The Wartook Valley is the major entrance to the National Park on the north west side and the road follows the MacKenzie River into the mountains. It forms a huge amphitheatre with magnificent mountain views and large mobs of kangaroos.
Wartook is a great base to explore the wonderful wildflower areas of the Grampians. It experiences much less rainfall than the East side of the Grampians, and the added bonus is the chance to see glorious sunsets. Wartook is a service centre where petrol and most other supplies can be obtained.
There is a lot of early European History in this area. Rosebrook was settled in the 1840's and during the gold rushes of the 1850's Troopers Creek was established to collect taxes from the miners heading for the Stawell, Ararat and Ballarat Goldfields. The old Wartook school site is where the Picnic area is, by the MacKenzie River bridge.
The picnic areas are generally near water, with a great opportunity to relax, enjoy the birdlife, and in some cases experience the remoteness of the area.
The main walks in this area are either associated with the MacKenzie River, or the tops of the ranges surrounding the Valley. Follow wonderful riverine habitat to MacKenzie Falls or experience magnificent views and dramatic vistas over large sections of the Park.
The MacKenzie River in the Wartook Valley has one of Victoria's largest waterfalls - MacKenzie Falls. Although the most visited Falls in the Park, don't forget Broken Falls behind the Kiosk, and the nearby Burrong Falls on Rose Creek Road. If you do the MacKenzie River walk you will also discover Fish Falls. Tilwinda Falls, near Trooper's Creek and below Mt Difficult, is another nearby falls that is best after rain.