The Grampians (Gariwerd) is more than just a stunning mountain range

These sprawling sandstone peaks are home to ancient stories from the Djab Wurrung and Jadawadjali peoples and some of Victoria's best bushwalks — not to mention abundant waterfalls, wildlife and wineries. Hit new heights on the park's most iconic hiking trails with two expert local guides. Or, combine the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians into one big adventure (because you should never have to choose between mountains and beaches).

Our Grampians tours

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Highlights of the Grampians

Three hikers standing in a narrow chasm on the Pinnacle Walk in the Grampians, Australia

Hike to the Pinnacle

With staggering views over Halls Gap and Lake Bellfield, they don't call this the Pinnacle for nothing. But unlike some hikes that make you wait till the summit for your reward, this one's all about the journey. You'll rock hop your way past waterfalls and giant boulders, weave through the Grampians' version of the Grand Canyon and clamber through a narrow gorge called Silent Street.

Six travellers posing for a photo with MacKenzie Falls in the background

Gush over MacKenzie Falls

The Grampians isn't short of gorgeous waterfalls, but MacKenzie Falls (Mikunung wira) is arguably the prettiest. Walk along a fern-lined trail down into the gorge where you'll see the water tumbling over a steep cliff-face into a pool. You can't swim here, but the feeling of the cool spray on your face is refreshing. If you're lucky, you might see a fine rainbow mist above the water.

The southern Milky Way above the Grampians in Victoria, Australia

Admire the night skies

With hardly any light pollution, the Grampians' inky night skies boast some of the best stargazing in Victoria. As darkness sets in, watch in awe as the sky transforms into a canvas of twinkling stars. If it's really clear, you might be lucky to see a shooting star or the southern Milky Way rising above the mountain range.

Cruise the Great Ocean Road

While not part of the Grampians, the Great Ocean Road is still fairly close (in Aussie terms), and you'll get to explore it on our Great Ocean Road & Grampians Adventure. Take in iconic spots like the 12 Apostles as you cruise along this winding coastal route, wander the sweet-smelling woodlands of the Otways and feast on bush tucker at the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape.

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Grampians FAQs

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy

Our Grampians trips run between spring and autumn (September-April), and call us biased, but we think this is when the region really shines.

Spring is ideal for hiking as the temperatures average a pleasant 15-25°C and it's not too busy so there'll be less foot traffic on the trails. You'll also be treated to the sight of pretty wildflowers, and if you're really lucky, you might see a cute baby kangaroo (AKA a joey) as spring is the birthing season.

Summer is the high season. The weather is hot and sunny with average highs of 25-30°C and minimal rain, so it's a great time to explore all the region has to offer.

Autumn brings cooler temperatures, making it easier to do some of the more challenging hikes if you don't enjoy the heat. It's also a very scenic time of year as the vineyards burst with autumnal colours.

Winter is low season, but the cosy vibes are perfect for sampling the region's delicious red drops and local produce.

The type of clothing to bring depends on the time of year you visit, but you can't go wrong with layers. Bring a few T-shirts or lightweight shirts, a couple of pairs of shorts/hiking trousers/leggings, a warm jumper/fleece and a waterproof jacket. It can get quite chilly at night, even in the summer. You'll also need a sturdy pair of walking shoes, thongs/sandals, a reusable water bottle, a day pack and sun-protective gear.

Check out your Essential Trip Information for more recommendations on what to pack for your itinerary.

Grampians National Park is located in western Victoria, extending out to the state border with South Australia. Our Grampians trips start and end in Melbourne's CBD, so you don't need to worry about driving there. From Melbourne, it's roughly a three-hour drive along the Western Freeway via Ararat.

If you're travelling from overseas or interstate, the easiest option is to fly into Melbourne (MEL) and take the Skytrain or an Uber into the city.

You'll get mobile coverage in Hall's Gap, the main town in the Grampians, and other populated areas, but it can be poor or non-existent in more remote parts of the park. You can usually pick up a few bars of reception at higher elevations.

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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