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The Grampians is the third largest national park in Victoria with a National Heritage listing for its outstanding landscape and aboriginal rock art. The Grampians are a series of mountain ranges some 90 kilometres in length rising to heights just over 1000 metres that rise ubruptly from the surrounding plain .
The Grampians is actually the beginning part of the Great Dividing Range which is Australia's biggest mountain range and third longest in the world. The mountains are made of upthrust sandstone ridges and valleys are covered in woodlands with some beautiful waterfalls set amid the forest. In 1836, Major Thomas Mitchell named the Grampians after one of the main mountain ranges in the highlands of Scotland, He wrote that they, were, quote: “a noble range of mountains, rising in the south to a stupendous height, and presenting as bold and picturesque an outline as a painter ever imagined”.
The Grampians is a perfect location for sightseeing whether you come here to hike, drive, or cycle. Water activities such as swimming, fishing, and boating are also popular on Lake Wartook. The area is also a great rock climbing destination given the many sandstone ridges and cliffs in the park. Numerous waterfalls are found in the park and are easily accessible via a well developed road network. The highest peak is Mount William at 1167 metres.
Grampians National Park is rich in flora and fauna. The area contains around 970 species of native plants, 100 species of bird, 35 types of mammal, 28 different reptiles, 20 amphibians and fish. Even the duck-billed platypus exists in the rivers and streams here. This species belongs to a unique and rare order of mammal called monotremes which lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young like marsupials. In Spring, the Grampians puts on a spectacular display of wildflowers.