There is no “best time” to visit the Grampians, with each season offering it’s own magic. So with cool days and chilly nights, it’s time to head “Out West” in Victoria for a Winter escape.
A winter getaway offers visitors a chance to embrace the exhilaration of a chilly morning, and set out for a brisk walk before finishing in Halls Gap where you’re spoilt for choice to enjoy a warming coffee or hot chocolate.
Days may be sunny, but can still be cold, so rug up, pull on some good walking shoes and head up to The Pinnacle or for a more leisurely walk, enjoy the Venus Baths Loop Walk. Perhaps tackle the terrain at Grampians Adventure Golf where a challenging 18 hole adventure golf course will delight young and old alike. When your golf is finished, head in to the cafe for where you’ll find a seasonal menu with supplies sourced from their garden or locally when possible.
However, if bushwalking and adventure activities are not for you, here are some other ways to enjoy your time in the Grampians.
Sip & Savour The Grampians Way…Download the Grampians Wine Map and stop by the cellar door of many award winning wineries, known especially for their shiraz and sparkling wines. The sparkling shiraz is a must to try when available. Enjoy wine tastings accompanied by a tasting platter highlighting local produce.
Rather than driving yourself around the region, hop on a tour with Grampians Wine Tours. Choose from a range of tours to wineries, the Silo Art Trail or the National Park.
Halls Gap Zoo is a great day out for families and friends alike. As Victoria’s largest regional zoo, you will have the opportunity to see over 160 species of native and exotic animals, reptiles and birds.
Celebrating a special occasion or want to view the Grampians from soaring heights, take a scenic helicopter flight with Grampians Helicopters . Your locally born and raised pilot will share his knowledge of the landscape beneath you.
Spend time strolling along the Boardwalk, the Peaks Precinct and the Main Street in Halls Gap. Maybe you’ll stop by for a souvenir of your time in the region, then sit and relax in a cafe or restaurant, where there may even be a fire to warm up by.
Photography of Regional Victoria Winter
Start planning your trip now… it may be cold outside, but there’s plenty of ways to stay warm when visiting the Grampians.
A Proposal set within the Grampians National Park offers limitless options –
The setting can be BIG – surrounded by majestic mountains and breathtaking scenery, or
Intimate – just the two of you in your own quiet space together
❤❤We would like to offer some inspiration for this special occasion, to ensure it’s both a memorable and treasured life event❤❤
We like to think that Golton in the Gap is the perfect option for a proposal to the one you love. Head out to the deck, open a bottle of bubbles, and enjoy the peacefulness while sipping champagne together and watching the sun set. A perfect proposal ❤
A winter proposal at Golton in the Gap is equally inviting; snuggled up in front of the wood heater, with special music in the background or watching a romantic movie together
Boroka Lookout provides panoramic views over Halls Gap and the Grampians. The sunrise here is especially stunning and the views towards Halls Gap and Lake Bellfield are amazing with both the Wonderland and Mt William mountain ranges in view.
For spectacular sunset locations, head to Reeds Lookout and The Balconies. With boulders aplenty to sit upon, sit back and relax as the sun sets behind the surrounding mountains.
The iconic Pinnacle walk and lookout is one of the highlights of the entire Grampians region. At the summit you will be rewarded with stunning views of Halls Gap and the Grampians’ many peaks.
Visit Mackenzie Falls, one of Victoria’s largest waterfalls. Great photo opportunities with water running over the falls all year round.
Put yourself in the picture. Art installation project Framing the Wimmera positions large-scale picture frames in the landscape to capture iconic Wimmera vistas – Mount Arapiles, the Grampians, Toolondo Reservoir, and the Wimmera River. Visit the sites, take your own photographs and tag them with #framingthewimmera
Take in the natural beauty of the Grampians National Park whilst on a scenic flight with award winning Grampians Helicopters. They offer over 25 different flights and tours, and can assist in making the occasion special.http://www.grampianshelicopters.com.au
Awarded ‘two hats’ by the Good Food Guide, Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel is a dining experience. The dining room offers expansive views of the surrounding Grampians landscape. Guests enjoy a Chefs Tasting menu, dictated by the daily harvest from the hotels expansive organic kitchen garden.https://royalmail.com.au/
There are many lakes throughout the Grampians, providing an instagrammable location for that all important questionTake a drive and you will be rewarded with many stunning locations, where it will be just the two of you in a vast landscape. How perfect is Grampians Pro
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.
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.