Halls Gap is the gateway village for visitors to the Grampians National Park and is located in Fyan's Valley, 251 km north-west of Melbourne. Bushwalking and rock climbing are two of the major attractions in this area. Others may wish to simply enjoy the stunning views and natural beauty of the Grampian ranges. The climate is temperate, where walking is best done in spring and autumn. Summer is usually hot and dry while snow is possible in winter. There is easy access to the Grampians by road and rail.
The area has been long inhabited by indigenous tribes, who used the rocks and caves of the Grampians for sacred ceremonies - for more than 5,000 years. Some of these art sites are accessible today.
Thomas Mitchell explored and named the mountain range in 1836, naming it after the Grampians in Scotland. But it was Charles Hall who first found the gap through the ranges to the valley that bear's his name. Hall then established a cattle run in the area, from which the township grew.
Over time, the town has been a centre for cattle grazing, saw-milling, stone quarrying and gold prospecting. Sandstone quarried from the Grampians has been used on local buildings and for important buildings in Melbourne - such as the new Government House and the Melbourne Town Hall.
Today, Halls Gap is a thriving tourist town. Rock climbing, cultural events, water sports, golf, fishing, wine and food are featured leisure activities all year round. The Halls Gap National Park Visitors Centre has a large amount of information and can be found on the Grampians Road.
There are many things to do in and around Halls Gap:
Wildlife Park and Zoo on the Pomonal Road. See fallow deer, wallabies, kangaroos, birds, monkeys and ostriches. Check Information Centre for opening times
Grampians National Park - bushwalking, abseiling rock climbing, scenic walks, fitness tracks and camping. Close by are the Wonderland and Mt William ranges
Bambruk Aboriginal Living Cultural Centre - on Dunkeld Road, gives insight into the Aboriginal heritage of the area, including some rock paintings like the Cave of Hands of the Jawardjali people
Boroka Vineyards - on the Pomonal Road
Lakes Bellfield, Lonsdale, Fyans, Wartook and Moora Moora - for picnic spots and water sports
It might be worth coordinating your visit with these festivals:
Jazz Festival - in February, a weekend jam session festival set against the back-drop of spectacular Grampians scenery
Gourmet Weekend - in May. A celebration of local food, wine and music
Halls Gap Festival of Flowers and Art - in October featuring guided walks, evening lectures, art displays and open gardens with an exhibition of Grampians plant species
Film Festival in November