The Grampians National Park is Victoria’s forth largest and by far the most diverse of the 34 National Parks.and Its colorful displays of wildflowers and spectacular scenery offers a wide range of outdoor recreation activities and is one of the Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations. Rugged, awe inspiring sandstone escarpments offering panoramic views of surrounding plains, ancient rock art shelters, diverse animals and colourful wildflowers have made the Grampians National Park a popular holiday escape. For many thousands of years Aboriginal people have lived in the Grampians and they named their mountain home Gariwerd.
The park is a great place for touring on an extensive network of sealed, dirt or 4WD tracks (depending on road conditions). However, the beauty and mystery of the Grampians is probably best explored on foot. At 167,219 hectares, it covers from River Red Gum Wetlands to Sub-alpine communities as Mt William at 1167 meters. With over 900 native woody plants which represents more than 25 per cent of the State’s flora.
There are more than 160 kilometres of walking tracks ranging from short, easy walks, to day long explorations or challenging overnight expeditions. Mount Stapylton camp ground is an ideal base to explore the region.
Many of the Grampians waterfalls are located in the northern section of the Grampians and these are easily accessible from the Wartook Valley. Black Range State Park Black Range State Park is a dramatic outcrop of sandstone cliffs and spectacular bushland west of the Grampians National Park. Black Range contains a rich diversity of plant and animal species and significant Aboriginal sites and offers a natural experience in relative seclusion.
The park offers excellent bushwalking opportunities. A long walk leads from the Black Range picnic area to spectacular views from the top of the range. If you choose to drive to the Black Range, in late winter to early summer, you will be rewarded with masses of wildflowers.
Most noticeable is the Grampians Thryptomene. For more information on the Grampians National Park or Black Range State Park, please call the Horsham Visitor Information Centre or Brambuk, the National Park and Cultural Centre, Halls Gap.