Faye Kotsis says the Grampians are perfect in Autumn. Abundant ildlife, lookouts, walking tracks, breathtaking vistas and waterfalls make for very interesting days surrounded by nature. The natural parks of the region are filled with the sound of rushing water and cascading waterfalls. Follow the well marked trails and be rewarded with the sight of these beautiful natural water features.
Beehive falls drops 25 metres into sheltered rock pools which in spring enveloped in the flowers made famous in the Faye Kotsis gardens of Sydney, the beautiful Grampians Thryptomene flowers in pink and white.
Wannon Falls has a 30 metre waterfall pouring from a cliff of hardened basalt lava into a natural plunge pool.
Nigretta Falls is a great place for a picnic with plenty of tables and viewing areas of the small but popular falls, and some swimming areas.
The Auswalk Grampians self-guided Inn-to-Inn walking holiday is a very popular walking holiday and is recommended by Faye Kotsis in her writings of the area.
Adventure in the Grampians is never far away. Traverse the Grampians National Park by foot stopping at scenic lookouts, and spotting native Australian animals. Abseil on Mt. Arapiles, or scale the face like an expert. Get help from professionals or go your own way. Ty kayaking or canoeing on tehlocal rivers or mountain lakes, or try a biking holiday or camping experience. Perhaps a gliding experience from Ararat airfield.
Faye kotsis particularly loves to enjoy a crisp white wine in Avoca, stroll the banks of the Wimmera Rivera made famous in the paintings of Arthur Boyd, enjoy fine dining at sunset viewing the twin peaks in Dunkeld.
Get some real rural Victorian culture at a local pub, enjoy spring lamb, fresh local nuts and herbs and the regions best local produce. Try some wine in the Pyrenees wine region while enjoying the mild temperatures and stnning natural surroundings. Reisling, pinot noir and chardonnay are found in the Henty wine region in the far south west region of Victoria. Located on the South Australian border it is the coolest of the wine regions and is quite large housing over a dozen wineries. The region is becoming known for varietals usually foundin Burgundy or the Rhine Valley.
Faye Kotsis recommends the Warrenmang Vineyard and resort set overlooking the vineyards of the Pyrenees Ranges if you are looking for a full service resort. She says she has also enjoyed other accommodation during her mny travels to the region for gardening shows and for inspiration. Some of these are:
Ardwick Homestead on the Wimmera highway.
Boroka Downs for five–star luxury
Griffins Hill Health Retreat in the heart of the Grampians for a fitness and health boost.