length

5 Days

difficulty

Challenging

trip cost

From $2190pp

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5 Days

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difficulty

Challenging

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trip cost

From $2190pp

Guided Trip

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

Overview

Grampians Peak Trail Highlights

The new Grampians Peak trail is destined to become of Australia’s iconic walks, the 160km trail covers the length of the Grampians (Gariwerd) from the northernmost part of this incredible range at Mount Zero to the southernmost point at Dunkeld. Gariwerd has its own special energy that feels visitors feel and this is a thrilling journey through the heart of this timeless, heritage-listed National Park, showcasing so many spectacular vistas and dramatic peaks in this ancient and rugged landscape. Our highlights trip takes in the very best of the accessible walking in the Northern, Central and Southern sections. Along the way you’ll discover historic Indigenous sites while traversing through rugged mountain ranges and in the valleys enjoy visits to local rural producers and wineries. With stunning vistas of the region’s flat plains and weathered escarpments around every corner, the Grampians Peak Trail really does provide a varied and enjoyably challenging walk.

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. The park is home to 80% of Victoria’s rock art and we visit some of the Indigenous shelters and rock art sites dotted throughout the area;

Looking to walk more new sections of the GPT? Check out our GPT Explorer trip

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Highlights

Grampians Peak Trail

  • Highlights of the North, Central and South Grampians
  • Dramatic walking on sandstone & granite escarpments
  • One of the most ancient and rugged landscape of Victoria
  • Aboriginal rock art sites
  • Prolific wildlife and flora
  • Spectacular waterfall walks
  • Climb several peaks: Mt. Staplyton, Rosea, William, and Sturgeon
  • Brambruk cultural centre at Halls Gap

Itinerary

Grampians Peak Trail highlights

Day 1: Melbourne to Grampians. Waterfalls of Gar and Mackenzie Falls walk (8km)

After pickup at the Arts centre in Melbourne we transfer for approx 3 hours drive to reach Halls Gap in the Grampians. After lunch we will bus to the start of our river and waterfalls walk up the Mackenzie river (approx. 4Km total). We commence from the spectacular Mackenzie Falls, descending a series of stone steps to follow a riverside track to Fish Falls which cascades 60 metres over terraced rocks into a pool below yearround. We continue into the Wartook valley to reach the recreation area at Zumsteins, where we meet our bus and driver. Our bus then transfers us to the flanks of Mount Gar, where we will be walk up a moderate inclining path for 1.8km that will take us past a series of 3 waterfalls and beautiful views back over the Wartook Valley and the Northern Grampians. We return back down the same path and our bus will transfer us to our accommodation in Halls Gap.

Overnight Halls Gap (L,D)

 

Day 2: Northern Grampians & Mt. Stapylton loop (11.5km)

This morning we transfer to the topmost northern part of the Grampians Peaks Trail for today’s walks. We will stop first at the Stapylton campground to visit the Ngamadidj shelter to see Aboriginal rock paintings dating back thousands of years. We will then walk on an easy track passing through the Stapylton Amphitheatre looking up at the spectacular red cliffs of one of Victoria’s tallest and steepest former rock-climbing sites, the Taipan wall. We walk to the Mount Zero carpark for morning tea and have an option to climb nearby Mount Zero the northernmost peak. We double back and continue following the Grampians peak trail to the top of Mount Staplyton, passing some incredibly eroded rock formations and views back over the plains. We’ll continue along the escarpment with sweeping dramatic views of the Grampians range before us until we descend through a gorge and we finish back at the trailhead we started from earlier.  We then transfer to a nearby Olive farm, for tastings and a coffee whilst we sit and enjoy the sublime surroundings.

Overnight Halls Gap (B,L,D)

Day 3: Walk Halls Gap to Sundial Peak (12km)

Today we can start our walk straight from the centre of Halls Gap as we tackle the central Grampians. The Peaks Trail starts with a climb via Venus Baths and continues on towards Splitter Falls. After viewing the falls we 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 and the narrow rock canyon known as Silent Street to the famous Pinnacle lookout. Perched on the very edge of the range, the views from the lookout over the Grampians and Mt William are magnificent. We continue south following the signs to Lakeside Lookout and then onto Sundial Lookout, which is return walk of approx. 4km. Today’s walk offers stunning views along the way, with some steep ascents, rocky sections and walking through some narrow rock tunnels.

This afternoon there is an option to visit a  wonderful local winery, located just outside Halls Gap where you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the vineyards and mountains.

Overnight Halls Gap (B,L,D)

Day 4: Sundial to Borough Huts, Mt William (16.5km)

Today’s walk starts back where we finished yesterday, beginning with an ascent 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 Ranges await you. After enjoying the views from the top, we begin a long descent through sheltered forest to finish at 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 defiles.

