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Great Grampians & Little Desert Touring Route

Hit the road and experience the vivid contrast of the majestic Grampians and the arid landscapes of Little Desert. Discover Mount Arapiles and Horsham, a lively city centrally located in the Wimmera and the perfect base to explore the region.

Wildlife and waterfalls

Set aside some time to enjoy the excellent shopping, dining and entertainment offerings in Horsham before hitting the road. If you're staying at Halls Gap, proceed to Stawell and follow the Western Highway to Dadswell Bridge. Duck off on a fascinating side trip to check out Wartook Valley, Mackenzie Falls and several local lookouts. The region's national parks are home to more than 200 species of birds and several species of kangaroo and wallaby. Tread softly in the Little Desert and you might even catch a glimpse of the remarkable Mallee Fowl.

View from the top

Enjoy natural heritage attractions and majestic mountain ranges on a Great Grampians and Little Desert tour, taking in picturesque Wartook Valley and Mount Arapiles. World famous as a rock climbing destination, Mount Arapiles is also accessible by bike or car.  Make your way to the top and revel in the breathtaking views of the surrounding Wimmera Plain.

Wartook Valley offers mountain views and native wildlife, secluded creeks and spectacular waterfalls. Olive groves, famous for their gourmet produce, dot the northern face of the Grampians, opening up to the plains and distant views of Mount Arapiles. Plan your visit between July and November to see wildflowers transform the area into a kaleidoscope of colour.


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Great Grampians & Little Desert Touring Route

National parks & reserves

Little Desert National Park

Discover the changing landscapes and diverse flora and fauna of Little Desert National Park. Explore the area by car, on foot or by four-wheel drive.

National parks & reserves

Mt Arapiles

Drive, walk, cycle or climb to the summit of the dramatic landmark that is Mt Arapiles, and take in soaring views of the surrounding Wimmera Plain.

National parks & reserves

Grampians National Park

Discover grand and rugged mountain ranges, spectacular wildflowers and a wealth of Aboriginal rock art sites in the Grampians National Park.

Art galleries

Horsham Regional Art Gallery

Horsham Regional Art Gallery is one of Australia's best rural galleries, housed in the elegant 1930s Art Deco former Municipal Offices.

Walking & hiking

MacKenzie Falls Walk

Take a walk to the waters of Victoria's largest and most majestic waterfall. The view that awaits you at the end of this steep trail is spectacular.


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