The tourist village of Halls Gap is situated in the heart of the Grampians National Park, Victoria Australia.
With its multitude of accommodation, eateries and shopping, Halls Gap is the perfect place to stay when exploring the ancient mountain ranges, natural flora and fauna, waterfalls and stunning views.
The Sights and Activities
Enjoy all that the wonderful Grampians region has to offer. There are a multitude of scenic walks and hikes to chose from, magnificent lookouts, waterfalls, picnic spots and picturesque lakes. For the more adventurous try some mountain biking on the local trails or some of the best sandstone rock climbing you'll find anywhere. You're sure to find something to suit just about every skill or energy level!
Wineries & Vineyards
The Grampians wine region is home to some of the world's oldest vines. Known for dense, purple and peppery shiraz and sparkling wines, the Grampians has been a quality wine-producing region for more than 150 years.
As you explore the undulating hills from Buangor to Halls Gap, there is plenty to discover with an abundance of wine-related experiences.
The Halls Gap Zoo
If the animals in the wild aren't enough for you, then take a trip to the fabulous Halls Gap Zoo - Victoria’s largest regional zoo. Featuring over 160 species of native & exotic mammals, reptiles and birds, your family and friends will thoroughly enjoy this unique experience.
Observe the inquisitive meerkats, gigantic giraffe, colossal rhinoceros, swift cheetah, regal red panda, playful lemurs, colourful macaws and a plethora of wallaby and kangaroo species.
Brambuk Cultural Centre
The award winning Brambuk Cultural Centre offers visitors extensive information on the local Aboriginal Culture, history, rock art sites, and the natural environment as well as servicing the needs of visitors to the Grampians National Park. Browse the displays, take part in tours & activities, and view the Dreamtime creation story of the area. The on-site Gift Shop offers a range of quality products and the Bush Tucker Café serves delicious food and great coffee.
Stawell Easter Gift
The Stawell Gift has been held in all but four years since 1878, and is one of the world’s most famous and prestigious foot races. Run on grass, athletes are handicapped according to form and ability, and start off varying marks accordingly. Runners race for glory and prize money with many more dollars working their way through the bookies ring. The main race is the Stawell Gift which is run over 120m up a slight gradient, and the final is traditionally held on Easter Monday.
Great Western Rodeo
The Great Western Good Friday Rodeo is an annual event that has been running for the past 14 years. In that time the event has grown to become one of the premier rodeo events in Victoria and indeed Australia. Riders come from all over Australia to compete in this event. Being over the Easter weekend and with the time honoured Stawell Easter Gift on that same weekend there are tourists from all over Australia and overseas in attendance. The event usually attracts between 3500-4000 people.
The organisers have been particularly mindful of encouraging a family atmosphere during the rodeo with young families usually attending during the afternoon. A young people's event is also organised for later into the evening.
The Stawell Races
The Stawell Racing Club plays host to the biggest raceday in the Wimmera, the Stuart McGregor Stawell Gold Cup which is held annually over the Easter long weekend.
Stawell is also host to another popular raceday on the second Saturday in December - the Stawell Christmas Races.
Stawell also holds an additional four race meetings throughout the year, all of which are mid-week races.