Grampians & The Pyrenees Travel Guide

Grampians & The Pyrenees

About Grampians & The Pyrenees

The Pyrenees - named after the rocky mountains that straddle the border between Spain and France. These Australian Pyrenees are a last 'kick' (along with the Grampians further west) of Eastern Australia's geographical backbone, the Great Dividing Range. Like many of the former gold mining regions of Central and Western Victoria the Pyrenees has a heritage of wine. Avoca, Moonambel and Redbank all boast a selection of reputable wineries in the Pyrenees locality. Dalwhinnie, Taltarni, Mount Avoca and Blue Pyrenees Estate are some of the more impressive vineyards. Wine buffs are spoiled for choice in the cool-climate Pyrenees. Many of the wineries offer accommodation and fantastic dining. There's also an abundance of local produce which features on menus throughout the region. After an afternoon of bushwalking and wine tasting, relax in front of a blazing log fire in one of the self contained cottages located at the base of the Pyrenees Ranges; a mere sample of the wonderful overnight experiences to be had. For more information visit: Pyrenees Wine Region Victoria

The Grampians - From the rocky plains of Western Victoria the majestic beauty of the Grampians emerges offering a breathtaking display of 167,000 hectares of national park. The rugged mountain ranges of the Grampians National Park are the central focal point of this region and rise out of the rural plains of the Wimmera in north-west Victoria. Located approx 3.5 hours from Melbourne, explore the famed ranges from Dunkeld in the south, or Horsham in the north, with all roads leading to Halls Gap. The impressive ranges are renowned for their unspoilt natural beauty and feature lookouts with stunning panoramic views, picturesque waterfalls, ancient Aboriginal rock art, and abundant native wildlife. Additionally it boasts one of the main centres for rock climbing and abseiling, including the famed Mt Arapiles. Other popular activities include fishing and canoeing.

When to Visit Grampians & The Pyrenees

The Grampians & Pyrenees area has a temperate climate, with marked seasonal patterns. Summer is typically hot and dry. Temperatures average around the 28 degrees Celsius. Winters are traditionally cool & wet, especially throughout the ranges where the temperatures can drop to freezing at night. Average daytime temperatures linger in the low teens. Spring and autumn are a great time to visit, especially if you are keen to go hiking. Temperatures average in the low twenties and the sun is almost always shining.

Getting Around Grampians & The Pyrenees

The Grampians & Pyrenees region is approximately three hours from Melbourne or 260km. The popular Great Southern Touring Route passes through the area and takes in some of the best scenery & attractions that Victoria has to offer. Transport leaving Melbourne by rail direct or train/coach changeover service is available daily. A number to tours operators also offer a range of tours. Walking and cycling are popular ways of getting close to nature, however a motor vehicle is recommended if you really want to discover all that the region has to offer.

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