Boroka Downs is just 10 minutes from Halls Gap - yet a world away in terms of views, starry night skies, abundant native animals and peace and tranquility.
A number of restaurants and takeaways can be found in Halls Gap should you wish to move from one world to the other.
The restaurants include:
The Quarry - Ph: +61 3 5356 4858
The Kookaburra - Ph: +61 3 5356 4222
The Balconies Restaurant - Ph +61 3 5356 4430
The Halls Gap Pub - Ph +61 3 5356 4566
OR you can venture to the renown Royal Mail Hotel at Dunkeld - Ph +61 3 5577 2241
As we provide extensive self catering facilities most guests make use of this as their dining option. If self catering is your intention we strongly recommend that you bring your food needs with you. For perishables there are supermarkets in Ararat, Stawell, Horsham and Hamilton on your way into the Grampians. Produce shopping in Halls Gap is limited. We also provide a menu of our 'in house catering packs' for your convenience. A copy of the current menu is available on request.
East of the Grampians - where mountain ranges give way to spreading farmland - cool nights and warm days combine to produce distinctive wines. The historic Grampians wine region produces some of Australia’s finest sparkling wines and outstanding cool-climate table wines.
It was the turbulent gold era that spawned the vineyards and wineries of the Grampians region. The settlers, Blampied and Jean Pierre Trouette planted vines near Great Western in 1863 and by 1867 were winning awards in England, France and America. By the turn of the century there were thousands of acres under vine. Seppelt Great Western Cellars and Best’s Great Western Winery began in the 1860s.
All guests are offered complimentary passes to the Seppelts underground cellar tours. These 'drives' were hacked out of clay by unemployed mines in the 1860s. They have been used ever since for the maturation of Seppelts sparkling wines.
Today, the Grampians produces some of the country’s finest Shiraz and Riesling. Visit Grampians Winemakers and Pyrenees Wineries for more information.
The Mount Langi Ghiran Gap Vineyard, home of the famous ‘Four Sisters’ wine range, is just two kilometres from Boroka Downs.
See the historic “Old Tollgate” and “Lock-up” in Great Western, and absorb the history as you meander along winding back roads around the wine village. The surrounding Rhymney area has its own charm, a blend of farmland, vineyards and bushland with kangaroos abound!
Taste your way along the Great Grape Road, a wine trail through the Pyrenees, Grampians and Ballarat wine regions (maps available at the Stawell and Halls Gap Visitor Information Centres).
Attend the Grampians Grape Escape in early May to experience the best of the region’s food and wine in lively combination with music and varied entertainment including the popular “Scarecrows in the Vineyard” display. Ask about the infamous Barrique Auction.