Grampians National Park, also known as The Grampians, is a nature reserve located in Victoria, Australia. The park is renowned for its sandstone formations and mountains, rich wildlife, indigenous rock art, and more.
The Grampians are located between various towns, with the closest beings Halls Gap, but others include Stawell and Horsham on the Western Highway and Dunkeld on the Glenelg Highway.
If you are planning on taking your e-bike on a trip with you to The Grampians, this article will answer all the questions you have before you go!
Are e-bikes allowed in Grampians National Park?
Yes, e-bikes are allowed in The Grampians! However, cyclists must ensure that they follow the state of Victoria’s electric bicycle laws accordingly.
Victoria defines e-bikes are power-assisted bicycles, which are defined as either one of the two following:
- A bicycle with one or more auxiliary motors attached, which has a combined maximum power output that does not exceed 200 watts.
- An electrically power-assisted cycles (EPAC), which are pedal cycles with an electric motor that has a maximum continued rated power of 250 watts. The power assistance must progressively reduce as the speed increases and cuts off once reaching a top speed of 25 kilometers per hour. EPACs also require the rider to pedal in order to access the power.
Power-assisted bicycles that meet the above definition are allowed to be ridden in Victoria. Since they are classed as bicycles, riding rules are identical to pedal-powered bicycles (e.g. traditional bicycles). For more information on e-bike rules in Victoria, visit the government’s detailed webpage here.
How is Grampians National Park organized, is it bicycle-friendly?
Grampians National Park is very well organized for cycling. With the infrastructure for recreational cycling, road cycling, and mountain biking, paths range from paved to unpaved and difficulty levels vary from easy to advanced.
Some trails include The Grampians Rail Trail, Arapiles Big Sky Bicycle Trail, Lake Hamilton Trail, Boroka Lookout Loop Road Ride, Silo Art Trail Road Ride, Halls Gap, and the Natimuk – Mount Arapiles rail trail.
Cyclists should be aware that while cycling is permitted on open, sealed roads, these roads are shared with other vehicular traffic. As well, cycling is not permitted on walking tracks, fire tracks, or closed roads.
Where to stay during the trip?
Visitors have many options for overnight shelter when in The Grampians, including campsites and hotels (note that many campgrounds must be booked in advance, and fees vary).
Some options for campgrounds include Boreang Campground, Coppermine Campground, Buandik Campground, Strachans Campground, Stapylton Campground, and Jimmy Creek Campground. For more campsite options, visit the Parks Victoria webpage here.
Hotel options are vast, with some top options include the Halls Gap Tavern, The Grampians Motel and The Views Bar & Restaurant, Breeze Holiday Parks – Halls Gap, Pinnacle Holiday Lodge, Courthouse Hotel, Comfort Inn Botanical, Goldfields Motel, Wonderland Cottages, and Grampians Villas. Visit Booking.com for more hotel and accommodation options!
Where can I eat? Or should I take my food with me?
While we do recommend bringing food and snacks while on your e-bike trip to keep your energy up, you can also experience a vast array of dining experiences and cuisines when visiting Grampians National Park. From seasonal produce to multicultural dishes, there are many options to choose from!
Top café and bakery options include Salinger’s Café, Livefast Café, Roxburgh House, Dunkeld Old Bakery, Koopmans, Chally’s Bistro, Black Panther Café, and Halls Gap Bakery.
Some restaurants, fine dining, and winery/brewery options include Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co., Royal Mail Hotel, The Views, Pomonal Estate, Barangaroo Wines, Raccolto Pizza, Flame Brothers, Coolas Ice Creamery, Spirit of Punjab, and The Wander Inn.
What gear should I take on the trip?
For your e-cycling trip in Grampians National Park, it is important to bring the appropriate bike and safety gear with you. This includes: a backpack, an Australian standard approved helmet, your e-bike charger, water, snacks, bike appropriate clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves and pads, insect repellant, a bike repair kit and pump, a first aid kit, and front and rear lights.
Additionally, if you are planning to stay at a campground overnight, be sure to bring your tent, sleeping bag, extra food and water, cutlery, dishware, a valid ID, your booking information, and your wallet.
Where can I charge my e-bike?
There are currently no official maps for e-bike specific charging stations in Grampians National Park.
However, cyclists may be able to charge their e-bike at certain cafes, restaurants, hotels and residences, and campgrounds (be sure to ask for permission beforehand if choosing any of these options). You can also visit Chargemap to find electric vehicle charging station spots in this region.
What kind of e-bike do I need to ride in Grampians National Park?
If you are planning to do any mountain biking while in The Grampians, we recommend choosing an electric mountain bike (eMTB). If you are planning to do mountain biking and road cycling, an all-terrain e-bike may be the best option to tackle varying landscapes.
If you are planning to only do recreational or road cycling, a city cruiser or commuter e-bike will likely do the trick!
Where can I rent an e-bike in Grampians National Park, or should I take one with me?
There is one main e-bike rental company in this region, which we will feature at the end of the article. If you are taking your e-bike with you, you must first ensure that its specifications abide by Victoria’s e-bike laws.
What else I can do while on an e-bike trip in Grampians National Park?
There are no shortages of breathtaking sights and other activities to do while in Grampians National Park!
Natural landscapes include popular lookouts like The Pinnacle, The Balconies, and Boroka Lookout. Other natural formations include Mount Arapiles, McKenzie Falls, Hollow Mountain, and Cato Park. You can also partake in rock climbing, bushwalking, and hiking while in The Grampians.
If wineries are your thing, be sure to visit the Grampians Wine Region, Henty Wine Region, Grampians Wine Tours, and more. Additionally, the Grampians Grape Escape food and wine festival is held annually on the first weekend of May in Halls Gap.
To experience the wildlife, culture, and heritage within the Grampians region, check out the Halls Gap Zoo (which is home to over 160 native and exotic animals), Horsham Botanical Gardens, the J Ward Museum Complex, Brambuk: The National Park and Cultural Centre, and the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre.
Lastly, don’t miss out on the Aboriginal rock art sites, which include the Ngamadjidj Aboriginal Art Shelter, Manja Shelter, Billimina Rock Art Site, Gulgurn Manja Shelter, and Bunjil Shelter.
What is the best time of the year to visit Grampians National Park on an e-bike?
To best determine which time of year is ideal for your cycling trip, it may be useful to first understand the weather conditions that each season brings.
The autumn months (March-May) are moderate in terms of humidity and climate, with average temperatures ranging from 14 to 26 degrees Celsius. Rain is also rare during this time. Autumn is also the slowest for tourism, making it a good time to go if you are looking to avoid large crowds.
Winter (June – August) sees the most precipitation and coldest temperatures, which may not be ideal for cyclists. In spring (September – November) daily highs range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius. Summer (December – February) sees the highest temperatures, with the average highs ranging from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. This is also the busiest time of year for tourists.
To take advantage of the most pleasant weather for cycling and other outdoor adventures, it is advised that visitors travel to the Grampians between the end of October to mid-April.
Resources to help plan your trip
The official Visit Grampians website is a great resource to help you plan your trip and better understand the park and all it has to offer.
For more ideas on things to do and see while in Grampians National Park, visit the Australian government’s Parks Victoria webpage for The Grampians. Additionally, check out Trip Advisor and The Culture Trip for more recommendations!
To rent an e-bike while on your visit to The Grampians, the company Halls Gap E-Bike Hire offers rental options. Helmets are included with the rental.
To plan out your cycling routes, take a look at the Visit Melbourne webpage for more information.
Here are highlights of the Grampians National Park in a short video: