Your road trip guide to the Grampians

There’s no denying that the Grampians National Park is one of Australia’s most stunning visual feasts, and if you’re not sure what to do in Victoria this summer, a visit to this surreal location is a must.

The panoramic scenes are as if they are straight out of an adventure book, with sprawling sandstone mountain ranges, hanging cliff faces, wildflowers, wildlife, and waterfalls galore. Sounds like the perfect destination for a road trip, right?

We’ve put together a guide of the unmissable spots in Victoria’s great ranges and the best things to do in the Grampians.

Thrifty’s ultimate Grampians road trip

How to get to the Grampians

Located roughly 260 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, the Grampians is a three hour drive to an impressive sprawl of mountains and exotic scenery, ready to shake the consistent daily grind; the Grampians is well worth seeking out.

To get from Melbourne to the Grampians, head west out of the city and make your way to the M8. It’s an easy drive along this highway as it merges onto the A8 and heads straight for the mountains. Turn off at Ararat and follow the C222 to your destination.

You can easily pick up the perfect road trip vehicle from Thrifty car hire locations in Melbourne or along the way in towns such as Ballarat. We recommend one from our SUV or 4WD range for an authentic adventure feel.

Aim to leave early so you can make the most of the day exploring hikes and caves, maximising daylight. Once you arrive, there are plenty of nature’s wonders to see.

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle is one of the most famous mountains in Victoria, and during your road trip to the Grampians, you’ll be able to climb it.

This is a great introduction to your road trip and the Grampians National Park, as hiking to the top of The Pinnacle is sure to be a view you will remember. Morning hikes are particularly stunning, and with a variety of trails you can enjoy the views of the valley and the fresh air at your own pace. Here you’ll experience some of the best vantage points in the Grampians National Park over a vast expanse of western Victoria.

Mackenzie Falls

One of the largest waterfalls in Victoria, Mackenzie Falls is captivating in every way. Just a short drive from Halls Gap, the iconic landmark sees huge cliffs overlooking a deep, stunning gorge. Swimming is not permitted here, but there are plenty of opportunities to feel the fine sprays of water that cascades down.

Grampians Estate

This award-winning winery is the perfect spot to enjoy a stop off. The vines here were planted back in the 1800s so the history is as rich as the cool-climate shiraz that is produced at Grampians Estate. There are up to 14 wines for tasting at the cellar door, accompanied with a local cheese platter.

Boroka Lookout and Reeds Lookout

These are two separate yet equally enticing vista points that help to make the Grampians a highly sort after place to visit in Victoria.

The cliffside viewing platforms offer nothing but unfiltered views of mountain ranges, lakes and plains as far as the eye can see. Both require a hike, but the roads leading there are sealed making for an easy drive.

Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre

Australia’s longest running Aboriginal Cultural Centre that’s 100% owned and operated by the local Aboriginal people. Brush up on the history of the Grampians and experience the Brambuk National Park in a truly immersive way – enjoy a rock art tour, a show in the Gariwerd Dreaming Theatre or tuck into some bush foods at the local cafe.

After ticking all of those off your list, you’ll surely be too tired to drive home. Luckily, there’s a range of accomodation to be found. For those who can brave the cooler climates and handle the weather, there are some great camping spots, too!

Camping in the Grampians

There are numerous Grampians camping sites throughout the park for those experienced campers; or first timers.The Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park is particularly popular for families, young kids and couples, due to its fantastic location in the heart of the park and its modern facilities and amenities.

Other options include the Lake Fyans Holiday Park, and Lake Hamilton Motor Village and Caravan Park. If you prefer to be on the mountain, you can head to the Grampians Peaks Trail with your tent. However, be sure to keep an eye on the weather on the Grampians before you commit to packing only a tent.

Note that there are also two campervan parks; the Grampians Edge Caravan Park, and the Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort.

Ready to visit the Grampians National Park this summer? Get your Thrifty rental car booked in Melbourne and make a beeline to one of the most beautiful national parks in Victoria.

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