THINGS TO DO.
Situated 30km north of Halls Gap, Wartook Valley is positioned in the “Sunny Mediterranean” of the Grampians National Park and offers breathtaking natural beauty on a grand scale, with magnificent sunrises, sunsets and night skies. The colours, shapes and textures of the mountain range combine to create an impressive landscape. This area is renowned for spectacular hiking, stunning views and inquisitive wildlife including kangaroos, emus, wallabies and birds.
Mount Zero, Hollow Mountain and Mount Staplyton and some of the most spectacular Grampians waterfalls are within easy reach, including majestic Mackenzie Falls. Black Range contains a rich diversity of plant and animal species, walks and rock art sites and offers a natural experience in relative seclusion.
NATURE & WILDLIFE.
The Grampians is home to an abundant mix of wildlife, with mobs of kangaroo, emu, shy wallabies and echidna. Of the 220 species of birds in the Grampians region, many are to be found in the Wartook Valley. Halls Gap Zoo is located within an easy drive and is Victoria’s largest regional zoo exhibiting over 160 native and exotic mammals.
THE NIGHT SKIES.
On a clear night the skies of the Wartook Valley provide an excellent opportunity to see many stars, constellations and planets with clarity and depth. The iconic Southern Cross, part of the Milky Way constellation, rises above the rugged mountains of the Northern Grampians.
The incredible and colourful spring wildflowers of the 975 native plant species that the Grampians supports, are amazing. The Wartook Valley is one of the best wildflower areas in the Grampians and from spring to early summer, the rich and colourful wildflowers are simply superb; there are over 75 orchid species.
FOOD & DINING.
There is a variety of both casual and alfresco dining options all within easy reach. Dierdrie’s at Laharum Grove provides great lunches, dinners and gourmet products. Grampians Olive Co offers lunch platters, coffee, farm shop and gourmet products. A further distance away is the gourmet experience that is the award-winning Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld.
WINERIES & LOCAL PRODUCE.
There are dozens of historic and boutique wineries scattered across the undulating Grampians and Henty wine-making regions in Western Victoria. Some of these include : Barangaroo Boutique Wines, Norton Estate and Grampians Estate. You can also take in a tour of the 150 year old sparkling wine cellars at Great Western, the home of sparkling wine. The Wartook Valley is also home to several olive groves where you can buy oil and local produce or even enjoy lunch or a coffee, you can experience locally grown chick peas, capers and lentils.
Bushwalking, cycling, bouldering, rock-climbing, horse riding or fishing. Enliven your sense of adventure by climbing to spectacular views or mountain bike riding on pristine trails. There are a number of tourist routes where you can discover the beauty of the Grampians at your own pace. Explore Mt. Difficult, Hollow Mountain or the Black Range. There are many walks, from a gentle stroll to a full day adventure or the recently launched multi-day Grampians Peaks Trail.
ABORIGINAL ROCK ART.
The Grampians hosts two-thirds of the Aboriginal rock art sites in Victoria and several of these are to be found in the Black Range and Wartook Valley. For more information about Aboriginal history, Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre at Halls Gap is also worth a visit.