Zumsteins Historic Area

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Zumsteins Historic Area

Grampians National Park

Enjoy a picnic or barbecue in the peaceful setting of Zumtein Picnic Area. Once a thriving tourist resort explore the historic ruins where beekeeper Walter Zumstein played host to hundreds of holidaymakers in the 1930s.

Zumsteins Historic Area is one of the best picnic spots for your day trip in the central Grampians. Enjoy a picnic or barbecue in scenic surrounds nestled near the banks of the MacKenzie River.

Discover the history of Zumsteins as you follow interpretive signs through the settlement. See remnants of cottages built in the 1930s as part of an old retreat for holidaymakers. 

Follow the boardwalk along the banks of MacKenzie River. Watch the tranquil water and see if you can spot a platypus swim by. 

Zumsteins Picnic Area has disabled access toilets, compacted gravel paths, electric barbecues and picnic shelters. A timber boardwalk is located along the banks of the MacKenzie River to allow visitors to interact with the river. It is suitable for wheelchairs.

Things to do

 
A young couple cross the stream on rocks in front a the spectacular MacKenzies Falls.

MacKenzie Falls

An easy stroll from the MackKenzie Falls carpark leads to a viewing platform overlooking the picturesque Broken Falls. To reach the base of MacKenzie Falls, follow the signs. Take care as this walk has many steps and is steep, slippery and strenuous in sections.
Three friends enjoy a picnic on the grass in front of the historic Wallace Hut.

Picnics

Head outdoors for lunch in the warmer months and enjoy a picnic in some of nature's most relaxing and inspiring settings.
A husband and wife stop to take a photo of Masons Falls from the lookout.

Day trips

Pack the car and round up your family and friends. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, parks offer a variety of day trips close to Melbourne.

Brambuk The National Park and Culture Centre

Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap began with the building of the Brambuk Cultural Centre in 1989 to acknowledge, protect and share the cultures of the Jadawadjali and Djab Wurrung Peoples.

How to get there

Zumsteins Historic Area

Grampians National Park is located in Western Victoria, a three-hour (260km) drive from Melbourne and a five-hour (460km) drive from Adelaide. The central Grampians is easily accessed from the villages of Halls Gap and Wartook and is a scenic day trip from the regional towns of Hamilton, Horsham, Stawell and Ararat. It is also a key destination on the internationally renowned Great Southern Touring Route.

Need to know

Zumsteins Historic Area

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Pest animal control program in the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and Black Range State Park – deer and feral goats.

    Aerial shooting program 17-21 June, 2024.
     
    An ongoing conservation program in the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park will be supported this month by an aerial control operation targeting deer and feral goats.
     
    Weather permitting, an aerial shooting operation will be undertaken on weekdays between Monday 17 June – Friday 21 June 2024 to target these pest animals in parts of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and Black Range State Park (see attached fact sheet with map).
     
    During operations, parts of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park will be temporarily closed or restricted while shooting activities are underway (see fact sheet for map and program details).
     
    To ensure visitor safety, warning signs will be placed at closures and major road access points to the control area.  Visitors are encouraged to follow all instructions on permanent and temporary signage.
     
    Informed by scientific research, this program is aimed at controlling/reducing introduced deer and feral goat populations that are threatening the important natural and cultural values of the Greater Gariwerd Landscape.
     
    This program is funded through the Victorian Government’s Protecting Biodiversity Program.
     
    For further information please contact 13 1963.

    Attachments: Notification - Fact sheet - Grampians Deer Control 2024 (668KB)

    Grampians National Park – Planned Burns Program

    Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) have now completed the Autumn Planned Burns Program in Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and surrounding reserves. Patrols and some road closure remain in place.
     
    Two additional planned burns have been scheduled for Winter (June/July 2024).
     
    These planned burns have been nominated and approved as part of the FFMVic three-year Joint Fuel Management Program for the Wimmera Fire District. Each burn has been designated to a year and season, though this may change depending on burn objectives and seasonal conditions. You can view the three-year plan at https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/bushfire-fuel-and-risk-management/joint-fuel-management-program
     
    The map attached, outlines the burns programmed for this year. Detailing the exact date and time of ignition can be difficult and the final decision to proceed may only be made on the day of the burn - once resources, weather conditions and local fuel moisture levels are deemed suitable. Once a burn is scheduled for ignition, FFMVIC will send out regular notifications.
     
