Grampians Paradise Camping and Caravan Parkland offers:
Large Grassed Sites, Mountain Views, Shady Trees, and Lots of Space.
Facilities include hot showers, children's bathroom, accessible bathroom with toilet and shower and camp kitchen.
We are 750 metres off the edge of the Grampians National Park, under its highest mountains, just 15 minutes drive south south-east of Halls Gap at 443 Long Gully Rd Pomonal 3381, Victoria, Australia.
Tuesday 26th May 2020:
From the 1st June 2020 we will be open on a limited basis (COVID-19 special conditions apply).
We will be open from the 1st June 2020 but on a restricted basis as our shared facilities will not be open in line with Victorian governments COVID-19 restrictions.
What does this mean:
You will need to have:
your own cooking facilities (the camp kitchen will not be open).
Your own dish washing facilities - you will not be able to use our dish washing sinks.
Your own drinking water,
Shower and bathrooms will be closed,
so you will need to have your own inbuilt toilet or portable camping toilet. There are toilet waste dump points at Stawell and Ararat (30 minute drive from us) that can take your toilet waste (we do not have facilities to deal with waist from guest toilets).
Also the Hub, our camping ground lounge room will be closed.
If you can meet these requirements and be completely self contained, we can take a booking for your stay.
However please be aware that if you arrive, and you do not have the capacity to be complete self contained (in line with the Victorian Government restrictions) you will not be able to stay, and will be turned away at the gate.
I completely understand that with the camp ground facilities not being available, that camping may not work for you, however if you can camp with a completely self contained set up, please contact us as we will be open (conditionally).
Once we are permitted to open again (1st June 2020):
We will have powered sites and unpowered sites available, but while our shared facilities remain closed, our retro on site caravans will not be available. Please note that due to the mandatory closures in March, April and May, any bookings made for before the end of this year will have a special COVID-19 cancellation or transfer policy which will ensure your booking can be changed to a future date, should the restrictions still be in place at the time of your original booking.
We are here on site during the period of COVID-19 government restrictions (this is our home). We are happy to take calls regarding future bookings (from 1st June 2020 and on) and make bookings for the future. We can even arrange bookings for future dates as gifts from you to someone special! Let us know if we can assist you at all.
For any information, or even to touch base, please contact us by phone, email or facebook.
For sizes of the sites, and the site map see Site Map and Sizes of Sites page.
To enquire about prices, or to make a booking, for any long weekend, please contact us as soon as possible, by email, phone or (on-line enquiry). Giving me a call is great way to get information on availability, and set up a booking. If I don't answer please leave a message (sometimes I'm not able to answer the phone for a little bit). I will give you a call back soon as I'm able to. If the phone rings out please try again in 10 or 15 minutes, it is also ok to call me in the early evening.
Also while we endeavour to get back to your online enquires and emails within the half day, sometimes there are so many enquiries it may take a couple of days. You are more than welcome to follow up with a phone call if you want to get get things happening faster.
Kind regards Aidan Banfield
Easter 2020 - We were fully booked for Easter 2020. With campgrounds in Victoria being closed until 31st May 2020, unfortunately we have had to contact all people with bookings and make alternative plans.
Easter 2021 is worth thinking about!
We have vacancies for Easter 2021 at the moment, but sites will book out early with those keen to make up for missing camping trips at Easter 2020. Please feel welcome to contact us to discuss options.
We have vacancies most nights (once we open up again), but please book ahead for long weekends to avoid disappointment.
We have vacancies for Powered and Unpowered Sites and Onsite Retro Caravans for all nights over the coming year.
But please be aware that long weekends book out in advance, and that you really need to get you bookings done a long way ahead. While most long weekends don't book out until a month in advance, Easter books out 5 to 6 months in advance, and Melbourne Cup weekend has been known to book out 2 months in advance. If you want a choice of sites for any long weekend, please do not wait and book as soon as you are able to.
At this time we have some really good options for groups (even large groups) available for all nights. Please call us if you are wanting to book for a group, so we can help you work out what might work for you. To ensure you don't miss out on options for group bookings you need to book a long way ahead, now is the time to organise your group booking for upcoming long weekends.
North Valley (NV) site currently not available:
While the Fox Maple School of Traditional Building Workshop (21st to 30th October 2018) is now in the past, for the time being, the North Valley Site (NV) is not available, as the timber framed bridge we built during the workshop is now sitting on the NV site, until we lift it onto its foundation over Valley Lake.
For more information on the Grampians Paradise October 2018 Fox Maple Timber Framing Workshop (and photos from the Spring 2017 workshop held in Maine, USA), and the Timber Framers Gathering Weekend (that was held on the 27th and 28th October 2018) go to www.grampiansparadise.com.au/timberframing
Camping and Caravanning is different things to different people:
If you are after large, grassy sites, spread out spaciously in a beautiful setting, some with views of the mountains, some amongst the big trees and some with views over our little lakes and wetland ponds, and some basic facilities (showers with hot and cold water, flushing toilets, dish washing sinks, a centralised treated drinking water tap and very basic camp kitchen), then Grampians Paradise could be just what you are looking for.
