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Family activities

Get set for a fun-filled family adventure in the Grampians region: explore natural attractions, set up camp in the great outdoors, and visit zoos, museums, pools and play centres.

Local attractions

Visit regional towns for a great variety of family attractions, from the Volcanoes Discovery Centre at Penshurst to the kid-friendly Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre in Ararat, and the animal encounters at the Halls Gap Zoo.  

Some towns also have great indoor play centres, ten pin bowling and heated swimming pools with kid-friendly zones. Outdoor swimming pools are popular in the warm summer months – and look out for ice creameries!

For a joyful weekend of food, music and fun activities, bring the kids to one of the many cultural festivals throughout the year. Visit in October to make the most of the 3 Peaks Festival in Dunkeld, with its market stalls and upbeat entertainment, and laid-back performances at the Halls Gap's Blues and Jazz Festival.

Scenic walks

Embark on easy, shaded walks, some on sealed paths, admiring wildflowers in the spring-time, watching for glimpses of native wildlife, and cooling off in the spray from impressive waterfalls. Try Silverband Falls near Halls Gap, the path beside Lake Hamilton, the picnic grounds beside the Wimmera or the Avoca River, and the botanical parks of Ararat, Hamilton and Horsham.

Head further afield to one of the Grampians' many scenic lookouts. Take the easy way and cruise up by car to lookouts at Boroka, Reed and Mt William. Alternatively, make an afternoon of it and walk up to mounts Sturgeon and Stapylton, Boronia Peak, or The Pinnacle. Check walking times to make sure they're the right fit for your age and fitness. 

Camping and canoes

Picnic spots adjacent to waterfalls, tall timber, rocky outlets and scenic beauty are never far away in the region's many parks and reserves.

Camping has been a family activity in the Grampians for generations, and it's no wonder with the well-equipped campgrounds on some of the region's best real estate. And if you're bringing a tent, why not bring a canoe or kayak as well? Head out on the water to explore the different lakes, waterways and myriad bird life.

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Family activities

Gold rush history

Gum San Chinese Heritage

Unearth the critical and quirky contributions of the Chinese miners who came to the Victorian goldfields in the 1850s, through interactive exhibits.

Parks & gardens

Hamilton Botanic Gardens

The site for these gardens was set aside in 1853 and first planted in 1870, making them one of the earliest provincial botanic gardens in Australia....

Parks & gardens

Horsham Botanic Gardens

Designed by William Guilfoyle in the 1870s this was originally a reserve of 37 acres, but only eight acres remained by 1982. Clubs and individuals...


Volcanoes Discovery Centre

Visit the Volcanoes Discovery Centre in Penshurst at the foot of the dormant Mt Rouse volcano, and be transported back thousands of years to when...

Lakes & waterways

Lake Bellfield

Cool off during the summer months, enjoy a paddle in a canoe, or cast a line for redfin at Lake Bellfield, located just 5km from Halls Gap.

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Halls Gap Zoo

Get up close to more than 160 native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds, including endangered species, at Victoria's largest regional zoo.


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