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Accommodation Dunkeld Victoria Australia

Accommodation / February 26, 2014

Get back to nature and stay in luxury accommodation in the Grampians

The Grampians is a haven for outdoors enthusiasts, with more scenic wonders than you can shake a stick at and enough bushland trails and mountain hikes to keep you physically nourished for days. Think precipitous cliffs, lofty foliage and crashing waterways. And you don’t have to rough it to be at one with nature in this outback wonderland, with our handpicked Grampians accommodation from boutique bed and breakfasts to grand homesteads making the country living easy for visitors.

The towering mountain peaks and verdant valleys of the Grampians National Park extend 80km north to south and 50km east to west, and make for the perfect setting for a romantic retreat.

Dominated by four major serrated sandstone ranges and ringed by fertile farmland and thriving cool-climate vineyards, the Park is a flourishing playground for natural diversity. There’s something for everyone in the 50-plus walking trails that provide a siren-call for nature lovers. Take an easy stroll along a ferny creek, meander up to a gushing waterfall or work up an appetite on a steep rocky climb to one of the peaks. Breathtaking views will reward you on many pathways, along with weird and wonderfully named rock formations, such as Elephant’s Hide and Jaws of Death.

Excursions to the picturesque MacKenzie Falls and Wartook Valley are highly recommended, pausing to meet the almost tame kangaroos grazing at historic Zumsteins. Springtime is a wonderful season to visit as the Grampians bursts into life with a colourful explosion of wildflowers. A strong Aboriginal heritage resonates throughout the region – also known by the indigenous name of Gariwerd – with 60 identified rock art sites giving visitors more than just walking trails to get excited about. Tucked in the shadows of the mountain ranges, Halls Gap lies at the centre of the Park and many tourists use it as a base camp to explore the surrounding environs. This is easily done through Beautiful Accommodation's handpicked Grampians luxury accommodation in the area.

The area’s three provincial cities of Hamilton, Horsham and Ararat form a triangle around the park. With its Botanic Gardens, reputation for local produce and riverside location, Horsham to the north is an ideal jumping-off point to explore the northwest of the Grampians, Little Desert National Park or rock climbing magnet, Mount Arapiles. In Hamilton to the south, landscaped gardens, treasured homesteads and tall-spired churches are notable in the wool-growing capital of the Western District.

For a more intimate escape, discover our romantic accommodation in Dunkeld, which sits at the foot of Mount Sturgeon in a dramatic spot that inspired many early Australian painters. Their legacy lives on in the area’s thriving arts community and galleries. Dunkeld also offers one of the best culinary experiences in the state at the Royal Mail Hotel.

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