Some people are after other things. Here's a list of what we don't have, to help you work out if would enjoy a stay at Grampians Paradise.
Not supplied: No potable water to the sites, no sullage at sites, no concrete pads for caravans, no dump point for toilet waste, no street lights or paved roads, no playground (just lots of space for play), no shop (The Grampians Store is 10 minutes drive away, where there is Petrol, Diesel and Ice) and no wifi (Telstra, Optus and only some Vodafone's have data and call coverage in the camping ground). There is 4 km of gravel road into Grampians Paradise.
There is, however, TV reception if you have a TV. Our camp kitchen does not have a microwave or oven.
We do however have lots of native birds and animals around, some of the best views of the Grampians and we never let our parkland grounds get crowded.
Unfortunately we are not able to have guests bring their pets with them to stay at Grampians Paradise.
Also it is worth knowing that the Grampians National Park is place where pets are not permitted.
If you are looking for a Grampians caravan park that allows dogs, try calling the Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre.
Winter Specials: We are offering a special of 5% discount for any booking of 5 nights or more including during the July School Holidays*.
We a number of specials that are available upon request (these are listed near the bottom of the Tariffs Page). These include a special of 5% for a two night booking for weekends that are not peak times, or stays of 5 nights or more at any time*. To take up on these specials you will need to contact me by phone or email (you can also use the online inquiry form on the Inquiry Page) and request the special. For more details and information on conditions please see the Tariffs Page.
To be able to claim a discount (that is relevant to your booking) please remember to request the discount on making your booking.
* 5% specials at peak times are only available where the discounted total is greater than the minimum booking fee.
We have a Lounge with Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner and Glass Front Wood Fire.
The Hub is a great place to relax in the evenings, or even day time. There are comfy lounge chairs, some tables and chairs as well as a table tennis table. We can get the wood fire going in the hub to give you a warm place to relax on cold nights. On very hot days we will have the air conditioner going in the Hub to provide a cool place to escape the heat. We request that parents supervise children using the hub at all times.
Kahuna and Heartworks Lomi Lomi massage at Grampians Paradise.
Nessa (Vanessa Beckitt) brings some great bodywork to Grampians Paradise - you can have a massage without having to drive anywhere! As Aidan's wife, Nessa is involved with campground tasks part of the time, and also enjoys spending time working with bodywork and healing.
Our massage studio is tucked away in the camping ground, despite being fairly close to the office, you can enter through the doorway and forget the concept of time and the stresses of the busy world. It really feels like a world away from everything.
In September 2016 Nessa traveled to Queensland to extend her Kahuna Massage Skills on a Level 6 and Level 7 Kahuna Massage training retreat, and now offers Kahuna Massage, Heartworks Lomi Lomi and Arvigo Mayan Abdominal Therapies® as well as Crystal Sound Therapy and Sound Spas using the Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls within the Innerji Sound and Massage Studio room. Nessa is also an accredited Remedial Massage Therapist with MMA. Appointments are required, and you can book online for treatments at 10am and 2pm Wednesday to Sunday each week (up to 2 hour treatments), and other times may be possible by private arrangement. Please note that Nessa does travel for professional development so please check her availability when booking if you are keen to have a massage during your stay.
For information on Kahuna Massage, Arvigo®, Heartworks Lomi Lomi and other therapies offered by Nessa at Innerji Sound and Massage see http://www.innerjisoundandmassage.com.au/page3.html
and this really great video demonstration - Kahuna Massage demonstrated by High Spirits Retreat / Mette's Institute , from where Vanessa has completed her Kahuna massage training.
We also have a discount for Kahuna Massage for Guests of Grampians Paradise Camping and Caravan Parkland (campers must be booked in for a minimum of one night in the camping ground) which gives discount for Kahuna Massage treatment on any day of the week between 9am and 5pm - Camping Guest Special*. If you wish to take up this offer, please let us know when you make a booking at Grampians Paradise or let us know at Innerji Sound and Massage so that we can make sure there is a time available for you. Please note that we recommend making a booking in advance as we cannot guarantee that there will be availability for walk-ins.
*Specials operate independently of each other - only one discount can be selected per session. Sorry, but Remedial Massage is not included in any of the discounts or specials.
Vanessa Beckitt is a qualified Remedial Therapist registered with MMA (previously AAMT) for Health Fund Rebates and is trained to level 7 in Kahuna Massage.
Please contact us to confirm availability for a given date.
Nessa (Vanessa) Beckitt, Aidan Banfield and our two sons are the family that are your hosts at Grampians Paradise.
Early morning light and green grassy sites by our little Blue Lake. This is Lakeside 3 (L3) a Lakeside Powered Site suitable for camper trailers, tents and small or mid sized caravans.
