About the Region

 

The Grampians region encompasses the majority of the western Victorian area, however it is most known for the prominent mountainous area,  – Grampians National Park (becoming a NP in 1984)

located just 3 hours drive (or 1 hour, 10 minutes helicopter flight) from Melbourne.

 

Known as Gariwerd by local Indigenous people who have lived in this area for thousands of years, the Grampians contains one of the richest Indigenous rock art sites in southeastern Australia. The park is integral to the dreaming of the descendant of Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung people who have continued a strong relationship with the park since its declaration. We recommend visiting the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, as it is highly informative and interesting.

 

European explorers ventured into the area in 1836 with Major Thomas Mitchell naming the mountains “the Grampians” after the rugged region in his native Scotland. The Grampians became a centre for farming, mining & timber production, plus a source of water.

 

Along with history, Indigenous culture, diverse flora, abundant fauna the Grampians has dramatic landscapes of high rocky plateaus and sheltered gullies contrasted with the surrounding flat and open farmland adjoining the park. The park is known for it's rock formations, lakes and geological processes that have sculpted sweeping slopes, craggy peaks and massive sandstone cliffs.

 

Much of this is all-visible on just our 30 & 40 minute scenic flight, but to gain a greater scope with far more in-depth commentary jump onboard for a 60 minute scenic tour of the whole Grampians National park.   

Pyrenees Shire

The Pyrenees region consisting of towns - (Amphitheatre, Avoca, Beaufort, Landsborough, Lexton, Moonambel, Snake Valley and Waubra) of central Victoria comprises of award winning wines and the lesser known spectacular ranges, to which the region takes it’s name. With more than 40 vineyards in the area- Grampians Helicopters lands at several vineyards in the Pyrenees for wine tours. Discover the upwards of 30 types of grapes the Pyrenees foothills and ranges create the diversity of microclimates, providing the perfect conditions for winemakers. 

Southern Grampians Shire 

Towns in this region are Coleraine, Hamilton, Dunkeld & Penshurst. This area has spectacular scenery of the Southern Grampians mountain range, and a strong pastoral history. Highlights of the area include the Dunkeld Arboretum - 2km walk with expansive views of nearby mountains, the Volcanoes Discovery Centre in Penshurst or the Hamilton Art Gallery.

Grampians Helicopters lands for lunch at Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld Wednesday to Sunday.

Ararat Shire  

Towns included in this region are Armstrong, Dunneworthy, Lake Bolac, Moyston, Pomonal, Streatham, Tatyoon, Wickliffe, Willaura, and of course Ararat.

Ararat, the former gold mining town, now rich pastoral, wine and fruit growing area. Ararat's rich gold rush history was made unique by the fact it was the only Australian town founded and developed by Chinese migrants. Some of this history is covered on our Joy & Scenic flights. If you have time, make a visit to "Gum San Chinese Heritage centre". Highly recommened is a visit to "J Ward" - the former home to the criminally insane, with guided tours daily. The spooky "Aradale", the countrys largest abandoned psychiatric asylum is also worth the visit. Discover the vineyard we land at in the Ararat region that has views to create memories for a long time - our Love Birds tours visit this location. If driving from Melbourne to the Grampians National Park you will pass through the town of Pomonal. This small town of less than 400 people is rich in history nestled together with interesting boutique business, worth the stop on your way in or out.

 

Grampians Helicopters links the greater Grampians region together by offering the ability to visit a vast area in a small time frame.  

Rural City of Horsham

With a total population of around 20 000, this shire includes towns; Brimpaen, Dadswells Bridge, Dooen, Haven, Laharum,  Natimuk, Noradjuha and Horsham. With Horsham being the capital of the Grampians regions, making shopping, dinning, entertainment & accommodation all in good supply. Horsham is the home to Mt Arapiles - Tooan State Park, location to one of Australia's best rock climbing. Grampians Helicopters land at a hidden restaurant in Laharum or vineyards check out the lunch tours. You will find yourself driving through Horsham if traveling from Adelaide. 

Northern Grampians Shire  

Is made up of the well known Halls Gap and Grampians National Park, along with towns; Stawell (including Stawell airport where Grampians Helicopters depart from), St Arnaud, Great Western, Marnoo, Glenorchy, Stuart Mill & Navarre. The area is diverse and dynamic by way of industries, enterprise and environment, with tourism, agriculture and manufacturing all supporting the economy.

Discover the wine village via helicopter with many wine tours to choose from.

Things To Do

 

Along with taking one of our 25 different flights or tours we have outlined below lots of other great areas to see or things to do in this great part of Victoria. Whether your local and exploring your own back yard or visiting from another region or country the Grampians has something for everyone. 

If still stuck on ideas or need more personal information, drop into one of the Information Centres around.

  • Grampians & Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre: 117 Grampians Road, Halls Gap. Ph: 03 5361 4444 

Things to do: Free
Things to do: Free

Visit Bunjil Shelter: just 5 minutes off the Western Hwy in Stawell. Located in the Black Range Scenic Reserve - low level of fitness required & easy for children too.​

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Gulgurn Manja & Ngamadjidj Shelters or Billimina or Manja Shelters:  all easy to medium walks to access viewing of Aboriginal shelters and rock art.

