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 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 along the way. 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 Grampians is sure to inspire with its sheer immensity.  Enjoy the serenity, with little chance of bumping into anyone, especially on the last 2 walks.

Highlights

  • The Wonderland Range with its many unusual rock formations including Venus Baths and Elephant's Hide
  • Breathtaking views upon reaching the Pinnacle Lookout
  • Hike to the top of the stunning Mount Rosea and Mount Sturgeon
  • Beautiful views over the Victorian Ranges and the Western Plains
  • Amazing accommodation at the Royal Mail in Dunkeld for 2 nights, with optional gourmet dining experience at Wickers

WALK OVERVIEW

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

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Chance to ride out on longer walks greater than 12km. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.  C

PRICE FROM
$ 1645

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 595

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

per person

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5

DAY 1
START IN EITHER HALLS GAP OR STAWELL

This walk starts in Halls Gap if you are self driving to your first accommodation. If you are arriving by public transport we will have you transferred from Stawell Train Station to Halls Gap. 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: Country Plaza 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 Peaks Trail 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

Elevation: 572m

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Country Plaza 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 hike to the summit of Mnt Rosea on the Grampians Peaks Trail is one of the real highlights of the overall track. 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

Elevation: 817m

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch. (Dinner is included if staying at Royal Mail on a weekend) See accommodation and dining for details.

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 / 12km / 3–4 hrs / other longer walk available

Elevation: 361m

Meals: 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 you check out.

Meals: Breakfast included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 5 day pack free walking holiday
  • Walk 3 of the iconic walks on the Grampians Peaks trail
  • 4 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Cooked breakfasts, 2 chef-prepared dinners (plus extra dinner on weekend at Royal Mail ( with surcharge)) and substantial Walkers Lunches each day
  • All luggage transport and vehicle transfers ((WITH OWN CAR THIS DIFFERS SLIGHTLY – SEE GENERAL INFO SECTION)
  • 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

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.

This walk must start on a Monday or a Wednesday. If you start on a Wednesday you will stay at The Royal Mail on Friday and Saturday night. This will include dinner 1 night at Parker Street Project and dinner at Wickens on the other night. Staying at The Royal Mail on the weekend will have an additional surcharge of $275 per person. 

If you start on a Monday, you will stay at The Royal Mail on Wednesday and Thursday night. Dinner at The Parker Street Project is included for 1 night. This is included in the per person price and there is no additional cost. 

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).

  • NIGHTS 1 & 2

  • NIGHTS 3 & 4

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - ~AVERAGE

Distance training should be a consideration in your overall training program, so take every opportunity you can to walk. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 16km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ~AVERAGE

Elevation training should be a consideration in your overall training program.

Try to include some form of elevation in more than 40% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

ROCKY TERRAIN

Whilst preparing for walking on rocky terrain, you must focus on the development of balance, strength, and agility.

Integrate targeted strength exercises, such as lunges, squats, and step-ups, to strengthen your leg muscles, with a particular emphasis on improving stability on uneven surfaces. Balancing exercises are essential. Undertake core strength activity, coupled with exercises such as planks and Russian twists to enhance balance. As you progress, include hikes on progressively rougher terrain if you can. Additionally, the appropriate footwear with good ankle support and tread for grip are essential. Stay mindful, watch your step, and use trekking poles for added stability.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

GENERAL INFO

You’ll be walking an average of 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. There 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 in our FAQ section.

HOW TO GET TO AND FROM THE WALK

By Public Transport

V Line operates a combined train/coach service from Southern Cross Railway Station in downtown Melbourne to Stawell. There are a couple of departure times each day – check their website www.vline.com.au  / phone: 1800 800 007 . There is an airport shuttle bus service from Melbourne airport arrivals area, direct to Southern Cross station in Melbourne’s CBD. It’s called Sky Bus & departs every 20 minutes.

If you choose to catch public transport to Stawell please advise your arrival time so that we can arrange for you to be picked up at the railway station and transferred to your first nights’ accommodation.

At the end of your holiday, you will need to catch the v/line bus from Dunkeld and Grampians Visitor Information Centre. This service departs early on some given days so check the vline website www.vline.com.au for up-to-date information.

