Embark on an unforgettable winter journey from the Great Ocean Road to the Grampians region, immersing yourself in the breath-taking beauty of the Western District.

Your Trip At A Glance


Port Campbell National Park

Port Campbell

Whale Watching at Logans Beach


Mount Rouse Lookout


Mitchell’s Gully Lookout


Hamilton Gallery


Venus Baths

Halls Gap

Self Guided Walks




Port Campbell

Travel time: 1 Hour 27 minutes

Distance from Apollo Bay: 97 kms

Before setting out on the drive to Warrnambool, visitors should start their day with a stop at 12 Rocks Cafe and Beach Bar in Port Campbell. This beachfront café offers fresh, locally-sourced fare and a cozy atmosphere to fuel up with a warm cup of coffee or tea.

The road from Port Campbell to Warrnambool along the Great Ocean Road is well-maintained, with scenic ocean views and several picturesque pullout spots along the way. One must-see lookout point is the Gibson Steps Lookout, located just a short drive from Port Campbell. This elevated vantage point provides stunning panoramic views of the rugged coastline, including the towering Twelve Apostles in the distance.

During the winter months, visitors should be aware that weather conditions can be more unpredictable, with the possibility of rain, wind, or even occasional snow flurries. It’s advisable to exercise caution and adjust driving speeds accordingly.



Travel time: 51 Minutes

Distance from Port Campbell: 62 kms


Don’t miss the chance to witness the majestic Southern Right Whales at Logan’s Beach during the winter months in Warrnambool. Head to Logan’s Beach Whale Viewing Platform and keep an eye out for these magnificent creatures as they frolic in the waters just off the coast. For the latest whale sightings and valuable tips, visit the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre.

While in Warrnambool, make sure to visit Hopkins Falls, Victoria’s widest falls, measuring an impressive 90 meters. Set against lush dairy country, the falls offer excellent views from the viewing platform or the foot of the falls. Take in the breathtaking scenery, and consider enjoying a picnic, casting a fishing line, or taking a leisurely walk in the area surrounding the falls.

These winter experiences in Warrnambool, from whale watching to exploring the natural beauty of Hopkins Falls, will leave you with cherished memories of this coastal town and its remarkable attractions.


Travel time: 51 Minutes

Distance from Warrnambool: 69 kms

Discover Penshurst and its fascinating volcanic history, beginning with a drive to the top of Mount Rouse. From this elevated vantage point, you can enjoy 360-degree views of the volcanic plains to the south and the majestic Grampians Range to the north. Take in the unique geological wonders of the region.

Next, explore the Volcanoes Discovery Centre, where the rock garden offers insights into the remnants of ancient volcanic activity in the area. This family-friendly attraction is a must-visit for history buffs.

Be sure to stop at the renowned Penshurst Store, known for its delectable homemade pies. Grab a mouthwatering savory pie, and don’t forget to treat yourself to the local specialty, the sweet and sticky Beesting pastry, for dessert.

With its stunning vistas and rich volcanic heritage, Penshurst is a captivating stop along your journey.



Travel time: 20 Minutes

Distance from Penshurst: 29 kms

As you drive towards Dunkeld, be prepared to be captivated by the spectacular views of the Grampians ranges. Keep in mind that country roads are home to wildlife, particularly between sunrise and sunset, so it’s important to be aware of kangaroos, emus, echidnas, and koalas in this area. Just 2km before you arrive in Dunkeld, you’ll find Mitchell’s Gully lookout, an easy pull-off area that provides an ideal opportunity to capture those memorable holiday snaps.

Dunkeld is the perfect place to break your drive and spend the night after a long day of adventure. Consider staying at one of the local accommodations to fully immerse yourself in the town’s charm. After checking in, take a late afternoon or early morning walk along the scenic walks of Wurgarri (Mount Sturgeon), Bainggug (Mount Piccanniny or the moregentle Dunkeld Heritage trail walk. 

For lovers of woodwork and creativity, a visit to Gerard Murphy Furniture comes highly recommended. Here, you’ll discover exquisite craftsmanship and unique pieces that showcase the artistry of wood. When it comes to coffee, Dunkeld offers a variety of exceptional options that will delight even the most discerning enthusiasts. Dunkeld awaits you with its scenic vistas, artistic treasures, and delightful coffee scene, making it an essential stop on your journey through the Gariwerd.


