• Welcome to the Grampians Mountain Adventure Company (GMAC) - Friendly and professional rock climbing and abseiling guides/instructors in the Grampians National Park and Mount Arapiles.

    Please take a moment to view our site and see what we can offer you in this wonderful and world famous climbing region. If you have any questions, please contact us and we'll answer your query as soon as possible.

    why climb with GMAC?

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    The Grampians Mountain Adventure Company has operated in the Grampians National Park and Mount Arapiles since July 2000. We have a perfect safety record. We are a local company, with local instructors. We're accredited with the Australian Climbing Instructors' Association and are licensed tour operators (PV1488). We know the region better than any other company, and offer a friendly, relaxed and safe instructional style.


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    Perhaps you've never climbed or abseiled before, or you may be a more experienced climber seeking to refine your skills, GMAC has a climbing session or program to suit you. We know the Grampians and Mount Arapiles intimately, and will tailor a climbing experience to satisfy your needs for adventure.

    If you're a nervous beginner, don't worry. If you're looking for skills training to bring you up to speed for you ACIA instructors' course, then let us know. Remember, we are here to provide YOU with the adventure you are seeking.

    What we offer our clients

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    • * Excellent value beginner sessions

    • * Private multi-pitch guiding

    • * Top-rope and learn to lead courses

    • * Educational and Corporate training programs

    • * Friendly, professional local instructors

    • * Perfect safety record, ACIA best practice
  • half day, three-quarter and full day beginner sessions

    These sessions are a perfect for a person with little or no climbing experience. We typically begin all session types at 9.30am in the morning, but other times can be arranged if necessary.

    We provide ALL equipment in the price, you only need dress comfortably, and bring water, camera and lunch if coming out for a full day. We have a great selection of climbing shoes which will help you scale the climbs we introduce you to.

    All our sessions include climbing and abseiling - we begin with easy rock-climbing, and progress in difficulty according to the needs of the clients. We conclude the sessions with a stunning abseil from 'The Wall of Fools'.

    THE SESSIONS

    Half-Day Introductory sessions @ $95 per adult & $80 per child. Group minimum 2. This is a fantastic experience of the vertical world. Session covers both rock-climbing & abseiling tailored to the ability of the client. DURATION 3.5-4 HOURS. 
    Family and Group discounts apply (see below).

    3 Quarter Day Introductory session @ $120 per adult & $90 per child. Group minimum 2. A bit longer and more adventurous than the Half-day session, this includes climbs from various cliff aspects, and some spectacular abseiling. Duration 5 - 6 HOURS. 
    Family and Group discounts apply (see below).

    Full-Day Introductory sessions @ $145 per adult & $100 per child. Group minimum 2. A great day out if you're fit and up for a lot of climbing and abseiling. Pack lunch and don't forget a camera! DURATION APPROXIMATELY 7 - 8 HOURS.
    Family and Group discounts apply (see below).

    Family and group sessions can receive discounts of up to 30%. The larger the group or family, the higher the discounted rate. Any group of over 4 participants (family or group members) is entitled to a discount. Please enquire.

  • multi-pitch private sessions, top-rope and lead climbing courses

    MULTI - PITCH PRIVATE SESSIONS

    All of the instructors at GMAC have extensive climbing experience and knowledge. We've climbed throughout Australia and overseas, in some of the most amazing climbing locations in the world.

    We can provide our local expertise to you, on your visit to the Grampians or Mount Arapiles. We can guide you up most anything in the region, and we specialise in selecting appropriate climbs for the skill levels of our clients. Our private multi-pitch sessions offer a more advanced mode of climbing, in very small groups. We will lead you up some mega-classic routes, some over 150m in length.

    Half-Day multi-pitch / private guiding @ $250 with 1 person, $125 each with 2 people & $100 each with 3 people. Maximum group size of 3. DURATION 4 HOURS
    Full-Day multi-pitch / private guiding @ $350 with 1 person, $200 each with 2 people & $150 each with 3 people. Maximum group size of 3. DURATION 8 HOURS

    TOP-ROPE AND 'LEARN TO LEAD' CLIMBING COURSES

    The most rewarding work here at GMAC is work that involves passing on our knowledge. We have worked with many people over the years, and estimate into the hundreds the people we have taught to lead climb safely and effectively.

    It will take a full day of tuition to get you to a stage where you can easily construct your own traditional anchors for top-roping. The work we do in this day of tuition covers gear placements, equalisation of anchors etc, with a view to constructing a top-rope system in its own right, or setting up a top-belay system that would be used at the end of a lead pitch.

