It's one thing to appreciate the Grampians' spectacular backdrop from afar – ie from Halls Gap with glass of wine in hand – but don’t leave the region without getting out into the national park itself. With more than 150km of well-marked walking tracks, ranging from half-hour strolls to overnight treks through difficult terrain, there’s something here to suit all levels. Along with scenic drives and adventure activities such as abseiling and rock climbing, there are many ways to experience the park.
In mid-January 2014, a series of bushfires swept through the Grampians region, with the northern region the hardest hit. Homes were lost around Wartook and Brimpaen, while large swathes of forest turned to ash in the areas around Mt Difficult. In spite of the fires, the Grampians remain very much open for business – check with the various visitors centres and Parks Victoria to see which, if any, trails are closed.