Group-guided

OVERVIEW

The Grampians’ unique landscape is an extraordinary landscape and the perfect platform for a one of kind hiking experience.

The walk follows parts of the Grampians Peaks Trail from Mount Zero via Halls Gap and south to Dunkeld and includes walking on the unique western side of the mountains, portions of trail that will one day be part of the Grampians Peaks track. Walk through rugged, craggy, yet strangely beautiful landscapes with some of the best views as you walk anywhere in Australia.

This stunning handpicked selection of  Grampians walks take you via Venus Baths, Grand Canyon, Elephant’s Hide, Silent Street and the Pinnacle. Explore Mt Stapylton in the Northern Grampians as well as MacKenzie Falls, Mount Zero, Rosea and Sturgeon and much more.

This is the place to see Australian native fauna. Hundreds of cliffs and rough valleys provide refuge for many native animals, including prolific quantities of kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and koalas and an abundance of bird species. 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.

At the end of the journey we dine and stay at the award winning Royal Mail Hotel with the majestic Grampians as a backdrop. Watch this walk being featured on an episode of Eat Play and Stay.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2795

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 655

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
MELBOURNE TO MACKENZIE FALLS TO ZUMSTEINS IN THE GRAMPIANS

Start in Melbourne at 10.00am. Travel to the Great Western winery district for a tour and wine tasting at a historic winery. The Grampians walk starts this very afternoon. 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.

Walking: Easy / 3.6 km / 1.5 hrs

Meals: Lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Halls Gap Motel in rooms with ensuites

DAY 2
GRAND CANYON TO THE PINNACLE TO HALLS GAP

Today we walk another section of the Grampians Peaks Trail. 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 over the Gap.

Waking: Moderate / 18.6 km / 5-6 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Harvest, walkers lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Halls Gap Motel in rooms with ensuites

DAY 3
MOUNT ZERO AND THE NORTHERN GRAMPIANS

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 indigenous people and their land.

Waking: Easy to Moderate / 10 km / 5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Harvest, walkers lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Halls Gap Motel in rooms with ensuites

DAY 4
SUNDIAL PEAK TO MOUNT ROSEA

Today’s walk is one of the real highlights. It’s a day full of high points on the Grampians Peaks Trail with 360 degree magnificent views including Sundial Peak, Lakeview Lookout and Mt Rosea. The options along the way make this an epic day of hiking.

Waking: Moderate / 16 -20 km / 6-7 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Harvest, walkers lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Halls Gap Motel in rooms with ensuites

DAY 5
HALLS GAP VIA MNT WILLIAM TO DUNKELD

This morning’s walk takes you to lookout points that allow you a 360 degree view of the valley and the plains – a great way to say goodbye to the Northern end of the Grampians. Then it’s on to Dunkeld, stopping en route at Mt William, which is the highest peak in the Grampians and where we will walk to the summit.

Waking: Moderate / 18 km / 5.5-6.5 hrs / easier walk available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Dunkeld, Royal Mail in rooms with ensuites

DAY 6
MNT STURGEON DUNKELD BACK TO MELBOURNE

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

Waking: Easy to Moderate / 9 km / 3.5-4.5 hrs / easier walk available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Dunkeld, Royal Mail in rooms with ensuites

DAY 7

Travel back to Melbourne to arrive around 1.00pm.

Meals: Cooked breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • A stunning handpicked selection of Grampians walks  in addition to the Grampians Peaks track
  • 2 professional and experienced guides
  • 6 nights’ comfortable accommodation in rooms with ensuites
  • Chef prepared cooked breakfasts, two course dinners and comprehensive walkers lunches
  • All transport from Melbourne, including all luggage transport
  • National Park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

You will stay in two accommodations on this Grampians walk. The first is a comfortable motel in Halls Gap with ensuite rooms. Then it’s on to the luxurious, Royal Mail Hotel. Its’ award-winning restaurant has one of the longest wine lists in the Southern hemisphere. All the accommodations are in bushland settings with lots of wildlife and fine mountain views.

The dinners prepared by chefs at the Royal Mail and local restaurants focus on local fresh produce. Every day you will wake to a cooked breakfast in cafe/restaurant to ready yourself for the upcoming days walk. You’ll lunch at incredible locations. The walkers lunches complete the circle ensuring that your appetite is always kept satisfied. Our walkers lunches are substantial, providing you with your own insulated lunch bag, ice pack and a silicon collapsible tub for your convenience. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit. Each day is slightly different. Lunch is always augmented by Auswalk’s famous trail mix.

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

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

GENERAL INFO

This is a circuit trip starting and finishing in Melbourne. The Grampians walks and 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.

The tracks vary in quality but all are easily passable. There are some opportunities for more eager walkers to challenge themselves, but the main walks are all moderate, bar the Mount Rosea day where the grading just scrapes in as moderate, due to some challenging sections.

This trip operates with two knowledgeable engaging guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.

Pre and post tour accommodation: There are many good hotels in Melbourne, however we pick up and drop off at one central hotel the Alto Hotel, 636 Bourke Street. The tour starts at the Alto at 9.20am and the airport at 10.00am. The trip finishes in Melbourne around 1.00pm on the last day.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

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 for information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 26 Oct 2019
    FULL
    from

    $2795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $655
Overview

OVERVIEW

The Grampians’ unique landscape is an extraordinary landscape and the perfect platform for a one of kind hiking experience.