    We usually require another day or two (max) to get you safely leading on traditional gear. You’ll never look back – a couple of our clients have even gone on to become climbing instructors. We won't baby you through a session, we will be making sure you have the judgment skill necessary to climb independently.

    Rates and ratios for learn to lead and top-rope courses are identical to multi-pitch sessions.

  • school, university, corporate and social groups

    All our group sessions are quoted on a per-group basis. We can discount heavily, and we provide very good instructor:client ratios so that your group is kept busy during any session.

    SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES

    GMAC has extensive experience with school groups, both primary, secondary and university level. Educating students in mountain craft and climbing skill is one of our primary objectives as a company. We are happy to pass on our knowledge, and are aware that the park environment is conducive to a great school camp. Whether you are looking to organise an afternoon out, or a multi-day outdoor ed. camp - we can help and advise and facilitate. Our staff are well qualified and know the Grampians and Mt Arapiles intimately. We can suggest campgrounds in the area, or local cabin style accommodation. We offer competitive quotes, and are easily to contact!

    CORPORATE GROUPS

    The workplace can often get a bit stale, which is why many companies choose to invigorate their staff with an adventure provided by the Grampians Mountain Adventure Company. Corporate hierarchy doesn't apply out on the rocks, so GMAC can provide an excellent day of bonding and fun. We have worked with large corporations (Mars, Fosters Group, Vista Print to name a few) ... and many smaller local businesses. Our goal with any group is to offer a challenging activity in a safe context - which only has positive effects on the participants. With accommodation nearby, you have the option of living it up in style after a day on the rock. Catering can be provided, so you can wine and dine in spectacular locations.

    SOCIAL GROUPS

    Does the footy team need some teambuilding so they can dominate in the upcoming season? Does your social club need a change of location for a bit of renewed interaction? Our guides have extensive experience in showing community groups a good time. You need not feel pressured - you can participate to your maximum, or just soak up the views and fresh air. All equipment is provided, you need only bring yourselves and a sense of adventure. Ask us about catering options, and transport if you so require.

  • Local accommodation and dining

    SELF CONTAINED ACCOMMODATION

    Tim's Place Eco friendly hostel and apartment accommodation venue offering comfortable holiday options in the village of Halls Gap.
    Meringa Springs Grampians luxury accommodation at its finest - Welcome to Meringa Springs Small Luxury Lodge, Restaurant and Bar. Luxurious and romantic.
    The Grelco Run  Comfortable self-contained cottages, quiet and secluded. Linen and breakfast provisions. Horse riding and Motor Museum.
    Emu Holiday Park  'The Natural Alternative,' quiet and delightful accommodation in the Northern Grampians, Wartook area.
    The 'Asses Ears' Wilderness Lodge Cabin style accommodation; up to 70 individuals. Schools, corporate groups, social groups and backpackers welcome.
    Mount Zero Log Cabins Comfortable budget accommodation, the closest cabin-style accommodation to our most used Grampians climbing sites.
    Happy Wanderer Resort Your “home away from home” is a small family owned and operated tourist resort. Centrally located.
    Mountain View Lodges Situated in an idyllic 6.5 hectare native parkland. Quality accommodation that ensures ultimate relaxation and enjoyment.

    CARAVAN PARKS AND HOSTELS

    Parkgate Resort Not just a caravan park, Park Gate offers quality accommodation close to the township of Halls Gap. Also has on-site cabins.
    Lakeside Tourist Park A range of cabins are available including our deluxe spa cabin through to the budget conscious cabins. Also includes campsites/caravan sites.
    Halls Gap Caravan Park Right in the heart of Halls Gap, Halls Gap Caravan and Tourist Park is one of the Grampians oldest camping grounds.
    Grampians YHA Eco Hostel Stylish, comfortable Eco-hostel in the heart of the stunning Grampians National Park.

    If you plan on camping in the Grampians National Park or Mount Arapiles, we recommend you contact Parks Victoria for applicable fees and bookings.

    TASTY PLACES TO EAT

    Natimuk Cafe Great place for a meal. Local, seasonal and organic. Great coffee, cold beer. Close to Arapiles.
    Mount Zero Olives & Millstone Cafe Excellent cuisine, well priced, a must if you like Mediterranean flavours. We often stop here for lunch when on full-day sessions.
    Kookaburra Bar & Bistro Pub dishes and classic favourites alongside tasty international fare that is recognised for intensity of flavour, freshness, presentation and value.
    Livefast Lifestyle Cafe The friendliest Halls Gap cafe with the best coffee, breakfast and lunch.
    The Quarry Restaurant A memorable dining experience, in a tranquil setting on the banks of the picturesque Stony Creek, Halls Gap.
    Halls Gap Bakery Fresh bread made daily. Cakes, sandwiches, pies, pasties sausage rolls.

