Winter in the Grampians
18 June 2019 - The Grampians
There’s something nice about being in the Grampians in the Winter. The chill in the air and snuggling up in front of the fireplace with a glass of red wine.
Winter is a great time to explore the magnificent region. The Grampians is home to a number of well-organised events. Let’s see what’s on during June, July and August in the Grampians.
Serra Terror Dunkeld Adventure
Serra Terror is an endurance event that is hosted in the Grampians National Park over the June Queens Birthday weekend.
The event is held over two action packed days where teams join together to battle the elements as they run, hike and climb over an 80km long course.
Each year the course changes slightly, so competitors can compete year after year with an ever-changing course proving challenging for even elite competitors.
A fundraiser for the Dunkeld Community Centre, make sure you register early, as places are limited.
When – 08 June 2019 to 09 June 2019
Wonderland Run, Halls Gap
One Victoria’s most scenic running events is the Grampians Wonderland Run. New Ultra distance event for 2019, plus 30ish, 20 km, 8 km and 2 km distances.
With a level of intensity not experienced in any other event, it’s worth doing just to see the landscape.
Sat 24 Aug 2019 – Sun 25 Aug 2019
Peaks & Trails, Dunkeld
Peaks and Trails is a trail running event, starting and finishing in the heart of picturesque Dunkeld in the southern Grampians.
This event offers a range of distances including 6.4, 11, 22, 26 and 50 km trail runs. Longer distances take in picturesque sections of the Grampians National Park.
Sat 03 Aug 2019 – Sun 04 Aug 2019
Hiking in the Grampians
Winter is the perfect time to go hiking in the Grampians National Park. It’s not hot and the snakes are not out !
Exploring the Grampians by foot, there are many walks and hikes on offer, from a gentle stroll to a full day adventure or the recently launched multi-day Grampians Peaks Trail.
For shorter walks that are suitable for any age or fitness level try the Venus Baths Loop Walk or the Balconies Walk, both walks are easily accessible, flat and under 2kms.
For more of a challenge, hikers can spend up to half a day exploring Venus Baths, Splitter Falls, the Grand Canyon, Silent Street and the Pinnacle via the Wonderand Loop Hike, departing from Halls Gap.
If you are hiking in the Grampians, it’s best to call into a local Visitor Information Centre or Brambuk – The National Park and Cultural Centre for more walk information.
You can also click here for more details.
Cycling in the Grampians
There’s some fantastic road cycling within the Grampians.
Two of the more challenging routes are the climb of Mt William which is about 13kms (good warm up) south of Halls Gap and Boroka Lookout which starts in Halls Gap up Mount Victory Road.
Both rides are featured by the climbing cyclist:
A visit to the Grampians is not complete without a visit to the wine region.
Seppelt Wines has been at the forefront of Australian winemaking for over 160 years. Offering cool climate style wines, Seppelt’s produced Australia’s first sparkling wine, as well as pioneering the sparking shiraz.
Seppelt is famous for their heritage listed labyrinth of underground cellars, known as The Drives, which wind for three kms beneath the historic Great Western home.
Seppelt winery is a 27 minute drive from Serenity Halls Gap
Ararat Gallery TAMA (40mins drive)
The Ararat Gallery – Textile Art Museum Australia is a unique place with a commitment to supporting and promoting textile and fibre art.
Vincent Street, Ararat the Gallery open seven days a week from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ararat Gallery is a 40 minute drive from Serenity Halls Gap.
Grampians Adventure Mini Golf, Halls Gap
Who doesn’t enjoy a game of mini golf? Just perfect for the whole family, this mini golf course is set on two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.
Two mini mountains form the centre of the course from which six waterfalls and streams meander around, over and under the greens.
Themed around the Grampians mountains in Victoria, many of the holes are named after popular tourist icons. i.e the 7th hole is ‘The Grand Canyon’, The 18th is “The Pinnacle” and the 10th is the “Nerve Test”.
It’s a totally unique Adventure Golf course that is well worth a visit.
Halls Gap Zoo
No visit to the Grampians is complete without a visit to the Halls Gap Zoo.
For a regional Zoo, it has so much on offer, the kids will be occupied for hours!
Markets to visit
There are a number of markets that continue over Winter including:
Pomonal Village Market (20 mins drive)
Pomonal Community Hall, Ararat-Halls Gap Road, Pomonal.
Held on the last Sunday of the month from 10am to 2pm.
Ararat Trash ‘n’ Treasure & Farmers Market (40mins drive)
Alexandra Hall, Collings Street, Ararat.
Held every 2nd Sunday of the Month
Serenity Halls Gap Accommodation
Serenity Halls Gap Accommodation is the best location to experience what the Grampians has on offer.
Get in quick though! For some of the more popular sporting events in the Grampians, accommodation is often booked out 12 months in advance.
Check availability for Halls Gap Accommodation.