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Grampians National Park
Grampians National Park Review
Comprising four mountain ranges—Mt. Difficult, Mt. William, Serra, and Victoria—the impressive Grampians National Park spills over 412,000 acres. Its rugged peaks, towering trees, waterfalls, creeks, and plethora of wildlife attract bushwalkers, rock climbers, and nature lovers. Spectacular wildflowers carpet the region in spring, while a number of significant Aboriginal rock art sites make it an ideal place to learn about Victoria's indigenous history. The township of Halls Creek (population 600) sits within the national park, and with its 10,000 tourist beds it becomes quite a busy place in summer and at Easter. If you're staying in a self-catering accommodation, it's wise to stock up on groceries and wine in the big towns of Ballarat, Ararat, Hamilton, or Horsham, since prices at the Halls Gap general store are inflated. One of the most picturesque drives in the park is the 60 km (37 miles) stretch from Halls Gap to Dunkeld.
Some areas in the park can be affected by fire and flood from year to year, so check with Parks Victoria for current road and camping conditions.
Brambuk National Park & Cultural Centre. Owned and operated by Aboriginal people, this park and center provide a unique living history of indigenous culture in this part of Victoria. Displays of artwork, weapons, clothes, and tools give a glimpse into the life of Koori people (Aboriginal people of southeastern Australia). A film screened in the Dreaming Theatre describes the Creation legends of the Grampians mountains. Educational programs, including boomerang throwing, painting, and didgeridoo workshops, are presented daily and there is a bush tucker discovery walk and tasting most days. Ceremonial music and dances are performed weekly. Visitors can learn the significance of paintings at nearby Bunjil's Shelter on the Bunjil Creation tour, conducted on weekdays at 9:30 am. 277 Grampians Tourist Rd., 3381. 03/5361–4000. www.brambuk.com.au. Free; films and activities A$5, bushtucker walks A$11, Bunjil Creation Tour A$50. Daily 9–5.
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