The Grampians National Park is officially my favourite part of Australia so far.
It’s just awesome.
If you love the outdoors and find yourself in and around Melbourne, then you have to venture out this way! It’s natural beauty at its finest, and there’s all sorts of unforgettable things to see and do.
One of the most famous stop offs, in particular, is well worth a visit.
It’s called the Balconies.
You can’t come to the Grampians and not stop over at this incredible place. It’s a well-known local attraction that draws tonnes of visitors every day. Locals and tourists alike head up to enjoy it.
And you can’t blame them.
It’s definitely been a highlight of my Aussie trip. I wanted to put together a Balconies lookout guide to help anyone else who wants to see it for themselves!
Planning a trip to the Grampians? Thinking about checking out the Balconies?
Here’s pretty much everything you need to know about visiting the Balconies Grampians National Park.
What Are The Balconies?
The Balconies are an iconic landmark in the Grampians National Park, Australia.
A bit like the Pinnacle Hike, any trip to the Grampians is incomplete without a quick stop off here. It’s simply one of the Grampians’ must-do activities.
Right, but what actually is it/are they?
The Balconies is/are (…I get confused) a lookout built upon mighty natural rock foundations.
Two rocky outcrops extend out into open air.
In so doing, they look an awful lot like a balcony (funnily enough), and provide a top quality photo opportunity in the process.
Expect panoramic, expansive vistas of the Victoria Valley below. You can literally see for miles!
If you fancy an adrenaline rush, you can climb out onto the rocks themselves for an impressive selfie.
Fun fact: this place was once happily referred to as the ‘Jaws of Death’. Bodes well for that selfie, right?
Anyone who’d rather play it safe can stay in the Balconies lookout section itself.
This has a handy metal railing that stops you falling off the edge. The rocks to the side don’t benefit from this luxury.
Either way, you’ll enjoy an epic view!
How to Get to the Balconies Lookout
The Balconies lookout is nice and easy to get to.
It’s also accessible to everyone!
Assuming you’re driving, aim for Halls Gap (from Melbourne), and take a right turn just before the town itself, onto Mt. Victory Road.
This is a cool drive, winding round and round up the mountain. The views over the Grampians along the way aren’t bad either.
Stay on this road for 11km until you get to a left turn to Reeds lookout. It’ll take around 20 to 25 minutes to drive it. Park up, and you’re essentially there.
Reeds Lookout and the Balconies are connected by a short walk.
However, Reeds Lookout is definitely worth stopping at first. The views are essentially the same, and just as impressive.
When you’ve had your fill of Reeds, take the path to the Balconies leading from the carpark.
It’s an easy, well-maintained walk that’s wheelchair accessible too.
Best Time to Go to the Grampians Balconies Lookout
The Balconies will provide epic views all year round.
However, try and wait for a clear day to head on up there. It’d be a shame to have your view obscured or limited by inclement weather.
You’re fairly high up! The clouds could definitely come in and take away from the experience.
For that reason alone, spring or summer is arguably the best time of year to go.
To be honest, I think your main consideration in terms of timing should be the number of people who’ll be there. The Balconies gets crowded, which can detract from the experience.
You want this serene time to yourself to enjoy the moment. Instead, you get dozens of people battling for position to take the best selfie. If you’re anything like me (you might not be), the constant chitter chatter and shutter sounds will get annoying.
Try to get there before the main rush in the evenings.
Everyone heads up for sunset. And, to be honest, I don’t blame them. It’s a pretty good spot to watch the sun go down!
Want a tip though?
That sounds counterintuitive, but your view to the west is actually cut off when you’re there. A better place to catch it is back out at Reeds Lookout.
More precisely, take the path from the carpark heading away from the Balconies.
There’s a perfect viewing platform upon the rocks here, facing directly towards the setting sun.
You won’t be alone, but it’s more open and you have a better chance of finding some peace and quiet to watch the sun go down.
Best of the best in terms of Balconies timings? Sunrise at the Balconies on a clear day in summer.
There’ll be fewer people (if any), cooler temperatures, and increeedible views.
What to Take to the Balconies Lookout Grampians
You really don’t need to take much to the Balconies.
After all, you’re looking at a short walk to a viewpoint. It isn’t strenuous, and won’t take long (expect a 1 hour return, or less- depending how long your spend at the lookout).
However, to maximize the experience, here’s a list of things I’d recommend taking:
Because the views are too good not to photograph.
I don’t remember there being any water taps, so take your own (especially in hot weather).
Go on, take a beer for the top! There’s nothing better than watching the sun go down with a cold one in hand.
The rocks get cold when you’re sitting on them for sunrise/sunset! Take a rug to sit on or wrap around yourself for warmth.
Remember to protect yourself from the sun! It’s fairly exposed at the Balconies, and the Aussie sun is vicious. Unless you’re there for sunset, of course, in which case the sun’s slightly less of an issue…
What to do at the Balconies Grampians National Park
Realistically, people go to the Balconies for one reason: to catch the view!
That said, here are a few more specific ways to spend your time there:
1. Stop Off at Reeds Lookout
Reeds Lookout is also beautiful!
I don’t know many carparks in such a prime location.
You’re not meant to climb over the railings here. Please respect the rules.
But know that the view from the rocks on the left of the lookout (over the railings) is particularly special, and will have fewer people cramping your style…
2. Do the Walk (AKA Actually Go to the Balconies!)
Don’t stop at Reeds Lookout! You might be tempted. After all, the views are mind-blowingly good, and you might be put off by the volume of people heading to the Balconies.
The walk itself is lovely though.
It’s flat as a pancake, for one. It also takes you on a well-maintained path through some top Aussie forest, with flashes of awesome scenery along the way.
It’s a 2km return trip (starting from Reeds Lookout Carpark) and accessible to anyone. You’re rewarded at the end with spectacular Balconies views, and something else to tick off the Aussie bucket list.
3. Take a Selfie at the Balconies Lookout
The Balconies is arguably one of the most instagrammable place in the Grampians!
Getting a selfie from the lookout itself would be an epic reminder of an awesome outing.
If you’re okay with heights, and don’t mind queueing up behind everyone else doing the same thing, then get on down to the rocks and take a selfie to remember!
4. Watch the Sunset
This is something of a must in the Grampians National Park.
As I’ve said, everyone goes up to the Balconies for sunset! It’s definitely something you could (and possibly should) do yourself.
Take a 6 pack and go on up with some friends. Don’t expect to have it to yourself though. It gets crowded.
Again though, I reckon a better view comes at the other side of Reeds Lookout Car Park. See above for more details.
5. Watch the Sunrise
Head up to the Balconies for sunrise.
Like I mentioned earlier, I don’t actually think here is the best place to watch the sunset anyway. Directionally speaking, I reckon (though I haven’t actually done it…yet) sunrise would be far more impressive.
Give it a shot! Take some blankets, a thermos full of tea/coffee, and prepare for an unforgettable morning in the Grampians.
Time to Wrap Up
That brings to an end my guide to the Balconies Grampians National Park!
This is a special place, and one that you owe it to yourselves to see.
Heading there for sunrise and/or sunset will be particularly special. The views from here, and the areas nearby (like Reeds Lookout) are stunning to catch a glimpse of.
Sure, the crowds can be a little frustrating. But that’s generally always the case in beautiful, well known attractions. You’re all there for the same reason, after all.
The Balconies makes a great addition to any trip to the Grampians. Hopefully, this post has been helped you plan your visit!
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