The walk follows parts of the Grampians Peaks Trail from Mount Zero via Halls Gap and south to Dunkeld and includes walking on the unique western side of the mountains, portions of trail that will one day be part of the Grampians Peaks track. Walk through rugged, craggy, yet strangely beautiful landscapes with some of the best views as you walk anywhere in Australia.

This stunning handpicked selection of  Grampians walks take you via Venus Baths, Grand Canyon, Elephant’s Hide, Silent Street and the Pinnacle. Explore Mt Stapylton in the Northern Grampians as well as MacKenzie Falls, Mount Zero, Rosea and Sturgeon and much more.

This is the place to see Australian native fauna. Hundreds of cliffs and rough valleys provide refuge for many native animals, including prolific quantities of kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and koalas and an abundance of bird species. 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.

At the end of the journey we dine and stay at the award winning Royal Mail Hotel with the majestic Grampians as a backdrop. Watch this walk being featured on an episode of Eat Play and Stay.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2795

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 655

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
MELBOURNE TO MACKENZIE FALLS TO ZUMSTEINS IN THE GRAMPIANS

Start in Melbourne at 10.00am. Travel to the Great Western winery district for a tour and wine tasting at a historic winery. The Grampians walk starts this very afternoon. 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.

Walking: Easy / 3.6 km / 1.5 hrs

Meals: Lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Halls Gap Motel in rooms with ensuites

DAY 2
GRAND CANYON TO THE PINNACLE TO HALLS GAP

Today we walk another section of the Grampians Peaks Trail. 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 over the Gap.

Waking: Moderate / 18.6 km / 5-6 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Harvest, walkers lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Halls Gap Motel in rooms with ensuites

DAY 3
MOUNT ZERO AND THE NORTHERN GRAMPIANS

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 indigenous people and their land.

Waking: Easy to Moderate / 10 km / 5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Harvest, walkers lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Halls Gap Motel in rooms with ensuites

DAY 4
SUNDIAL PEAK TO MOUNT ROSEA

Today’s walk is one of the real highlights. It’s a day full of high points on the Grampians Peaks Trail with 360 degree magnificent views including Sundial Peak, Lakeview Lookout and Mt Rosea. The options along the way make this an epic day of hiking.

Waking: Moderate / 16 -20 km / 6-7 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast at Harvest, walkers lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Halls Gap Motel in rooms with ensuites

DAY 5
HALLS GAP VIA MNT WILLIAM TO DUNKELD

This morning’s walk takes you to lookout points that allow you a 360 degree view of the valley and the plains – a great way to say goodbye to the Northern end of the Grampians. Then it’s on to Dunkeld, stopping en route at Mt William, which is the highest peak in the Grampians and where we will walk to the summit.

Waking: Moderate / 18 km / 5.5-6.5 hrs / easier walk available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Dunkeld, Royal Mail in rooms with ensuites

DAY 6
MNT STURGEON DUNKELD BACK TO MELBOURNE

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

Waking: Easy to Moderate / 9 km / 3.5-4.5 hrs / easier walk available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Dunkeld, Royal Mail in rooms with ensuites

DAY 7

Travel back to Melbourne to arrive around 1.00pm.

Meals: Cooked breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • A stunning handpicked selection of Grampians walks  in addition to the Grampians Peaks track
  • 2 professional and experienced guides
  • 6 nights’ comfortable accommodation in rooms with ensuites
  • Chef prepared cooked breakfasts, two course dinners and comprehensive walkers lunches
  • All transport from Melbourne, including all luggage transport
  • National Park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

You will stay in two accommodations on this Grampians walk. The first is a comfortable motel in Halls Gap with ensuite rooms. Then it’s on to the luxurious, Royal Mail Hotel. Its’ award-winning restaurant has one of the longest wine lists in the Southern hemisphere. All the accommodations are in bushland settings with lots of wildlife and fine mountain views.

The dinners prepared by chefs at the Royal Mail and local restaurants focus on local fresh produce. Every day you will wake to a cooked breakfast in cafe/restaurant to ready yourself for the upcoming days walk. You’ll lunch at incredible locations. The walkers lunches complete the circle ensuring that your appetite is always kept satisfied. Our walkers lunches are substantial, providing you with your own insulated lunch bag, ice pack and a silicon collapsible tub for your convenience. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit. Each day is slightly different. Lunch is always augmented by Auswalk’s famous trail mix.

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

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

General Info

GENERAL INFO

This is a circuit trip starting and finishing in Melbourne. The Grampians walks and 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.

The tracks vary in quality but all are easily passable. There are some opportunities for more eager walkers to challenge themselves, but the main walks are all moderate, bar the Mount Rosea day where the grading just scrapes in as moderate, due to some challenging sections.

This trip operates with two knowledgeable engaging guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.

Pre and post tour accommodation: There are many good hotels in Melbourne, however we pick up and drop off at one central hotel the Alto Hotel, 636 Bourke Street. The tour starts at the Alto at 9.20am and the airport at 10.00am. The trip finishes in Melbourne around 1.00pm on the last day.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

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 for information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 26 Oct 2019
    FULL
    Details
    from

    $2795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $655

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