3 Incredible Views In The Grampians

Grampians National Park is located about a 3 hour drive from Melbourne, Australia. There are many great things to do in the park – including hiking, camping, swimming in waterholes and rock climbing. I would recommend these 3 lookouts if you have limited time or simply enjoy amazing views! Each description includes the best time of the day to visit and tips on how to get incredible photos.

Boroka Lookout Grampians National Park

Boroka Lookout

Boroka Lookout

Boroka Lookout is only a short 15 km drive from Halls Gap and is best to visit at sunrise. The breathtaking views look out over the Mt William Range, Wonderland Range, Fyans Valley, Lake Bellfield and the plains to the east of the Grampians. There are multiple viewing platforms at the lookout, as well as some great rocks to sit on and take some snaps (though please be careful!) The viewing platforms are only a minutes walking time from the parking lot – which means that little bit of extra time to sleep in!

The Balconies Grampians National Park

The Balconies Grampians National Park

Reeds Lookout & The Balconies

Personally my favorite lookout in the park! Reeds Lookout is a 13km drive from Halls Gap and you can park right next to the views. I would definitely recommend the hike to The Balconies (see photos above) if you have the time – a 2km round trip walk. There are viewing platforms and also various rocks to check out, though again please be VERY careful and go at your own risk. I would recommend visiting at either sunrise or sunset for the best light and smaller crowds. Both the photos above were taken at sunrise.

Mt Williams

Mt William (Mt Duwil)

You can drive to the Mt William parking lot from Halls Gap, located at 3,020 ft (920 m). From there it’s a steep but even surfaced 1.8 km hike to the summit. You will first come across some transmission towers at the summit. Follow the small trail and keep walking another few minutes through the shrub to a beautiful view point (see photo above). You will have fantastic views over mountain ranges and open plains. Mt William is the highpoint point in the park so it’s quite the achievement to get to the top! My husband and I visited at sunset, which was pretty, but I think sunrise or early morning would be the best time for photos!

 

Have you been to The Grampians? Leave me a comment below and let me know your favorite spot in the park!

 

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Grampians National Park is located about a 3 hour drive from Melbourne, Australia. There are many great things to do in the park – including hiking, camping, swimming in waterholes and rock climbing. I would recommend these 3 lookouts if you have limited time or simply enjoy amazing views! Each description includes the best time of the day to visit and tips on how to get incredible photos.

Boroka Lookout Grampians National Park

Boroka Lookout

Boroka Lookout

Boroka Lookout is only a short 15 km drive from Halls Gap and is best to visit at sunrise. The breathtaking views look out over the Mt William Range, Wonderland Range, Fyans Valley, Lake Bellfield and the plains to the east of the Grampians. There are multiple viewing platforms at the lookout, as well as some great rocks to sit on and take some snaps (though please be careful!) The viewing platforms are only a minutes walking time from the parking lot – which means that little bit of extra time to sleep in!

The Balconies Grampians National Park

The Balconies Grampians National Park

Reeds Lookout & The Balconies

Personally my favorite lookout in the park! Reeds Lookout is a 13km drive from Halls Gap and you can park right next to the views. I would definitely recommend the hike to The Balconies (see photos above) if you have the time – a 2km round trip walk. There are viewing platforms and also various rocks to check out, though again please be VERY careful and go at your own risk. I would recommend visiting at either sunrise or sunset for the best light and smaller crowds. Both the photos above were taken at sunrise.

Mt Williams

Mt William (Mt Duwil)

You can drive to the Mt William parking lot from Halls Gap, located at 3,020 ft (920 m). From there it’s a steep but even surfaced 1.8 km hike to the summit. You will first come across some transmission towers at the summit. Follow the small trail and keep walking another few minutes through the shrub to a beautiful view point (see photo above). You will have fantastic views over mountain ranges and open plains. Mt William is the highpoint point in the park so it’s quite the achievement to get to the top! My husband and I visited at sunset, which was pretty, but I think sunrise or early morning would be the best time for photos!

 

Have you been to The Grampians? Leave me a comment below and let me know your favorite spot in the park!

 

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33 Comments

  1. Jackie on January 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks for the tips Renee and I love the photos.

  2. Laura on January 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Renee, I will be in Australia in February for a Road Trip. I’m looking for incredible photo spots. So thank you for this one!

