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The Illawarra is a key region of Australia, contributing considerable resources to the national economy. Sub-regions: Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee. The Illawarra region is a leading grain and coal exporter, home to the largest integrated steel plant in the southern hemisphere, a national centre for metal fabrication and engineering and has emerged as a centre of excellence in advanced technology research and development. The region also possesses extensive livestock, wood and maritime enterprises, an internationally recognised university, substantial tourism capacity, a population of more than 400,000 and a labour force in excess of 170,000 people. This wealth of resources is perfectly complimented by the region's stunning physical beauty, making it an ideal place to combine outstanding business success with a great lifestyle. The natural attractions of the region are well supplemented by high standard tourism services and facilities. The region provides a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, entertainment and conference facilities. The climate is warm and humid with moderate to high rainfall. Daily temperature ranges are between 11.9 and 22.5 degrees Celsius. Most inland areas display more mild annual temperature ranges of between 9.3 and 18.8 degrees Celsius.

Illawarra: Where To Go / Sightseeing

The Pickers Market Stawell

The Pickers Market Stawell is a shop with the lot offering something for everyone.

Continue through the shop front to find two extensive warehouses and over 30 sites, with a long list of stock and retro styling's.

Including antiques, collectables, garagenalia, homewares, kitchenalia, local produce and art, garden furniture, household, vintage clothing, furniture, heirloom items and much, much more. You never know what you might find!

Located in the beautiful Grampians region of Victoria, renowned as a travel and road trip destination, with mountains and National Parks, hiking tracks, and local food and wine producers.

The Pickers Market is conveniently located on the Western Highway in Stawell (opposite McDonald's). Free off-street parking.

For more information call, email or visit the website.

62 Longfield Street
Stawell, VIC, 3380

Located 6.9K from Illawarra

Lake Fyans

Located at the foot of the Grampians National Park and a short drive from Halls Gap, Lake Fyans is a relatively small man-made catchment.

Make the most of the lake and enjoy swimming, water skiing, jet skiing and sailing.

Please note camping and animals are not permitted at the lake.

Mokepilly Road,
Lake Fyans, VIC, 3381

Located 9.6K from Illawarra

Bunjil Shelter - Stawell

Bunjil Shelter is located in the Black Range Scenic Reserve near Stawell and this is the only rockart painting of Bunjil known. It is widely regarded as one of the most significant cultural sites in south eastern Australia. Bunjil does no harm; I think he does well. These words were spoken by John Connolly, of the Jardwadjali people a little north of here, and recorded by A.W. Howitt. In 1884 Connolly added that Bunjil was a man, and was the father of all his people.

Bunjil Shelter sits within the Gariwerd, a cultural landscape that supports our people both physically and spiritually. Bunjil created our land, our people, the plants and animals, our religion and the laws by which we live. He is the leading figure in our spiritual life, essential in teaching our young people the importance of our laws and beliefs, Levi Lovett, local custodian, Parks Victoria.

Bunjils Cave Road,
PO Box 81
Black Range, VIC, 3381

Located 11.1K from Illawarra

Halls Gap Zoo

Halls Gap Zoo is Victoria's largest regional zoo exhibiting over 160 native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds from cheetah, giraffe, meerkats, monkeys, red pandas and bison to kangaroos, koalas, Tassie devils, wombats, crocodiles, snakes and dingoes.

Halls Gap Zoo is home to a number of endangered species captive breeding programs. Overall management of these programs is by a species coordinator through the Zoo Aquarium Association (ZAA) which is an association that links over 90 zoos and aquariums across the Australasian region, including Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Visitors have the opportunity to have close encounters with a number of species while at Halls Gap Zoo. Special animal food can be purchased to hand feed kangaroos, wallabies and deer or as an optional extra experience meerkats climbing onto your lap, go in with the dingoes or perhaps holding a reptile would appeal.

The two and a half kilometre pathway around the zoo is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. Enjoy a picnic or barbecue lunch while the children amuse themselves in the playground.

Halls Gap Zoo have snack food, drinks and souvenirs available. For further information please contact them or view their website.

4061 Ararat-Halls Gap Road
Halls Gap, VIC, 3381

Located 14.9K from Illawarra

Illawarra: Events

Pigment and Wax: New flora works and landscapes

Pigment and Wax: New flora works and landscapes - an exhibition of artwork by Carolynne Hamdorf made from blending beeswax with pigments and natural ochres ?

Natimuk based painter, Carolynne Hamdorf, has been experimenting with blending beeswax with natural ochres and pigments ?for the past six years. Commonly known as encaustic, it is an ancient and durable form of painting. In 2016, Hamdorf introduced beehives into her garden and has been collecting excess wax and using it in her paintings, including this body of work. Hamdorf is motivated by using as much locally sourced material as possible and enjoys making her paint from scratch. She also collects and uses tree resins and shellac to add sheen and depth to her work.

