length

3 Days

difficulty

Moderate

trip cost

From $220 pp

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3 Days

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Moderate

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trip cost

From $220 pp

'Adventure in a box'

Independent Adventures

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Map
  • On the trail
  • Inclusions
  • FAQ's
  • Positive impacts

Overview

Grampians Peak Trail

Journey into the heart of Victoria’s heritage-listed National Park and discover historic Indigenous sites while traversing through rugged mountain ranges.
With stunning vistas of the regions sparse flats and rises around every corner, the Grampians Peak Trail really does provide a stunning walk up high. Whether walking lakeside, or scrambling up and down rock steps, every step has the potential for a change of scenery. Well-planned campsites and structured paths make it an achievable multi-day hike. Walkers start and finish their journey at Halls Gap — a lovely, picturesque village situated in the heart of the Grampians National Park.

This journey will also give you the opportunity to gain insight into Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung people, who know the Grampians as Gariwerd and have walked and lived in this
area for thousands of years. There are a large number of very significant Indigenous rock art sites in the area; it is home to 80% of Victoria’s rock art.

Our independent adventures ranges start departures from the 4th January 2021

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Highlights

Grampians Peak Trail

  • Dramatic views of sandstone outcrops
  • Ancient and rugged landscape — some of the most spectacular landscapes in Western Victoria
  • Aboriginal culture — some of the most significant Indigenous rock art sites in Victoria
  • Grampians rich volcanic and geological history
  • Wildlife — including kangaroos, wallabies and parrots
  • Lakes and waterfalls
  • Sweeping views from the Pinnacle and Mount Rosea
  • Brambruk cultural centre at Halls Gap

Itinerary

Grampians Peak Trail - 3 day

Day 1: Halls Gap to Bugiga 8.6km

Once you have registered at Halls Gap Information Centre, cross the road and follow signs to the walking track near Stony Creek. The Peaks Trail starts with a climb via Venus Baths and continues on towards Splitter Falls. After viewing the falls return to the main track and continue on to the Grand Canyon. After the steep climb to the impressive rock formations, continue on through rocky woodland (known as Silent Street) to the famous Pinnacle Lookout. Perched above the rangers, the views from the lookout over the Grampians and Mt William are magnificent. Head south following the signs to Lakeside Lookout and then onto Sundial Lookout, reaching Bugiga Hiker Camp via the Bugiga Link track. The walk offers stunning views along the way, with some steep ascends, rocky sections and squeezing through some narrow tunnels.

Day 2: Bugiga to Borough Huts 13.8km

Today’s walk starts with an ascend through Messmate forest and continues through rock tunnels and sandstone cliffs, eventually crossing over the bridge via the Gate of the East Wind. Once you cross the bridge, it’s a short climb to the summit of Mt Rosea, where stunning views over the Serra and Mt William Rangers await you. After enjoying the views from the top, you will descend through sheltered forest to the Borough Huts Campground. The walk today is a mix of bushland and rocky terrain with some steep sections, including climbing over and under boulders and squeezing through tunnels and caves before reaching the rim of Mt Rosea.

Day 3: Borough Huts to Halls Gap 14km

Your last day on the Peaks Trail is pretty straightforward, walking along Bellfield Lake for most of the day. From the campsite, cross the Grampians Tourist Road and follow the path to Bellfield track and then to Terraces Fireline. Turn left towards Tandara Road and continue on until Halls Gap. The walk today is mostly well-shaded and begins on a flat sandy trail, with some very steep hills further along the way.

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Map

3 day walk

Length: 36 km
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Grade: 3 to 4
Route type: Loop
Start: Halls Gap car park
End: Halls Gap car park
Location: Grampians National Park
Closest Town: Halls Gap

Bugiga campsite has 12 circular wooden camping planforms with a wire attachment that runs around each platform to which the peg loops can be fastened. Each platform has a storage locker big enough to fit a 30L drum. There is no electricity, lighting or running water.

Borough Huts campsite is a large campground with 30 tent sites on either gravel or grass.
There is no electricity, lighting or running water.

Halls Gap Township has a good selection of accommodation, eateries and shopping for any supplies you might need.

Grand Canyon, Grampians National Park

On the trail

The Experience

The Grampians Peaks Trail is extremely varied, with some high cliffs, steep slopes and descents, rocky platforms, sandstone outcrops, forest gullies, dirt tracks, sealed walking tracks and some road crossings. You will need to have a good level of fitness and be comfortable with climbing up and over stacked granite rocks, squeezing through boulders, hopping over streams and through exposed rocky areas. Some of the paths can become very muddy and slippery when wet.This section of the Peaks Trail opened in 2015 and has been further developed and upgraded since to make it easier to navigate for overnight hikers, with cairns and yellow trail markers along the way.

Inclusions

What's Included?

