Set in Red Gum country to the west of the Grampians, the small town of Balmoral lies on the route taken into South Australia by horse-drawn gold convoys, in the days of the Gold Rush.
It flanks the Glenelg River whose waters are dammed to feed the huge Rocklands Reservoir which provides irrigation for the wheat and wool growers of the Wimmera district to the north.
The major local and recreational attraction, the reservoir and surrounding parkland is a popular fishing, boating and camping area. The park is a mass of wildflower blooms in the spring, while it also features Aboriginal rock galleries and magnificent views.
The reservoir and the Black Range State Park separates Balmoral from the Grampians, one of Victoria’s major tourist lures. Visitors are drawn to the Grampians National Park by the natural grandeur of the sandstone ranges and the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries. Archeologists believe that some of the paintings on the gallery walls, which are protected from daylight and rain, are up to 20,000 years old.