The Fortress, Grampians National Park, Victoria

Author: Tahlia Maynard   Date Posted:6 November 2016 

A visit to the Fortress isn’t just suited to experienced hikers alone. The site also serves as a great ground zero for treks and nature trails around the Grampians National Park.

Average Winter Temp: 14°C

Average Summer Temp: 27.4°C

Traditionally inhabited by: Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung people

Featuring as one of the primary highlights of the rock-cut grandeur of the Grampians National Park, the Fortress is a magnificent sandstone landform aptly named after its steep buttress-shaped cliffs and rising towers. The massive structure, that offers some of the best views of the surrounding landscape, is located in one of the most remote parts of the Grampians, and scaled by means of a rather challenging hike.

Travellers can journey into the spectacular landscapes of the Park, admire its stunning panoramic views, and observe its numerous peaks and gorges, as well as the countless brilliant samplings of Aboriginal rock art that lend them an extra edge of character.

The Fortress rises to impressive heights over the spectacular natural landscape of the Grampians. At the same time, it is conveniently located just a few hours away from major cities in Victoria. Pick your next free weekend to experience the raw charisma of the Grampians, or if you prefer to make your plans well in advance, head out there in the first weekend of May for the “Grape Escape”, the popular food and wine festival held every year at Halls Gap, the largest service town in the vicinity.

 

Attractions & Activities:

  • Rock Climbing
  • Bush Walking
  • Scenic Drives
  • Nature Study
  • Landscape Photography
  • Camping
  • Overnight Hiking
  • Aboriginal Rock Art
  • Mount Gar
  • Troopers Creek

 

Caravan Parks / Accommodation:

Travellers caravanning to the Grampians National Park can park at any of the numerous well-appointed motor inns and caravan parks in the surrounding towns, ranging from Halls Gap to Lake Fyans to Hamilton to Wartook Valley. However, if the Fortress is your main destination, we would recommend parking towards the western side of the Grampians, chiefly in Wartook Valley or Horsham.

Happy Wanderer Holiday Resort

Wartook Valley, Victoria

This family-run tourist resort is a popular choice for its variety of well-managed accommodation options, ranging from log cabins to caravan parking sites. Enjoying an idyllic setting against the backdrop of gentle slopes and beckoning greens, the premises are equipped with facilities including a solar heated swimming pool, barbecue areas, tennis courts and playgrounds, as well as convenience stores and refuelling stations.

$24/night ($140/week) for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $10 per extra adult; $6 per child; off-peak season rates

$28/night ($170/week) for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $10 per extra adult; $6 per child; peak season rates

$26/night ($150/week) for 2 persons, powered sites; $10 per extra adult; $6 per child; off-peak season rates

$30/night ($180/week) for 2 persons, powered sites; $10 per extra adult; $6 per child; peak season rates

 

Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort

Horsham, Victoria

The perfect stopover for caravanning families visiting the Western Grampians, the Wimmera Lakes Caravan Resort offers a well-maintained set of rooms, cabins and caravan parking sites in a beautiful setting with the Grampians as the backdrop. Besides a solar heated swimming pool and well-equipped camp kitchen, you can also expect to find a variety of recreation facilities for kids, including a bouncing pillow, mini golf course and playground. The resort also offers attractive discounts for extended stays.

$26/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; off-peak season rates

$35/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; peak season rates

$33/night for 2 persons, powered sites; off-peak season rates

$50/night for 2 persons, powered sites; peak season rates

($7-$15 per extra person, depending on season)

 

Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:

Caravanning tourists can expect to find more than a few free camping grounds and overnight rest areas in the vicinity of the Grampians National Park, though accessibility is subject to weather conditions. The forested, vehicle-friendly Troopers Creek campground is a viable option, located not too far away from the Fortress.