Must See – Regional Attractions
MacKenzie Falls Walk
Located in the Grampians National Park, MacKenzie Falls is one of Victoria’s largest waterfalls and flows all year round. Take an easy stroll to a viewing platform overlooking the picturesque Broken Falls or take a more vigorous route down the stairs for a close encounter with the cascading MacKenize Falls. Take care as this walk has many steps, is steep slippery and strenuous in sections. Distance 2.8km return.
MacKenzie River / Bun-nah Trail
The Mackenzie River/Bun-nah Trail is a historic route that stretches for 10.5km between Wartook Valley and Zumsteins Picnic Area. From Zumsteins walkers can continue on the Mackenzie River Trail for another 3.7km to Mackenzie Falls. Originally known as the ‘Back Track’, the trail closely follows the Mackenzie River, or Bun-nah as it is known to the Traditional Owners. Along the route there are interpretive signs that detail the area’s history and its significance to the Jadawadjali People. The trail is open to walkers and mountain bikers when conditions are dry. At times the Mackenzie River floods and the trail is impassable; in this instance it is best to access the trail at Cooinda Burrong. Download the brochure here.
Zumsteins Picnic Ground & Fish Falls
This is an area where families have gathered for 100 years surrounded by bush and native animals. Stroll along the beautiful created boardwalks and enjoy the open space and picnic area. Fish Falls follow the wallking track from Zumsteins through the open bush along side the river. A short steep section at a terraced ledge reveals the beautiful Fish Falls that flows all year round on the MacKenzie river. Distance 2.4km return.
Follow the well marked walking track from the car park and enjoy peace and tranquility at this pretty waterfall. An undulating path leads to the base of the falls where seasonal rains fill fern lined rock pools. Best after rain. Distance 2.4km return
Proceed to the top of Mt Zero for wonderful panoramic views of the Wimmera plains and the northren end of the Mt Difficult Range. See interesting rock formations and great wildflowers in early spring to early summers. Near the top of the ridge the track becomes steeper to rock steps that lead up to the summit. Distance 2.8km return.
Hollow Mountain & Gulgurn Manja Aboriginal Art Shelter
The track to Hollow Mountain climbs steeply over rocky ledges and past wind scoured caverns to a rocky summit which offer amazing views over Mt. Stapylton and Wimmera Plain. Distance 2.2kms return. Gulgurn Manja the track gently winds its way through Stringybark forest to a rocky shelter. the shelter means “hands of young people”. Distance 1km return.
Mt Arapiles is a rock fromation that rises above the Wimmera Plains in Western Victoria and located within Tooan State Park. Drive, walk,cycle, or climb to the summit of the dramatic quartz and sandstone landmark and simply take in the souring views of the region. Mt Arapiles is widely regarded as the top rock climbing area in Australia and world renowned. The quality of the rock and the variety of the climbs makes it attractive for beginners through to experienced climbers. The Centenary park campground is the only place to camp in the park, there are picnic tables, toilets and wood barbecues for use.
Pink Lake (via Dimboola)
A few kilometres west of town, next to the Western Highway, you can find Pink Lake. This lake is easily viewed from the rest-stop beside the highway and you can walk down the path to the edge of the lake.
As you walk along the path to the lake, you will see yellow gums, buloke trees and paperbarks, giving way to the smaller and very distinctive salt tolerant plants that grow in this unique environment. The pink colour of the water comes from a pigment secreted by microscopic algae. The intensity of the pink varies with the amount of water in the lake. When the lake is drier more light is reflected from the white crystallized salt reducing the impact of the pink.
The salt was commercially harvested from the lake for many years and some of the relics from that time can still be seen near the edge of the lake.
Wimmera Silo Arts Trail
Experience the Silo Art Trail located in the Wimmera Mallee Region. The art trail is set to become Australia’s largest outdoor art gallery linking some of Victoria’s smallest towns. The Silo Art Trail is located at Brim, Sheep Hills, Patchewollock, Rupanyup, Lascelles and Rosebery.