Great Southern Touring Route Leg 3
Port Fairy to Halls Gap
158 km / 98 miles, about 2.5 hr
From Port Fairy, the Great Southern Touring Route turns north, away from the coast and towards the natural beauty of Grampians mountain range.
Dunkeld is a beautiful village on the edge of the Grampians. To survey the beauty of the region follow the trail joining Mount Sturgeon and Mount Abrupt, the highest peak in the southern Grampians. The Grampians National Park is famous for some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia and is the perfect place for both relaxation and adventure.
Walk to cascading waterfalls or lookouts overlooking rugged mountain ranges and impressive rock formations, and explore bushland and discover the diverse wildlife of the region and a wide variety of birds.
For the more adventurous, try rock climbing or abseiling on the cliffs, pinnacles and bluffs of the Grampians. Guides and equipment are available, so even a novice can give it a go. Along with its natural beauty, the Grampians are home to the largest collection of Aboriginal rock paintings in Victoria.
The town of Halls Gap is the tourist hub of the region. Surrounded by the Wonderland and Mount William ranges, it is a great place to base yourself as you explore the Grampians. It offers accommodation ranging from 5-star villas to basic camping grounds and is close to many of the Grampians’ major attractions, including Boroka and Reed’s lookouts, McKenzie Falls, Lake Bellfield and Zumsteins.
Turn west from the Grampians and head for South Australia. Stop and taste award-winning wines at the cellar doors throughout the famous Coonawarra wine district. Nearby are the Naracoorte Caves, a World Heritage-listed site where many fossils of giant prehistoric mammals have been discovered. On the way to Adelaide, pay a visit to Hahndorf in the hills, a village with a distinct German feel and wide range of galleries and arts and crafts stores.
Set off down striking sandstone ridges and between unusual rock formations to behold the awe-inspiring Grampians region stretching out before you.
Discover evidence of an ancient past in the Grampians: oven mounds, toolmaking materials and a high concentration of Aboriginal rock art sites.
Walk in the footsteps of generations of adventurers, and plan outdoor activities in the rugged landscapes and extensive networks of bush reserves.
Explore deep into the Grampians region's parks and be rewarded with the sight of stunning waterfalls and the roar of cascading torrents of water.
Discover grand and rugged mountain ranges, spectacular wildflowers and a wealth of Aboriginal rock art sites in the Grampians National Park.