Halls Gap is located in the western districts of Victoria, Australia. The magnificent Grampians National Park wraps itself around Halls Gap in every direction. From the flat semi-arid countryside to the step rising Rocky Mountains with their rock faces and alpine vegetation. For your visit to Halls Gap, you will find no shortage of things to do in Halls Gap and the surrounding area.
Halls Gap Ebikes
Located in the main street of Halls Gap next to the service station is the Ebike hire shop. You can hire these battery powered bikes for either a half-hour or an hour at a time. The hour hire allows you to follow the bike path out to Lake Bellfield and back to the shop. The distance is around 11 kilometres.
You get a full safety briefing in how to operate the bike safely before setting out on your own. This is such a fun activity to do on your Grampians holiday and one of the best things to do in Halls Gap.
Mackenzie River Falls
The star of the show when it comes to Grampians things to see. This waterfall is the only one in the Grampians National Park that flows all year around. So you can get the best view of the falls you have a number of options on how to view Mackenzie Falls.
There are three ways to look at Mackenzie Falls.
The first of the trails is from the lookout platform just a few hundred meters from the car park which gives you a view from the falls from above. This is great of you have little kids or have someone with you who has mobility issues.
There is another path that you can take that gives you views of the waterfalls from the side. It is through bush and the path is a little bit rough in places but the views are amazing.
The last and the more adventurous you can take the steep climb to the base of the falls. These would be great as long as you are able to do the walking. Please note that you cannot swim at the bottom of the Mackenzie Waterfalls.
The waterfalls are magnificent from any view with their water spray drifting in the air.
The Silverband Falls
The Silverband Falls are a much smaller scale than the MacKenzie Falls but still spectacular in their own right. The Silverband Falls are accessible via a 700-meter walk through the forest on a well maintained undulating path. The walk crosses the river and offers chances to see some of the amazing wildlife such as birds and even kangaroos. The falls themself are quite grand as the water cascades down the rock face of the forest Gorge
The walk is easy but make sure you take some water with you. There is shade created by the trees above but it would be a hot walk in the summer so make sure you are prepared.
The Pinnacles lookout
The Pinnacles is the signature lookout of the Grampian National Park. There are 3 ways of accessing the Pinnacles lookout. The easiest way being from the Sundial car park which requires an easy 4.2-kilometre return walk. Keep an eye out for Koalas and Emus on the walk. This is by far the best way to go if you are visiting Halls Gap with kids and you will even get a pram along this path if you need to.
The second route from Wonderland carpark takes in the Grampians version of the Grand Canyon. No way as big as the American version but still a good sight with rock formations.
The third route is only for the fittest and experienced hikers. You can start from the base of the hill at Halls Gap. You will need at least 5 hours to return to make this bushwalk walk happen. You must make sure you are physically able to do this and have enough water with you for the entire trip.
The view from the Pinnacles will have you looking down on Halls Gap far below you and Lake Bellfield in the distance. All around you will see steep rock faces and escarpments that stick out from the sides of the mountains. Plus you will get a close-up look at the irregular and fascinating rock formations for which the Grampians are so well-known. The Grampians National Park is known for its amazing lookouts, stunning views and high peaks. Don’t forget to stop at the Boroka lookout on the way back to Halls gap from the Pinnacles
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Hikes near Halls Gap
Hiking is a popular activity in the Great Western area around Halls Gap. To be honest you need to do some hiking to view some of the best spots in the Grampians anyway. Most hikes to the well-known spots are short and easy, under 2 kilometres, but there are many longer hikes for people wanting to spend full days and beyond walking the Grampians.
The Balconies / Reed Lookout
Two spectacular locations from one car park. Reed Lookout gives you views while an easy 2km walk will take you to The Balconies for views of The Victoria Valley and surrounding western district ranges. These locations are great for sunrise and sunset experiences
Venus Baths Loop
An easy stroll for the whole family starting in the middle of Halls Gap. Follow the 2.3km track and cross over Stony Creek at the small bridge to the Botanic gardens. They feature a large nest, sculptures, and a boardwalk. It also functions as a community garden for the local green thumbs and is wheelchair friendly.
Mount Rosea Loop Walk
This is for bushwalkers who want to spend the full day on the trails. The 12 km return walk is for those wanting to explore an area with fewer visitors. The varied walking trail includes rock scrambles, manoeuvring through caves and around boulders. spectacular ‘Gate of the East Wind’ is a highlight of this walk.
Visit a Grampians Halls Gap Winery
There are some amazing wineries in the Grampians region that are well known for their wines. You can sit and have a tasting of the wines or pair them with a meal with some amazing views. Whatever you chose you will be delighted with a Halls Gap winery.
Located just 10 minutes out of Halls Gap the Pomonal Estate vineyard has stunning views of the Grampians National Park from their restaurants’ seating area. With gorgeous views, you can sit inside or outside in the sun. There are plenty of wines to taste as well as cider and craft beer. It’s a great place for families in Halls Gap as well with wide spaces for the kids to play in.
Driving up the driveway through the vines really builds to the excitement of this amazing little winery. The Fallen Giants cellar door is set well back from the road and has some more beautiful views. Another great family-friendly place in Halls Gap with a playground for kids on site. At the time of our visit, a kitchen was being upgraded ready to serve meals with the wine.
Halls Gap Zoo
The largest regional zoo in Victoria features over 160 different animals on display. The Zoo features some great enclosures that allow you to get up close and personal with some of the inhabitants. Some of the animals on display included Giraffes, Buffalo, Monkeys, Snakes, Dingo, Meercat, Wallabies, Crocodiles and more.
