Halls Gap is situated in the heart of the Grampians National Park, one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations for over a century. Following European arrival in 1836, many settlers ventured here in search of land, gold, sandstone and timber.
Visitors to the 168,000 hectare park can explore the famous ancient mountain ranges, natural flora and fauna, waterways and waterfalls, stunning views and fascinating cultural heritage. Many sites are accessible by car or a short walk.
Adventure enthusiasts thrive on the many pursuits available during the day and the tranquil camping by night. The Grampians is the base for some of the world’s best abseiling and rock climbing, plus bush walking, hiking, horse-riding, four-wheel driving and mountain bike scrambles and cycling. Lakes and waterways provide magical settings for canoeing and fishing.
The natural environment of the Grampians is totally unique and is home to 35 species of mammals – about 40 per cent of those identified in Victoria – including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, echidnas, possums, bandicoots and sugar gliders. Also living peacefully in the scrub are reptiles and 200 different kids of birds.
The Grampians has around 970 native plant species, many of which are endemic to the area, as well as one of the largest list of wildflowers in Australia, many also exclusive to the region. The spray of colorful wildflowers starts in Spring and includes delicate ground-hugging species like spider orchids.
The Grampians National Park also contains south-eastern Australia’s highest concentration of Aboriginal rock art. Gariwerd, (the traditional name for the area) has been central to the creation stories of the Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung Aboriginal people for many thousands of years.