It is said great things happen when men and mountains meet. The Grampians or Gariwerd, to give it its Aboriginal name is another of these special places where things can be made to happen. To fully benefit from hiking these mountains you’ll need a little intestinal fortitude, but when you arrive at a summit there’s the ultimate reward of the best views possible. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a crazy pro climber to enjoy the majestic beauty of these mountains as the new track has you ascend the rocky escarpments in a safe and steady fashion. Moreover, there are ample walks that have a moderate to easy gradient if that is your preferred flavour. There are busy parts of the track, but the park is massive so be prepared to enjoy the beautiful silence at the top of a windswept summit or in the stunning gorges and valleys torn apart by millions of years of erosion. There’s also a ton of forest canopy to walk under and the odd waterfall to enjoy.
The completion of the Grampians Peaks Trail finally allows us to be able to fully immerse ourselves in the Grampians. The trail traverses the ancestral lands of the Djab Wurrung and Jadawadjali Peoples and travels the length of the Grampians from Mount Zero all the way to Mount Sturgeon and Dunkeld in the south. Along the way you sight copious amounts of wildlife. kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, reptiles and unheralded birdlife. The park is a sanctuary to many of Australia’s endangered species as the rough cliffs and valleys provide the perfect refuge.