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What can you expect from this walk?

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Self guided

Highlights:

  • 7 day itinerary (includes 5 days of walking)
  • Explore ancient, rugged rock formations
  • Venus Baths, Grand Canyon, Elephant’s Hide, Silent Street and the Pinnacle
  • Explore Mt Stapylton in the Northern Grampians
  • Aswell as MacKenzie Falls, Mount Zero, Rosea, Sturgeon and the Piccaninny
  • 360 degree views from lofty summits
  • Regular kangaroo sightings and an abundance of other fauna
  • Wildflowers, wildlife and wild walking
  • Enjoy stays at the luxurious Royal Mail & Meringa Springs

Overview:
We have sculpted this walking holiday so that it takes in the very best of the walking in the Grampians, the walking follows a linear path so there’s no back tracking. But just as importantly we have managed to also reign in two of the very best accommodation experiences in Victoria with award winning food and unrivalled wine lists.

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 7 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. This is a one of kind landscape, that offers some of the best views of any walk in Australia.

This is one of the best places to see Australian native fauna. Hundreds of cliffs and rough valleys provide refuge for many native animals, 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.

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The sandy soil is ideal for native plants, making this national park famous for its spring wildflowers. There are over 800 varieties of indigenous plant species, many of them wildflowers which come into vivid bloom each spring. The hardy vegetation is sustained by water coursing through streams, creeks, waterfalls and caves scattered throughout the ranges so there are actually lots of flowers for most of the year

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 parts of the Grampians Peaks Trail from Halls Gap and south to Dunkeld and covers approximately 70km averaging 14 km a day. We know the Grampians intimately and given that we can’t not include walking on the unique western side of the mountains, portions of trail that will one day be part of the Peaks track.

We provide all the accommodation, most meals, transfers, detailed maps and comprehensive walk notes to allow you focus on the walking and completely relax as we take care of all the organisation.

The accommodation is more than comfortable, staying in resort style accommodation, the amazing 4.5 star Royal Mail and Meringa Springs (*depends on group size) providing a base to rest, relax and recount the each day’s highlights. We move your luggage ahead to the next night’s so you can enjoy a pack free experience. You’ll eat excellent evening meals, cooked breakfasts and freshly prepared lunches. All in all a feast for all the senses.

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

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More Details

Location

Day One of this holiday sees you spend the night in Wartook. Regular V-Line train and coach services to Stawell are available from Melbourne. We organise for you to be transferred from Stawell to your first accommodation.

There is also the option of driving to your final nights accommodation in Dunkeld and leaving your vehicle here during this holiday.

Finishing on day seven in Dunkeld, for walkers who caught public transport there are V Line coach services to Ararat from where there are regular train services to Melbourne.

Grading

50% easy, 35% moderate, 15% more strenuous. 12-21km (6-8 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 thwo holiday resort style accommodations and an award winning 4.5 star hotel.

What’s included

6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 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.

The Itinerary

Let's Review

Day 1

Starts any time after 2pm in Wartook. No walking is scheduled for today so you will have time to explore in around your accommodation. Check out the views from the veranda or the pool or if you are up to it, explore the national park to the south.

Accommodation: Wartook

Day 2

Today it’s the walk at Mount Staplyton and Mount Zero. This is a great start to this amazing walk. Look out for the wildlife in and around the track.

Accommodation: Wartook

Day 3

Follow the track from out of your accommodation up to the top of Mackenzie Falls via Zumsteins. Options for more walking along the way.

Accommodation: Halls Gap

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 Mackey’s Peak.

Accommodation: Halls Gap

Day 5

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

Accommodation: Dunkeld

Day 6

Today we walk the southern end of the Grampians, more specifically Mount Sturgeon walk and the Piccaninnies. Beautiful views back to Mount Abrupt, over the Victoria Ranges, the Western Plains and the township of Dunkeld

Accommodation: Dunkeld

Day 7

Your holiday finishes after breakfast.

Enjoy a Flawless Experience

Traveller’s Tales

Christiane Holtzman – January 2016, Grampians Hiker, USA

Don and I really enjoyed both our walking trips; the scenery was amazing, some of the lodgings were luxurious, the logistics all worked to a fault.
When we had an issue, the staff at Auswalk immediately took action and corrected it to our satisfaction.
We had a great time and great memories!

Sophie Astrinos – October 2015, Grampians Hiker

Great walks in the Grampians.
You would have to be fit though as obviously it is all uphill and downhill.
I personally love rocks, beautiful scenery and spectacular rock formations which the Grampians all delivered.

Paul Howell – November 2015, Grampians Hiker

The Auswalk staff know what is required for a seamless self guided walk.
All arrangements were of a very high standard, and obviously well researched.
Well done Auswalk.

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$ 2595 per person twin/double share
$ 695 Single Supplement (private room)

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