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Grampians National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

The Grampians Day Tour

1. The Grampians Day Tour

Embark on your first hike of the day, a 4.2km return hike that weaves through fascinating rock formations, including the Grand Canyon and Silent Street. You will arrive at the Pinnacle, one of the most iconic destinations in the park. This famous jagged cliff face is quite the site and there will be plenty of time to soak up the views and capture some amazing photos. You will return to refuel with a healthy and filling lunch before heading off to Mackenzie Falls. It’s a steep 2km trail but you will be rewarded with of one of Victoria’s largest and most beautiful waterfalls. Your next stop is the picturesque Boroka Lookout before you return to the delightful tourist village of Halls Gap where your guide will reveal one of the local kangaroo’s favourite hangout spots.

From Melbourne: Grampians National Park Group Tour

2. From Melbourne: Grampians National Park Group Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Melbourne on a small group eco-tour to the Grampians National Park, and discover a nature lover’s paradise. Depart Melbourne and travel through the western plains of Victoria on route to historic Ballarat, a boom town of the 1850s following the widespread discovery of gold. Learn the history of the region over morning tea at the infamous Eureka Rebellion site. Continue through the picturesque western volcanic plains, and pass through the town of Moyston, the birthplace of Australian Rules Football. Arrive at the foot of the Grampians Range (Gariwerd in the local aboriginal language), and take a short walk to Silverband Falls. Then, head to Halls Gap for lunch. Keep a look out for kangaroos and abundant birdlife that can be seen in the main street. After lunch, go to the Wonderland car park to take a walk through the Grand Canyon and marvel at the rock formations. See high rising rock walls, crisscrossed with layering and fault lines that showcase the area’s unique geology. Next, visit the majestic surrounds of MacKenzie Falls, and watch the water cascade down the rocks in a gorge surrounded by eucalyptus forest. Walk the Bluff trail along the top of the cliffs for panoramic views of the falls, or journey downstairs to the base of the steep gorge. Another stunning photo opportunity awaits at Reeds Lookout, a vantage point that overlooks the towering Stringybark Forest and Victoria Valley. Your next port of call is Boroka Lookout, where panoramic views of the surrounding region and town of Halls Gap await. Look further afield to Lake Bellfield and beyond. Make your way back to Halls Gap to spot some wild kangaroos before returning to Melbourne. Stop for dinner on route back to the city, and enjoy a stunning view of the illuminated city on your return home.

Melbourne: 2-Day Great Ocean Road & Grampians Tour

3. Melbourne: 2-Day Great Ocean Road & Grampians Tour

Day 1: Melbourne - Halls Gap Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Great Ocean Road and discover the remarkable rock formations of the iconic 12 Apostles. Visit the hidden beach of Loch Ard Gorge and search for wildlife in the ancientrainforest of the Great Otway National Park. Lunch is included. Day 2: Halls Gap - Melbourne Wake up to amazing views and kangaroos of the Grampians National Park, an area rich in Aboriginal culture and set in a beautiful and rugged landscape. Explore the coastline and mountain ranges before arriving back in Melbourne at 5:30 PM. or Adelaine at 7:30 PM. Breakfast is included.

Grampians National Park: Canoeing Experience

4. Grampians National Park: Canoeing Experience

Canoeing can give you the chance to relax and unwind surrounded by striking natural landscapes. Following a safety briefing, qualified guides will introduce you to the techniques needed to manoeuvre successfully around the lake. Your experience will combine interesting scenery with the chance to encounter local wildlife. The guides will also share stories and impart knowledge about the area. These sessions are great for any ability or age.

From Melbourne: Grampians National Park & Kangaroos

5. From Melbourne: Grampians National Park & Kangaroos

Travel over the Westgate Bridge as you head past the old major gold mining town of Ballarat to western Victoria stopping in the country town of Beaufort for morning tea. Pass through the town of Arrarat before getting the first glimpse of the Grampians as they come into view from what appears to be from nowhere. Stop at the Brambuk Cultural and Information Center where you’ll learn about the six seasons of the Grampians and the connection the local indigenous have had with the land for thousands of years Continue to the only town inside the park Halls Gap, where guests can purchase lunch from one of the local cafes. Following lunch head into the mountains to Boroka Lookout that overlooks the Western Plains of Victoria and the Mt William, Wonderland and Serra Ranges. Next, stretch your legs with an easy bush walk to the geological icon of the Grampians; The Jaws of Death/Balconies where you are rewarded with great views over Victoria Valley. After the walk, reboard the bus and descend the Mt Difficult Range to Mackenzie Falls. Climb the stairs to the bottom of the falls and take in the natural beauty of the falls and surrounding bush land. As you make your way back to Melbourne, your guide will make sure you get some time to view large mobs of kangaroos that call the Grampians home.

