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What can you expect from this walk?

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Group guided

Highlights:

  • 7 day group guided itinerary
  • 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
  • See Indigenous shelters with rock paintings

Overview:
The Grampians are located about 3 hours from Melbourne (on the route to Adelaide).

The first Europeans who passed the Grampians in 1836 saw it only as rugged mountain ranges blocking their progress towards the fertile plains beyond. They had no knowledge of the abundant flora and fauna hidden in this unique environment. They did not appreciate the immense physical and spiritual importance of the region to the local Indigenous people who had lived there for over 20,000 years.

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More on what you'll see

Fortunately the area remained undisturbed and is now preserved forever in a spectacular National Park – Gariwerd.

An oasis on the Wimmera Plains, the Grampians offers spectacular walking and is a haven for native wildlife such as colourful birds, koalas, kangaroos, emus and reptiles.

Extravagant springtime wildflower displays are a bonus. Our selection of walks will also guide you to Indigenous rock art sites and shelters.

This holiday is for nature lovers who enjoy remote, rugged places. 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.

Watch this walk being featured on a episode of Eat Play and Stay in 2015.

If you can’t make it on our scheduled date or prefer to walk independently then have a look at our 6 day self guided Grampians Hike holiday.

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More Details

Location

This is a circuit trip starting and finishing in Melbourne.

Grading

The Grampians tracks vary a lot. Many are rough and rocky underfoot and on these tracks we will walk slower and cover less distance than on other trips. This trip operates with two guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.

For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.

Accommodation

You will stay in two accommodations on this walk. The first is a comfortable motel in Halls Gap. Then it’s on to the luxurious, multi award winning Royal Mail Hotel.

All the accommodations are all in a bushland settings with lots of wildlife and fine mountain views.

What’s included

Two guides, all transport from Melbourne, 6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps & map case and 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

Our choice for this trip is spring time as the wildflowers are at their best and the weather is usually warm and sunny.

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.

The Itinerary

Let's Review

Day 1

Starts in Melbourne at 10.00am. Travel to the Great Western winery district for a tour and wine tasting at an historic winery. Then it’s on to a lookout to give us a birds-eye view of the Grampians.

Accommodation: Halls Gap motel

Day 2

Ascend through the fascinating Grand Canyon in the Wonderland Range, passing many unusual rock formations including the Elephant’s Hide, Venus Baths, Guardian of the Canyon and Echo Cave. From the summit of The Pinnacle you’ll be rewarded with a stunning birds-eye view.

Accommodation: Halls Gap motel

Day 3

The even more remote country of the rugged Northern Grampians beckons today. Walk amongst intricately sculpted cliffs and look over range upon range of spectacular mountains. Visit an Aboriginal shelter with cave paintings that depict the special relationship between the Aboriginal people and their land.

Accommodation:: Halls Gap motel

Day 4

A day full of high points with 360 degree views including Sundial Peak, Lakeview Lookout and Mt Rosea. Lots of options are available along the way.

Accommodation: Halls Gap motel

Day 5

This morning we’ll enjoy a lovely walk steeply descending down steps to 40m high MacKenzie falls, then following the MacKenzie river gently downhill to Zumsteins where we will hear about the pioneering history of the area. A kangaroo or wallaby or two maybe waiting to greet us at the end of our walk.

Then it’s on to Dunkeld stopping enroute at Mt William (the highest peak in the Grampians) where we will walk to the summit on a medium grade track.

Accommodation: Dunkeld, Royal Mail

Day 6

Today we will explore the Dunkeld area of the southern Grampians. There are choices of three different peaks to climb – you can challenge yourself on a couple or do just one and enjoy some time exploring the small village of Dunkeld.

Accommodation: Dunkeld, Royal Mail

Day 7

Travel back to Melbourne to arrive around 1.00pm.

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$ 2555 per person twin/double share
$ 595 Single Supplement (private room)

(A $100 Early Bird Discount is applicable for all bookings made 6 months prior to the the selected departure date.)

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