Halls Gap

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Halls Gap
Victoria
Grampians Halls Gap from Pinnacle Crop - Nov 2008.jpg
Halls Gap is located in Shire of Northern Grampians
Halls Gap
Halls Gap
Coordinates37°07′0″S 142°33′0″E / 37.11667°S 142.55000°E / -37.11667; 142.55000Coordinates: 37°07′0″S 142°33′0″E / 37.11667°S 142.55000°E / -37.11667; 142.55000
Population430 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)3381
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Northern Grampians
State electorate(s)Lowan
Federal Division(s)Wannon

Halls Gap is a town in Victoria, Australia. It is located on Grampians Road, adjacent to the Grampians National Park, in the Shire of Northern Grampians local government area. The town is set in the Fyans Valley at the foot of the Wonderland and Mount William ranges.[2] At the 2016 census Halls Gap had a population of 430.[1] The approximate driving time from Melbourne is 3 hours.

History[edit]

The first settler was Charles Browning Hall who set out in search of a suitable grazing run when he found the cattle market at Port Phillip overstocked in 1841. Establishing a station just east of the Grampians in a spot known as "Mokepilli" to the indigenous inhabitants (probably the Djab wurrung). Halls Gap was originally located at where the now Lake Bellfield Reservoir is now located.

By following aboriginal tracks he came upon the gap which now bears his name.[3]

Hall's Gap Post Office opened on 3 February 1893, closed in 1896, and reopened in 1902.[4]

Hall's Gap, The Grampians
The Flume in Hall's Gap, Victoria
Lookout in the Grampians

Today[edit]

Its chief industry is tourism, due to its location in the Grampians National Park. Australia's longest running Aboriginal cultural centre, Brambuk, is located in the town.[5] The Halls Gap Zoo is located 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from town. There is now a local chemist in town located at the Stoney Creek shops.

Golfers play at the course of the Halls Gap Golf Club on Red Gum Lease Track.[6]

Food and Wine Festival[edit]

Halls Gap is home to one of Australia's longest running food and wine festivals, held over the first weekend of May every year. Launched in 1992, Grampians Grape Escape is a hallmark event for Victoria and provides food and wine offerings by more than 100 local artisan producers, live music and family entertainment.[7]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Halls Gap
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.2
(84.6)
28.7
(83.7)
25.4
(77.7)
20.7
(69.3)
16.3
(61.3)
13.2
(55.8)
12.4
(54.3)
13.9
(57.0)
16.7
(62.1)
20.0
(68.0)
23.8
(74.8)
26.6
(79.9)
20.6
(69.0)
Average low °C (°F) 13.6
(56.5)
13.7
(56.7)
11.5
(52.7)
8.5
(47.3)
6.3
(43.3)
4.7
(40.5)
4.2
(39.6)
4.7
(40.5)
6.0
(42.8)
7.4
(45.3)
9.8
(49.6)
11.3
(52.3)
8.5
(47.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 37.6
(1.48)
30.6
(1.20)
20.7
(0.81)
30.0
(1.18)
39.8
(1.57)
55.0
(2.17)
57.6
(2.27)
53.9
(2.12)
54.3
(2.14)
36.1
(1.42)
41.0
(1.61)
35.9
(1.41)
492.5
(19.38)
Source: [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2016 Census QuickStats Halls Gap". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Visit Victoria". Halls Gap. Tourism Victoria. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  3. ^ Shawfactor. "Local history of Halls Gap".
  4. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, archived from the original on 10 May 2008, retrieved 11 April 2008
  5. ^ "Visit Victoria". Halls Gap. Tourism Victoria. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  6. ^ Golf Select, Halls Gap, retrieved 11 May 2009
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ http://www.meteorology.com.au/local-climate-history/vic/halls-gap

External links[edit]

Media related to Halls Gap, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons