Take a walk in the wonderland of the Grampians, it's perfect for getting the adrenaline pumping in the rugged surrounds, and there are plenty of incredible cellar doors and restaurants with breathtaking views.
Experience the simply breathtaking views of the Southern Grampians ranges at Regional World’s Longest Lunch Dunkheld. Guest will enjoy an exclusive lunch created by Royal Mail Hotel’s executive chef Robin Wickens at the venues own Mount Sturgeon Homestead. Surrounded by 24,000 acres of farm, woolshed and blue stone cottages guest will be taken away by the rolling hills and spectacular food the Grampians has to offer.
Outdoor Activities: See why adventurers have been coming to the Grampians since the mid-nineteenth century, and sign up for your own outdoor adventure. Choose from hiking and rock-climbing, kayaking and canoeing, cycling and four-wheel driving. Go fishing, camping or swing into action on one of the first-class fairways at golf courses in Ararat, Stawell, Horsham and Hamilton.
Food & Wine: Dine out on a meal you won't forget at the acclaimed Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, featuring fine Grampians regional produce and famed sparkling wines. Digest your indulgence as you seek out the region's excellent local produce, from locally-grown olives at Mount Zero Olives andRed Rock olive, to tender spring lamb and sheep products, and super fresh nuts and herbs. Sample spicy red wines and sparkling wines from the internationally acclaimed Victorian Pyrenees wine region. Taste the history of the Grampians wine region at cellar doors in Great Western, where you'll find gnarled old vines and vibrant young wines.
Wildlife: See rocky-mountains loom over farmland plains in the Grampians – home to unique native plants and animals, majestic waterfalls and vibrant wildflowers. This region is one of the best places to see native animals in the wild.
Indigenous Culture: Aboriginal people have had an association with the Grampians, traditionally known as Gariwerd, for thousands of years. Gariwerd is at the centre of creation stories for many of the Aboriginal communities in south-western Victoria. Visit the Brambuk Centre in Halls Gap to see fascinating displays of art and artefacts. Discover the culture of the Aboriginal communities of Western Victoria through multimedia shows, art exhibitions, artefact displays, cultural talks and lots of great activities such as didgeridoo music, traditional dance, basket weaving, boomerang throwing and painting.
Rock-art: The region also has the largest number of rock art sites in southern Australia – more than 80 per cent of Victoria's rock art sites. Approximately 60 art sites, containing more than 4,000 different motifs have been identified in the national park. Five shelters are open to the public and are all easily accessible: Manja and Billimina shelters in the Western Grampians, Ngamadjidj and Gulgurn Manja shelters in the north and, one of the most important sites in Victoria, Bunjil's shelter, near Stawell.
For more information see http://www.visitvictoria.com/regions/grampians
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