Halls Gap

Grampians National Park, Gary Lewis / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 279

The little village of Halls Gap is set in the heart of the Grampians. It was named after Charles Browing Hall, who discovered the gap and valley in 1841. The valley was later developed by cattle-station owners, but the town really took off in the early 1900s when tourists, nature-lovers and botanists caught on to the beauty and diversity of the mountain ranges that would later become Grampians National Park. The town itself has its own charm – shops, galleries and cafes lend a laid-back atmosphere that befits the location, while in the evening long-billed corellas arrive to roost opposite the shops in the main street.

Visitor Information

117 Grampians Rd; (03) 5361 4444 or 1800 065 599


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In Town

Brambuk – The National Park & Cultural Centre A short drive south of the town centre, it features interactive displays and written information about the park’s attractions, bringing to life the culture of the local Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung people. 277 Grampians Rd; (03) 5361 4000.

Grampians Adventure Golf: world class mini-golf, 18-hole course set on 2 acres; 481 Grampians Rd; 4 km S near Lake Bellfield. 

Halls Gap Zoo: explore the park's nature track and view the animals, many of which are free-range; (03) 5356 4668; 7 km SE


Grampians National Park Aboriginal occupation of the area known as the Grampians dates back over 5000 years (some evidence suggests up to 30 000 years). To local Koorie communities, this magnificent mountain range is known as Gariwerd. Within the 168 000 ha park is a startling array of vegetation and wildlife, including 200 bird species and a quarter of Victoria’s native flora species. The heathlands abound in colourful shows of wildflowers including Grampians boronia, blue pincushion lily and Grampians parrot-pea. Twenty of the park’s 800 plant species are not found anywhere else in the world. Natural highlights of the Grampians include MacKenzie Falls, the largest of the park’s many waterfalls; Zumsteins picnic ground, a beautiful spot with tame and friendly kangaroos; and the Balconies, a rock ledge once known as the Jaws of Death, offering views over Victoria Valley. The most popular section of the park is the Wonderland Range, true to its name with features including Elephants Hide, Grand Canyon, Venus Baths and Silent Street. There are over 90 bushwalks available in the park, all varying in length and degree of difficulty. Visitors are advised to consult a ranger before embarking on one of the longer treks. Read more. For further information, contact Brambuk – The National Park and Cultural Centre on (03) 5361 4000.

Grampians wine region Between Stawell and Ararat, the town of Great Western encompasses several winemaking treasures.

Grampians Horse Riding Adventures: morning and afternoon rides lasting 2 hrs, also has on-site accommodation; Brimpaen; (03) 5383 9225; 44 km W.

Scenic drive: from Halls Gap drive to Boroka Lookout, Reed Lookout and MacKenzie Falls, and break for lunch at the Zumsteins picnic area. 

Fishing spots near town

Lake Wartook 9 km

Drought and changes to irrigation have left dry many of Victoria’s former favourite fishing lakes. Drive through the cropping plains of the Wimmera and you come across once-famous lakes, including Toolondo,... Find out more

Lake Bolac 73 km

One of my favourite fishing activities after a hot summer day is to wander along the banks of the Barwon River in Geelong, casting lures for redfin. Redfin are feisty, competitive fish that bite readily and taste great.... Find out more

Konong Wootong Reservoir 86 km

Coleraine in the Western District is in the heart of prime wool- growing country. The small town is famous for its chocolate factory, but less well known is the trout fishery in the picturesque 60 ha impoundment just out... Find out more

Dimboola 86 km

At first sight the Wimmera River didn’t look special. Barely flowing, it consisted of sandbars and fallen trees interspersed with shallows and a few deeper holes below the timber. I was fishing with local anglers... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Indigenous tours, Grampians National Park 3 km

Brambuk, the Grampians National Park and Cultural Centre, houses an Aboriginal cultural centre explaining much of the history and stories associated with the area. There is also a bushfoods cafe, where you can try emu,... Find out more

Grampians National Park 19 km

There are many, many reasons to go to this remarkable 1680-square-kilometre national park: its spectacular spring wildflowers, its dramatic cliffs and sandstone features, its bushwalking, the stunning views from its... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Campsites around town

Plantation camping area 9 km

The Plantation area is the Grampians’ biggest campground, providing around 30 sites in a pine forest at the northern edge of the national park (technically, just outside of it), at the foot of the Mt Difficult... Find out more

Smith Mill camping area 9 km

This pine tree-fringed old mill site is just south of Wartook Reservoir. It has over 2 dozen campsites but not much allowance has been made for compact vans and camper trailers. East of here is the Boroka Lookout, which... Find out more

