Published on 22nd March 2016
by Kelly Pigram (words) and Brook James (photography)

The Grampians is famous for its impressive natural scenery, but it’s worth taking a weekend away for many more reasons than just that.


The Grampians National Park is more than 1600 square kilometres of breathtaking scenery. The region’s waterfalls, rolling hills, rugged mountains and wildlife are a three-hour drive from Melbourne, but if you’ve been, you don’t need us to tell you it’s worth it.

On the hospitality front, the Grampians is a quiet achiever. Its reputation for food and wine has grown steadily over the past few years, and is becoming increasingly hard to ignore. The Royal Mail Hotel dining room in Dunkeld is known around the world for its extensive wine list (there are more than 2000 options stored in a cellar across the road), and its menu is inspired by the on-site organic kitchen garden. You can get a Melbourne-standard coffee from many cafes and the region’s wineries are raising eyebrows for their quality.

If quaint country charm is what you’re after, Stawell’s Waack’s bakery once made a half-kilometre-long lamington just to lift the town’s spirit. Dunkeld Old Bakery bakes its sourdough in one of the state’s oldest bread ovens.

Here are our recommendations for where to explore in this stunning part of western Victoria.

Welcome to The Grampians

NEAREST CAPITAL CITY

Melbourne

DRIVE

Just under three hours drive from Melbourne.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

2 hours and 25 minutes from Melbourne to Ararat by train. Connecting coach services travel to other parts of the region.

Eat

Food ranges from highly-awarded restaurants to local bakeries. Grab an eight-course tasting menu, or a meat pie.

Drink

Sample some sparkling shiraz from the internationally acclaimed Grampians wine region.

Best’s Wines

Shop

Shiraz and more since 1867.

111 Bests Road Great Western 3377
Wednesday
10:00am - 5:00pm

Do

It’s not just food and wine. Take a hike and enjoy the view.

Itinerary

ITINERARY: FOOD AND WINE TOUR OF THE GRAMPIANS

Make the most of the region and spend a day hiking, eating, drinking and exploring.