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A month-long food and wine festival showcasing the best of the region, culminating in the 26th annual Grampians Grape Escape weekend, 6 & 7 May 2017. The Grampians Grape Escape food and wine weekend is held during the first weekend of May every year at Halls Gap. A number of other food and wine events are held in and out of region to showcase the many offerings the Grampians boasts – making this a month-long celebration. Enjoy the Region’s signature wines while you graze your way through the delights of local beef, lamb, pork and turkey; as well as beer, teas and herbs, olive products, preserves, gourmet sausages and pies, cookies, cakes and fresh organic produce.
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  Halls Gap, the heart of the majestic Grampians National Park, one of Victoria’s most stunning natural features, will play host to the annual Run The Gap event on Sunday May 21 2017. Participants can complete a 6km walk/run along Fyans Creek trail, run 12km including a lap across the wall at stunning Lake Bellfield, or test themselves in the 21km trail run. All proceeds go to community project to enhance walk bike / walk paths. Plus $1 from each registration is donated to the “Friends of the Grampians” group, assisting to maintain the Grampians National Park trails. 6km Run/Walk & 12km Run Early Late On Day Adults $32 $34 $37 Children Under 15 $22 $24 $27 Concession* $27 $29 $32 Family – 2 Adults & 3 Children $80 $85 $90 Family – 2 Adults & 2 Children $75 $80 $85 Family – 2 Adults & 1 Child $70 $$75 $80 21km Trail Run Adults $50 $55 N/A *Full-time student or health care cardholder Early entries close at 5pm Friday one week prior to the event. Online/Late entries close at 9am the Friday prior to the event. On day entries open at 7am from Halls Gap Centenary Hall on event day. No refunds. No dogs / bikes / rollerblades / scooters. Event Inclusions: Clearly marked scenic course with varied terrain; electronic chip timing that records your time as you cross the finish line; complimentary barbeque brunch provided by the Halls Gap Community Group; medals to overall placegetters in the run events and to all children participating; the opportunity to win one of many spot prizes; two free trial issues of Runner’s World Magazine; and first aid assistance, if required. All proceeds go towards the enhancement of the walk/bike paths and leisure areas in Halls Gap through to Lake Bellfield. Event T-shirts: These high performance garments are subsidised by 2XU and can be ordered online at a cost of $18 and collected at the event. A number of t-shirts will also be available for purchase when registering on event day.
Aug 26 – Aug 27 all-day
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  PLEASE NOTE: Entry to the 20km and 36km events requires you to have demonstrated a certain level of endurance running achievement.  See the FAQs/Info section of the website for details. Feel enveloped by the landscape.  Behold great vistas. Experience suffering and joy like never before. Sunday 7am 36km Run. Set out with the 20kers, but get the magic of Mount Rosea too.  Age limit:18+ Full Impact 20 km run on the Sunday 7am. See major icons such as the Elephant’s Hide, Grand Canyon, The Pinnacle and descend around Sundial Peak. Look at the elevation profile if you think this is just another half marathon effort.  Age limit:18+ Flatter, shorter option at 2pm Saturday.Mixture of trail and path. Gives you time to drive out, get set up and get a run in. Open to all ages. Flat-ish, shortest option at 1pm Saturday.Open to all ages. Two Seatings. 5pm-7pm and 7pm-11pm Spirit of Punjab. 161-163 Grampians Rd. Halls Gap. Sunday Night. August 21st. Use the Extras Facility to buy tickets. 
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – Sep 14 @ 5:00 pm
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2 DAY WORKSHOPS SATURDAY 9 – SUNDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2017 WOODCUT/MONOPRINT Tutor – Rosalind Atkins Create a woodcut then further explore the possibilities by utilizing the block as the matrix for monoprint experimentation. In this workshop participants will learn the process of cutting the block and printing a single colour image.  After completion of this part of the workshop the matrix will be used to create a series of unique monoprints working with stencils and layers of printing. All levels INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOUR Tutor – Julian Bruere Start with the fundamentals. Explore flat wash concepts, wet into wet washes and colour mixing, paper selection, materials and brushes etc. Working through a series of exercises build the primary skill required for watercolour painting. It is expected that this workshop will build confidence in the medium and open avenues to some exciting outcomes in both realistic and abstract painting. Introduction PAINTING PENGUINS AND SEALS Tutor – Katherine Cooper Did you know there are 18 species of penguin, 6 species of Antarctic seals plus the sub-Antarctic Elephant Seal?    During these two days we will concentrate on how to accomplish those incredible natural textures and colours using graphite and watercolour wash with gouache detail. Some reference material will be provided but if you have your own special subject reference material, by all means bring it with you. All levels. IMPRESSIONIST WATERCOLOUR Tutor – Julie Goldspink Build your confidence with watercolour using this versatile finely woven cotton surface. With Still Life as the subject, working on watercolour canvas, tap into your imagination. Explore this forgiving surface to create impressionistic outcomes by applying the wet in wet method of painting. You will be drawing with your paintbrush so any mistakes can be easily remedied! All levels ABSTRACTING THE GRAMPIANS Tutor – Peter Griffen Working with exciting colour, collaging, glazing, splashing, scraping, drawing, with images of the Grampians in your mind, marks will be made, colours put down, shapes created and the mind and line taken for a walk. There will be total freedom to express oneself in non representative ways. Follow demonstrations participants will be free to proceed at their own pace, pursuing their own ideas with individual help as needed. All levels MONOPRINTING WITH COLLAGE Tutor – Mandy Gunn Learn how the various techniques of monoprinting can be combined with collage, resulting in prints incorporating layers of both printed and found papers, a number of colours and unusual textures. Emphasis will be on materials found in the environment such as plants.  