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.
Friday 27th October 2021:
While we have powered and unpowered sites available for the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of the Melbourne Cup long weekend (31st October to 2nd November 2021), we are now booked out for Saturday 30th October 2021.
For the rest of the year and then the Christmas to New Year period and much of the summer holidays we have vacancies, but please contact us to check whether we have sites available for given night.
We also have some onsite vans available for most nights.
Easter 2022: At this time we are up to our maximum number for the Easter 2022, and cannot take additional bookings at this time.
Current Covid-19 restrictions are in place until 6pm Friday 29th October 2021. While these restrictions are in place we can only have guest from regional Victorians stay.
After 6pm Friday 29th October 2021 Melbourne residents are also welcome to stay at Grampians Paradise, but please contact us to check availability for given nights.
We have showers with hot and cold water, flushing toilets, drinking water tap and dishwashing sinks that are open and available for use. There are however still some restrictions. The camp kitchen is open but the Hub (campsite lounge room) is still closed to guests due to COVID regulations set by the Victorian Government.
We are currently here on site (we live here) and are able to take bookings for future camping trips. Please feel welcome to call us and discuss your plans or make a booking.
For sizes of the sites, and the site map see SITE MAP & THE 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
We have vacancies most nights, but please book ahead for long weekends to avoid disappointment.
We have vacancies for Powered and Unpowered Sites and Onsite Retro Caravans for most 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 are 4 km of gravel roads into Grampians Paradise.
There is, however, TV reception if you have a TV. Our camp kitchen does not have a microwave or an 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, Even at the busiest times.
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.
Our Hub (Lounge with Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner and Glass Front Wood Fire) is Currently closed due to Victorian Government COVID cleaning and check in/staff management requirements.
Up until Covid-19 arrived to change our lives, The Hub was a great place to relax in the evenings, or even day time. The comfy lounge chairs, tables and chairs and table tennis table being popular. With the wood fire going it has always been a great warm place to relax on cold nights. On very hot days the air conditioner provides a cool place to escape the heat. We extend a request that parents supervise children using the hub at all times when it is open.
We hope that in the future we will be able to open the Hub on occasions if not on a daily basis, but this is not presently possible. Please feel welcome to ask Aidan or Nessa for an update.
Kahuna and Heartworks Lomi Lomi massage, Sound Therapy with Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls and Pelvic Trauma Therapy/Gentling Way Techniques 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 quartz crystal singing bowls, qigong, 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 travelled 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. During the COVID Lockdown of 2020 Nessa has been training with The Gentling Way Pelvic Therapies as well as graduating as an Open Sky Qigong Facilitator. Appointments are required in advance by private arrangement. Please note that Nessa does travel for professional development and to see family in Tasmania, 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 adult sons are the family that are your hosts at Grampians Paradise. If you are lucky you may get to meet Tom and Aileen Banfield, Aidans parents. Tom established the Campground originally.
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 we feel 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).