Every season is a great time to explore the Grampians National Park with the nuances that each season presents. Autumn is a particularly nice time for bushwalking with consistently mild and fine weather without the extremes of summer and winter. The Grampians are world renowned for their beauty, geological heritage and abundant wildflowers. Most of the Grampians’ famous landscapes are within easy reach of Dunkeld, with walking tracks reaching the rocky peaks of Mt Abrupt, Mt Sturgeon and the Piccaninny within a few kilometres of the town.
No matter the weather, you will return to a comfortable, well-equipped cottage featuring cooling and heating options. All cottages are fitted with reverse cycle air conditioners, ceiling fans and a wood heater. We now also have an alternative accommodation option – an Apartment in the centre of town close to the Royal Mail Hotel, the General Store, local cafes, recreational facilities and the Sterling Place Community Centre. It is available on weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) with a 2 night minimum.
Time to book your cottage for:
• June Long Weekend (only the Central Apartment still available)
• End of Term 2 School Holidays (first 2 weeks of July)
Discount for Pensioners
We offer a 20% discount for Pensioner/Concession Card Holders for any mid-week stay (Sunday – Thursday nights) of 3 or more nights (10% for a 2 night stay).
Preparing for a bushwalk in the Grampians
Being well prepared is half the battle for a successful bushwalk.
Regardless of the time of the year, you will always need to take the conditions of the day into account when planning a walk. Check the latest weather forecast and Fire Danger Ratings on the day of the walk to get an accurate idea of the conditions you may be facing. Rain on the day, or on previous days may make the ground very slippery. Strong wind is a hazard if the walk is under trees. Excessive heat can be very uncomfortable – we don’t recommend going on a bushwalk if temperatures are forecast to be above 30 degrees, unless you start early. For obvious reasons, be aware of any fire warnings and avoid areas of high fire danger.
Equipment required includes – comfortable and well fitted shoes with good grip, an extra layer of clothes, including wind protection in cooler months and a hat in the summer, a backpack to carry your supplies (not too heavy!), a guidebook or a photocopy of the walk description, food for sustenance in reusable containers and drink (preferably water), some hand wipes, binoculars and a camera, and maybe a book that helps you to identify animals and plants.
Upcoming Happenings and Events
• Dunkeld & Peaks Pilgrim Walk 3-6 May
• Grampians Grape Escape Halls Gap 4-5 May
• Mothers Day Classic – Run/Walk around Lake Hamilton 12 May (for Breast Cancer Research)
• Racing at Hamilton 16 May and 28 May
• Serra Terror endurance event in the Grampians 9-10 June
• Peaks & Trails trail running Dunkeld 3-4 August
• Hamilton Sheepvention field day 4-6 August
We hope to see you at Southern Grampians Cottages soon!