    • Renee Hahnel on January 7, 2017 at 11:29 pm

      That’s awesome, I’m so glad you found it helpful!

  3. Chiera on January 7, 2017 at 9:39 am

    OMG! Those pictures of The Balconies gave me the FEAR! Amazing shots though. I love when a hike ends up at a beautiful view!

    • Renee Hahnel on January 7, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      Thanks Chiera! The photos definitely make it look scarier than it was! I agree, it’s the best when a a hike that ends with an amazing view 🙂

  4. Katie on January 7, 2017 at 9:51 am

    These photos are incredible! Can’t wait to use these tips when I visit!
    Thanks!

  5. Melissa on January 7, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Wow! This makes me miss Australia so much! I didn’t visit this spot as it was way too cold while I was in victory! Now… I regret! Haha!

    • Renee Hahnel on January 7, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      Thanks Melissa! There’s always next time!

  6. Itinera Magica on January 7, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Ok, now I want to go back to Australia! What a gorgeous post and beautiful pictures! Pinning this to my Australia board 🙂

  7. Birthe (from Wandering the World) on January 7, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Wow, your photos are amazing! The views are awesome, so guess that helps. 😉 Wouldn’t dare standing on those balconies though… Too bad we missed this breathtaking viewpoints during our Australian road trip! We were close though, but didn’t knew about it. What a shame!

    • Renee Hahnel on January 7, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      I really appreciate that Birthe! You will have to go there next time you’re in Australia!

  8. Rajkumar Gaikwad on January 11, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Damn! your photos have come fantastically.
    Just wondering how you could you stand at the tip of the balconies at that height hats off Renee that has turned into a wonderful snap.
    Felling like to come down to this place and have a fotoshoot. 😉

  9. MARIANNE on January 13, 2017 at 5:32 am

    I really like your article, it is really great 🙂 Thank you for the pictures too.
    I also visited the Grampians and it was amazing !

    • Renee Hahnel on January 15, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it Marianne, thanks for reading!

  10. Saania Ali on January 14, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Incredible photos guys! Just wondering guys, how you could have stood up & had photo shoot at that high point! I scared of height. But truly wish to do it once in a life. Thanks for sharing guys.

    • Renee Hahnel on January 15, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you! It wasn’t as scary as it looks 😉

  11. karen on January 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Wow, the grampians are gorgeous! I love your photo style. It is so romantic and just makes me want to climb mountains!

  12. Astrid on January 31, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Renee!

    My first time on your blog and your pictures have left me breathless. I literally gasped when I scrolled to the pics of Boroka Lookout.

    We’re planning a trip Down Under for 2018 and I’m spending time deciding were to go. So your post AND your pictures are a great help.

    Thanks a bunch!

    Astrid

    • Renee Hahnel on February 4, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much Astrid! I am glad you found the post useful. Stay tuned for a more detailed post about day trips from Melbourne 🙂

      • Astrid on February 5, 2017 at 4:23 am

        Hi Renee,

        I’ve just signed up to your email list to keep up to date. 🙂

  13. Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad on February 4, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Wow, such incredible photos!! One of my BIGGEST regrets from Australia was not visiting the Grampians. Crazy how time runs away from you when you feel like you’ve got loads of it. It’s #1 on my list when I return to Melbourne!

    • Renee Hahnel on February 10, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Thanks Clazz! You will have to visit the Grampians on your next trip to Melbourne 🙂

  14. Jessie on May 7, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I’m going to the Grampians this weekend and I am so excited now! Beautiful photos, I hope I get some that are half as good!
    Jessiesjourneys.com

  15. Alice Miller on June 30, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Thanks for sharing so much information. Ideas like these are so useful for a hiking freak like me! Looking forward to going for this hike real soon! 🙂

  16. Shawon on August 5, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Love this photos, Renee! What an astonishing photos are those! You are a bolt lady as well. I would love to see more from you. Thanks for all of the info you have shared and make me feel like yes I can do.

  17. safaritravelplus on September 5, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Those photos are breath taking but also a little scary especially for those with a fear of heights. Amazing…

  18. Alicia on March 22, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Hey Renee!

    Thanks for this post on lookouts in The Grampians! We head there next week and can’t wait to explore all of these! Will let you know we get on!
    Alicia

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