Join this hiking challenge and help to raise valuable funds for PROJECT FUTURES and get to experience the Grampians on foot.
The Grampians region is known for its spectacular views, unspoilt nature as well as its past and continuing aboriginal cultural associations.
During this three day trip we will step out and explore the Grampians region’s outstanding natural beauty on foot and on the way we will see rugged mountains with spectacular peaks, vast plains, numerous waterfalls, unique and diverse native plants and animals as well as ancient Aboriginal rock art sites.
You will also have the chance to relax and unwind in a beautiful natural setting while meeting like-minded people and making new friends. This walk is achievable by people of all ages who have a reasonable level of fitness. Each day is broken into two half days so you will always have the option to skip part of the days walking if needed. Each half-day walk is between 2-4 hours in length.
DAY 1 | HALLS GAP, CHATAUQUA PEAK AND FYANS CREEK (8KM)
We meet early morning in central Melbourne and begin the drive to Halls Gap – expect around 3.5-4 hours with a stop for morning tea and a briefing from your leader en route. After arriving into Halls Gap, we stretch our legs and begin our first walk – a gradual ascent of Chautauqua Peak, crossing Mt Victory Road and an easy track through fern groves and beside bubbling streams to Bullaces Glen. A short scramble along a rocky ridge to Chatauqua Peak provides superb views of the surrounding mountains and the Fyans Valley.
Descending, we follow track markers through the forest, rocky outcrops and past Clematis Falls to the town centre for a short refreshment stop. We’ll head along Fyans Creek through forested foothills of the Mt William Range to the excellent Brambruk Cultural Centre. The cultural centre provides an insight into the Indigenous Heritage of the Grampian region, known as “Gariwerd”, and a fascinating audiovisual presentation describing the geological and cultural formation of the Grampians. After a look around we head to our accommodation and enjoy a relaxed evening meal together at our accommodation.
Meals: L D
DAY 2 | THE GRAND CANYON, PINNACLES, SUNDIAL PEAK (12-15KM)
This morning we leave our accommodation at Halls Gap and start a steep walk up to the Pinnacles, one of the best unique short walks in Australia, going via Venus Baths and Splitters Falls to arrive at the spectacular Grand Canyon. A steady ascent brings us through rocky woodlands and the amazing formations of The Cool Chamber and Silent Street. Echo Rock is a chance to try your vocal talent.
Enjoy a lunch stop at the fantastic viewpoint of the Pinnacles lookout with panoramic views towards Mt Rosea and Lake Bellfield. During the afternoon there is an option to trek over Sundial Peak and descend to Lake Bellfield or transfer for a short walk to Silverband Falls. Return to our accommodation for a relaxed evening, tonight we head out for a meal together and reflect on the many highlights of a rewarding day’s walking.
Meals: B L D
DAY 3 | ZUMSTEINS AND MACKENZIE FALLS, HOLLOW MOUNTAIN OR THE BALCONIES (10KM)
We start earlier this morning by driving to the historic Zumsteins Settlement and start our walk to the tumbling waters of Fish Falls. Following the MacKenzie River Gorge, the walking may involve some rock hopping. The track gets a little steeper as we approach the deep chasm at MacKenzie Falls. After admiring the falls and taking the opportunity to create some amazing photos we climb the stone stairway up to the side of the waterfall to our vehicle and a lunch break.
This afternoon will be determined by weather. We may travel to Hollow Mountain (Wadjub-Guyan). This is a very different walk in the north of the Grampians. It involves a short energetic ascent through boulders and exposed ledges to the wind-scoured caverns overlooking Mt Stapleton and the Wimmera Plains. We will also take a short walk to the Gulgurri Manja Shelter, an indigenous rock art site. Our other option is Reids lookout at Mt Ngumadjand, an easy walk to Mushroom Rock with panoramic views across Lake Wartook and out to the Mount Difficult Range. A further easy walk to the Balconies, an overhanging vantage point in the centre of the Grampians with superb views of the Victoria Range and across Moora Moora Reservoir towards Dunkeld and the volcanic plains stretching to the coast. We will return to Melbourne in the evening with an opportunity for a snack stop on the way.
Meals: B L
Pay AUD500 and commit to raise a minimum of AUD2500 to join this stunning walk.
09 Feb 2018
11 Feb 2018
- Experienced RAW Travel hiking guide(s)
- 2 nights’ twin / double share accommodation
- All meals as indicated (B, L, D stands for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- All transfers and return transport from Melbourne
- Satellite phone or Satellite messenger emergency back up
- National park entry fees and admission fees where applicable
- Flights to/from Melbourne
- Travel Insurance
Map & Guide
Charity Challenges Expert
Angela McLean – Bhutan & Cinque Terre
(03) 5976 3763