Grampians Paradise hosted a 10 day Traditional Timber Framing Workshop 21st to 30th October 2018:
Before bolts, screws and nails, building were made of large timber beams and post held together by joinery - tenons and mortises held in place by timber pins. While there are very few examples of this style of Traditional Timber Buildings in Australia, around the world buildings using the traditional style of timber construction have stood for hundreds of years, some even close to 1000 years.
In the last 30 to 40 years there has been a revival in Traditional Timber Framing in America, England and Europe. Grampians Paradise now has the pleasure of hosting one of the great teachers of this revival, Steve Chappell, for the next of his "Fox Maple's World Tour Traditional Timber Framing Workshops". The workshop is intensive, includes both theory and practical hands on learning, using both traditional hand and modern powered carpentry tools, while working on a large scale timber frame project.
The workshop started early on Sunday 21st October and came to a close late on Tuesday 30th October 2018
For more information and pictures see www.grampiansparadise.com.au/timberframing
Information on the above photos:
Top left: Traditional 2 story timber frame built in the Spring 2017 Workshop at Fox Maples Maine, USA campus. This was the 35th Anniversary Year of Fox Maple Workshops.
Top right: Course participants assembling the frame they had cut - Spring 2017.
Bottom Right: The Dining Hall at Fox Maples Maine, USA campus - the frame was cut and raised by students in the June 1997 introductory and advanced workshops.
Photos taken by Aidan Banfield while attending the introductory and advanced workshops in USA - Spring 2017
Looking for a place to stay in the Grampians, Victoria, Australia?
If you drive via Redman Rd through the avenue of trees and along the 4 kilometres of gravel road, you'll find Grampians Paradise Camping and Caravan Parkland, with the opportunity to escape wifi and technology and lose yourself in nature . Grampians Paradise is nestled on the eastern side of the Grampians National Park with views of its highest mountain, Mt William and Redman Bluff (3rd highest peak) and surrounded by the seasonal Redman Bluff Wetlands (spring time is amazing for the wetlands and Grampians Waterfalls).
We invite you to be our guests and to enjoy a relaxing holiday at Grampians Paradise Camping and Caravan Parkland, with large grassed spacious sites with shady trees (some sites are shady, some are sunny and some have amazing views of the mountains).
We are outside the crowded tourist area, with beautiful views of the mountains and surrounding countryside, but within easy reach of the popular Grampians attractions and Halls Gap (15 minute drive to the Gap).
We believe in the quality of natural experience. Our water comes from the small lakes above the camping ground which are feed by mountain streams, and often our water has the tannin content loved by makers of whiskey and without the chlorine of town water supply.
Our water is heated traditionally by a wood fired boiler which gains solar boost during sunny days.
With the spacious powered sites and unpowered sites taking some of the best locations within our parkland, we differ from most other tourist parks in that there are no rows of cabins interrupting the views of the grounds and surrounds. The small number of period style (vintage and retro) onsite caravans are scattered about the camping ground and within easy reach of the amenities and other basic facilities.
We trust you will enjoy the peace and tranquility of camping in our beautiful parkland, with some sites overlooking our small lake. The camping ground is also surrounded by wetlands that are the home of many native Australian animals and birds.
Many of the spacious grassed camping areas are shaded by tall trees and "bush garden areas", some with beautiful Australian native flowers, which attract a myriad of native birds and animals. Kangaroos are often seen about the camping ground in the evening and night time.
There are only a very few other area's in all the places I have visited with as many birds (both in total numbers per hectare, and numbers of species - over 100 different species recorded) than here at Grampians Paradise.
The Parkland Sites (P1 to P12) are the ones that have great views of the Grampians Mountains.
While we will not suit everyone, if you are after a camping ground, or a place to stay with a tent, camper trailer, caravan, camper van or motor home, that has a few more facilities than a National Park camping ground, but not the development and "mini" suburb feel of a big commercial caravan park, then I sure you will love Grampians Paradise.
Aidan Banfield & Vanessa Beckitt.
Kangaroos grazing in the early morning in front of our little lake, right beside the Lakeside Powered Sites.
Sunrise on the cliffs of Redman Bluff reflected in the waters of Observatory Lake, one of thirty wetland ponds of the Redman Bluff Wetlands that surround three side of Grampians Paradise Camping and Caravan Parkland.
Grampians Paradise Site Map (this map is accurate to scale).
All of our sites have something special about them. It might be they are shady, or are big, by our lake, have a fire place (available for use in late autumn, winter and spring) or have great views of the mountains.
This map is to scale, and some of the sites are huge. South 7 (S7) for example is 18 by 10 metres in size (180 square metres). Even North 3 (N3) is 8 by 9 metres in size.
To help you select your site we have two list with photos. For these lists go to Sites by Location or Area or Sites by Classification or Type (each type of site has a different price to other types - see the tariff page).