Melbourne to Adelaide: 2-Day Overland Explorer Tour

6. Melbourne to Adelaide: 2-Day Overland Explorer Tour

Day 1 - (L) Say farewell to Melbourne as you drive over the Westgate Bridge bound for Adelaide. Start at the beginning of The Great Ocean Road and twist along this iconic road with awe inspiring views the entire day. Stop for morning tea briefly before pulling over for a photo under Memorial Arch (The Great Ocean Road Sign). Continue through several seaside towns along the way, including Kennett River where your guide will help you find koalas in the wild and native birds amongst the eucalyptus trees, before your lunch stop in Apollo Bay. Relax on the main beach, walk the main street or taste some local ice-cream treats! After the lunch stop, the Great Ocean Road winds into the ancient Otway rainforest as you say goodbye to the coastline for a while. Stretch your legs in the fresh air as you're guided through the crisp wonderland of Maits Rest. Continuing the journey you'll join the ocean again at the Shipwreck Coast. Hear the stories of shipwrecks and marvel at the limestone cliffs and structures that span the coastline. View the 12 Apostles in all their glory as they defy hundreds of years of erosion. Walk down onto the sands of the isolated and remote Loch Ard Gorge. Hear the story of how London Bridge fell down as you view the archway that remains, before making your way into the Grampians National Park for your bed for the night.  Day 2 - (B) Wake up in the heart of the Grampians; Halls Gap. Early morning is the best time as kangaroos bounce, kookaburras laugh, and magpies and currawongs call to the rising sun. After breakfast, drive into the multiple mountain ranges of the Grampians National Park. Captivating panoramic vistas greet you at every break in the trees on your way to Borkoa Lookout. Look down over Halls Gap and Victoria's western plains. Take a walk to the Balconies, a geological icon of the Grampians with views over the Victoria Valley. Step down a series of 250+ stairs to the bottom of the remote Mackenzie Falls. Relax as the waters of the Wartook River cascade over the edge, before making the journey to Brambuk Cultural Center to learn about Jarwadjali and Djab Wurrung tribes that have called the Grampians (Gariwerd) home for thousands of years. Back to Halls Gap for lunch before beginning the drive through the broadacre farmland of Western Victoria. Crossing the border into South Australia, the drive continues all the way through to Adelaide for an arrival to the CBD at approx. 7.00 pm.

From Melbourne: 2-Day Great Ocean Road & Grampians Escape

7. From Melbourne: 2-Day Great Ocean Road & Grampians Escape

Day 1 - (L) Say goodbye to Melbourne for the next 2 days as you drive over the Westgate Bridge to the Great Ocean Road. Begin where the builders started construction in 1919, and wind your way along this iconic road with spectacular views the entire journey. Stop for morning tea shortly after you join the road before making your way to Memorial Arch (The Great Ocean Road Sign) for a cheeky snap underneath. Continue to wind along through several seaside townships along the way. Along this stretch, your guide will get you out of the bus and help you spot wild koalas and native bird life among the trees, before stopping for lunch in the town of Apollo Bay with time to relax on the main beach, or try out some super flavors of ice-cream! After lunch the road leaves the coastline, then you're immersed in the ancient Otway rainforest. Breath in the crisp fresh air as your guide takes you on a guided walk through this magical wonderland. A little further along the road, you'll meet the ocean again on the Shipwreck Coast.  Marvel at the limestone monoliths known as the 12 Apostles and the rugged coastline that formed them. Hear the story of Loch Ard, and step down into this remote and isolated beach gorge that's been carved over one hundred years of erosion. A little further down the coast you will see the remains of London Bridge before driving into the heart of the Grampians National Park for your night's accommodation. Day 2 - (B) Wake up in the quaint town of Halls Gap to bounding kangaroos, and laughing kookaburras along with the calls of magpies and currawongs. Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before driving into the mountain ranges that form this spectacular national park. Be captured with panoramic vistas at every possible view point starting with Borkoa. Lookout as you look over the western plains of Victoria and down on your night's accommodation. Make your way to the geological icon of the Balconies for views into the Victoria Valley and to the most southern tip of the park. Walk down a series of over 250 stairs to the base of the majestic Mackenzie falls before learning about the rich Aboriginal culture of the Grampians (Gariwerd) at Brambuk Cultural Center. After stopping for lunch in Halls Gap, begin the journey back to Melbourne for a late afternoon arrival.

