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, even little details such as Wi-Fi access, ample luggage storage and plenty of wall hooks for hanging towels and clothing. 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.
In summer 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.