Weekender to the Grampians

Photo: Visions of Victoria

Inhale the fresh air of the Grampians and soak in the stunning natural attractions and their rich history. Experience the walking tracks and wildlife in the breathtaking landscape and enjoy tasting local wine and viewing unique art galleries. 

We sat down with Carly Flecknoe, owner of Harvest Halls Gap to find out the best spots in the Grampians. At a young age, her fondest memories were learning to cook at her nana’s kitchen bench. Harvest Halls Gap first began operating in September 2015 and it’s aim was and still is to provide a café, provedore and accommodation that shines a light on the bounty of beautiful produce available within the Grampians.

HOW TO GET THERE

Car

Follow the Western Freeway through Ballarat to Ararat, then choose between the Ararat Pomonal Road west, or continue on the Western Highway. Alternatively, you can follow the Glenelg Highway from Ballarat to Dunkeld and Hamilton.

The popular Great Southern Touring Route passes through the Grampians region, following the Great Ocean Road and the Shipwreck Coast, winding up into the Grampians before continuing to Ballarat.

Public transport:

V/Line runs daily train services from Southern Cross Station direct to Ararat with connecting coach services to other parts of the region.

For more info, check out Visit Victoria

 

EAT

Carly’s favourite places and the best thing to order:

  • Red Rock Olives – Tasting Plate of the Day (local’s tip – pop into Halls Gap Estate, buy a bottle of Fallen Giants Cabernet Sauvignon to take with you as Red Rock Olives is BYO!)
  • Nourish’d – With their ever changing fresh salads and slow cooked meats, you’ll feel both healthy and indulgent at exactly the same time!

 

DRINK

  • Best’s Great Western – pick a lazy week day and head in for their Vintage Back Tasting with cellar tour and cheese board
  • Montara Grampians – head down on a sunny Sunday afternoon for a glass of Riesling and enjoy the view
  • Halls Gap Hotel – dusk on the deck at Halls Gap Hotel is the perfect time for a glass of something local!

 

DO

  • Sunrise at Mount William – if you can stand an early alarm, head to Mount William and hike the steep 2kms to the top with a packed breakfast and watch the sun come up.
  • Silverband Falls – with the amazing amount of rain we’ve had in the region, our waterfalls are looking particularly stunning!
  • The cellar tour at Seppelt’s – with 150 years of history, it’s an amazing way to look at wine
  • Grampians Peaks Trail – the first 36km is now complete and is accessible from Halls Gap. You can walk in and walk out each day or camp over three days. You’ll see amazing views and truly experience the beauty that is the Grampians
  • Farm Gate at Grampians Olive Co – the drive alone up through the mountains is worth the adventure! Grampians Olive Co have been growing olives and making olive oil for over fifty years. Head to the farm gate and talk to Greg about his passion for the humble olive.

 

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