Road Trip through the Wimmera

Road Trip through the Wimmera & Beyond

Beach or mountains – mountains! If you’re gearing up for a relaxing and breathtaking road trip for your next holiday, consider the gorgeous Wimmera region. Encompassing the Grampians, the Mallee scrub, 4x4ing the Big and Little Desert National Parks, the Victorian historic goldfields of Stawell and the stunning Silo Art Trail spanning Horsham up to Warracknabeal and ending in Patchewollock, there’s something for everyone – the hiker, the artist, and the experience lover.

However, before you consider a road trip, there are a few things you need to think about. Read our guide to ensure your trip is not only trouble free – but a great one!

Road Trip through the Wimmera
Road Trip through the Wimmera

Planning your trip

Failure to plan is planning to fail. Before you set out on your wonderful Wimmera road trip, make sure you know how many days you’ll need to see all your sites – Google Maps can help you calculate approximate times and distances. Ensure you have your accommodation booked in advance or know where you can hitch a tent or caravan/camper trailer. Allow for breaks and other delays (such as staying to soak in the fresh air and exquisite views!) and remember to keep your tank always filled up at least a quarter way to avoid getting stuck.

Is your car running well?

If you are coming up to your scheduled service time, make sure you at least get your oil changed and safety points checked before embarking on an extended trip. Even if it’s a few thousand kilometres or a month or two away, have it done anyway. You should also consider wheel balancing if possible. You can easily check your oil using the dipstick under the bonnet. If it’s running low, have it topped up or changed. Checking your tyre pressure and pumping them up to their rating is not only safe – it can save you a bit of fuel!

Packing for the occasion

The Wimmera temperatures can fluctuate greatly depending on the time of year and elevation you are looking for. For example, the mean daily temperature of Halls Gap (in the middle of the Grampians) is a blistering 29.2C in January and can get down to a mean daily minimum of 4.2C in July. Remember to pack sturdy boots for hiking, insect repellent, sunscreen, and weather appropriate clothing.

If you break down, have enough water, food, first aid, and survival gear because help may take a while to arrive, especially in some of the sparsely populated areas.

Make sure you have insurance

Ensure you’re covered with the right car insurance before you leave – because not having the right coverage could leave you in the lurch. Having third-party property insurance may not be enough, as it only covers other drivers. You may want to consider upgrading to comprehensive car insurance to ensure you’re covered. Policies may also include roadside assistance or emergency accommodation in the event of breakdown, which can come in handy if things go wrong on the road.

Connect with the Community

Immerse yourself in the region’s rich history by visiting gold-mining towns like Stawell or exploring heritage sites like the Charlton Golden Grains Museum. Strike up conversations with locals to hear their stories and gain insights into the Wimmera’s unique character.

Time your trip to coincide with local festivals and events. From the vibrant Horsham Country Music Festival to the Stawell Gift, these celebrations offer a glimpse into the region’s spirit and provide opportunities to mingle with the community.

Embrace the Local Flavours

Go beyond convenience stores and national chains. Seek out local cafes, pubs, and wineries showcasing the region’s culinary bounty. Sample seasonal dishes featuring fresh produce and regional specialties like kangaroo steak or Murray Cod. Don’t forget to indulge in sweet treats like Wimmera-grown honey or locally made jams.

Pack a basket filled with local delicacies and find a scenic spot for a memorable picnic. Imagine setting up your blanket amidst wildflowers in the Grampians or under the shade of a majestic river red gum in the Little Desert National Park.

Unplug and Recharge

Escape the city lights and witness the mesmerizing spectacle of the Wimmera night sky. Find a secluded spot away from light pollution and marvel at the Milky Way’s brilliance or try identifying constellations with the help of stargazing apps.

Disconnect from technology for a while. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the natural environment, listen to the birdsong, and reconnect with the simple pleasures of being present in the moment.

Leave No Trace

Respect the region’s pristine environment by adhering to Leave No Trace principles. Dispose of waste responsibly, minimize your impact on natural habitats, and avoid disturbing wildlife. Support eco-friendly businesses and local conservation efforts.

With all this in mind, you can have a stellar road trip in one of Victoria’s premier tourist regions!


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