A Brief Guide to the Grampians National Park


Located about 260 kilometres west of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, the Grampians National Park, also known as Gariwerd in the local Aboriginal language, is a stunning natural attraction. Gariwerd holds significant cultural importance for its traditional owners, the Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali peoples. The park’s landscape, believed to be over 20,000 years old, is dotted with ancient rock art sites that echo its long Indigenous history. To deeply experience this culture, visitors often head to the Brambuk – The National Park and Cultural Centre. Here, they can learn through workshops, traditional storytelling, and various displays, fostering an appreciation for the Aboriginal bond to the land.

The Grampians isn’t just a place of cultural significance; it’s also a nature lover’s dream. Known for its impressive sandstone mountains, the park offers panoramic views, waterfalls like the large MacKenzie Falls, and seasonal wildflower blooms. The Pinnacle lookout is a highlight, giving expansive views of the Grampians’ terrain. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot animals like kangaroos, koalas, and emus, especially during early mornings and late afternoons.

Hiking is a major draw in the Grampians. The park has a variety of trails suitable for all skill levels. The Wonderland Loop, which takes hikers through the Grand Canyon up to the Pinnacle, is among the most renowned. Another notable path is the Balconies trail, leading to a rock formation often called the “Jaws of Death.”


MacKenzie Falls Grampians National Park

For those based in Melbourne, the Grampians is an easy day trip or weekend destination. Many guided tours are available, covering aspects from park exploration and cultural learning to local gourmet experiences.


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