There’s no denying that the Grampians are one of Australia’s most stunning visual feasts on offer.

The panoramic scenes are as if they are straight out of an adventure book, with sprawling sandstone mountain ranges, hanging cliff faces, wildflowers, wildlife, and waterfalls galore. Sounds like the perfect destination for a road trip, right?

That’s what we thought. We’ve put together a guide of the unmissable spots in Victoria’s great ranges and the best things to do in the Grampians.

How to get to the Grampians

Located about 260 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, the three-hour drive to the Grampians is well worth it.

You can easily pick up the perfect road trip vehicle from Thrifty car hire locations in Melbourne or along the way in towns like Ballarat. We recommend one from our SUV or 4WD range for an authentic adventure feel.

Aim to leave early so you can make the most of the day exploring hikes and caves, maximising daylight. Once you arrive, there are plenty of nature’s wonders to see.

The Pinnacles

This is a great introduction to your road trip and the Grampians National Park as hiking to the top of The Pinnacle is sure to be a view you will remember. Morning hikes are particularly stunning, and with a variety of trails you can enjoy the views of the valley and the fresh air at your own pace. Here you’ll experience some of the best vantage points in the Grampians National Park over a vast expanse of western Victoria.

Mackenzie Falls

One of the largest waterfalls in Victoria, Mackenzie Falls is captivating in every way. Just a short drive from Halls Gap, the iconic landmark sees huge cliffs overlooking a deep, stunning gorge. Swimming is not permitted here, but there are plenty of opportunities to feel the fine sprays of water that cascades down.

Grampians Estate

This award-winning winery is the perfect spot to enjoy a stop off. The vines here were planted back in the 1800s so the history is as rich as the cool-climate shiraz that is produced at Grampians Estate. There are up to 14 wines for tasting at the cellar door and they can all be paired with a local cheese platter.

Boroka Lookout and Reeds Lookout

These are two separate yet equally stunning vista points. The cliffside viewing platforms offer nothing but unfiltered views of mountain ranges, lakes and plains as far as the eye can see. Both require a hike, but the roads leading there are sealed making for an easy drive.

Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre

Australia’s longest running Aboriginal Cultural Centre that’s 100% owned and operated by the local Aboriginal people. Brush up on the history of the Grampians and experience the Brambuk National Park in a truly immersive way – enjoy a rock art tour, a show in the Gariwerd Dreaming Theatre or tuck into some bush foods at the cafe.

After ticking all of those off your list, you’ll surely be too tired to drive home. Luckily, there’s plenty of Grampians accommodation to be found. For those who can brave the cooler climates and handle the weather, there are some great camping spots, too!