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Visit the Grampians this Australia Day weekend

Thursday 23 January, 2014

  • Grampians National Park open for business this Australia Day weekend 
  • With many parts of the Grampians National Park not affected by fire, it remains a great place enjoy the great outdoors 
  • Plenty of campsites, walks and tourist spots open to visitors 

Visitors are reminded that the Grampians National Park is open for business, with plenty to see and do in the area this Australia Day long weekend.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith today encouraged Victorians to visit the Grampians and nearby towns to support the local community.

“Many parts of the Grampians National Park were not affected by the recent fires, so I urge Victorians to take the opportunity to enjoy one of our great national park experiences at a time when the local community needs you most,” Mr Smith said.

“If you’re keen to get outdoors this weekend, walks are open in the Halls Gap area including Silverband Falls, Venus Baths, Fyans Creek Loop and Boronia Peak.

“Walking trails are also open in the southern area of the Grampians National Park including Mount Sturgeon, the Piccaninny and Mount Abrupt. 

“The Victoria Range, in the western area of the Grampians, including Chimney Pots, Buandik Falls, Buandik campsite and Manja Shelter also remain open. 

“The villages of Halls Gap, Dunkeld, Dadswell’s Bridge and Pomonal are open to visitors, including The Grampians Tourist Road from Halls Gap to Dunkeld.

“Those looking to camp, can consider staying at Jimmy Creek, Wannon Crossing and Borough Huts and Kalymna Falls.

“From midday Thursday, the Wonderland area, which really lives up to its name, will also be open, including the very popular Pinnacle day walk.

“Those making the most of the long weekend and visiting the area, should also be reminded to take extra care when travelling and to respect road closures still in place.

“The only areas out of limits to visitors is the northern section of the Grampians National Park, which includes MacKenzie Falls, Zumsteins Picnic Area and the Hollow Mountain area”.

Parks Victoria has commenced safety assessments and planning to restore visitor sites in the northern section of the park.

For more information about the Grampians National Park and to plan your visit this Australia Day weekend call 13 1963.

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