What to do when you get here; there’s heaps, including nothing if that’s your want.
Although most guests feel relaxed by the tranquil surrounds and many are content to camp in their luxury residence for the duration of your stay, we’d like to make you aware all the region has to offer, just to make sure you dont miss any of the wonderful sites and experiences; if you wish.
We'll start with some of the great, "at home", Boroka Downs memories you will be able to tell your friends:
- Waking to kangaroos and emus just outside you bedroom window.
- The utter peace and tranquility of Boroka Downs – did you hear the flapping of birdwings?
- The spectacular private views – did you see soft light of the rising or setting sun on the mountains.
- The birds on your deck – was that a blue wren or a willy-wagtail?
- The private spa with a stunning view and the chic ambience of the residence.
- Stars that, on a good night, you feel you can touch.
- The quiet.
- An eagle on the wing – we see them most days. You just have to be looking.
In our experience most of our guests, once settled into their residence, are not initially anxious to venture out at the first opportunity. But gradually curiosity for the region takes hold. This is a short list of what you will find very close to home:
- Visit the Halls Gap Zoo Victoria's biggest privately owned zoo.
- Taste a fabulous range of wines at Fallen Giants and Pomonal Estate vineyards are just five minutes away. All together 20 vineyards in the Grampians and Pyrenees wine districts are within easy driving distance.
- Visit Brambuk the National Park and Aboriginal Cultural Centre for a greater understanding of aboriginal history in the Grampians region.
- Take any of the numerous walks in the Grampians National Park rated from easy to strenuous with walking and touring maps provided in each residence.
- Jump in a chopper or onto a mini bus for a guided tour with Grampians Helicopters
- Add some spice to your salads with a peppery olive oil from Red Rock Olives, just five minutes away.
- Take a guided tour of some indigenous Art Sites with the Brambuk team
- There are a number of fresh water lakes surrounding Halls Gap (Lake Fyans, Lake Belfield and Lake Lonsdale) that are great for canoeing, boating, fishing or just a leisurely swim to cool off on a warm day.
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And there are loads of things to do in easy reach for the more our active guests
Rock Climbing and Abseiling
The Grampians is regarded as a premier hard adventure destination, where rock-climbing, abseiling and extreme bushwalking are all part of the challenge. There are a range of tours and guides that can assist you to learn the skills required to conquer the mountains.
The Grampians provide access to hundreds of exciting climbs, especially on the rugged cliff faces of Mt Stapylton at the Park’s northern end, and at Mt Rosea, just south of Halls Gap. Local adventure companies offer a variety of climbing and abseiling courses designed to take you to new heights. Call Absolute Outdoors
There are numerous walks and lookouts to suit all levels of interest and fitness.
We provide a range of Parks Victoria Maps for you to use during your stay. We also have first hand knowledge of most walks and lookouts.
Additional details on all walks in the Grampians may be obtained from Brambuk the National Park & Cultural Centre, just two kilometres south of Halls Gap on the road to Dunkeld
Wineries & Vineyards
- Fallen Giants Vineyard is 2km down the road offers tastings with a view
- Pomonal Estate is just down the road behind the Pomonal Store (5kms). Tasting of wines, ciders and craft beer.
- Great Western village is 35 minutes’ easy drive and offers 3 very different cellar door experiences; Bests, Seppelts and Grampians Estate all have fine facilities and a hospitable welcome. The Seppelt underground “Drives” tour every hour from 11:00am is renowned. Don’t miss Bunjil’s Cave on the way.
- There are other vineyards including Julian’s, Cathcart Ridge and Montara just west of Ararat
Canoeing, Kayaking or just cooling off
Lakes Bellfield, Fyans and Wartook are great for canoeing or kayaking, and Fyans and Bellfield both have wonderful shaded beach areas for cooling off or just laying about.
The fishing is great too! Lakes, rivers and streams throughout the region offer some of the finest inland fishing in Australia. Rainbow trout, brown trout and red fin are a specialty. A fishing licence is essential and can be obtained from Brambuk the National Park & Cultural Centre in Halls Gap, some service stations and Young’s Sportspower in Stawell.
Scenic Helicopter Flights
For a birds eye view of the region take a scenic flight. Tours can be tailored to suit visitors’ needs not only over the Grampians or around the region. Contact Grampians Helicopters
Bike Riding and Golfing
Borrow our bikes and take a leisurely pedal to the Zoo, a local Vineyard or into town or perhaps grab our golf clubs and spend a few hours with the wildlife looking on at the spectacular Mt Difficult Golf Club.