Depending on the day of the week this could be via Ballarat or Ararat.

IMPORTANTAll V Line services should be pre-booked.

By Private Car – Self Drive Option
Please note if you choose to self drive on your Grampians Walking Holiday you will need to drive to the end point of each walking day. We will then have you transferred back to the start of the walk. If you choose this option there is a significant discount per person, it will also allow you to complete each days walk in your own time.

Directions from Melbourne, follow the M8 past Ballarat to Ararat. Turn L, go through Ararat, and continue to Moyston via Pomonal to Halls Gap where you will drive to your first accommodation. This is the fastest way. Please watch out for wildlife on the roads, especially at dusk.

The Grampians walks finishes in the morning of day 5 in Dunkeld. As you will be self driving throughout this walk, your car will be with you at The Royal Mail in Dunkeld.

 

TRANSFERS

If you arrive by public transport, Auswalk will arrange all your transfers. If you are willing to use your own car, we will transfer you from the end of the walk back to the beginning of the walk in the morning each day. All the details will be outlined in your walk notes. This saves a significant cost for us which is passed back to you.

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.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section 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
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Jan 2024 - 30 Nov 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1945

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $595

    This walk must start on a Monday or a Wednesday. If you start on a Wednesday there is a weekend Surcharge at The Royal Mail of $275 per person.

  • 1 Jan 2024 - 30 Nov 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1645

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $595

    WITH OWN VEHICLE: This walk must start on a Monday or a Wednesday. If you start on a Wednesday there is a weekend Surcharge at The Royal Mail of $275 per person.

  • 1 Jan 2025 - 31 Dec 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2025

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $620

    This walk must start on a Monday or a Wednesday. If you start on a Wednesday there is a weekend Surcharge at The Royal Mail of $275 per person.

  • 1 Jan 2025 - 31 Dec 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1710

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $620

    WITH OWN VEHICLE: This walk must start on a Monday or a Wednesday. If you start on a Wednesday there is a weekend Surcharge at The Royal Mail of $275 per person.

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  1. Lesley G

    11 November, 2020 at 2:16 PM
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    This is my third self-guided walk with Auswalk and I have enjoyed everyone, the Great Alpine Walk, the Blue Mountains and the Grampians. Auswalk had planned all itineraries well and covered every contingency. In all walks the scenery was spectacular, the accommodation delightful and the meals delicious.

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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 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 along the way. 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 Grampians is sure to inspire with its sheer immensity.  Enjoy the serenity, with little chance of bumping into anyone, especially on the last 2 walks.

Highlights

  • The Wonderland Range with its many unusual rock formations including Venus Baths and Elephant's Hide
  • Breathtaking views upon reaching the Pinnacle Lookout
  • Hike to the top of the stunning Mount Rosea and Mount Sturgeon
  • Beautiful views over the Victorian Ranges and the Western Plains
  • Amazing accommodation at the Royal Mail in Dunkeld for 2 nights, with optional gourmet dining experience at Wickers

WALK OVERVIEW

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

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Chance to ride out on longer walks greater than 12km. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.  C

PRICE FROM
$ 1645

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 595

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 HALLS GAP OR STAWELL

This walk starts in Halls Gap if you are self driving to your first accommodation. If you are arriving by public transport we will have you transferred from Stawell Train Station to Halls Gap. 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: Country Plaza 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 Peaks Trail 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

Elevation: 572m

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Country Plaza 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 hike to the summit of Mnt Rosea on the Grampians Peaks Trail is one of the real highlights of the overall track. 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

Elevation: 817m

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch. (Dinner is included if staying at Royal Mail on a weekend) See accommodation and dining for details.

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 / 12km / 3–4 hrs / other longer walk available

Elevation: 361m

Meals: 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 you check out.

Meals: Breakfast included

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 5 day pack free walking holiday
  • Walk 3 of the iconic walks on the Grampians Peaks trail
  • 4 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Cooked breakfasts, 2 chef-prepared dinners (plus extra dinner on weekend at Royal Mail ( with surcharge)) and substantial Walkers Lunches each day
  • All luggage transport and vehicle transfers ((WITH OWN CAR THIS DIFFERS SLIGHTLY – SEE GENERAL INFO SECTION)
  • 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
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.

