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Grampians National Park

Motel Stawell is a great base from which to visit the Grampians National Park. Only twenty minutes drive away, the Grampians mountain range stretches from Dunkeld in the south almost all the way to Horsham in the north. A bushwalker’s paradise, there are about fifty walks, ranging from half an hour to two days, taking you to waterfalls, awesome vistas and spectacular rock formations.

For those who prefer their sight seeing from the comfort of the car, the Grampians also offer good sealed roads taking in most of the major points of interest. The Grampians are famous for wildflowers with a festival being held in October.

Heatherlie Quarry which produced the stone for many of the grand public buildings in Melbourne, including State   Parliament House, is worth a visit. Other items of interest are the wildflower farms and the olive plantations on the northern edge of the park and the aboriginal art caves in the northern and Western sections.

Grampians and Pyrenees wine regions

The Grampians and Pyrenees regions produce some of the best wines in Australia. Ten minutes from the Motel Stawell is the wine village of Great Western: Seppelt Wines, Best’s Wines ...

There are a number of other excellent wineries around Great Western, Ararat and Halls Gap. Anyone visiting the Grampians in early May should not miss Grampians Grape Escape – the wine and food festival in Halls Gap. The Pyrenees wineries are about half an hour from the Motel Stawell in the Avoca/St Arnaud region, and include about ten wineries with a quiet diverse range  of wines.

Region attractions:

With magnificent views of the Grampians, and a unique gold  heritage, Stawell is the perfect stop for dinner, lunch or for a short break.

The Stawell Gift – known as the richest foot race in the world – runs for three days over Easter.

The town comes alive with the excitement and atmosphere from the influx of tourists and famous athletes.

New cafés and a vibrant main street make Stawell an attractive alternative for a day trip

Popular Stawell and district attractions include the following:

  • Central      Park – The venue for the Stawell Gift and Cato Park
  • Stawell  Gold   Mines – Observation area overlooking the Magdala Decline used by      heavy vehicles to bring ore to the surface
  • Stawell    Gift Hall of Fame – An impressive collection of memorabilia from over      120 years history of the Gift
  • Stawell   RSL Museum – Originally a two storey residence of a mine owner, built      in 1898 – limited hours of opening
  • The Stawell Railway Art      Gallery – Sculpture, paintings and art craft by      local artists
  • Grampians      scenic attractions – Boroka Lookout, The Balconies, MacKenzies *
  • Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre –      Koori art and craft
  • Halls Gap Wildlife Park and Zoo –      Halls Gap
  • Falls,      Lake Bellfield, Lake Fyans
  • The Giant Koala –      Dadswell’s Bridge
  • Zumsteins –      Wild Kangaroos and wallabies
  • Mount      Cassell Wildflower Nursery – Pomonal
  • Wineries –      Best’s, Grampians Estate, Seppelt, The Gap, Montara (Ararat)