment. Come for a day, enjoy a weekend getaway, or stay longer and have time to visit the producers in the region, and explore the Grampians National Park.
Weekend and daily tickets are available at https://grampiansgrapeescape.com.au
We have often been asked where the name “Golton in the Gap” comes from….
Golton Gorge is situated at the northern end of the Grampians National Park. Following a good rain, water runs from the Golton Gorge into the Golton Creek, which runs north out of the Grampians. The Golton Creek joins the Mt William Creek about 10km north of the Western Highway, and then about 3km further on, the Mt William Creek joins the Wimmera River.
The Golton Creek runs through our farming property. Therefore, when selecting a name for our new accommodation venture in Halls Gap, we chose to connect the reference to Golton with a reference to Halls Gap, hence “Golton in the Gap” was an obvious choice for us.
Golton in the Gap is an architecturally designed home in the heart of Halls Gap, located in the Grampians region of Western Victoria, run by husband and wife team, Daryl and Roslyn Hill.
It was over 20 years ago that Daryl had a dream to have a holiday house in Halls Gap, a 45 minute drive from our farm. Over the years we have spent much time with our family and friends in Halls Gap and the Grampians National Park, where we enjoy great food, award winning wineries, and the reward of stunning scenery when out bush walking.
Having searched for a number of years for a suitable property, we finally were rewarded with an opportunity to purchase a block of land which met one of our key criteria, that of being a short walking distance from the centre of Halls Gap. With a block of land secured, we set about designing a modern home to meet our needs, and the needs of travellers to the Grampians region. The building project went very smoothly, with TKL Builders from Stawell and many other local trades and businesses supporting and proving materials and furnishings for the project.
The home was completed in 2016, with the first guests welcomed just prior to Christmas 2016. To design, build, furnish and decorate this home has been an exciting and immensely proud time for us. Finally, to see the finished project and to then begin welcoming guests has been extremely rewarding. We now look forward to a new chapter, where visitors from far and wide will share in the unfolding story of Golton in the Gap.