Happy New Year from the team at Grampians Tourism.
January is one of the busiest times of visitation to the Grampians National Park and, this year, Parks Victoria will partner with Grampians Tourism at the Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre to have a uniformed presence at the Halls Gap HUB.
This wonderful new initiative will help provide a high-quality visitor experience that lifts the reputation of the Grampians as a destination of choice.
This is a new initiative for Parks Victoria who will be actively engaging with visitors to provide information on bushwalking, rock climbing, camping, and general visitor information relating to the national park.
Parks Victoria will also continue to deliver the increasing program of junior ranger and guided experiences within the park.
The Grampians region really turns it on in summer with plenty of opportunities to relax, explore and enjoy all that's on offer.
From lakes and waterfalls to wineries and everything in between, make it your "go to" place to wine, dine and get among nature this summer.
Cool off in the lakes around the Grampians.
Lake Bellfield provides you with a grand vista of the northern Grampians mountain range and is the perfect spot to relax under shady trees and have a dip in the lake's calm waters.
The lake offers sandy beaches for swimmers and easy access into the water and is the local host spot for keen fishers, kayakers and canoers.
Lake Fyans has previously been voted the best swimming destination in the Grampians. Check it out for yourself and enjoy a day at the lake's sandy beach where the water is safe for all ages.
Try boating, fishing and canoeing on the lake, or just splash around and chill out. Order takeaway fish and chips from the bistro at Lake Fyans Holiday Park and watch the sunset... Bliss.
In October, Victorian Fisheries Authority stocked Lake Fyans with another 3700 rainbow trout, bringing the total stocking for 2019 to 10,030 rainbow and 10,000 brown trout.
That's 20,000 good reasons for visitors to stay at Lake Fyans Holiday Park and try your luck at catching a spot of dinner.
In the past 12 months the Victorian Fisheries Authority has added over 845,000 fish to our local waterways making the Grampians region an amazing place to fish, so make sure you throw a line into one of the many lakes that surround the Grampians region these holidays.
We have experienced another strong year for the Grampians region, with continued grow in domestic overnight visitors (+15.3 per cent) and international overnight visitors (+9.7 per cent).
The tourism industry injects over $533m into the local Grampians economy, supporting more than 1000 local business and more than 3000 local jobs.
Tourism really is everyone's business.
Marc Sleeman is CEO of Grampians Tourism