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Halls Gap Events & Things to do

Wonderland Run Halls Gap
Aug 26 – Aug 27 all-day


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. 
Grampians Brushes
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – Sep 14 @ 5:00 pm

Grampians Brushes 2017


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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Tutor – William Rhodes
This workshop will offer a concentrated drawing environment working from life models. Each day will contain a variety of poses and exercises often using unconventional tools to broaden a student’s drawing vocabulary. Outcomes expected from this class include a revival in the way you experience drawing as well as heightened observational and drawing skills. Life model fee applies All Levels.

Tutor – Suzie Riley
Using pastel with a methylated spirits wash, we will create paintings with a focus on colour and tone. Learn how to create your own unique colour palettes, strengthen them with shape and tone to form a slightly abstract work. All levels.

Tutor – Heather Shimmen
Transform your ideas into linocuts and discover ways in which other processes such as drawing, sewing, and solvent transfer, to name just a few, can be incorporated to make three dimensional objects. There will be demonstrations of image transfer, cutting a block and printing. A simple book with pop up elements can be created or perhaps a hanging work – give full rein to your creativity! All levels

Tutor – Anne Spudvilas
An insight into illustrating a  picture book – we’ll go through the process from receiving the initial text to storyboarding ideas, gathering reference material, creating dummy books and finally doing some sample illustrations.   Designed to help you prepare your book idea for presentation to a publisher.   All levels.

Tutor – Lars Stenberg
In this workshop students will learn techniques and approaches to handle colour. We will explore materials, pigments, and approaches to mixing and applying paint to create rich, harmonious paintings. We will look at how colour helps us express how we feel about what we paint. The workshop will focus on acrylic paints. Intermediate

Tutor – Samantha Tidbeck
Working from the model as well as from the mirror- this course takes students from a fascinating anatomical study of the head, neck and face through to a no-nonsense approach in confidently achieving a good likeness as well as strong, interesting artworks. Exercises begin with drawing in a variety of media and move to alla prima or direct painting technique.



Tutor – Rosalind Atkins
Learn the basics of creating an etching from plate preparation, transferring of the image, drawing on the plate and processing before printing a small edition. In this workshop the image will be created through the use of line drawn with a needle onto the surface of the plate.  Instruction on the processing of the plate will demystify the process of etching and printing.

Tutor – Julian Bruere
Begin by learning the fundamentals of facial proportioning, viewpoint and lighting for portraiture in a mix of watercolour, carbon pencil, pen or charcoal.  Working from life is very important in portraiture hence some drawing will be explored using each other and a mirror for self-portraits and face exploration.  There will be some development exercises using squaring up processes, mirroring and trace.  It is expected that each participant will paint or draw in a very individual and personal manner at the end of 4 days.  Intermediate

Tutor – Katherine Cooper
Brown Falcons, Hobby’s, Kestrels, Swamp Harriers are stunning birds of prey possessing unique feather detail and character.  We will discuss the various differences between the subjects and, during this 4 day class we will cover the areas of composition, subject placement and how to capture the ‘essence’ of the subject (as quoted by Australian Artist WT ‘Bill’ Cooper) using watercolour/gouache.  All Levels

Tutor – Julie Goldspink
Explore watercolour expressionism, combining geometric and organic shapes to create your individual design. You will be encouraged to experiment with different means to arrive at your design: eg vignetting, creating different textural outcomes, random approaches that focus on light sources and negative painting that will trigger your imagination. All or some of these applications will enhance and give inspiration to bring your flower paintings to more than 2D artworks. Take your watercolours to a new level! All Levels

Tutor – Peter Griffen
Working with Grampians landscape as the subject matter to respond to, you will be encouraged to create images in a loose way. Not “copying” but instead creating your own depictions that are inspired by the Grampians but not restricted by it; but with more thought to creating imaginative variations.
The use of exciting colour, collaging, glazing, splashing, scraping, drawing, etc will all be encouraged as in the previous workshop. All Levels

Tutor – Mandy Gunn
Explore the exciting creative possibilities of monoprinting (one off prints) using drawing, mark making, painting, stencils, layering, dissolving and more, with colour, texture and materials from the environment.
There will be some optional participation in Heather Shimmen’s lino cut workshop to discover how monoprints and lino cuts can combine to make complex layered prints as used in their collaborative work. All Levels

Tutor – Gabriella Hegyes
Experience the versatility of this rich, organic (bees wax) medium as you explore a selection of encaustic techniques: including image transfer, incising, smooth and textural painting as well as embedding textiles and other materials into bees wax. Combine relief work; 3 dimensional elements including plaster, found objects and relevant techniques to incorporate with 2 dimensional art works. All Levels

