Take a break from exploring the spectacular landscapes of the Grampians and while away a day or two in the boutiques, markets and creative spaces across the region. Pick up something special for a loved one, stock the boot with fresh produce, or mark your journey with a piece of art inspired by the Grampians.
Travel from village to village checking out local craft boutiques and antique stores as you go. You'll find quaint second hand stores brimming with all kinds of nick nacks, from vintage books and glassware to rustic country collectables. Stay warm with original knitwear from Only Ewe, browse more than 30 collections at The Pickers Market Stawell, and buy local handicrafts at the Acova Sticky Beaks Craft Co-Operative.
To market, to market
Check local guides to find out about the numerous markets, fairs and swap meets taking place every month. Fossick for treasures both old and new, browse crafty creations, and pick up all manners of jams, cheeses and gourmet goodies. With local farmers, artisans and artists all peddling their wares, there's plenty to see, taste and try on, wherever you are in the Grampians. Visitor information centres in the region provide brochures of individual markets and what's in season.
Forego the usual souvenir hunt and instead bring something home that boasts a true connection to the land. Check out creative works at artists' studios and local galleries across the region, from Ros McArthur Art Studio in Mirranatwa to Ararat's Bluewhippet Art and Steve Morvell Wildlife Art in Halls Gap. Have a chat with local artists, see sculptures, paintings and drawings, and delve into this vibrant creative community.