    MELBOURNE ACCOMMODATION PORTALS

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  • for the beginner

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    Half-Day / 3 Quarter / Full Day Introductory sessions:

    Starting at $95 per adult & $80 per child. Group minimum 2. 
    This is a fantastic experience of the vertical world for the novice. Session covers both rock-climbing & abseiling tailored to the ability of the client. All gear is included in the price. Generous group discounts apply for families and larger groups.

    multi-pitch & lead courses

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    Why not book a GMAC guide for a private course? We can guide you up classic single pitch climbs, 150m+ multi-pitch adventures, or teach you to lead trad.

    We have taught hundreds of people to climb independently - safely and effectively - and on trad gear. If you desire the ability to climb for yourself, we can give you those skills. We guarantee you'll be able to set up safe top-rope systems after one day of tuition. One or two more; you'll be leading yourself and we will have done ourselves out of a job!

    school / corporate / social

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    GMAC has worked with a diverse range of educational, corporate and social groups during its 13 years of business. We've worked with public and private schools, large multi-nationals and all kinds of community clubs and associations. We offer competitive group rates and can arrange a program to suit your specific needs.

  • GMAC prides itself on technical professionalism and friendliness - meet the team

    All our instructors are qualified with Australia's best climbing school - the ACIA (Australian Climbing Instructors' Association).

    FREDDY DYER
    Freddy's climbing journey is thirteen years young. He believes climbing can teach everybody something about themselves. Whether you wish to consolidate and progress rock skills or take some steps on a new pathway to strength, Freddy will ensure you 'tick those boxes'.

    TORI DUNN
    Tori started the business in July 2000, and has been a professional guide for 17 years. She specialises in top-rope and lead climbing courses. She also handles the office!

    WAYNE WEBB
    Wayne has been climbing for over 20 years and has an intimate knowledge of Mount Arapiles and the Grampians. He's able to inspire clients to achieve more than they believed they were capable of.

    TYRONE ANDREW
    GMAC taught Tyrone how to lead climb many years ago, and he's continued his passion with the sport and is now an active instructor with us.

  • accommodation and dining

    Meringa Springs Villa
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    Camping, self-contained cottages, hostels, motels, hotels and luxury villas - the Grampians region has many delightful locations to stay while you're climbing with us. There are options for every budget, and taste. We also recommend various restaurants and cafes. Explore more for complete links.

    other activities & highlights

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    While the Grampians National Park and Mount Arapiles are best known for their world-class rock climbing, there are other things to do while in the region. Why not plan a holiday around a few activities? We boast some of the best vineyards in Victoria, as well as diverse adventure activities.

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    GMAC maintains close relationships with many businesses and organisations in the climbing and outdoor industry. Please peruse our links page for more information on this wonderful sport.

  • find us

    We run our sessions at various locations in the Grampians National Park and Mount Arapiles. The Hollow Mountain Car Park (listed on the map above) is our most common rendezvous point for sessions.

    Drive time to the region from Melbourne CBD is around 3 hours to the Grampians and 3.5 - 4 hours to Mount Arapiles; via the Western Freeway / Western Highway.

    Email: tori@grampiansadventure.com.au

    Phone: 0427 747 047

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  • Testimonials from some of our clients:

    You're paying us to give you an experience of a life-time, and this is what we aim to provide. We love meeting new people, and want to make you feel comfortable and relaxed, so you can perform to your best potential on the rock.

    "GMAC is one of the most professional climbing schools we've worked with at Melbourne High School. Their knowledge and ability to communicate with the students is second to none. GMAC is a professional and friendly company. We'll keep using them in the future."
    Colin Axup, Cadet Coordinator, MELBOURNE HIGH SCHOOL

    "Hi Tori, if you remember me, you instructed me for two days in November while I was visiting from the states. Just wanted to report to you that I finally went on my first trad lead in Yosemite. On my first day I lead a short 5'6 and then the second day I lead the entire 3-pitch 5'5. The first pitch took a long time for me but I sped up on the next pitches as I got used to it. It was such a big moment for me because I was the leader and didn't have a more experienced person to rely on. I got through it all on my own and with my belayer too. Thanks for the awesome instruction!"
    Huong Le, climber from California, USA

