Halls Gap situated in the Gariwerd (Grampians) National Park is the base for numerous out door and adventure activities. Cycling is a wonderful way to enjoy the delights of this area. If you choose to stay at Halls Gap for a few days you might like to take advantage of the many walks on offer in the area. Try abseiling, rock climbing, horse riding or learn more about the local Aboriginal community. In springtime the abundant wildflower display is renowned.
This ride is generally flat and mostly on off-road shared walking and bike paths. The track after the bridge is slightly sandy.
Halls Gap is a busy tourist area, especially at peak holiday times. There is one very short on-road section and you will need to take care when you cross roads.
Halls Gap is 22 kilometers from Stawell. Vicroads Map: 552 J12.
Food and Drink
Halls Gap has many food and drink outlets ranging from fast take-aways to fine dining. You will be sure to find something to suit your needs.
The ride commences at the Bellfield Reservoir Dam, which supplies water to the Wimmera Mallee pipeline. This is the largest water infrastructure project in Australia. Although too steep for bikes, a walk through the bush up some of the nearby mountains, reveals a great view of the reservoir stretching up the valley. A fairly easy one of these walks is to Boroka Lookout, just on the other side of Halls Gap.
From Bellfield turn right and head down the hill beside the dam wall. With the dam wall towering over you it’s a bit unnerving with all that water sitting behind it. You will follow Tymna Drive around the left through the caravan park where there is a small shop.
Turn right onto the Grampians Road until you come to the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre and the Grampians National Park Visitor Information Centre. You may wish to stop off here or earmark it for a longer return visit. Riding through the front car park you join the trail heading into Halls Gap. As you ride through the valley you will note the majestic mountain ranges on both sides rising up.
On the left is the Serra Range and on the right the Mt William Range, both of which shoulder the valley down to Dunkeld. The track crosses over the road and once in the township itself crosses back again. There are plenty of stopping points along the way to take in the views and the eucalypt scented mountain air. Kangaroos and wallabies are a very common feature, particularly around the caravan park in Halls Gap and the paddocks along the riverside. Birds are aplenty. Beyond the shopping precinct, the entire area is a natural wonderland.
The track continues along the side of the river and crosses over the bridge, where you again cross over the road. The track here becomes a little sandy, although it is very rideable. The path follows the road, but the view across the paddocks to the ranges, often with browsing kangaroos is much better. Soon you will come to the hotel. The ride finishes at the hotel car park.
- 0.0 The ride starts at the Lake Bellfield dam car park heading back toward Halls Gap. The track turns right down the steep side of the dam wall where you will head.
- 0.4 Where the road forks, go to the left along Tymna Dr, past the caravan park.
- 1.0 The road intersects with Grampians Rd. Turn right onto the road. There is no verge, so be careful with traffic coming out from many holiday houses in the area.
- 2.6 Turn right into the Brambuk Cultural Centre riding through the car park until you meet the path on the other side of the complex.
- 2.8 The path crosses Grampians Rd again and continues on the left of the road as you come into the shopping center. Take care again crossing over the caravan park entrance.
- 4.8 Just before the bridge the path crosses again over Grampians Rd. Take care on the shared footpath with the many pedestrians who frequent the shops and cafes.
- 6.2 You cross the bridge and then cross over Grampians Rd when the path on this side ends. Rejoin the less defined path on the other side of the road and continue on until you reach the pub car park. Look out for Kangaroos in the adjoining paddocks.
- 7.4 Ride finishes here.
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