Collage of prints onto more 3 dimensional surfaces such as cardboard which can be built up in layers is also included. All levels. EXCITING COLLAGES AND MIXED MEDIA CONSTRUCTIONS Tutor – Gabriella Hegyes Experiment with various materials; including paper, fabric, metals, wires, plaster and surface finishes to explore and develop ideas. This workshop offers participants a glimpse into various techniques such as manipulating paper (stitching, paper lamination, paper  moulding) frottage onto fabric and paper, and working with other natural materials like soils, plants, leaves, twigs and resins, onto muslin and paper to incorporate into 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional works combining drawing and painting elements. All levels. YOUR OWN STORY IN WATERCOLOUR Tutor – Terry Jarvis Learning how to tell your own story in the wonderful medium of Watercolour. Discover the techniques and foundations that release you and develop you into all that you can be as you paint and enjoy the journey. Explore the materials required to produce and convey great watercolour messages. An understanding of paper, brushes, pigment, and how to use them will be the theme. Introduction CHARCOAL DRAWING Tutor – Robert Knight   The focus of this workshop is to create drawings as a finished art work. Learn skills to assist you in analysing the subject, demystify the artistic process and to simplify complicated subjects and use technique to draw dynamic art work. Robert will demonstrate and tutor in a step by step easy to follow approach. All levels. PEN AND WATERCOLOUR Tutor – John Mathieson Learn how to use pen and ink in your paintings so you get a feel for inks – characteristics and applications. Then explore combining ink with watercolour to create a wonderful variety of scenes focusing on streetscapes and buildings. The workshop will focus on drawing to assist you to capture perspective to produce charming sketches in different styles.  All levels DRAWING SIMPLE SHELLS IN PENCIL WITH COLOUR Tutor – Mali Moir Draw Bivalve shells with simple curving shapes in graphite pencil, then add colour with colour pencils or dry brush watercolour techniques. This approach of easily applying coloured over a detailed pencil drawing is a quick and pleasant way of creating a colour painting. Great for people who are more comfortable with pencil work but would like to produce pictures in colour. ALL LEVELS. VEGETABLES AS BOTANICAL ART Tutor – Kate Nolan From the ordinary to extraordinary. Although we deal with them every day (if we are healthy eaters!) vegetables are far from ordinary when examined as artistic subjects. We will work on creating a beautiful realistic botanic artwork, from start to finish- out of the simple pleasing organic shapes and textures of garlic, beetroot and the like. Media is watercolour on paper and all skill levels welcome. All levels ACRYLICS AND ITS BOUNDARIES Tutor – Vivi Palegeorge Students will explore the versatility of this medium and how far it can be pushed.  From watercolour to textured oil like effects, a variety of subject matter will be painted from landscape to still life. Introduction/intermediate LANDSCAPE IN WATERCOLOUR Tutor – Herman Pekel  workshop full waiting list being taken This workshop is for watercolour painters who are seeking a quick direct approach. The workshop will concentrate on the rural and bush landscapes. The workshop is designed for artists who want to advance their current skills to a new level and get the most out of their watercolour painting. Advanced LIFE DRAWING Tutor – William Rhodes This workshop will offer a concentrated drawing environment working from life models. Each day will[...]
Grampians Brushes Halls Gap
Oct 27 – Oct 29 all-day
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To take advantage of the spectacular color the Grampians has to offer in springtime, this years festival will be held on the 27, 28 and 29th October 2017 to avoid the heat of summer. The Halls Gap Jazz Festival has long been known as a fun and friendly festival with great bands and great venues. This year will be no different. The event will be a more intimate affair than in the past, spread over 7 great venues and with over 60 bands featuring fantastic music that will have a wide appeal to the traditional music lover.
Nov 10 – Nov 12 all-day
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With its old-style country hospitality, charming cinemas and an array of internationally renowned films, the Halls Gap Film Festival is one of the most exciting events in the Grampians region. The Grampians Film Society, together with the committee of Halls Gap Tourism, hosts this amazing film festival. Whether your interest is in classic cinema or in the latest movie collections, the Halls Gap Film festival includes something for every taste. After its tremendous success for over three decades, this popular event draws thousands of visitors to Halls Gap each year. Started in 1979, the Halls Gap Film Festival was a major hit in that year with over 150 visitors attending the event. At present, the event is one of the most well renowned events in the Grampians region, with thousands of visitors from all across the globe attending each year. This year, the Halls Gap Film Festival is set to amaze its patrons with an impressive array of popular films from all parts of the world. Many featured films from other large festivals, such as Cannes, will also be featured. The event will have an official Friday night launch, followed by two days full of movies. Also included in the show are many popular critically acclaimed movies from all across the globe. Come here with some friends and spend two days enjoying this unique entertainment event in the beautiful Grampians region.
Halls Gao

