Just 3 hours northwest of Melbourne is a unique bush landscape that has to be seen to be believed. Stark sandstone mountain ranges that echo with the sound of native bird calls, air thick with the scent of gum, and clear country light are what you can expect when you pay a visit to the incredible Grampians National Park. Melbourne On The Move offer Grampians tours and to celebrate the unique beauty of this otherworldly landscape, we’ve put together a list of 5 reasons why you have to visit this part of Victoria at least once in your lifetime.
Rich Aboriginal culture
The Grampians is a deeply spiritual place that plays a central role in the dreaming of both the Djab Wurrung and the Jardwadjali indigenous people. An important site in the indigenous landscape, the Grampians (known as Gariwerd) was a source of food, water and shelter as well as spiritual significance. Evidence of indigenous habitation at this site stretches back into antiquity and in fact Gariwerd is home to 90% of Victoria’s rock art sites. The Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali indigenous groups still play a prominent role in educating and caring for Gariwerd and you can learn all about their culture by paying a visit to the Brambuk Cultural Centre.
Stunning flora and fauna
The Grampians National Park is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna, some of which is unique to the area. You’re guaranteed to see cockatoos, kangaroos and parrots during your visit, but keep an eye out for some of Australia’s shyer native animals like the short beaked echidna, platypus, koala and southern brown bandicoot, which also call this area home.
Awe inspiring views
The Grampians is famous for it’s breathtaking natural sandstone mountain ranges which offer panoramic views across the landscape. Although hiking is a popular pastime in this part of the state, it is possible to take in some incredible mountain views without a tent and hiking boots. Our Grampians tour stops off at iconic lookout spots including Reids lookout, Boroka lookout, Jaws of Death and MacKenzie Falls Lookout.
Charming county towns
As a part of regional Victoria, the Grampians national part is scattered with country towns full of local character. Our tour stops for lunch in the leafy town of Halls Gap where you can be strolling down the main street and still catch glimpses of the epic mountain ranges that tower over this tiny municipality.
A chance to connect with nature
Perhaps the greatest drawcard that the Grampians has to offer is the sense of tranquillity that comes from being in nature. The moment you step out of the bus and inhale the clean country air, you’ll forget all about the bustling city life and relish the quiet simplicity of life amongst the trees.
Melbourne On The Move offers Grampians Tours departing from Melbourne three times a week. Book online today or get in touch with us by calling 1300 55 86 86.