This walk must start on a Monday or a Wednesday. If you start on a Wednesday you will stay at The Royal Mail on Friday and Saturday night. This will include dinner 1 night at Parker Street Project and dinner at Wickens on the other night. Staying at The Royal Mail on the weekend will have an additional surcharge of $275 per person. 

If you start on a Monday, you will stay at The Royal Mail on Wednesday and Thursday night. Dinner at The Parker Street Project is included for 1 night. This is included in the per person price and there is no additional cost. 

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).

  • NIGHTS 1 & 2

  • NIGHTS 3 & 4

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - ~AVERAGE

Distance training should be a consideration in your overall training program, so take every opportunity you can to walk. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 16km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ~AVERAGE

Elevation training should be a consideration in your overall training program.

Try to include some form of elevation in more than 40% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

ROCKY TERRAIN

Whilst preparing for walking on rocky terrain, you must focus on the development of balance, strength, and agility.

Integrate targeted strength exercises, such as lunges, squats, and step-ups, to strengthen your leg muscles, with a particular emphasis on improving stability on uneven surfaces. Balancing exercises are essential. Undertake core strength activity, coupled with exercises such as planks and Russian twists to enhance balance. As you progress, include hikes on progressively rougher terrain if you can. Additionally, the appropriate footwear with good ankle support and tread for grip are essential. Stay mindful, watch your step, and use trekking poles for added stability.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

You’ll be walking an average of 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. There 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 in our FAQ section.

HOW TO GET TO AND FROM THE WALK

By Public Transport

V Line operates a combined train/coach service from Southern Cross Railway Station in downtown Melbourne to Stawell. There are a couple of departure times each day – check their website www.vline.com.au  / phone: 1800 800 007 . There is an airport shuttle bus service from Melbourne airport arrivals area, direct to Southern Cross station in Melbourne’s CBD. It’s called Sky Bus & departs every 20 minutes.

If you choose to catch public transport to Stawell please advise your arrival time so that we can arrange for you to be picked up at the railway station and transferred to your first nights’ accommodation.

At the end of your holiday, you will need to catch the v/line bus from Dunkeld and Grampians Visitor Information Centre. This service departs early on some given days so check the vline website www.vline.com.au for up-to-date information.

Depending on the day of the week this could be via Ballarat or Ararat.

IMPORTANTAll V Line services should be pre-booked.

By Private Car – Self Drive Option
Please note if you choose to self drive on your Grampians Walking Holiday you will need to drive to the end point of each walking day. We will then have you transferred back to the start of the walk. If you choose this option there is a significant discount per person, it will also allow you to complete each days walk in your own time.

Directions from Melbourne, follow the M8 past Ballarat to Ararat. Turn L, go through Ararat, and continue to Moyston via Pomonal to Halls Gap where you will drive to your first accommodation. This is the fastest way. Please watch out for wildlife on the roads, especially at dusk.

The Grampians walks finishes in the morning of day 5 in Dunkeld. As you will be self driving throughout this walk, your car will be with you at The Royal Mail in Dunkeld.

 

TRANSFERS

If you arrive by public transport, Auswalk will arrange all your transfers. If you are willing to use your own car, we will transfer you from the end of the walk back to the beginning of the walk in the morning each day. All the details will be outlined in your walk notes. This saves a significant cost for us which is passed back to you.

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.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section 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.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

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  • 1 Jan 2024 - 30 Nov 2024
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    $1945

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    $595
  • 1 Jan 2024 - 30 Nov 2024
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    $1645

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    $595
  • 1 Jan 2025 - 31 Dec 2025
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    $2025

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    $620
  • 1 Jan 2025 - 31 Dec 2025
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    $1710

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    $620
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  1. Lesley G

    11 November, 2020 at 2:16 PM
    5

    This is my third self-guided walk with Auswalk and I have enjoyed everyone, the Great Alpine Walk, the Blue Mountains and the Grampians. Auswalk had planned all itineraries well and covered every contingency. In all walks the scenery was spectacular, the accommodation delightful and the meals delicious.

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