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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, from the Grampians Jazz Festival to the Discover Dunkeld 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

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.

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.

Leisure activities

Grampians Adventure Golf, MOCO Gallery & Cafe

Grampians Adventure Golf, MOCO Gallery & Cafe is nestled in the heart of the spectacular Grampians National Park in Halls Gap. This course has a...

Arts & culture

Brambuk - The National Park & Cultural Centre

Learn about the flora and fauna of the region and explore Aboriginal culture in the natural oasis of the Grampians/Gariwerd National Park.