Sitting about three hours west of Melbourne, The Grampians (Gariwerd) is an easy drive along the Western Freeway. You can get here via public transport, too. Just catch the V-Line train to Ararat and jump on a connecting coach. Once you're in the region, a hire car is the best way to get around, and there are Visitor Information Centres in Halls Gap, Hamilton, Horsham and plenty of other small towns. Our advice? Stop in and ask the locals for tips. They know all the best spots. 

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Getting here & around

Travelling by car

Follow the Western Freeway through Ballarat to Ararat and from there choose between the Ararat Pomonal Road west towards Halls Gap, or continue on the Western Highway to Stawell and Horsham. Another option is to follow the Glenelg Highway from Ballarat to Dunkeld and Hamilton.

The popular Great Southern Touring Route passes through the Grampians region. This self-driven tour takes in some of Victoria's most spectacular scenery, following the Great Ocean Road, passing by the Shipwreck Coast, and winding up into the Grampians before continuing to Ballarat.

The Grampians are also a convenient stopping point for tourers travelling between Adelaide and Melbourne. Take in the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves in South Australia, then cross the border into Victoria to Little Desert, the Grampians and Mt Arapiles.

Public transport options

V/Line runs daily train services from Southern Cross Station direct to Ararat with connecting coach services to other parts of the region.

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