Self-guided

OVERVIEW

The Grampians Peaks Trail is a 12-day walk that runs north-south from the very northern tip of the Grampian Ranges to all the way to the southern end in Dunkeld. We have pieced together 3 of the best walks on the Grampian Peaks Trail, beginning in Halls Gap with a slow climb up and over the mountains via the Pinnacle and Mount Rosea.  Trek over rugged escarpments with superb views almost all the time as you walk. The walk finishes with the Mount Sturgeon portion of the Peaks Trail, making your way into Dunkeld and your accommodation at the Royal Mail.

The beauty of walking in the Grampians is the immensity of the place and the slim chance of knocking into anyone, especially on the last 2 walks. Walk light through the Grampians with just a light pack with the knowledge that your bags will be safely transported to your next accommodation.

Highlights:

  • Venus Baths, Grand Canyon, Elephant’s Hide, Silent Street and the Pinnacle.
  • Hike to the top of the stunning Mount Rosea and Mount Sturgeon
  • Amazing accommodation at the Royal Mail in Dunkeld for 2 nights
  • Support of Auswalk’s team on the ground

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
5 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 1595

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 485

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 1
START IN EITHER DUNKELD OR STAWELL PRIVATE TRANSFER TO HALLS GAP

Start in Dunkeld if you’ve arrived by private vehicle or Stawell if you’ve arrived by public transport. No walking is scheduled for today, however we have provided walk notes so that you can walk and explore the fabulous walks right near your accommodation if you arrive early enough.

Walking: Easy to moderate / 9km / 3-4 hrs

Meals: Two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Motel in Halls Gap in rooms with ensuites

DAY 2
HALLS GAP TO THE PINNACLE AND MACKEY'S PEAK

The Grampians sandstone is incredibly hard having resisted erosion for millions if not billions of years. Today’s Grampians walk traverses 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 as you climb to the Pinnacle. Today’s aim is the lofty heights of the Pinnacle Lookout. The return to Halls Gap is via Mackey’s Peak.

Walking: Moderate / 16.9km / 5-6 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Motel in Halls Gap in rooms with ensuites

DAY 3
LINEAR WALK TO MOUNT ROSEA AND BOROUGH HUTS

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. The Grampians Peaks Trail has already been constructed to one of the real highlights of the overall track – Mount Rosea. This is the most challenging of all the walks and is another day full of high points including Sundial Peak, Lakeview Lookout and the walk up to Mt Rosea. There are lots of extra options along the way.

Walking: Moderate / 20km / 6–7.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: The Royal Mail, Dunkeld in rooms with ensuites

DAY 4
THE PICCANINNY AND MOUNT STURGEON

Today we walk the southern end of the Grampians Peaks Trail, more specifically the Mount Sturgeon walk and the Piccaninny. Beautiful views back to Mount Abrupt, over the Victoria Ranges, the Western Plains and the township of Dunkeld. We have left you with a little extra time this afternoon to explore Dunkeld or simply relax in the beautiful Royal Mail grounds. However, there is a nice walk out to the Arboretum that you can add in if you wish.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 9km / 3–4 hrs / other walks available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and three course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: The Royal Mail, Dunkeld in rooms with ensuites

DAY 5
DUNKELD AND END OF WALK

Your holiday finishes after breakfast.

Meals: Cooked breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 5 day pack free walking holiday
  • Walk the Grampians Peaks trail
  • 4 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Cooked breakfasts, chef-prepared dinners most nights and substantial Walkers Lunches each day
  • All luggage transport and vehicle transfers
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • National Park admission
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s representatives on the ground

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

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 backtracking. We stay in Halls Gap at a comfortable motel right in the middle of town. We also stay at the Royal Mail for 2 nights. The hotel has two restaurants, Wickens at Royal Mail, and the casual diner, Parker Street Project, supported by an internationally recognised wine cellar, wine bar, landscaped gardens full of native plants, billabong inspired swimming pool and of course all the rooms have ensuites.

The dinners in the restaurants are prepared by professional chefs, as are the cooked breakfasts.

Each day whilst you’re walking you’ll be provided with a substantial Walkers Lunch and get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. A Walkers Lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

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

GENERAL INFO

Day one of this holiday sees you spend the night in Halls Gap. 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.

The Grampians walks finish on day five in Dunkeld at the end of the Grampians Peaks Trail. For walkers who caught public transport there are V Line coach services to Ararat from where there are regular train services to Melbourne.

You’ll be walking an average 17 km a day. Those that enjoy the solitude of nature will appreciate some days where you are more likely to encounter echidnas and kangaroos rather than other people.

There are three walking days on this five-day itinerary starting in Halls Gap and finishing in Dunkeld. Ther is an option to walk from Halls Gap on the first day if you arrive early enough. We include accommodation from day one to day four, most meals, transfers and comprehensive trip notes and walking maps. We transfer your luggage to the next accommodation so you can focus on enjoying the walking with just your daypack and what you need for the day.

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

WEATHER

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 30s, with the nights remaining 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.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for all of our trips. We absolutely require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for all travel overseas. We charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See FAQ’s for more information.

