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Discover rock art and rugged landscapes in a mountain range as old as the Dreamtime. 

You can't miss the Grampians, a majestic island of mountain and forest rising out of flat farmland in Victoria's west. Its national parks are home to a huge array of native plants and animals and a rich and continuing Aboriginal history.

Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Grampian National Park, VIC © Tourism Victoria

Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Grampian National Park, VIC

Most of Victoria's Aboriginal sites are here in the Grampians, known as Gariwerd to the Aboriginal clans who have been connected to the place for over 22,000 years. Evidence of their lives - including ancient oven mounds and 60 rock art sites with more than 4,000 different motifs - is scattered across the region.

Visit the famous Bunjil's Shelter and see Bunjil, the traditional creator of the land, depicted with his two dingoes. Walk round the Ngamadjidj Shelter and see Ngamadjidj's spirit dancing with white figures on the walls. Gulgurn Manja translates to 'hands of young people', and this shelter in the Northern Grampians is covered with small, red ochre handprints. You can also browse the Grampians' cultural centre or take a guided tour from Halls Gap for a richer understanding of Victoria's five Aboriginal communities.

Grampians National Park, VIC. © Tourism Victoria

Grampians National Park, VIC

Interwoven with this history are awe-inspiring landscapes forged millions of years ago. Trek the rugged cliffs and cascading waterfalls of Grampians National Park. Go fishing or canoeing on Lake Bellfield and Lake Wartook and get up close to native animals such as koalas, kangaroos, emus and wedge-tailed eagles. Travel to Mt Arapiles-Tooan State Park, where you can scale the dramatic rock formations.  A little further afield is Little Desert National Park, where the heathlands throw vibrant wildflower displays from August to October. Explore the Grampians' vast sandstone mountains in a four wheel drive or experience their grandeur from a light aircraft.

However you absorb the ancient magic of the Grampians, we guarantee it won't wear off overnight.

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