Melbourne to Adelaide: 3-Day Great Ocean Road Grampian Tour

8. Melbourne to Adelaide: 3-Day Great Ocean Road Grampian Tour

Discover Great Ocean Road Grampians National Park on a tour from Melbourne to Adelaide. Visit stunning landmarks including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Mackenzie Falls, Halls Gap and some other magnificent sights throughout the region. Day 1: Melbourne - Great Ocean Road - 12 Apostles Start your 3-day adventure by exploring the world-famous Great Ocean Road with its stunning ocean views and surf beaches. Spot wild koalas and take a guided rainforest walk before visiting the limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles and other wonders of the Shipwreck Coast. Overnight in Warrnambool. Meals: N/A. Driving Distance: 360km. Day 2: Warrnambool - Tower Hill Port Campbell - Halls Gap On the second day, visit the Tower Hill Conservation Reserve, an extinct volcano, rich in Aboriginal history and an abundance of wildlife. Later hike up to the iconic Pinnacle lookout with an amazing view over the Grampians. Finish the day with a traditional Aussie BBQ and overnight stay in Halls Gap. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Driving Distance: 190km. Hike Distance: 4.5km. Day 3: Halls Gap - Grampians National Park - Adelaide On the last day of the journey, hike to the base of Mackenzie Falls, then check out some other famed sights such as Boroka Lookout and The Balconies. Then, travel across the western plains of Victoria into South Australia arriving in Adelaide around 7:30 PM. Meals: Breakfast. Driving Distance: 510km. Hike Distance: 2km.

From Melbourne: Grampians National Park Great Escape

9. From Melbourne: Grampians National Park Great Escape

Depart Melbourne Central Business District and pass over the mighty Westgate Bridge as you make your way through the western suburbs of the city towards western Victoria. Journey through the Victorian goldfields of the 1850s and take a short break in the quaint country town of Beaufort for morning tea.  Approach Grampians National Park and get an appreciation of what makes the giant mountain range so spectacular as it appears from the surrounding flat plains. Marvel at Mt. William as you get your first glimpse of the park, and then go to the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Center to learn about the art, heritage and 6 seasons of the Grampians as described by the indigenous people. Discover an abundance of kangaroos resting in the areas around the center. Next, make your way into the heart of the park, and enter the small township of Halls Gap. Enjoy the drive into the Mt. Difficult range. Take in the breathtaking views of the plains of western Victoria from Boroka Lookout, before walking to the geological icon of the Balconies, featured in the Japanese animation "Princess Mononoke." Continue to the base of the majestic Mackenzie Falls or Silverband Falls, and follow a series of more than 250 stairs to the bottom of the cascades to cool off and relax. As the sun begins to set, keep an eye out for large mobs of kangaroos that call the area home before your return journey to Melbourne.

Grampians National Park: Rock Climbing Adventure

10. Grampians National Park: Rock Climbing Adventure

Challenge yourself and enjoy the unique landscapes that Grampians National Park has to offer. Gariwerd rock is full of 'crags' and provides suitable rock climbing options for all ages and levels of experience. Upon assessing your ability and experience, one of the local partner's experienced climbing guides will select a site suited to your skills and the experience you're after.  After a thorough safety briefing, you can then take to the walls and the vertical realm. These sessions are great for any ability or age, and you can feel free to go at your own pace. 

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What people are saying about Grampians National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 184 reviews

We couldn’t have asked for more from our tour guide Lucy, it was her first tour as a guide to the Grampians and she did an awesome job. You spend lots of time on the coach, but it’s filled with facts about the day / surrounding area and obviously there is plenty to see as your driving around. The hikes were great fun and really well chosen. MacKenzie Falls was definitely a highlight, along with getting up close to the Kangaroos at Halls Gap! I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for a fun, well guided, scenic day out.

I did the 2 Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians trip with Autopia. It was my first solo trip and it was absolutely fantastic. Our guide, Charlie, was super informative and made the whole trip extremely fun and comfortable for all of us! We covered way too many beautiful places and this was the perfect itinerary. Would highly recommend everyone to book a tour through them :)

The tour itinerary was really well organised . A lot of nature walks and sightseeing included even though there were long drives involved. Our tour guide Charlie was really friendly, helpful and accommodating. Would highly recommend this tour for something different to see from Melbourne and for a relaxed day in the countryside to see natural beauty of Australia

My partner and I went canoeing for our anniversary and we had a lot of fun! It’s a really great experience and Lake Fyans was beautiful. Jake was a terrific guide and had some wonderful recommendations on other sites to see.

It was a fun way to explore the Grampians as a solo traveler. I also loved learning more about the history of Australia through my tour guide Lucy.