Halls Gap is the heart of the Grampians National Park. And the Halls Gap Caravan Park is right in the centre of Halls Gap! You will be just a short stroll from the shops, cafes, restaurants and the tourist information centre.

Halls Gap Caravan Park is the perfect place to stay when exploring the mountain ranges, natural flora and fauna, waterways and waterfalls and taking in the spectacular views. Thrill seekers swarm to Halls Gap to enjoy the world-class abseiling, rock climbing, bush walking and mountain bikers, whilst nature enthusiasts are drawn to the wild flowers, wild life, bird watching and native animals and the spectacular views.

The Grampians has a unique history. Enjoy the Brambruk National Park and Cultural Centre or learn more about the area’s very special aboriginal history told through ancient rock art around the National Park. Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre is a must see at the start of your Grampians adventure.

Halls Gap and the Grampians has so much to explore.

Waterfalls

Walks are quickly rewarded with spectacular waterfalls. Our favourites are Mackenzie Falls, Silverband Falls and Beehive Falls.

Nature at its finest

The views from the Grampians lookouts are sights to behold. We suggest you make time to experience The Balconies, Boroka and Reid Lookouts as well as Mount Victory, The Pinnacle and the Wonderland areas to get a true sense of the Grampians. Rugged mountains, vast plains, unique native plants, water ways and lakes. Spectacular!

Wildlife

Many animals call Halls Gap home. On site at our caravan park you may see kangaroos, emus, lizards, a variety of feathered friends including kookaburras or cockatoos and in winter you may even see deer.

Bush walking and hiking for all fitness and experience levels. Walks around the Grampians National Park range from 20mins to all day adventures. Some of the Grampians most spectacular, world renowned walks start from within the Halls Gap Caravan Park. The Pinnacle, Wonderland and The Grand Canyon all start from within our grounds.

Outdoor adventures

The list of outdoor activities is endless when you are enjoying a stay at Halls Gap Caravan Park: mountain biking, rock climbing, four-wheel-driving, fishing, canoeing, bush walking and trail running.

Food and Wine

The Grampians has long been known for its quality food and wine. Halls Gap has a number of fabulous cafes, restaurants and take-away options, most within a short walk from our caravan park.

For those of you who enjoy a winery visit, the regions most famous is Great Western, it’s well worth a visit. And of course the Grampians Grape Escape Food and Wine Festival is a must for any foodie. The Festival is hosted just meters up the road from Halls Gap Caravan Park in May each year. The acclaimed Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, featuring fine Grampians regional produce and famed sparkling wines is less than a 30 minute drive from Halls Gap.

Events

Time your trip with local events to sample the best of the Grampians region’s food and wine, arts, sports and great outdoors.

Halls Gap Music Festival in February

Hot Rod Show in February (Hosted at the Park)

Grampians Textures in March

Easter Events include The Stawell Gift, Grampians Rotary Art Show and the Great Western Rodeo

Grampians Grape Escape Food and Wine Festival in May

Run the Gap in May

Pomonal Art Show in June

Wonderland Run in August

Grampians Brushes in September

Halls Gap Jazz & Blues Festival in October

Wild Flowers in September and October