Parker St Project
Dunkeld Kangaroos

Hamilton (optional)

Travel time: 24 Minutes

Distance from Dunkeld: 32 kms

While passing through the town of Penshurst, you can choose to travel 25 minutes west to the town of Hamilton as an excellent alternate option for an overnight stay. This provides ample time to explore the stunning surroundings of Dunkeld in the morning.

Hamilton offers a range of attractions, including the Hamilton Gallery, Sire Reginald Ansett Transport Museum, and the picturesque Wannon and Nigretta waterfalls. Stroll through the tranquil Hamilton Botanic Gardens and immerse yourself in the town’s vibrant gardens, fascinating murals, and rich historical heritage. Be sure to stop by the Hamilton Visitor Information Centre for free postcards and activities to keep the kids entertained.

In the morning, make your way to Dunkeld, where you can take a leisurely walk along the scenic trails and continue your journey to through Gariwerd. 



Hamilton Gallery - Tourism Aus Shoot


Halls Gap

Travel time: 1 hour 9 Minutes

Distance from Hamilton: 96 kms

As you drive from Dunkeld to Halls Gap, please be extra cautious, as kangaroos frequently cross the roads, especially at dawn and dusk. The road between Dunkeld and Halls Gap is relatively flat and suitable for towing a caravan.

In Halls Gap, indulge in family-friendly fun at Grampians Adventure Golf, where a beautifully landscaped mini-golf course awaits. Explore the vibrant art scene at Moco Gallery, showcasing diverse artworks by local and regional artists. Be sure to call into the Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre, where the staff can help you choose an appropriate walk based on your fitness level and interests. Alternatively, opt for a breathtaking helicopter tour with Grampians Helicopters, where you can learn about the region’s history and natural wonders while taking in panoramic views of the rugged landscape.

As you travel onto Horsham, be aware that the Mount Victory Road is a hilly, windy road that does not allow vehicles in tow. 

Venus Baths Loop


Travel time: 53 Minutes

Distance from Halls Gap: 72 kms

Nestled in the heart of the Wimmera region, your next stop Horsham, after leaving Halls Gap you will travel through Wartook Valley allowing time for you to witness the rugged beauty of the Grampians National Park.

Once in Horsham, immerse yourself in the town’s vibrant arts and culture scene at the Horsham Regional Art Gallery. This impressive indoor space features a diverse collection of artworks by local, regional, and national artists. Conveniently, the Horsham Visitor Information Centre is located right next door, where the knowledgeable staff can provide invaluable insights and recommendations to help you plan the next exciting leg of your journey.

Horsham also boasts a thriving dining scene, with a variety of cafes, restaurants, and local producers showcasing the region’s finest culinary offerings.

Fishing at Lake Hamilton


Speak to our local experts when you call into the Dunkeld & Grampians Visitor Information Centre.  Discover more about our towns and hear from a local.  With clean toilets, convenient parking, EV charging stations and best of all free maps, make sure this is your first stop.  Open 7 days, 9am to 5pm. 
Find us at Parker Street, Dunkeld. 

Dunkeld Studio Accommodation


It’s easy and convenient to book directly with our local accommodation operators. 
Booking direct is another way to shop local and support small. 

Pierrepoint Wines


There’s something about Greater Hamilton awaiting your discovery.
The space, the freshest of air, the people, the delightful surprises.

Pause. Stop. Tips to stay safe and arrive alive, for your next road trip.

We've compiled some easy steps when planning and preparing for your next road trip.

      • Plan your journey ahead of time.
      • Aim to get enough quality sleep before driving – regardless of whether the trip is a long or short.
      • Avoid driving at times when you would usually be sleeping.
      • Don't travel for more than 8 - 10 hours a day.
      • Plan to pause from the road at least every two hours.
      • Consider swapping drivers where possible.
      • Don't drink alcohol before your trip -even a small amount can significantly contribute to driver fatigue.
      • Take a 15 minute powernap if you feel drowsy.
      • Pause and stop for a visit at the Dunkeld Visitor Information Centre or the Hamilton Visitor Information Centre and enjoy free children's activities including colouring in, postcards and tailored itinerary with points of interest.

Find out more information about driver fatigue and drowsy driving here



Call our friendly team at the Hamilton and Grampians Visitor Information Centre for more info on our towns, villages, and the huge range of regional events.