The Zoo offers animal experiences such as feeding the Giraffes. holding meerkats and meeting the Rhinos. The Zoo features BBQ and picnic areas, toilets and a kids playground. The experiences at the small zoo’s like the Halls Gap Zoo is much more personal than a big city Zoo. You don’t feel crowded or have to push and shove for a good view. Halls Gap Zoo is a great experience for anyone who loves animals.
Halls Gap Zoo tip for families:
Grab a couple of bags of food when you first enter. The goats are hungry but save some of your food for later as the kangaroos get hungry too!
Grampians Adventure Golf
Not your typical attraction as far as Grampians things to do go but Adventure Mini Golf is so much fun. Grampians Adventure Golf boasts that it is the best mini golf course in Australia. I can tell you it is certainly one of the most challenging courses you will come across. There are lumps bumps, water, sand pitfalls, short cuts and more to keep you challenged!
The Mini-Golf Course is intertwined with the bushland that surrounds it, the seems to live in harmony with each other. After you play an amazing 18 holes head to the cafe for a bite to eat. You will find some amazing fresh food cooked in the cafe with local produce from the area,
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Five Ducks Farm
Just near the zoo, you will see a roadside sign for the Five Ducks Farm. The Five Ducks Farm produces some of the best local jams, quince pastes and ice creams in the district. You will find some amazing flavoured jams such as Plum and Licorice, black berry and shiraz not to mention the classic raspberry jam.
You can roll up at the farm and taste-test the products first, but I am sure you will walk out with something. The Toffee Apple paste that you put on the cheese was amazing. The Five ducks farm is a must when looking for things to do in Halls Gap.
Brambuk the National Park & Cultural Centre
The Brambuk Cultural Centre located just on the edge of Halls Gap showcases the aboriginal heritage in the Grampians area. Experience didgeridoo music, cultural programs or traditional Aboriginal dance,
Whilst visiting the Aboriginal Culture centre, you will learn about local stories of Aboriginal people which are depicted through the many exhibits. Also, enjoy watching shows and seeing the artefacts and exhibits on display at the cultural centre.
Free things to do in Halls Gap
In the main street of Halls Gap, you will find 2 recreation areas for you to relax. There is a park with an adventure playground, toilet and BBQs. Included in this area is the Halls Gap swimming pool which is open in the summer months (There is a small entrance fee).
On the opposite side of the road is a green space that sits alongside the creek that runs through town. This area is very popular with families as the local bakery and the ice cream parlour are located there. Here you can sit and have a picnic while enjoying the native animals that gather around for the scraps.
Restaurants in Halls Gap
Halls Gap has a number of eating options from bakeries, takeaway, pubs, taverns, breweries and restaurants. You can find a fantastic meal on your Grampians holiday.
The Spirit of Punjab
The Spirit of Punjab lies just on the edge of town. It serves traditional Indian cuisine of high quality. The Restaurant has both inside and outdoor seating depending on the time of the year. The outdoor patio setting has great views of the mountains and if you are there at the right time you can see kangaroos hopping past.
You can order all your Indian favourites such as Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh, Chicken Korma, Samosas, Onion Bahji, Nan Breads and more. They have a good selection of local wines and beers including one from India.
Paper Scissors Rock Brewery
Located in the main street of Halls Gap is the microbrewery Paper Scissors Rock. Paper Scissors Rock serves a variety of different foods, a little bit of something for everyone.
There is a range of burgers for those who like simple pub fare, for those looking for something more sophisticated you can order dishes such as scotched quail eggs, lamb backstrap and even Asian fusion dishes like pork buns. It goes without saying that all this amazing food needs to be washed down with some of the Paper Scissors Rock beers. The best way to try the beer is with a sample paddle.
Accommodation at Halls Gap
Halls Gap is a town that relies heavily on travellers and families going on holiday to the Grampians. You will find a large amount of budget accommodation including backpacker hostels and camping parks. That being said there is still boutique and hotel accommodation available.
If you are looking for affordable family accommodation in Halls Gap we recommend the YHA Grampians Eco Lodge at Halls Gap. This hostel has room types to fit all configuration of travellers. The hostel has the best kitchen you would find anywhere and comfortable communal areas.
Some of the recommended places to stay in Halls Gap include the Kookaburra Motor Lodge, The Halls Gap Motel, The Big 4 NRMA Halls Gap holiday park. You can browse a full range of Halls Gap accommodation here with Trivago.
The Halls Gap apartment alternative for your stay in the Grampians
An apartment is another great alternative these days for couples and families who like a more homely feel when travelling. Most apartment properties offer self-catering facilities and laundry. Below you will find a map for apartments in Halls Gap or search Airbnb.
How to get to Halls Gap
To drive to Halls Gap from Melbourne will take you nearly 3 hours. The roads are in good condition as you follow the Western Highway from Melbourne via Ballarat to Ararat then turn off to Halls Gap.
You can use public transport from Melbourne to Halls Gap in around 4 hours. Catch a train from Southern Cross Station Melbourne to Stawell and then buses connect with Halls Gap. Alternatively, you could get off at Ararat and catch the regular bus to Halls Gap.
If you want to take the hassle out of getting to the Grampians Halls Gap there are a number of single day and overnight tours you can book via the Viator website.
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit the Grampians and stay in Halls Gap. There are so many things to do in Halls Gap with kids, singles and couples. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Australia click through to our Australia Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.
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