Included
  • Our detailed guide to hiking the Grampians Peak Trail – contains all the essential information you need to know in advance
  • 3 days worth of food for your adventure; breakfast, lunch and dinner each day – delivered straight to your home
  • Our own range of Lightweight, highly nutritious meals that are locally sourced, delicious and easy to carry & cook ( freeze dried and dehydrated)
  • We make the bookings for your campsites & overnight hiking permit, including:
  • 2 nights National park campsite fees included
  • Our ‘state of the art’ Navigation app to guide you on the track; showing huts, campsites and all points of Interest along the way
  • Delivery to your door* of our ‘Adventure in a box’ food parcel
  • 10% GST included
  •  We can also arrange services such as pre- and post – trip accommodation at additional cost (see FAQ’s)

* Additional $35 delivery charge for locations in NT, WA and Northern Queensland

Not Included
  • Transfers or transport to Halls gap
  • No equipment included

FAQ's

Need to Know

How fit do I need to be?

This walk is generally moderate and accessible to hikers of reasonable fitness and confidence on a trail who can carry an overnight pack and walk for upto 5-6 hours a day.At least 1 person in your party should have experience in off-track walking and navigation.

RAW Travel has a detailed guide specifically for multi-day walk training, you will receive this as part of your booking.

Can you hire gear and equipment locally?

Yes – There are a number of outdoor gear hire companies in Melbourne and one at Halls Gap who can help outfit you with equipment for the hike: contacts are provided in our information guide.

How do you access the trailhead?

The easiest way to reach the Grampians is by car. You can leave your car while you are walking the track at Halls Gap. From Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Halls Gap is 250 km (2 hrs 46 min). There is also public transport from Melbourne with a combination of train and bus to reach Halls Gap.

All this information & the relevant contacts are contained in the essential information guide you receive after booking , along with many other details such as  recommended local accommodation.

What's involved with an Independent adventure?

Independent adventures place you at the centre of the experience, giving you the confidence to be a self-reliant walker on the trail. We take care of the research needed and give you all the essential information relating to the trip ( a task that seasoned walkers can tell you often takes many hours to get the correct information) so you can be thoroughly prepared and confident that you have  everything you need for your adventure. We give you all the contacts &  details to nearby transportation, accommodation and hire services,  highlight any risks to be aware of and how to mitigate them.

The food prep is a major hassle of many hikers trips and we solve that for you. We prepare all the food that you need for your trip, all pre-measured and dehydrated / freeze dried to take away the weight but keep the freshness. Our meals are reviewed by Nutritionists to provide the right daily nutrition and energy for your demands of the walk. And our ingredients are prepared from the best local ingredients here on the Mornington Peninsula, cooked to order and freeze dried fresh – not sitting on a shelf for years at a time!

Once you arrive at the trail it’s all over to you the adventure begins!  You are free and independent to create your own experience the way you want it. We provide you with an app to help you navigate in real time on the trail and give you the campsite locations and points of interest but you are completely autonomous & self – supporting on the walk.  These trips are best suited to people who relish that sense of liberation and freedom that comes with being self-reliant and don’t need the back up of a leader or group travel. Independent Adventures are different from our other self – guided walking trips as there are no briefings, transfers or local support from RAW Travel staff. It’s just you and nature out on the trail!

Can you walk this trail solo?

If you are an experienced walker then yes, but not recommended for a beginner to walk solo due to the terrain. The trail is well marked for its entire length and there are communal campsites to head to each evening.

What are the camping areas like?

Facilities vary slightly between the two campsites used on the 3 day walk but there is no electricity, lighting or running water. Here’s what you’ll find:
● Shared fireplace and picnic tables. Bugiga has a central shelter with bench setting.
● Non-flush toilets. Bring own toilet paper
● Rainwater tank (untreated water)— limited

There is detailed information on campsites in our app which you receive a link to before your  trip.

What other services are available?

Mobile phone reception and internet access is sporadic along the trail and depends on your mobile phone provider.The security of carrying a personal locator beacon (PLB) to activate in the event of a life-threatening emergency, you can hire them through companies based in Melbourne.

There are transfer service sin Halls Gap to take you to other locations in the Grampians.

All this information for hire gear & the relevant contacts are contained in the essential information guide you receive after booking, along with many other details such as  recommended local accommodation.

 

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Positive impacts

Social and environmental

All our adventures are fully carbon offset so that you know your travel has minimal impacts. Hiking itself is a low impact activity but we offset the cost of all our office operations and food production as well, so you can be satisfied that you have chosen a form of travel that is both good for you and good for the planet. Each year we also plant trees on behalf of every customer who has travelled with us, aiming to build towards a carbon positive effect with our operations.

As a B-Corp a focus on local community is an important part of who we are. We are committed to buying locally and source our produce from growers here on the Mornington Peninsula. We care about people in our community and for every meal pack you buy with us we donate a meal to a homeless support charity, to spread some love and share good food with those who need it most.

 

TRIP date selection

when would you like to travel?

Please select your preferred dates for on-demand trips or select a scheduled date for group departures. If you have booked a self-guided trip please understand that because your trip date is on demand and we must check availability of all properties on your chosen dates before it can be fully confirmed

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