Nestled in the beautiful town of Halls Gap is the Grampians YHA Eco Lodge. With the picturesque mountains rising behind it and the wildlife that wanders around the grounds of the hostel, you will find a piece of perfection waiting for you to enjoy. Best of all, the hostel has the smallest footprint possible on the environment. The Hostel features systems for water conservation, waste minimization and energy reduction. It may be the best accommodation in Halls Gap.
Where is the Grampians YHA Eco Lodge?
The address of the Grampians YHA Eco Lodge is Corner Grampians and, Buckler Rd, Halls Gap VIC 3381. Getting from Melbourne to Halls Gap is 254 kilometres in distance. A good, smooth drive has you covering the distance in under 3 hours. The Western Highway is the best route from Melbourne to Halls Gap.
This YHA hostel is located just as you enter Halls Gap. It is an easy walk of just under one kilometre to the centre of town. There is a walking, biking path located on the opposite side of the road that will take you into town. Watch out for people riding the E-bikes.
Was check in easy at the YHA Grampians?
Check-in was very easy. As we are Australian citizens we did not need to produce a passport like we have been used to doing when staying in hostels overseas. We did have to fill in a sheet with our details though.
The whole process was short and very easy. The hosts Kellie and Garry give you a quick run-through of the rules and facilities. They will happily provide you with information on the best sites to visit in Halls Gap, how to get there and where to eat.
The rooms at the Grampians Eco hostel
There are so many different room combinations at this Halls Gap accommodation that everyone is covered during their stay in the Grampians. There are rooms for singles and bigger rooms for families. You will find lockers, heaters and fans in your room. Being a 2 story property some rooms have a balcony and some a sliding door that looks out on the attractive courtyard that’s bursting with Australian native flora.
The dorm rooms consist of single sex dorm rooms and mixed sex dorm rooms.
Rooms for families
The YHA Grampians Eco Lodge has a room configuration for just about any sized family.
- There are rooms with a double bed and a set of bunks.
- There is a room with 3 singles
- There is also a room for 5 people with a bunk that has a double on the bottom, single on top and 2 single beds.
As you can see any sized family can be catered for at the YHA Grampians Eco lodge, but if you are unsure about what sort of room would best suit your family, your best bet is to call the hostel direct. Chat to Gary or Kellie about your families needs and they can help guide you on what is the best option.
What facilities does this YHA have?
Like all good hostels, the YHA Grampians provides you with a lot of home comforts. The kitchen area is the best we have come across at any hostel worldwide. The kitchen area was spotless and clean, probably cleaner than many people’s home kitchens. The kitchen is fully stocked with all pots, pans and utensils you could need. There are 2 ovens, 4 hotplates, 2 microwaves, 2 fridges and plenty of places to store your food.
This Grampians accommodation has 2 lounge rooms that are packed with comfortable, well looked after couches. There are wood fires to keep you warm and one lounge room has a big screen tv featuring Netflix. It is a great room for families to hang out and relax or connect with other travellers. The dining room features 4 tables and a full-length bar that runs along the wall for extra seating, looking straight out into the amazing front garden and water feature.
You will find bathrooms on both floors of the building. The bathrooms were extremely well looked after and clean at all times. One big thing that holds families back from staying at hostels is the thought of communal bathrooms. There is still a stereotype that hostels are only for backpackers. Theses days hostel facilities such as bathrooms are kept extremely tidy to welcome all different types of travellers and holidaymakers.
Outside you will find plenty of seating in the shade for warm summer days. You can fire up either of the 2 BBQs to cook a snag or chop for dinner. At night you will often hear the sounds of frogs in the onsite pond.
In the office, there was a selection of board games that you can borrow to entertain yourself and keep families occupied. It goes without saying that wifi is available throughout the building. The wifi actually was really fast and constant. Wi-fi in all areas pf the hostel is something not all hostels provide, with it usually being only available in the communal areas.
Did we have to provide anything ourselves the YHA?
We always bring our own towels with us when we stay in hostels. Often hostels will have towels that you can hire or buy during your stay. Unlike many hotels, you must provide your own toiletries when staying at a hostel.
We also take a small container from home with us that has some basic snacks and breakfast items in it.
What essential services are near this Grampians accommodation?
Located next door to the hostel is the local health service and doctors.
A bit of walking (under a kilometer)
Down in the middle of Halls Gap, you will find a concentration of local shops, restaurants, tourist information and more accommodation. There is one general store in town selling all your grocery needs. The Ice Cream Parlour and the local bakery are two of the busiest shops in town, usually with lines out the door.
The Paper, Scissors, Rock Brewery is very popular with visitors who want a good feed and to try the local beers. The Spirit of Punjab does some superb Indian dishes. There is a large open area with kids play equipment, bbq’s, toilets and even a swimming pool for the summer months.
What is special about the Grampians YHA Eco Lodge?
The whole design of this YHA Hostel is special. The comfort level and cleanliness make it feel more like a highly rated hotel than a hostel. The condition of the couches, the furniture and the kitchen all look like they are brand new. They look like they have come out of your own house. The wildlife that surrounds the property, the kangaroos, the ducks, even the sounds of the frogs make it a special experience, especially for kids. The YHA is certainly a high-class Grampians accommodation location.
Our favourite things at the Grampians YHA
Families stay in hostels because they are looking for good value accommodation. For that reason, the kitchen is one of the most important parts of hostel accommodation. To be able to prepare your own food allows your trip to be even more cost-effective. This being said for us the kitchen was my favourite part of the hostel. It was clean and well-stocked just what you need for cooking your own meals.
For the kids they loved having breakfast and watching the chooks wander the yard or the kangaroos hopping about. They also loved watching the big screen TV while waiting for dinner to cook.
Recommendations for things to do when you stay at The YHA Grampians
Most people visit the area for nature in the Grampians National Park. The Grampians waterfalls, hikes in the Grampians and scenic lookouts are all popular activities. The following sites should definitely be on your list of things to do in the Grampians:
- McKenzie Falls
- Silverband Falls
- The Balconies
- Boroka Falls
- Reed Lookout
- Pinnacle Lookout
I could go on and on with things to see in the Grampians National Park. In and around Halls Gap itself, we can recommend the following family-friendly activities for the whole family
- The Halls Gap Zoo
- Halls Gap E-bikes
- Grampians Adventure Golf
- Five Ducks Farm
Any room for improvement areas?
In today’s world of multiple electronic devices we found that the hostel did not have many power points or charging stations in the communal area.
Do we recommend the Grampians YHA Eco Lodge?
We absolutely do.
Not only are there so many things to do in the Grampians and Halls Gap area this is the perfect spot to see the best of the region, especially for families of any size.
This was our first hostel with kids where we used a communal bathroom and at first I was not too keen on it. After staying here at the Grampians YHA Eco Hostel I would certainly give other YHA hostels with a communal bathroom a go. You can find more information and book rooms on the YHA website
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to stay at the YHA Grampians Eco Lodge when you visit Australia or if you are Australian looking to see the best our country has to offer. There are so many things to do in the Grampians and the Halls Gap area that will have you entertained for your families whole stay. 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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About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband, traveler, and chief destination marketing manager at Wyld Family Travel. Having been to over 35 countries worldwide he knows a thing or 2 about traveling with kids and now traveling with teenagers. He has been writing first-hand, expert travel guides on this website for over 6 years and has featured on numerous other popular well-known websites. When he is not talking, dreaming, or planning travel he can be found working in disability support.