is beautifully sited in the heart of the Grampians adjacent to Lake
Bellfield and surrounded by the Wonderland and Mt William ranges.
Nestled into the picturesque Fyans Valley the village offers a spectacular
panorama of 360 degree views.
Cattle rustlers were the first to make use of this valley, but were
soon removed and the whole valley was taken over by station owners,
including new arrivals from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Britain.
The discovery of gold in 1887 brought many fossickers, but there
was more success on Mt. William where the Mafeking Goldfields thrived
for several years from 1900.
It was around this time that guest houses were built to house the
many tourists, botanists and naturalists who were discovering the
natural beauty of the area.
Halls Gap is the focal point of the massive sandstone ranges
of the Grampians, which provide some of Victoria's most spectacular
scenery. Rising to heights of over 1000 metres, they form the western
edge of the Great Dividing Range.
Aboriginal peoples have had a long and rich association with the
area as evidenced by the fascinating rock art sites that can be
found in the west and northern Grampians. More recently, in 1936,
the explorer Major Thomas Mitchell climbed and named the highest
peak Mt William and named The Grampians, inspired by the mountains
and crags of his native Scotland.
The ranges became a National Park on 1 July,1984. The park is plentiful
in wildlife, including kangaroos, echidnas, possums and koalas,
while over 100 species of birds have been identified. It is also
popular for bushwalking and rock climbing and offers superb scenic
Apart from it's majestic grandeur the park is renowned for it's
beauty and variety of wildflowers which are at their most brilliant
from August to November.
MacKenzie Falls are the largest waterfalls in Victoria and are reached
with a short walk from the kiosk on Mt Victory Rd.
Things to do and see
The Brambuk Living Cultural Centre, just two kilometres from Halls
Gap, brings to life the rich history and culture of the Koorie communities
of the Wimmera and South West Victoria, through exhibitions, tours
and live performances. The centre is named after Brambuk, the white
Adjoining the town is the Wonderland Range, which is one of the
most popular sections of the Grampians National Park, containing
interesting rock formations, canyons and viewpoints. A network of
roads around the town lead to other scenic drives and a wealth of
walking trails. Lakes Bellfield, Lonsdale, Fyans, Wartook and Moora
Moora are well within a short drive from town. Visitors to the park
should orientate themselves with a visit to the National Parks Visitor
Other Points of Interest
Stony Creek Stores- Grampians Rd.
Halls Gap Zoo and Wildlife Park, Pomonal Rd, has kangaroos, deer
and wallabies free ranging in native habitat, as well as monkeys,
ostriches and many other animals in individual enclosures.
The Gap Winery- Pomonal Rd.
Jazz Festival- February.
Rotary Art Exhibition- Easter.
Grampians Gourmet Weekend- May.
Spring Art Show and Wildflower Exhibition- October.
Film Festival- November.
How to Get There
Halls Gap is 262kms north-west of Melbourne
Melways ref: 520 D11
Stawell and Grampians Information and Booking Centre
50 - 52 Western Highway, Stawell, Vic, 3380
Ph: (03) 5358 2314 or (03) 5358 2823 Fax: (03) 5358 4366
Freecall: 1800 246 880
Tel: (03) 5356 4247
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Looking down the valley towards
Lake Bellfield and Mt William which
stands at 1168mt.
Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre.