Halls Gap

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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 leads 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.

The Grampians Peaks Trail

The Grampians Peaks Trail is a world-class long-distance walking experience of 13 days and 12 nights. Being progressively built until 2019, the Trail showcases the spectacular natural and cultural landscapes of the Grampians National Park. See the latest project update here

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
  • Halls Gap Zoo - Pomonal Rd
  • The Gap Winery - Pomonal Rd
  • Galleries
  • Lake Bellfield - 5 km south, Dunkeld Road

Major Events

  • Grampians Jazz Festival - February
  • Rotary Art Exhibition - Easter
  • Grampians Grape Escape- May
  • Spring art show and wildflower exhibition - October
  • Film Festival - November