    Some of the planned burns may involve the temporary closure of visitor sites, roads and campgrounds within Grampians Gariwerd National Park and other reserves. This may include detours or closures of hike in campgrounds along the Grampians Peaks Trail, and other vehicle-based campgrounds.
    ·      Closures will be enforced for the duration of ignition and may remain in place for some days.  Visitor sites will re-open once the burn is declared safe.
    ·      We recommend that you seek information and stay informed about the status of the planned burns scheduled near you.
     
    Stay informed about FFMVic’s planned burns schedule:
     
    Visit & Sign Up:
    Sign up to Planned Burns Victoria to set up automated notifications about upcoming planned burns on public land near you. There is no charge to sign up to receive text messages. 
    Sign up via Planned Burns Victoria at www.vic.gov.au/plannedburns 
     
    Download: the VicEmergency App 
    Set up a watch zone and choose to be notified about planned burns in the ‘alerts’ settings
     
    Call: the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 and request an interpreter or assistance for hearing difficulties via the National Relay Service
     
    Email: For specialist advice about planned burns in the Wimmera District you can contact Horsham FFMVic Office at wimmera.fuelmanagement@delwp.vic.gov.au or phone the office on (03) 8508 1222.
     
    For Information about park closures and campground bookings within Grampians National Park:
     
    Visit: Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre – 277 Grampians Road Halls Gap, Ph 8427 2058
    or for bookings and cancellations advice contact the Parks Victoria Information Centre Ph 13 1963 or email info@parks.vic.gov.au
     
     

    Attachments: Grampians Year 1 JFMP Map (17,972KB)

  • Grampians National Park

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park - Roads Update 14.06.2024

    The Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park has several roads temporarily closed for repair works, upgrades, and recent fire impacts. Please be aware the movement of visitors in these parts of the National Park is restricted.

    Road Closures
    Mitchell Rd between Redman Rd and Mt William Picnic Ground Rd.
     
    Seasonal Road Closures
    Seasonal Road Closures will occur from Monday 17 June to Thursday 31 October 2024 with signage and gate closures in place.
     
    Seasonal road closures are necessary to maintain water quality, protect public safety and prevent erosion during the wetter months, making them vulnerable to damage.
     
    See attached Road Report for full list of Seasonal Road Closures.
     
    Grampians Peaks Trail – Trailhead Access
    Road access (Griffin Track) to the Griffin Trailhead for the Grampians Peaks Trail is open to 4WD vehicles only. Walkers can access the GPT on foot via the Griffin Track from the Grampians Tourist Road.
     

    Attachments: Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park - Road Report - 14.06.2024 (282KB)

    Mountain Lion (Designated rock-climbing and bouldering area) – Temporary exclusion

    Mountain Lion (Designated rock-climbing and bouldering area) – Temporary exclusion
     
    Significant Aboriginal cultural values have recently been rediscovered at the Mountain Lion designated rock-climbing and bouldering area.

    While Parks Victoria and Gariwerd Traditional Owners determine a longer-term management response, and out of respect for this significant cultural landscape, visitors are requested to not access this area.

    The Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 protects Aboriginal cultural heritage and significant financial penalties apply for harm caused by individuals or corporate bodies.

    For more information please visit the FAQ Update at the Rock Climbing in Gariwerd link below.

  • Wonderland Loop Walk

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park - Grand Canyon Staircase Installation

    Pending suitable weather conditions, Parks Victoria has scheduled helicopter operations in the Wonderland Range (Grand Canyon) area on Friday 21 June 2024.
     
    ·        A partial car park closure will be in place at Wonderland car park from Monday 17 June - Friday 21 June 2024. 
     
    Tuesday 18 June – Thursday June 20 – The Pinnacle Lookout will be accessible from Wonderland Car Park
     
    Friday 21 June - The Pinnacle Lookout walk will ONLY be accessible from Sundial car park or Mackeys Peak.

     Key walking track closure information: Friday 21 June
    ·        Full track closures will be in place along the Wonderland Loop walking track (Between Venus Baths, Wonderland Car Park and the Pinnacle) from 08:30am Friday 21 June.  
    ·        All walking tracks in the vicinity of Wonderland car park will be closed including Grand Canyon, Pinnacle Lookout, Turret Falls and Splitters Falls
    ·        Access to the Pinnacle lookout is available via Sundial Car park, or Mackeys Peak. The Wonderland Forest Loop remains open as an alternative return loop back to Sundial car park.
    ·        A detour for Grampians Peaks Trail will be in place via Mackeys Peak - Pinnacle walking track (starting at the rear of the Halls Gap Caravan Park)