Grampians National Park: is situated in central Victoria and has an area of 168,000 hectares (425,000 acres). The Park was declared in 1984 and is home to almost a third of Victoria’s native plant species.
The Park was surveyed, in 1826, by Sir Thomas Mitchell who named the Grampian Ranges after mountains in his native Scotland.
Aboriginal people occupied the area for over 5000 years and they have left a legacy of rock art sites.
The Park is home to a large number of bird species. Populations of Emus live in the lower areas of the Park.
Over 40 species of mammals are protected in the Park. These include Red-necked Wallabies, Grey Kangaroos, Black Wallabies, Koalas and Echidnas. We have visited Grampians National Park on a number of occasions and have observed Koalas in the Halls Gap camping area.
The Grampians National Park is justly famous for its rich and colourful plant species. October is the main flowering period. Over 800 plant species are native to the Park. Twenty of these are found nowhere else. These endemic plants include Allocasuarina grampiana, Bauera sessiliflora, Grevillea williamsonii and Thryptomene calycina. There are many plant communities, within the Park, including fern gullies, heathlands, forests and woodlands. Each year, in October, there is a Wildflower Display at Halls Gap.
Grampians National Park caters for visitors with an extensive road and walking trail systems. There are picnic and camping areas as well as lookouts.
Halls Gap is a town on the Park boundary and comes with a large camping area, motels and shops.
The Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre is situated on the outskirts of Halls Gap and has maps and other Park information as well as Aboriginal cultural material.
The photograph is a view of the mountain range taken from Mount William, the highest point in the Park and home to Allocasuarina grampiana.
Grampians National Park is 260 kilometres from Melbourne along the Western or Glenelg Highway.