Before you get started

What can you expect from this walk?

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Self guided OR Privately Guided

Highlights:

  • 6 day itinerary (includes 4 days of walking)
  • Exciting rock formations abound
  • Venus Baths, Grand Canyon, Elephant’s Hide, Silent Street
  • 360 degree views from lofty summits
  • Guaranteed kangaroo sightings in the wild
  • Wildflowers, wildlife, wine and wild walking
  • Enjoy fine dining at the multi award winning Royal Mail Restaurant

Overview:

Auswalk’s Grampians Hike is an INN-to-INN accommodated walking holiday. You walk through the Grampians National Park, staying at different locations. We move your luggage for you while you are out walking. This is a self-guided walking holiday.

At 168,000 hectares in area, the Grampians national park is large. It is made entirely of sandstone, which has eroded into several separate mountain ranges. Grampians sandstone is so old that it does not contain fossils, as it was formed before then. It is unusually hard, to resist weathering for that long.

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More on what you'll see

The Grampians are not high mountains, but they are very rugged. Aboriginal people lived here for 20,000 years before western people arrived, and it was a valuable source of food, water and shelter. European settlers mostly thought the rugged mountain ranges could never be farmed, and generally ignored the Grampians, preferring the gently rolling surrounding land.

Everywhere you look in the Grampians you will see cliffs and forest. Hundreds of cliffs and rough valleys provide refuge for many native animals, including birds, which are easily seen. It is one of the best places to see Australian animals. 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. Numerous beautiful streambeds, waterfalls and caves are scattered throughout the ranges.

At the end of the journey we dine and stay at the amazing award winning Royal Mail hotel with the majestic Grampians as a backdrop.

If your preference is to hike with a group, we also offer a group guided departure on this walk.

Let's dive into

More Details

Location

The Grampians is 3 hours by car or 5 hours by train/coach west of Melbourne. There is daily public transport available from Melbourne. Ask us for more detailed information about these connections.

Grading

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.

Accommodation

During this holiday you’ll stay in two holiday resort style accommodations and a award winning 4.5 star hotel.

What's included

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.

What's not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

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.

Regional food and wine

The region is noted for its burgeoning olive industry, fresh venison and the extensive Grampians and Great Western vineyards.

Let's Review

The Itinerary

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

A day full of high points including Sundial Peak, Lakeview Lookout and Mt Rosea. Lots of options along the way.

Accommodation: Grampians Motel

Day 4

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.

Accommodation: Dunkeld

Day 5

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

Accommodation: Dunkeld

Day 6

Your holiday finishes after breakfast.

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