Halls Gap, emu watching
Victoria’s longest running food and wine festival, the Grampians Grape Escape, brings together foodies and families for an indulgent epicurean weekend within the spectacular Grampians region, from Saturday 3 to Sunday 4 May 2014. Over 125 food and wine artisans offer the region’s best fine food and produce along with guest celebrity chefs sharing their culinary secrets. A new hawker-style market will take place on the Saturday evening, transforming the Festival Village into a thriving event with live music and roving entertainment.
The Grampians Grape Escape is held in the relaxed township of Halls Gap in the heart of the Grampians, under three hours’ drive from Melbourne. Halls Gap is surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges and is the gateway to the grand and majestic Grampians National Park. Year round the town is popular with visitors who spend days exploring the nearby wonders and offers a range of stunning eco-accommodation.
Renowned for the best coffee in Halls Gap, LiveFast Café also serves delicious breakfast and lunches made with local ingredients where possible. Staffed by an energetic team of young artists and travellers who love the natural beauty of the region, the cafe is also open for dinner, tapas and craft beer, with live music. 5/97 Grampians Road, Halls Gap
Halls Gap Bakery
Nestled within the picturesque collection of Stoney Creek Stores, Halls Gap Bakery is renowned for its fresh breads, sandwiches, pies, pasties and cakes. Produce is baked locally on premise and served with good old fashioned country hospitality. Shop 3 Stoney Creek Stores Halls Gap
Red Rock Olives
Boasting an olive grove of around 5000 trees, Red Rock Extra Virgin Olive Oil is pressed locally within hours of being picked. The café stocks delicious table olives and tapenades as well as beautiful crafts made from the by-products of olive trees by local artists. Corner Ararat-Halls Gap Tourist Road and Tunnel Road, Pomonal
“Tree-house’ accommodation and cabins with mountain views have been architect-designed to blend into the bushland environment – perfect for absorbing the sun and spectacular scenery. The rough-sawn timbers, polished concrete, wooden floors and floor to ceiling windows have been designed with environmental sensitivity, with each cabin linked by raised walkway or footpath. Thryptomeme Court, Halls Gap
Luxury 5-star accommodation in a romantic, serene and secluded setting; Baroka Downs is one of Victoria’s award winning boutique retreat and is ideal for couples who just want to relax and unwind. The property provides a secluded sanctuary within natural surrounds, stunning views of the Grampians National Park and wildlife within reach of guests’ rooms. 51 Birdswing Road Halls Gap
Grampians Chalet accommodation is stylishly designed with natural timbers and located in the heart of Halls Gap, set on two and a half acres on the edge of the valley floor, with panoramic views of the Mount William and Wonderland Ranges. 221 Grampians Road Halls Gap
From Sundial Carpark (located within Grampians National Park), traverse the 4.2km walking track through rocky woodland and climbing steeply along a ridge providing scenic views all the way to the iconic Pinnacle Lookout. This spectacular view is well worth the effort.
Venus Baths Loop Walk
For a more leisurely stroll in around an hour, visitors can start from the main car park in Halls Gap and simply follow the easy grade track over Stony Creek which winds along the creek and past towering sandstone cliffs. The walk ends at the picturesque Venus Baths rockpools.
Halls Gap Zoo
Victoria’s largest regional zoo now boasts over 160 different species which can be viewed as guests walk around the 2km walking track. Halls Gap Zoo is home to a number of captive breeding programs for endangered species such as Bilbies, Mainland Tammar Wallabies, Quolls and Bettongs. Visitors can observe the inquisitive meerkats, gigantic giraffe, regal red panda, playful lemurs, colourful macaws and a plethora of wallaby and kangaroo species. 4061 Ararat-Halls Gap Road, Halls Gap
Grampians Grape Escape – Ticket Information
Ticket packages to the Grampians Grape Escape food and wine festival are available, such as the VIP Lounge package including festival entry, free wine tasting on both days and entry to the VIP lounge situated in the heart of Festival Village, available for $85.00 pre-sale or $100.00 at the gate per person.
All festival entry tickets include access to cooking demonstrations, live music and the free kid’s activities. For more information or to pre-purchase tickets visit www.grampiansgrapeescape.com.au