By far the best hike in the area, and one that you shouldn't skip. It is quite steep which makes it a bit tougher but I wouldn't classify it as hard. It is best to attempt this hike in the early morning since it can get quite hot around midday. To reach the Pinnacle Trail, park at Wonderland Car Park.
Quick note: Other blogs and Grampian travel guides will tell you to park at Sundial Carpark and begin the hike there. But you can skip that part and head to Wonderland Car park. The hike from Sundial to Pinnacle takes you literally through Wonderland car park and adds an extra 2+ km and a steep climb(!!) to an already hard hike.
So anyway, you've just parked in Wonderland Car Park. Follow the trailhead and make your way through Grand Canyon—a short (less than a kilometer hike) passing through some massive natural rocks. As you approach the rear of Grand Canyon you'll begin to see signs for Pinnacle Lookout. Well-placed signs make your life very easy, pointing the way for the entire 9 km hike. I know it sounds like a long hike, but I promise the views are worth the trek.
A shorter hike for those who don't want to do the entire Pinnacle Lookout hike, the Grand Canyon is a great 1-kilometer loop that takes you through some massive natural rocks. There are stairs built into some sections making this hike easy for all ages.
The biggest falls in Victoria, MacKenzie Falls can be considered with no debate the most stunning. Although they seem pretty far from Halls Gap the drive should only take you around 30-minutes from the city center. Just follow C222 the entire way, you'll see signs. When you reach the car park you'll find tons of trailheads leading off in various directions. Although I'm sure the hike all the way down is great, we opted for the simple hike to the Lookout point since it was only around 1-kilometer. The view was spectacular.
If you do attempt the longer MacKenzie Falls hike you should know while it is stunning with huge cliffs overlooking a deep gorge, swimming is not permitted.
Broken Falls Lookout
From the same carpark as Mackenzie Falls is a short (180-meter walk) to Broken Falls Lookout. Obviously, this hike takes no time at all but I found it quite underwhelming with most of the view blocked by overgrown trees.
Try Wine From The Grampians
If you want to try some wines from the region (and you totally should, they are delicious) make a stop at Best's Great Western. The Cellar Door is your ultimate destination on the vineyard. It was built in with picturesque views of the Grampians. Tours are self-guided. Remember to assign someone as designated driver and get yourself back to Halls Gap safely.
Open Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM
Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM.
Check hours on any public holidays.
Reed Lookout & Balconies Lookout
Two amazing lookouts with very little effort. Park your car at Reed's Lookout Car park and after getting your fill of incredible panoramic views of Victoria Valley take the 2-kilometer trail to The Balconies for another perfect view.
Sitting over 1100 meters high (3600+ feet), Mt. William is the highest vantage point in Grampians National Park. This view is best taken in at sunrise and I, unfortunately, ran out of time. The trail is 4.3-kilometers with over 200 meters of elevation gain. It is rated as a moderate hike on All Trails.
Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre
You shouldn't miss learning some Aboriginal history while in the area. Luckily, Halls Gap has Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre an incredibly facility helping to educate tourists and locals alike on the complex history of the area and Australia as a whole. Bushfoods Cafe inside the Cultural Centre is a great spot for lunch and coffee while you visit.
Tip: If you have the energy check out the walking trails leading out from behind the cultural center and its parking lot. The trails wind through very flat terrain with some great bird watching along the way.
There are a number of sites open to the public to view original Aboriginal Art. Two of the most famous: Gulgurn Manja (Flat Rock)and Ngamadjidj (Cave of Ghosts) are ones you shouldn't miss. More than 70% of Victoria's Aboriginal Art is in the area making the Grampians a wonderful place to educate yourself.
A cliffside viewing platform that offers nothing but uninterrupted views of mountains, lakes, and trees as far as the eye can see. I would save Boroka Lookout for after you have done all the hard hikes on your list. Boroka is a perfect last stop because the car park is right in front of the spectacular view. Zero hiking required. Just be sure to get there before sunset because you don't want to miss the show. The sky lights up each night in the most beautiful of colors.
Planning a trip to Australia in general, can be overwhelming. Everyone has an opinion on this beautiful location and you may be frozen and unable to plan anything. Rest assured that no matter what you choose to do in Australia or where you choose to stay in Australia you're going to have a beautiful time.
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing an Australian travel guide along with you. Here are some of the travel guides I used during my trip...
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