There is a trick to the bike riding; but there is no trick to the view! It is magical.
Halls Gap is the heart of the Grampians National Park in the Fyans Valley. The sandstone ranges provide rugged escarpments and ridges and valleys filled with fauna, wildflowers, treefern gullies and amazing rock formations. There are waterfalls, crystal clear rock pools and Aboriginal rock art.
The area is one for lovers of adventure $151; rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, walking and mountain biking.
Grampians Adventure Services offer all activities. Their bike tours either stick to the road, for those who want a relaxed experience, or head off-road for those who like to get down and dirty.
Their two-and-a-half to three-hour downhill tour starts in Halls Gap. You are taken to Boroka or Reids lookout on a minibus, where you unload the bikes and ride down the hill via the road. At Stony Creek Road there is an old four-wheel drive track and the group stops for morning tea at Rosea campground. Ride on via a tarmac road to Lakeview Lookout, then down Silverband Falls Road and, depending on how everyone is feeling, call into Lake Bellfield. Then it's a straight ride back to Halls Gap.
A guided off-road tour takes around two hours. The ride starts in Halls Gap and the group leaves town on the compacted dirt Mount Zero Road. Turn into Redgum Leaf track and the tour guide will choose a suitable track through an old logging lease area. In a wonderful old redgum forest you may well see echidnas, kangaroos and emus. Then you ride around a loop track and come up at the bottom of the Mount Difficult range, before heading along the back of the forest on an old logging track.
Grampians Adventure Services (GAS) had an interesting beginning. A group of friends who are keen on outdoor adventure decided to take turns to arrange a mystery trip each year. It became so popular, others wanted to join in the fun and the six original friends formed GAS in 1989.
They have won various tourism awards and take a cross-section of people, from school children to people in their 70s and older who want to have a go at something challenging.
Halls Gap, three hours west of Melbourne
Grampians Adventure Services' bike tours from Halls Gap start at $40 per person. Bike and helmet are included. Straight mountain bike hire costs $10 an hour. They run year round.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.
Grampians Adventure Services
Shop 4, Stony Creek Stores
HALLS GAP 3381
Ph: (03) 5356 firstname.lastname@example.org
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