If you’ve never been to this part of Victoria you’re missing out. Halls Gap is at the base of the Grampians and the collection of four cottages at Grampians Pioneer Cottages has outstanding views of the mountains. Each was hand built by the property’s former owner using recycled building materials and filled with furnishings linked to the area’s history.
The smallest, the Redgum Log Cottage has two bedrooms and sleeps up to six, while the others have three bedrooms and sleep eight. There’s kangaroos and emus to welcome you each morning. Gather some friends, stoke up the log fire and enjoy the tranquillity and local wildlife, or get out and about in nature on the national park’s hiking trails.
Grampians National Park is 236 km from Melbourne (3 hours). Follow the Western highway through Ballarat and Ararat.
From AU$207 a night, for a minimum of two nights.