AT’s guide to the best cheap accommodation for summer and Christmas holidays

Grampians

Why do we rate it?
The scenery on the Pinnacles hike is spectacular, but the surrounding ranges are equally seductive.

Where is it?

270km from Melbourne, the Grampians are a 3hr 30min drive north-west on the Western Highway.

Where to stay
Grampians YHA Eco Hostel is perfect for families or friends wanting to explore the area. There are single, double and family rooms as well as multi-shares, a fully stocked kitchen, games room and TV room. Bikes are available and the Pinnacles hike starts at the front door. Lake Fyans Holiday Park has units, cabins and campsites right on the river. Coming out of a drought, the lake is at 48% capacity and good for waterskiing and canoeing. But before you pack your cossie, ring and ask if there’s water in the pond.

How much is it?
YHA doubles cost $89 a night per room, family rooms $120 a night (sleeping four) and multi-shares $35 a night per bed. Lake Fyans sites cost $36 a night unpowered, $42 powered. Over Christmas,
one-bedroom cabins are $136 a night, two-bedders cost $150. Two-bedroom units cost $158.

Availability
The YHA can hold 64 people and although busy during school holidays, there is availability over Christmas and Jan. The Holiday Park has plenty of cabins and campsites during summer.

What to do
The National Park is a playground for hikers, rock climbers, mountain bikers, 4WD enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. You can spend weeks exploring the mountains, waterfalls and lookouts. The Brambuck Aboriginal Cultural Centre provides fascinating insight into the history of local indigenous communities.

Contact
Grampians YHA Eco Hostel //
cnr Grampians and Buckler Rds, Halls Gap.
(03) 5356 4544; yha.com.au

Lake Fyans Holiday Park //
650 Mokepilly Rd.
(03) 5356 6230; lakefyansholidaypark.com.au

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