Borough Huts camping area 10 km

Borough Huts is 11 km south of Halls Gap, just off Grampians Rd. In between these 2 places you’ll find lovely Lake Bellfield, which makes for a fantastic canoeing trip, due in no small part to the grand views of... Find out more

Boreang camping area 10 km

For those who want to camp right in the middle of the national park, this is the place for you. Nearby are the Balconies, a pair of sandstone shelves that jut out spectacularly from a sheer cliff – the views are... Find out more

Bush camping (walk-in camping) 14 km

You can go bush camping almost anywhere in Grampians National Park. The exceptions are the Wonderland Range, the watershed of Lake Wartook, and within 1 km of a campground or 50 m from a sealed road; check the... Find out more

Troopers Creek camping area 16 km

The forested campground at Troopers Creek can be used as a base camp by those who want to rest up before tackling the precipitous but highly recommended climb up Mt Difficult. If you’d prefer something less... Find out more

Bomjinna camping area 17 km

Secluded Bomjinna, accessed via Mitchell Rd, has only three campsites, making it a peaceful place to rest up for the night. From here, loop back around to Grampians Rd and then head down Mt William Rd to tackle the hike... Find out more

Lake Lonsdale camping area 18 km

Signposted on the Western Hwy about 4 km north of Stawell, just before Deep Lead, is the turn-off to Sandbar Rd. This road winds its way along the northern edge of compact Lake Lonsdale, providing access to a number of... Find out more

Buandik camping area 25 km

The Buandik camping area, at the western boundary of the Grampians, is bookended by two Aboriginal heritage sites – Billimina to the north, and Manja to the south. Manja is fringed by heathlands which are traversed... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Halls Gap Caravan and Tourist Park 1 km

We find this large park ideal for a holiday at any time of the year and regularly stay here. Located in the centre of town, it is within easy reach of most of the area’s attractions and makes a good base for... Find out more

Big4 Grampians Parkgate Resort 1 km

This is a very good quality tourist park less than 1.5 km from Halls Gap. With great recreational facilities including a tennis court, this is a popular holiday destination and a great base from which to explore the... Find out more

Lake Fyans Holiday Park 10 km

This is a spacious waterfront park on the shores of Lake Fyans, a popular watersports area to the south-west of Stawell. The park has a cafe and canoes for hire. It is just a short drive to nearby Halls Gap and is an... Find out more

Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort 51 km

This is a spacious park on the fringe of Horsham, 4 km south-east of town on the Western Highway. It has a range of facilities including a tennis court and spa. It is a good base for exploring the local area. Bookings... Find out more

Horsham Caravan Park 54 km

Located on the banks of the Wimmera River, close to the town centre, this good quality park is council owned but operated by the YMCA. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Boroka Downs

Boroka Downs, a self-catering luxury retreat for couples that spares no expense, is located in the Grampian ranges. The five large, self-contained apartments are open plan with soaring ceilings, windows offering... Find out more

DULC Cabins

Tucked away in the seclusion of Grampians National Park, these three environmentally friendly and modern cabins have an enviable bush backdrop. Each cabin is an architectural masterpiece of rough-sawn timber with an... Find out more

Lakuna Retreat

Entry to this architect-designed retreat is via an impressive red-gum front door. Here, accommodation is offered in three beautifully appointed bedrooms that can sleep up to eight guests. Features include warm polished... Find out more

Kangaroos in the 
Top Paddock

This adults-only retreat is named after a mob of friendly visiting kangaroos and nestles on 9 hectares of natural bushland with magnificent views of Mount Difficult and the Wartook Valley. Built of rammed earth,... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Grampians Eco YHA 1 km

At this eco-hostel you sleep under roof tiles that are actually solar panels. Any extra power generated is fed back to the electricity grid. The passive solar building, featuring rammed earth walls, also has solar... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Plantation camping area 9 km

T/O to Halls Gap

Large area in a natural bush setting in Grampians National Park. Located 10km (unsealed) north of Halls Gap via Mt Zero Rd.

Smith Mill camping area 9 km

T/O to Halls Gap

In a natural bush setting in Grampians National Park. Located 18km north-west of Halls Gap via Nothern Grampians (Mt Victory), Lake Wartook and Old Mill rds.

Borough Huts camping area 10 km

T/O at Stawell to Halls Gap

Small area in Grampians National Park located 11km south of Halls Gap via Grampians Rd. Good facilities and shade in a natural bush setting. 