    "I approached Tori as a guide to the Grampians and to teach me the basic disciplines of Trad climbing. I found her hands-on tuition was very effective at getting me to understand (and trust) the gear, and her simple drills a great way to instill good, reliable habits. One thing that stood out about her was how willing she was to dive in and trust the gear I'd placed, which was a great confidence builder. Her relaxed approach didn't detract from her attention to detail, giving pointed feedback on select occasions and always calling out bad habits. Her support always got the best out of me on the more challenging climbs, encouraging me to leave my comfort zones. I came to Tori having never climbed above 30m sport, and ended up comfortably climbing a 200m trad multi-pitch crag with her at Arapiles. Enough said."
    Sebastian Nemeth, Sydney, Australia

    "I had a fantastic time rock climbing and abseiling. It is definitely something everyone should experience some time in their life. Our guide was fantastic, offering support and encouragement to those that needed it and spurring on those more advanced to push themselves to the next level. A great day out - highly recommended!"
    Kate Sharpe, Melbourne, Australia

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  • more testimonials from our clients

    'The GMAC team worked with staff and students from Woodcroft College for three days of Rock Climbing. Students and Staff had a fantastic time and were offered achievable climbing challenges in a supportive friendly atmosphere. Students learned safe practices, inter-personal skills and a respect for the natural environment. I would thoroughly recommend GMAC to other schools and private groups.'
    Neil Turner, Head of Outdoor Education, WOODCROFT COLLEGE, Adelaide, SA

    "Exhilarating, challenging, intentionally located away from the crowds, wall to wall of fun and a pumped up high for the next 2 days...now that's what I call a great day! The climbing and abseiling combo is a bargain for the beginner like me...in fact so much so that I came back again with a few more friends."
    Joseph Ma, Melbourne

    "Over the past four years Longerenong Agricultural College has used Grampians Mountain Adventure Company for our orientation week activities, we have found the Company to be very professional and extremely safety conscious, we will continue to use Grampians Mountain Adventure Company because it brings all of our new Students together in a short period of time with the activities they organise."
    Greg Radford, Student Support Service/Counselor, LONGERENONG AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE, Horsham, Victoria

    Climbing with GMAC is ace. Our guide was happy to lead us on some excellent climbs 
    or give us the opportunity to develop our rope and climbing skills with their 
    support. We also always do a lot of laughing. Our money was really well spent.
    Anna Dewan, Cobram, Victoria

    "I had a fantastic time rock climbing and abseiling. It is definitely something everyone should experience some time in their life. Our guide was fantastic, offering support and encouragement to those that needed it and spurring on those more advanced to push themselves to the next level. A great day out - highly recommended!"
    Kate Sharpe, Melbourne, Australia

  • why not purchase a gift voucher for your friend or loved one?

    The Grampians Mountain Adventure Company offers beautifully designed vouchers, valid for 12 months, for all session types.

    Below is a sample graphic of the voucher:



    Simply contact us by phone or email. We personalise the voucher with the name of the recipient, and we'll help you decide on a session if you're unsure which is most suitable. Once payment has been made, we will send you the voucher.

  • Other regional attractions

    Be sure to sightsee the Grampians National Park and Mount Arapiles while on your visit. There are many delightful bushwalks, waterfalls, and lookout points. Don't forget to bring a camera.

    VINYARDS

    Norton Estate Produces some of Australia's finest boutique wines. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc.
    Barangaroo Wines Cellar door sales and tasting on Thursday-Sunday. Tuscan style. Try our acclaimed Vermentino variety.
    Seppelt Great Western Experience the beauty of country Victoria at Seppelt’s historic winery and cellar door.

    ACTIVITIES

    Grampians Quad Bikes Explore the Grampians on one of our 2010 award winning quad bike/ATV tours on our 410 acre property.
    Grampians Adventure Golf Fast becoming recognised as the best in Australia, this 18 hole course is set on 2 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.
    Grampians Horse Riding Pristine views, fit horses, and an exceptional quality of service distinguish The Grampians Horse Riding Centre.

    CULTURAL & ARTISTIC POINTS OF INTEREST

    Brambuk National Park Cultural Centre Learn about Aboriginal culture in Gariwerd (Grampians) through the mediums of rock art tours, aboriginal dance, boomerang throwing and local expert knowledge.
    James McMurtrie Glass Blowing James is an exceptional glass blower and artist. His studio is chock full of beautiful works of glass art. Highly recommended.




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