Covering a vast 168,000 hectares, Victoria’s Grampians National Park is made entirely of sandstone eroded to form several distinct mountain ranges. Weathered over millions of years, this self-guided walk over 6 days takes you through rugged, craggy yet strangely beautiful landscapes preserved for their conservation and cultural value as National Park for locals, visitors and future generations to enjoy.
Colloquially known as The Grampians, this is one of the best places to see Australian native fauna. Hundreds of cliffs and rough valleys provide refuge for many native animals. There are over forty species of mammal recorded in the park including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and koalas and an abundance of bird species. The area has been an important source of food, water and shelter for Aboriginal people for 20,000 years and contains the majority of surviving Aboriginal rock art sites in South East Australia.
Mostly ignored by European settlers who thought the rugged mountain ranges could never be farmed, the sandy soil is ideal for over 800 varieties of indigenous plant species whose wildflowers come into vivid bloom each spring. The hardy vegetation is sustained by water coursing through streams, creeks, waterfalls and caves scattered throughout the ranges.
The Grampians sandstone is so old that it does not contain fossils, as it was formed before fauna inhabited the area! It is incredibly hard having resisted erosion for millions if not billions of years. The sandy soil is ideal for native plants, making this national park famous for its spring wildflowers. There are actually lots of flowers for most of the year.
Watch this walk being featured on a episode of Eat Play and Stay in 2015.
This walk follows the Grampians Peaks Trail from Halls Gap south to Dunkeld and covers approximately 44km averaging 11 km each day. There are well-marked trails and distance signposts to significant landmarks. Walkers may encounter some uneven, rocky ground, creek crossings and the occasional scramble across large boulders on route to rocky outcrops with spectacular, 360 degree views.
We organize all accommodation, most meals, transfers, detailed maps and comprehensive walk notes to allow you more time focused on the walk and less about organizing it. The accommodation is more than comfortable, staying in resort style accommodation including the amazing 4.5 star Royal Mail, providing a base to rest, relax and recount the day’s highlights each day. We move your luggage ahead for the next night’s accommodation, and your lunches are freshly prepared by your hosts ready for your departure.
If your preference is to hike with a group, we also offer a group guided departure on this walk.
Day One of this holiday sees you spend the night in Halls Gap, approximately 3 hours drive west from Melbourne. Regular V-Line train and coach services are also available. There is no walking scheduled for the first day, so spend the afternoon familiarizing yourself with the township of Halls Gap and its stunning location. Finishing on Day Six in Dunkeld, there are V Line services back to Halls Gap to collect your car, or coach services to Ararat from where there are regular train services to Melbourne.
50% easy, 35% moderate, 15% more strenuous. 12-18km (6-7 hours) walking each day. Mostly moderate walking but most tracks have some rocky uneven sections.
For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.
During this holiday you’ll stay in two holiday resort style accommodations and an award winning 4.5 star hotel.
5 nights accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, vehicle transfers required for the itinerary, luggage transfers, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps, map case & info pack.
Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).
September to November is usually warm. The summer months of December to March are likely to be warm, and sometimes quite hot. During summer it is common to have daily temperatures in the 30’s, and the nights will also stay quite warm. April and May are cooler and the winter months of June through August can vary from cool to mild temperatures with the occasional cold, wet spell.
The wildflowers are usually at their best between August and November – although there are always some flowers around. Not available during July.
See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.
The region is noted for its burgeoning olive industry, fresh venison and the extensive Grampians and Great Western vineyards.
Starts any time after 2pm in Halls Gap if you have arrived by car or Stawell Railway Station if you have caught public transport from Melbourne.
Accommodation: Halls Gap
Today it’s the Halls Gap Peaks Walk featuring Chautauqua Peak and Boronia Peak. It’s a great day for seeing lots of wildlife on the track.
Accommodation: Grampians Motel
A day full of high points including Sundial Peak, Lakeview Lookout and Mt Rosea. Lots of options along the way.
Accommodation: Grampians Motel
Follow the fascinating Grand Canyon circuit through the Wonderland Range, passing many unusual rock formations including the Elephant’s Hide, Venus Baths, Guardian of the Canyon and Echo Cave. Today’s aim is the lofty heights of the Pinnacle Lookout. The return to Halls Gap is via Mackeys Peak.
Today we walk the southern end of the Grampians, more specifically the Mount Sturgeon walk and the Piccaninny. Beautiful views back to Mount Abrupt, over the Victorian Ranges the Western Plains and the township of Dunkeld
Your holiday finishes after breakfast.