Hiking adventures only 3 hours from the city.
Three hours drive away from the city of Melbourne lies an incredible and rugged mountain range - the Grampians. This National Park boasts an array of adventure, hiking, camping, and even some food and wine from local producers and nearby vineyards. At the heart of the Grampians lies Halls Gap, a perfect spot to grab a bite to eat before a day of exploration begins. We recommend Harvest, a cute little cafe (come provedore and accommodation) delivering a number of hearty brunch choices and, of course, coffee.
No matter how long you spend at the Grampians, the trip is not complete without hiking the Pinnacle. This trail is an easy 2.1km with a short 2 hours return time. Starting at the Wonderland car park, follow the signs and walk over the bridge. The start of the trail is predominantly bushwalking and stairs. As you ascend, steep sandstone walls with spectacular layers will tower above you on both sides - this is Australia's very own Grand Canyon but, obviously, much smaller in scale. As you reach the top of the canyon, a green sea of Australian forestry as far as your eyes can see will be on your right. On your left, a trail leads you further up to the peak (aka pinnacle) where you'll find a magnificent 360° panoramic view of the Grampians.
For more awesome views, head to Boroka Lookout. For some waterfall scenes, check out Mackenzie Falls. Both of these are only a 10 minute drive from Halls Gap.
Wild kangaroos are aplenty in the Grampians, so you'll be sure to see some hopping about.