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
  • 1 Feb 2020 - 31 Mar 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $695
  • 1 Feb 2021 - 31 Mar 2022
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2755

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $725

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Overview

OVERVIEW

The Grampians Peaks Trail is a 12-day walk that runs north-south from the very northern tip of the Grampian Ranges to all the way to the southern end in Dunkeld. We have pieced together 3 of the best walks on the Grampian Peaks Trail, beginning in Halls Gap with a slow climb up and over the mountains via the Pinnacle and Mount Rosea.  Trek over rugged escarpments with superb views almost all the time as you walk. The walk finishes with the Mount Sturgeon portion of the Peaks Trail, making your way into Dunkeld and your accommodation at the Royal Mail.

The beauty of walking in the Grampians is the immensity of the place and the slim chance of knocking into anyone, especially on the last 2 walks. Walk light through the Grampians with just a light pack with the knowledge that your bags will be safely transported to your next accommodation.

Highlights:

  • Venus Baths, Grand Canyon, Elephant’s Hide, Silent Street and the Pinnacle.
  • Hike to the top of the stunning Mount Rosea and Mount Sturgeon
  • Amazing accommodation at the Royal Mail in Dunkeld for 2 nights
  • Support of Auswalk’s team on the ground

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
5 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 1595

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 485

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 1
START IN EITHER DUNKELD OR STAWELL PRIVATE TRANSFER TO HALLS GAP

Start in Dunkeld if you’ve arrived by private vehicle or Stawell if you’ve arrived by public transport. No walking is scheduled for today, however we have provided walk notes so that you can walk and explore the fabulous walks right near your accommodation if you arrive early enough.

Walking: Easy to moderate / 9km / 3-4 hrs

Meals: Two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Motel in Halls Gap in rooms with ensuites

DAY 2
HALLS GAP TO THE PINNACLE AND MACKEY'S PEAK

The Grampians sandstone is incredibly hard having resisted erosion for millions if not billions of years. Today’s Grampians walk traverses 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 as you climb to the Pinnacle. Today’s aim is the lofty heights of the Pinnacle Lookout. The return to Halls Gap is via Mackey’s Peak.

Walking: Moderate / 16.9km / 5-6 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Motel in Halls Gap in rooms with ensuites

DAY 3
LINEAR WALK TO MOUNT ROSEA AND BOROUGH HUTS

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. The Grampians Peaks Trail has already been constructed to one of the real highlights of the overall track – Mount Rosea. This is the most challenging of all the walks and is another day full of high points including Sundial Peak, Lakeview Lookout and the walk up to Mt Rosea. There are lots of extra options along the way.

Walking: Moderate / 20km / 6–7.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: The Royal Mail, Dunkeld in rooms with ensuites

DAY 4
THE PICCANINNY AND MOUNT STURGEON

Today we walk the southern end of the Grampians Peaks Trail, more specifically the Mount Sturgeon walk and the Piccaninny. Beautiful views back to Mount Abrupt, over the Victoria Ranges, the Western Plains and the township of Dunkeld. We have left you with a little extra time this afternoon to explore Dunkeld or simply relax in the beautiful Royal Mail grounds. However, there is a nice walk out to the Arboretum that you can add in if you wish.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 9km / 3–4 hrs / other walks available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and three course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: The Royal Mail, Dunkeld in rooms with ensuites

DAY 5
DUNKELD AND END OF WALK

Your holiday finishes after breakfast.

Meals: Cooked breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 5 day pack free walking holiday
  • Walk the Grampians Peaks trail
  • 4 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Cooked breakfasts, chef-prepared dinners most nights and substantial Walkers Lunches each day
  • All luggage transport and vehicle transfers
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • National Park admission
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s representatives on the ground
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

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 backtracking. We stay in Halls Gap at a comfortable motel right in the middle of town. We also stay at the Royal Mail for 2 nights. The hotel has two restaurants, Wickens at Royal Mail, and the casual diner, Parker Street Project, supported by an internationally recognised wine cellar, wine bar, landscaped gardens full of native plants, billabong inspired swimming pool and of course all the rooms have ensuites.

The dinners in the restaurants are prepared by professional chefs, as are the cooked breakfasts.

Each day whilst you’re walking you’ll be provided with a substantial Walkers Lunch and get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. A Walkers Lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

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

General Info

GENERAL INFO

Day one of this holiday sees you spend the night in Halls Gap. 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.

The Grampians walks finish on day five in Dunkeld at the end of the Grampians Peaks Trail. For walkers who caught public transport there are V Line coach services to Ararat from where there are regular train services to Melbourne.

You’ll be walking an average 17 km a day. Those that enjoy the solitude of nature will appreciate some days where you are more likely to encounter echidnas and kangaroos rather than other people.

There are three walking days on this five-day itinerary starting in Halls Gap and finishing in Dunkeld. Ther is an option to walk from Halls Gap on the first day if you arrive early enough. We include accommodation from day one to day four, most meals, transfers and comprehensive trip notes and walking maps. We transfer your luggage to the next accommodation so you can focus on enjoying the walking with just your daypack and what you need for the day.

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

WEATHER

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 30s, with the nights remaining 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.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for all of our trips. We absolutely require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for all travel overseas. We charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See FAQ’s for more information.

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

MAP

Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Feb 2020 - 31 Mar 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $695
  • 1 Feb 2021 - 31 Mar 2022
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2755

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $725
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  • Bag transfers and 24/7 support with our Auswalk’s driver and local partner network on the ground
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