- Swimming Pool
Overview – Meringa Springs
A small family-run lodge overlooking the remote Wartook Valley, Meringa Springs is Grampians accommodation at its finest.
The Grampians are renowned for having an unspoilt natural environment teeming with throngs of native wildlife. Most visitors here pitch a tent or rent self-catering cottages when visiting the park; however, Meringa Springs offers a more sophisticated alternative. Accommodation at this boutique property is either in two comfortably appointed rooms located within the low-slung main lodge, or in three spacious private villas located a short walk from the central complex. With a maximum capacity of ten guests, Meringa Springs assures a very intimate stay.
Rooms are well designed, with every convenience at hand such as ceiling fans, fireplaces and private verandas. Little details such as Wi-Fi access, heated floors, ample luggage storage and plenty of wall hooks for hanging towels and clothing make this property truly outstanding. The private villas display the same amount of thought but are considerably more upscale, with high ceilings, timber floors and contemporary décor. Then there is the sparkling infinity-edge pool, which looks over the property and the distinctive sandstone escarpments beyond, as well as a cosy restaurant. Enjoy alfresco pre-dinner drinks on the patio before sitting down to a hearty meal by a crackling wood fire in the scenic Windows Restaurant. The family that own the property are Swiss, and the menu is peppered with European inspiration.
Meringa Springs lies in the secluded Wartook Valley, a haven for wild kangaroos, wombats and emus. All around are wineries such as the notable Norton Estate, as well as gourmet food producers such as Laharum Grove and Mount Zero, both famous for their olives. The property is also just a stone’s throw to Lake Wartook, Mackenzie Falls and various scenic lookouts. Relax in the soothing surrounds of the lodge, or get active – outdoor activity options in the Grampians range from bush walks and fishing to mountain biking, horseback riding and quad biking.
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Rooms – Meringa Springs
There are two categories of room at Meringa Springs; one located within the main lodge and the other, standalone. The former have a more rustic country style, while the latter has a more modern feel. Both are equally well-equipped however, featuring every available convenience a modern traveller might need.
Deluxe King Room
This spacious haven of comfort has a large ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower and a separate toilet cubicle. The bedroom features a central king bed, along with a small nook containing a refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities. Capacity: 2 persons
With its own fireplace, front patio and back veranda, the air-conditioned one-bedroom Spa Villa is a very private retreat designed for guests to appreciate their surroundings. Bedding consists of one king or two queen beds, while the huge ensuite bathroom contains a corner double spa tub and oversized walk-in shower. Capacity: 2 persons
Facilities – Capella Lodge
- 2 Deluxe King Rooms and 3 Spa Villas
- Windows Restaurant
- Infinity outdoor pool
Activities – Meringa Springs (at extra cost)
- Horseback riding
- Quad biking
- Guided hikes
- Wine tasting
The Grampians are approximately three hours by road from Melbourne, with Meringa Springs located half and hour north-west of Halls Gap. Helicopter transfers can be arranged from metropolitan Melbourne, as the property is conveniently just 10 minutes from the Grampians airstrip.