Take a viewpoint
There’s certainly no shortage of spectacular lookouts in the Grampians. Many of these are accessed via easy walks, so aren’t too strenuous.
The Grampians’ highest spot, Mount William, on its eastern edge, has magnificent 360-degree views across the entire park – plus if you visit in winter, it’s likely to be covered in a romantic dusting of snow.
The Pinnacle, near Halls Gap, allows two kilometres to gaze in wonder at the volcanic peaks framing the valleys below. The Reed Lookout is the most accessible of all, offering jaw-dropping views over the entire Victoria Valley, including Lake Wartook and the Mt Difficult Range, and its viewing platform is renowned as a great place to watch the sun set over the mountains.
Wander into history
On the Grampians’ southern edge, the historic town of Dunkeld is framed by the twin peaks of Mt Abrupt and Mt Sturgeon, which brood magnificently over the surrounding eucalypt-dotted farmland.
Alternatively, a softer (and more educational) option sticks closer to town with the Dunkeld Heritage Trail, where a local community project has installed a series of signs around the township relating local stories and historical facts.
The Dunkeld Arboretum also offers exploration via a two-kilometre-long walking track around a billabong that showcases the area’s imposing river red gums and stringybark forests. Take the track at sunset to snap the perfect blushing hues of a sunset sky over Mt Abrupt, from the Instagram-worthy timber jetty.
Visit the first artists
Known as Gariwerd by the traditional owners the Jadawadjali and Djab Wurrung peoples, the Grampians contain more than 80 per cent of Victoria’s rock art sites.
Among them is the rock shelter known as Gulgurn Manja, meaning “hands of young people”, where centuries-old handprints and images of emus decorate the rock. Take a self-guided visit to the shelter, near the town of Laharun at the north-west of the national park.