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Halls Gap

Travel Guide Oceania Australia Victoria Halls Gap

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Introduction

Halls Gap is a small town nestled in the Grampians National Park in western Victoria, about 3 hours outside Melbourne. The town itself has a collection of shops, caf├ęs and restaurants, as well as a family park area complete with electric barbecues, a swimming pool and a playground. A little outside the town centre is Brambuk, the National Park & Aboriginal Cultural Centre. It also doubles as the Park information centre.

The real attraction, though, is the surrounding Grampians National Park, which affords fantastic rock climbing, bush walking and fishing opportunities. Halls Gap makes for a great launching pad into the national park, with tours for a day or half a day easily arranged. Alternatively, if you have a car, it's not hard to navigate your way to some of the park's most popular attractions.

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Visitor Information Centre

The Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre is located on Grampians Road. They can be contacted by phone on (03) 5361 4444 or 1800 065 599

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Getting There

By Car

Halls Gap is just a short drive west of the main A8 road between Horsham and Ballarat. Leave the road at Stawell, to go westwards towards the Grampians.

By Bus

V/Line has has a daily coach service from Melbourne to Halls Gap (four hours). Three daily buses run between Halls Gap and Stawell.
VicLink offers buses fromo the Great Ocean Road to the Grampians with Halls Gap connected to Dunkeld, Hamilton, Port Fairy, Warrnambool and Ararat.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePhone
Grampians YHA Eco HostelCorner Grampians and Buckler RoadsHostel5356 4544
Brambuk Backpackers Hostel332 Grampians RoadHostel5356 4250
Tim's Place42-44 Grampians RoadHostel5356 4288
Grampians Backpackers2 Heath StreetHostel5356 4296

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Keep Connected

Internet

If you are staying at one of the hostels like Tim's Place or Grampians Backpackers, then you can use their internet. Otherwise, either the Halls Gap Visitor Centre or the Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre provide internet access.

Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

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References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -37.136869
  • Longitude: 142.519363

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