Location: 262 km NW of Melbourne
In 1841, four years after Major Thomas Mitchell first climbed and named Mt William, Charles Browning Hall became the first European to locate a gap through the mountain range and discover the lovely valley now named after him. However, the ramparts of the Wonderland and Mt William Ranges that rise 700 metres each side of this little tourist village have existed since ancient times.
Cattle rustlers were the first to make use of the valley, but were soon removed and the whole valley was taken-up by station owners, including new arrivals from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Britain.
The discovery of gold in Stony Creek brought many fossickers in 1887, but there was more success on Mt William where the Mafeking Goldfields thrived for several years from 1900. Around this time, guesthouses were being built to house the many tourists, botanists and naturalists who were discovering the beauty of the area.
Centred around the town is the Wonderland Range, which is one of the most popular sections of the Grampians with its interesting rock formations, canyons and viewpoints.
A network of roads from the town lead to other scenic drives and a wealth of walking trails. Lakes Bellfield, Lonsdale, Fyans, Wartook and Moora Moora are all within a short drive of the town.
Halls Gap features a wide variety of accommodation styles and offers fine dining both in the town and its immediate surrounds.
More about Halls Gap's amazing lifestyle:
Things to do:
Brambuk- the National Park and Cultural Centre - Dunkeld Rd
Grampians National Park - drives, walking tracks, lookouts, waterfalls
Retail Stores - Grampians Rd
Restaurants and Cafes
Wildlife Park and Zoo - Pomonal Rd
The Gap Winery - Pomonal Rd
Lake Bellfield - 5 km south, Dunkeld Road
Jazz festival - February
Rotary Art Exhibition - Easter
Grampians gourmet weekend - May
Spring art show and wildflower exhibition - October
Film Festival - November
Below is a virtual tour of Halls Gap provided by StreetDirectory.com.au
Halls Gap - Recipe #14