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Silo Art Trail: 6 silos' painted in the Wild West, something very different & unique to this area. Self drive - free or join Grampians Wines Tours ($99pp) full day tour.

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Olive Farm Gate: Grampians Olive Co in Laharum is a family own business for 75 years, worth the drive. Sample organic olives and oil/vinegar plus other products available. 

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Cellar Doors: We have free tasting at 10 cellar doors. Check out one near you or make a day visiting a few. Or jump on  a half or full day tour with Grampians Wine Tours, from $75pp

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Local Parks: Lots of great parks to take kids. Visit Halls Gap park right in town to experience local wildlife jumping past. Warracknabeal Lions park also great for kids to interact with wildlife.

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Lookout Points in the Grampians National Park: Drive or walk to many lookout points to get creative with photography. Visit Boroka Lookout, Reeds Lookout & the Balconies, Mount William, One Tree Hill lookout & The Pinnacle.

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Local Parks: Lots of great parks to take kids. Visit Halls Gap park right in town to experience local wildlife jumping past. Warracknabeal Lions park also great for kids to interact with wildlife.

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Walks: A plethora of walks in the Grampians National park, plus other great locations like 4km around the Yarriambiack creek in Warracknabeal, the heritage walk in Minyip, Wimmera River Walk or Botanic Gardens in Horsham.

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Vintage/Second Hand Stores: Wander around local second hand shops such as the famous Pickers Markets in Stawell or Wheatlands in Warracknabeal.

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Water: Lake Fyans is prefect for small & big kids with amazing views. Take a drive to Brim to find Redda's Park with BBQ, playground, camping & weir pool - great for swimming & water sports. In Hopetoun you will find the beauty of Lake Lascelles  with all the facilities plus water & playground. 

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Things to do: small $
Things to do: Treat yourself

Your local pool: Great facilities in Halls Gap, Horsham, Ararat & Stawell towns - about  $4.50/$5pp

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Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre:  Very interesting and interactive even for children - learn about the gold rush days, dress up for a photo or try your hand at traditional calligraphy. $8/$10/$24.5 family. Ararat.

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J Ward: In Ararat - check out this interesting example of what life was like for the criminally insane. Supper interesting for all ages. Take a tour: $5/$13/$15pp under 5 are free.

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Adventure Golf Halls Gap: This challenging course of 18 holes is right among nature, plus you can have a cold cider/beer or order a pizza to enjoy. $10/$13.50/$34 family.

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Volcanoes Discovery Centre: Did you know this centre is located in the middle of the 3rd largest volcanic plain on earth. Located at Penshurst. $7/$15 family.

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Local Events: Every month you will find an event in the region. Check out Visit Grampians for local events currently on.

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Wine Down Friday at Montara Wines. The first Friday of every month you will find local music, food, wine and beer. $20pp for transfers from Halls Gap to Montara - most events are free, however a cover charge may apply some months. Visit: www.montarawines.com.au

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Beer & Wine Blast - jump on the Saturday afternoon beer & wine tour departing Halls Gap at 3pm. Just $75pp and includes drinks at every location. Contact: www.grampianswinetours.com.au

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Murtoa Stick Shed: just $10pp this 1941 construction is certainly a unique experience, if you enjoy history and building construction this is worth a visit. 

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Absolute Outdoors - Beginner Abseil: Take a short 2 hours lesson to get a taste of abseiling. From 6 years and up $40pp

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Absolute Outdoors - Canoeing & Kayaking: Enjoy and embrace the outdoors from the water, onboard a canoe or kayak. $60-$185pp.

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Olive Farm Gate: Grampians Olive Co in Laharum is a family own business for 75 years, worth the drive. Sample organic olives and oil/vinegar plus other products available. 

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Grampians Horse Riding Adventures: Just 30 minutes from Horsham this is perfect for all levels and ages. See the landscape while experiencing the fun of riding.  2 1/2 hours experience is $100pp

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Grampians Grape Escape: First weekend of May every year - this food, wine & music festival is so much fun. 

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Grampians Quad Bike Adventures: Jump on a quad bike / ATV and explore the country side for 1.5 - 2 hours or half and full day tours available. Located at. $98 - $198pp

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Steel Cutters Cottage: Great Western -this artisan tasting room is perfect for lunch or dinner. Visit their website for opening days/hours. 

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Dine: Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld. This 2 hat restaurant offers an amazing 'feed me' option in Parker Street or Wickens Restaurant - with all produce from their local onsite garden. From $60pp for lunch.

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Bookings & Enquires 

0438 981 438

grampianshelicopters@gmail.com

www.grampianshelicopters.com.au

Po Box 225, Stawell Victoria 3380

Flights 7 days a week:

Advanced bookings preferred, last minute enquiries welcome.

Spring Hours

8am - 5:30PM

(Sunrise & sunset flights on request)

Location

Flights depart from:

Stawell Airport

Howells Road, Stawell Victoria 

- 5 minutes drive from Stawell 

- 19 minutes drive from Halls Gap

- 20 minutes drive from Pomonal

- 24 minutes drive from Ararat

- 48 minutes drive from Horsham

- 1hr 25 mins drive from Ballarat 

- 2hr 40 mins drive from Melbourne

 

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