The Grampians are a series of uplifted, tilted and eroded ranges. They form the western extremity of the Great Dividing Range. Even from a distance they look spectacular as they rise out of the surrounding plains. The only town and the main access point to the Grampians is Hall’s Gap.
Dunkeld is a beautiful village set at the southern entrance to the Grampians in the shadow of Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt, the highest mountain in the southern Grampians. It is also a gateway to enter the Grampians from an alternative direction.
There are a number of routes into and through the Grampians. If travelling on the Western Highway from the Ballarat/Melbourne direction to Halls Gap, turn off at Stawell. Halls Gap is 260 km from Melbourne. The paved Grampians Tourist Road from Halls Gap to Dunkeld at the southern end of the ranges is a scenic drive through the ranges.
In the evening, hundreds of corellas, a type of white and pink cockatoo, fly around Halls Gap in large flocks and roost in the trees. The iconic laughing kookaburra can also be heard here. The noise is quite remarkable.
Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre the Aboriginal Cultual Centre is a must visit as you can learn about the local indigenous people and see a short film in the Gariwed theatre where you will hear the story of the creator spirit Bunjil. There is also a gift shop, cafe and information can be obtained from National Park.
Hiking. There are more than 160 km of trails offering everything from short easy strolls to challenging overnight hikes.
Pinnacle. Take a hike through exciting canyons to the viewing platform on the pinnacle. Marked footpath from Halls Gap or from Wonderland Car Park.
Rock climbing and Abseiling the Grampians are also a popular destination for rock climbers of all skill levels.
Chatauqua Peak. Be the only tourist to climb the Chatauqua Peak. Medium difficulty, some mountaineering experience required for climbing the viewing spot. On the way there, spot wallabies, lizards and more animals and hear the cycads chirp.
Halls Gap Zoo. Located about 15mins from the center of town, the zoo is surprisingly well stocked with the usual assortment of Australian native wildlife, in addition to a collection of meercats, mountain goats and monkeys.
Campgrounds. There are 13 campgrounds throughout the park. All have toilets, fire places and picnic tables and most have water. Pay fees through a self-service permit system at the campgrounds.
Bush camping is permitted in many, but not all, areas of the park away from the designated campgrounds.
Brambuk Backpackers, Grampians Tourist Rd, Halls Gap. (southern end of Halls Gap, opposite the visitor center), 61 3 5350 4544 (fax 5356 4609).
Grampians YHA Eco-hostel, cnr Buckler St and Grampians Rd, Halls Gap. (on the way into Halls Gap from Stawell), 61 3 5356 4544 (email@example.com, fax 61 3 5356 4543). A very well-designed, purpose-build hostel inside Grampians National Park. Designed with ecological sustainability in mind, it has features such as solar heating and recycling of shower water to flush toilets. The careful design has extended even to the vegetation plantings. The kitchen is well-equipped with utensils such as knife sharpeners, rice cookers and bread makers (bread-making ingredients are available for purchase). Fresh eggs are available for free from the hen-house. Has 4-bed dorms with lockers and private rooms. Prices may be a bit higher than most hostels but the standard of facilities, cleanliness and service deserve the extra couple of dollars. Dorm bed members $24, non-members $29, double/twin $30 per person, single $54, family room $78. 
Tim’s Place, 44 Grampians Rd, Halls Gap. (on the way into Halls Gap from Stawell), ph/fax 61 3 5356 4288. Small hostel. Extremely friendly, excellent value. Watch the Kangoroos feeding on the nearby cricket grounds. Dorms $25. 
Halls Gap Getaway, 2/15 Clematis drive, Halls Gap. ph +61 1300 79 55 66. Three bedrooms, two living areas, two bathrooms, sleeps six. From $140 per night. Very quiet and peaceful with the local hotel a short walk away. Luxurious yet affordable Halls Gap accommodation.