Please contact to confirm exhibition opening times prior to your visit.

Event Dates
      21st Apr
      22nd Apr
      23rd Apr
      24th Apr
      25th Apr
      26th Apr
      27th Apr
      28th Apr
      29th Apr

4113 Ararat-Halls Gap Road
Halls Gap, VIC, 3381

Located 14.9K from Illawarra

Pomonal Village Market

Held on the last Sunday of the month, the Pomonal Village Market is a great community event that includes stall holders such as native plants, second-hand goods, books, jewellery, antiques, fresh produce, a coffee van, and home-baked goods.

Morning and afternoon tea as well as tasty lunches are also on offer. All proceeds go to the Pomonal Progress Association.

Event Dates
      29th Apr
      27th May
      24th Jun
      29th Jul
      26th Aug
      30th Sep
      28th Oct
      25th Nov

Ararat-Halls Gap Road
Pomonal, VIC, 3381

Located 17.2K from Illawarra

Yoga and Nature Weekend at Tim's Place

Yoga and Nature weekend at Tim's Place, Halls Gap, Gariwerd National Park.

During this yoga weekend you will practise simple yoga postures which are suitable for beginners. The emphasis will be on relaxation and gentle stretches. You will also practice breathing techniques which help with the meditative part of yoga and have a range of health benefits, as well as simple meditation practises to calm your mind and increase your awareness .

Course costs from $245 (bed in a shared room) which includes two nights accommodation, yoga / meditation instruction and an afternoon nature walk with local wildlife guides. Participants may upgrade accommodation from the shared room option. Options include single room, double room, one or two bedroom apartments.

Guests choose restaurant or own cooking.

There is a limited number of places so it is necessary to book through Tim's Place to confirm your booking in the course.

Event Dates
      30th Nov
      1st Dec
      2nd Dec

44 Grampians Road
Halls Gap, VIC, 3381

Located 17.3K from Illawarra

Grampians Grape Escape

Rediscover the majesty of the Grampians and journey to the heart of Halls Gap for a festival of regional wine, food and music.

Meet the winemaker, learn from the producer, support the family owner and taste the best artisan wine and food on offer in Western Victoria.

Gather your tribe together and embrace your inner food floozy while you wander through a village of 120 stalls that will indulge all the senses.

Enjoy cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, live music, plus plenty of free fun for kids of all ages.

Meet Paul West from River Cottage Australia and Matt Sinclair from MasterChef Australia and The Cook's Pantry and discover their culinary secrets.

There is no better place to celebrate the end of harvest than at Grampians Grape Escape. It is the ultimate experience for any wine, food and music lover.

There are a number of other special events to experience across the region in the month leading up to Grampians Grape Escape from April 1 to May 6.

Stay in touch on the Facebook page or check the website for details.

Event Dates
      5th May
      6th May

46-72 Grampians Road
Halls Gap, VIC, 3381

Located 17.4K from Illawarra

Pomonal Native Flower Show

Pomonal Native Flower Show is presented by the Australian Plants Society Grampians Group. The show is created over two days by an enthusiastic band of members with flowers picked from private gardens in Pomonal, Ararat, Dunkeld and Stawell.

Over 300 beautiful native flowers will be on display and this year the theme of the show is 'Threatened Ecosystems: Rainforests and Grasslands'

There will also be thousands of native plants for sale, botany, gardening and natural history books for sale and refreshments available. Several lovely local native gardens will be open and entry will be free to these with a show entry ticket. Maps will be available at the hall.

As Pomonal is only ten minutes from Halls Gap, the beautiful sights and features of the Grampians National Park will be close at hand.

Event Dates
      6th Oct
      7th Oct

Ararat Halls Gap Road
Pomonal, VIC, 3381

Located 17.6K from Illawarra

Illawarra: Travel Tips

Stawell and Grampians Visitor Information Centre

The Stawell and Grampians Visitor Information Centre is conveniently located at Central Park in Main Street, Stawell. Stawell is just 20 minutes from the Grampians, one of the major tourism regions of Victoria. Stawell is most famous for the world's richest footrace, The Stawell Gift, held every year at Easter.

The Visitor Centre provides visitors to the region with up to date, relevant information on attractions and sights. Attractions of interest in Stawell include the Ironbark Forest, Stawell Gift Hall of Fame, Central Park, Big Hill Lookout, several small Art Galleries and the Leisure Centre. Not to be missed is the Stawell Cultural Heritage Trail.

To find out about all these attractions and more the Stawell Visitor Information Centre is open to the public daily.

6 Main St
Stawell, VIC, 3380

Located 7.5K from Illawarra

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