Troopers Creek camping area 16 km

T/O to Halls Gap

Small area 42km (partly unsealed) north-west of Halls Gap via Northern Grampians  and Roses Gap rds.

Canadian Gully Bushland Reserve rest area 22 km

57km SE of Horsham (L) or 10km NW of Stawell (R)

Just off the highway under some large trees on the edge of a lagoon.

Buandik camping area 25 km

T/O 38km N of Cavendish (L) or 67km S of Horsham (R)

Secluded bush setting 9km (unsealed) east of the highway in Grampians National Park.

Stapylton camping area 27 km

T/O to Halls Gap

Large area in Grampians National Park. Located 48km (partly unsealed) north-west of Halls Gap via Northern Grampians and Olive Plantation rds.

Great Western rest area 29 km

At Great Western

Just off the highway among a few trees. On the north side of town.

Cherrypool rest area 30 km

55km N of Cavendish (R) or 50km S of Horsham (L)

Just off the highway on the banks of a river. 

Hynes Reservoir camping area 38 km

T/O 41km N of Cavendish (L) or 64km S of Horsham (R)

Near the reservoir 9km west of the highway via Hynes Rd.

Lake Green rest area 44 km

12km SE of Horsham (R) or 55km NW of Stawell (L)

Adjacent to the highway and overlooking Lake Green.

Greenhill Lake camping area 45 km

4km E of Ararat (L) or 40km W of Beaufort (R)

Well off the highway on the shores of the lake.

Burnt Creek rest area 48 km

7km SE of Horsham (L) or 60km NW of Stawell (R)

Just off the highway among a few large trees.

Langi Ghiran camping area 53 km

T/O 13km E of Ararat (L) or 31km W of Beaufort (R)

Secluded area 5km (unsealed) north of the highway in a natural bush setting in Langi Ghiran State Park.

Nine Mile Creek rest area 55 km

41km E of Hamilton (R) or 33km W of Lake Bolac (L)

Just off the highway under some large trees.

Mount Langi Ghiran rest area 56 km

17km E of Ararat (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. For eastbound only.

Cavendish camping area 60 km

At Cavendish

Adjacent to the recreation area on the north side of town.

Wickliffe park area 64 km

At Wickliffe

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Bailes camping area 67 km

T/O 32km SE of Ararat (L) or 12km NW of Beaufort (R)

Secluded area 9km (unsealed) north of the highway in the forest of Mt Buangor State Park.

Middle Creek camping area 68 km

T/O 32km SE of Ararat (L) or 12km NW of Beaufort (R)

Secluded in the forest 8km (unsealed) north of the highway in Mt Buangor State Park.

Lake Bolac rest area 69 km

2km E of Lake Bolac (R) or 49km W of Skipton (L)

Just off the highway under trees on the shores of the lake.

Fishermans Point camping area 70 km

T/O 3km E of Lake Bolac (R) or 48km W of Skipton (L)

On the shores of the lake 500m south of the highway.

Picnic Point camping area 71 km

T/O at Lake Bolac

Under shady trees on the shores of the lake 2km south-east of the highway via Mortlake and Frontage rds.

East Beach camping area 72 km

T/O 3km E of Lake Bolac (R) or 48km W of Skipton (L)

On the shores of the lake 3km south of the highway.

Teddington Reservoir camping area 74 km

T/O at Stuart Mill

Secluded in the forest 6km (partly unsealed) south-west of Stuart Mill via Teddington Rd.

Nigretta Falls park area 78 km

T/O 17km E of Coleraine (L) or 18km NW of Hamilton (R)

Large grassed area 9km north of the highway at the falls lookout.

Stuart Mill South rest area 78 km

28km S of St Arnaud (R) or 34km N of Avoca (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Wail rest area 79 km

10km SE of Dimboola (L) or 26km NW of Horsham (R)

Just off the highway among some trees near the railway overpass.

Horseshoe Bend camping area 83 km

T/O at Dimboola

On the banks of the Wimmera River 7km (partly unsealed) south of the highway via Wimmera St and Horseshoe Bend Rd in Little Desert National Park.

Ackle Bend camping area 83 km

T/O at Dimboola

On the banks of the Wimmera River 7km (partly unsealed) south of the highway via Wimmera St and Horseshoe Bend Rd in Little Desert National Park.

What's on around town

Grampians Jazz Festival: Feb.

Grampians Grape Escape: wine and food festival; May.

Halls Gap Film Festival: Nov.

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