November 17, 2023

Photo By Daniel Jacob

Where to cool off as the degrees climb

A refreshing oasis nestled within spectacular scenery, Victoria’s natural playground the Grampians is the perfect place to cool off this summer. As the outdoors warms, there are plenty of options away from the bustle of the beach for cooling off and taking a dip as the temperature rises. From lovely lakes and flowing rivers to swimming pools and waterfalls, the Grampians region is the perfect place to get your togs out these holidays.


The perfect family-friendly swimming spot, Lake Fyans’ vast sparkling water and soft sandy beaches are popular year-round. For exclusive access, Lake Fyans Holiday Park is the only holiday park in the Grampains with direct access to a lake and offers guests private use of a boat ramp, fishing spots, sheltered beaches, and water sports hire. Holidaymakers can book powered and non-powered campsites as well as cabins or a house.


Get back to nature at this oasis only a short stroll from the centre of Halls Gap. Venus Baths are stunning pools of water formed in the sandstone rocks, which are the perfect spot to cool off in summer when filled with fresh water. Once back in Halls Gap, enjoy a refreshing locally brewed beer at Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co., and settle in for the night in some great accommodation, such as the newly built Grampians Under The Stars.


For something a little more domesticated while still in the big outdoors, Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park boasts the only outdoor wood-fire-heated swimming pool in Australia. With two swimming pools to unwind in at the end of a day exploring, the tourist park is the perfect holiday base. Guests can stay in a cabin or a campsite and can even book a glamping bell or safari tent with complete privacy for something extra special. Close to the Halls Gap town centre, visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll or cycle along the bike track to indulge in some tasty delights at eateries like Adventure Café Bar and Kookaburra Hotel. Featuring a spectacular outdoor pool and sauna for soaking in the sun, the historic Mount William Station is perfect for families and friends seeking a secluded luxury getaway. With vast polo fields, rose gardens, golf, and tennis courts, the gorgeous restored homestead is an incredible place to take in rich history while creating lasting memories.


Surrounded by 25 hectares of parkland, Lake Hamilton is the perfect spot for rowing, windsurfing, and canoeing. For those wanting to stay on dry ground, visitors can soak in the serenity of the bushland and the lapping water while walking the lake’s circumference and even spot some cute local wildlife. After working up a thirst after exploring, holiday-goers should be sure to stop by the Roxburgh Café for a delicious ice-cold drink and a bite to eat. Another nearby gem, studio gallery Petschel House, still in its original bluestone glory of 1856, offers stunning local artwork, workshops, and gorgeous gardens to wander through.


A paradise for fishing enthusiasts, Lake Toolondo located between Horsham and Hamilton offers great trout, yabby, and fly fishing and is one of the most popular fishing spots in the region. The Lake is also a popular aquatic playground and much-loved by those looking for powerboating and jet skiing. Visitors to the region can also enjoy the River Front Pop Up Summer Series which takes place throughout the summer months along the river in Horsham. The event will feature a series of family- friendly entertainment with live music and food trucks at the riverfront pop up café site. For those looking for stays in the area, the Horsham Holiday Park has great offerings for families.


The Wimmera River is the longest land-locked river in Victoria and is a popular spot for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. For keen walkers, the 3.4 kilometre trail along the picturesque banks of the river are another great activity. While in the area, be sure to stock up on produce from Australia’s oldest olive groves, Grampians Olive Co, as well as wine from one of the local wineries like Norton Estate and Mount Stapylton Wines to enjoy a feast at one of the many picnic spots along the water’s edge.


With perfect beaches and easy access to the water, Lake Lonsdale is the ideal place to head for a swim. The lake is also popular for water and jet skiing and welcomes four-legged friends to tag along too. From leisurely water sports to peaceful picnics on the shore, Lake Lonsdale is an ideal spot for winding down this summer. For nearby stays, pet-friendly Tiny Away Escape at Grampians Edge offers a range of cozy tiny homes, newly renovated cabins, and charming campsites perfect for families and couples. With stunning views of the surrounding bushland and often visited by wildlife like kangaroos, it is a fantastic spot to reconnect with nature. Visitors are encouraged to check local conditions and consult weather forecasts before immersing themselves in the natural wonders of the Grampians.

For more information on the Grampians region visit https://www.visitgrampians.com.au/

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