Tutor – Terry Jarvis
Explaining materials used in watercolour painting – it is difficult to obtain a great result in watercolour if incorrect materials handicap you. Our first lesson will provide an explanation of the materials required to produce and convey great watercolour messages to those that view the finished painting. Understanding paper, brushes, pigment, and how to use them will be the theme. All Levels

Tutor – Robert Knight   
See the landscape in a different way. Create a more ethereal oil painting with a contemporary feel. Build a greater insights into materials and techniques with a limited palette, painting in a loose atmospheric style. Use expressive brush strokes and a palette knife to add interest to the art work. Take away useful techniques that will help you create individual artworks in the future. Some plein air painting, weather permitting. All Levels

Tutor – John Mathieson
Travel sketching is a quick and easy way to record your holidays and travel experience. Pen & watercolour is the easiest, fastest way to build drawing and painting skills. You’ll learn how to journalise your travels, discuss how to build sketching into your travels, where to start, capturing your subject quickly, simplifying complex architectural subjects, tips on composition, tips on including people in sketches, and the importance of shadows. Plein-air exercises and daily demonstrations included. All Levels

Tutor – Mali Moir
This is a workshop designed to help you understand how to construct a drawing of a spiral shell. We will explore the fundamentals of the strict structured forms found in spiral shells using drawing exercises which help you ‘think 3 dimensionally whilst drawing 2 dimensionally’. Working up a final artwork can be in your chosen medium, be it graphite pencil, colour pencil or watercolour paint.

Tutor – Kate Nolan
Hakeas typify the unique and complex beauty of the Australian Flora. In this course we will work to depict the hakea as a botanical artwork, studying the scientific and aesthetic details which are particularly important to this genus. Watercolour on paper will be the medium and this course is possibly better suited to botanical artists with some experience. All Levels

Tutor – Vivi Palegeorge
In this 4 day workshop, students will be pushing the boundaries of representational art, with the use of collage and mixed media.  Backgrounds will be abstracted and subject matter simplified to create exciting and unique pieces of art.  This workshop will allow the artist to not only learn how acrylic paint interacts with mixed media, but how to let go and let their imaginations take over.  Intermediate 

Tutor – Herman Pekel
Concentrating on tone, shape and colour this workshop in watercolour, acrylic etc (anything that you can mix with water!) will explore Herman’s quick and direct approach to painting. Herman will take you on a step by step journey through his style of water based painting, including plein air. This workshop is designed for artists wanting to advance to a new level of competence in watercolours. Advanced

Tutor – William Rhodes
Everyone has a drawing style within them that is valid and interesting. The difficult part of drawing (or any kind of art making) is to pursue what it is that you have within – rather than what you have been led to think you should pursue. The workshop aims to help unlock your core drawing style/approach and add techniques to help you pursue your drawing on a new level.

Tutor – Suzie Riley
Over the course of several days we will take a journey to abstraction. Beginning with a representational work, each day refining and developing a different version until we have reached a degree of abstraction.  Colour harmonies, tonal balance, shapes and relative mark making will be the focus with an emphasis on developing your own personal style. This is a pastels workshop. All Levels

Tutor – Heather Shimmen
Linocutting (& monoprinting)
Be inspired by the Grampians. The emphasis will be on developing printmaking skills in linocutting by exploring cutting and image transfer techniques, using stencils, chine colle and many experimental colour applications. During the workshop participants have the option to learn how to make a monoprint (a unique print) with the Mandy Gunn workshop. These works can be combined with your linocuts to produce exciting  printmaking and other media!  All levels

Tutor – Anne Spudvilas
A thorough immersion in the process of illustrating.  We’ll explore getting inside the character, understanding your strengths, photography as an aid (bring your camera) reorganising pages to finally work out the complete layout of a book.   There’ll be lots of time to draw and paint and discover the right medium for your story. All Levels

Tutor – Lars Stenberg
In this workshop students will become confident with colour harmony and sketch development in landscape painting. Using versatile acrylic paints we will develop finished work from sketches, studies and photographs. The workshop will take us through the process of recording the landscape using sketches and digital media, developing these records into studies, and completing a final work. Intermediate

Tutor – Samantha Tidbeck
This class explores the idea of the studio still life with a background looking out to a landscape or another space. A popular device historically: we will focus on the work of one of four major Masters:-  Diego Velasquez, Henri Matisse Max Beckmann and Margaret Olley. Students then take their cue from the techniques, ideas and themes to use in their own series of studies and paintings.

Halls Gap Jazz & Blues Festival
Oct 27 – Oct 29 all-day
Halls Gap Jazz & Blues Festival @ Halls Gap | Victoria | Australia

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.

Halls Gap Film Festival
Nov 10 – Nov 12 all-day

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.

While staying in the Grampians region be sure to check out all thats on offer as there are plenty of Halls Gap events and regional things to do.

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.


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!


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.

Halls Gap 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.

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