Weather permitting we will then drive to the carpark at Mount William (Duwul) and begin a 3.5km return walk to the summit. Rising to 1167 metres in height, Mount William is the Grampians’ tallest peak. Stunted eucalyptus trees give way to 360-degree views of jagged mountain ranges and open plains. In the later afternoon light we’ll see the landscape saturated in beautiful colours.

Overnight Halls Gap (B,L,D)

Day 5: Southern Grampians peaks (8.6km)

On our last morning we explore the southern section of the Grampians and one of the peaks that are visible from Dunkeld.  We start a path of 2.6km and then a steady climb to reach the the summit of Mount Sturgeon (582m) at the very southernmost edge of the range, and after enjoying the views here we descend and then meander on an easy walk through Red Gums by the Wannon river to arrive in Dunkeld.
We take lunch in town before starting the drive back to Melbourne, arriving in the late afternoon ( approx 4-5pm).

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GPT highlights

  • Daily trail hikes
  • Length: 40km
  • Difficulty: Moderate – Challenging

 

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On the trail

The Experience

The Grampians Peaks Trail is extremely varied, with some high cliffs, steep slopes and descents,  stone staircases, rocky platforms, sandstone outcrops, forest gullies, dirt tracks, sealed walking tracks and bridges. You will need to have a good level of fitness for the ascents and be comfortable with climbing up and over stacked granite rocks, squeezing through boulders, hopping over streams after rain and through exposed rocky areas. There are some steep sections of walking as we ascend peaks such as Mount Sturgeon and Staplyton. The trail is well marked with signs and yellow trail markers along the way.

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Your leaders

Experienced Guides

Eric Ward leads most of our Grampians trips and is passionate and knowledgable about the area, having led countless trips here.  Eric is very enthusiastic about the new Grampians Peak Trail and loves showing people around the best parts of this extraordinary region. Lee Bryant is our long-term driver who is based down on the Shipwreck coast and has been looking after our guided and self-guided clients for many years. Occasionally you may also have the RAW Travel owner Dave Reynolds leading our trips here as he is passionate about the new Grampians Peak trail and has walked in the area for many years.

Inclusions

What's Included?

Included
  • Guided Grampians hikes led by an experienced RAW leader
  • Twin-share accommodation in an ensuite room
  • 4 Nights in Halls Gap
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 x 2 course dinners and snacks
  • Rest stops with refreshments
  • Visits to local winery and Olive farm
  • Return transfers from central Melbourne to the Grampians
  • Daily trailhead transfers & local support driver
  • National Park fees
  • RAW Travel carbon offset for your trip and an Australian tree planted on your behalf
  • 10% GST included
Not Included
  • Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 5
  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to / from Melbourne pick up point
  • Alcohol with meals

FAQ's

Need to Know

How fit do I need to be?

This walk is challenging due to the ascents and descents involved, plus navigating your way over the rock plateau and narrow rock defiles in some places.The walks are mostly listed as Grade 4 by Parks Victoria with some sections as grade 3. It’s best suited to hikers of reasonably good fitness and confidence on a trail.

Grade 4 hike definition: Recommended for experienced hikers and a reasonable level of fitness. A grade 4 hike includes rough ground and very steep sections. These trails are suggested for people with experience hiking. They may be any length, but physically more demanding.

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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.

 

6 Days

Australia – Guided walks

Grampians Peak Trail Explorer: Guided

Food Guided Moderate - Challenging Wine and Hiking
  • 6-day highlights of the new Grampians Peaks Trail
  • Walk Northern, Central and Southern sections and peaks
  • Stay in quality accommodation in Halls Gap and Dunkeld
  • Royal Mail Hotel dinner, wineries, and Olive producers
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$2,670.00

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4 Days

Australia – Guided walks

Grampians Peak Trail Huts

Challenging Guided
  • Guided 4-day exploration of the Northern Grampians
  • Experience stays in  2 exclusive National Park huts
  • Waterfalls of Gar, Peaks and Ridgeline walking
  • Return Transfers from Melbourne
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$1,690.00

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3 Days

Australia – Guided walks

Private: Grampians Peak Trail: Victoria

Independent adventure Moderate - Challenging
  • 3 day day circuit walk from Halls gap
  • 36km of Peak trail through mountains, waterfalls
  • Fantastic rock formations and Grand canyon
  • National Park campsites
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$190.00

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Great Ocean Walk

Great South West Walk – Guided

Challenging Guided Moderate
  • Discover wild dramatic coastlines and white secluded beaches
  • Stroll along the limestone Gorges of the Glenelg river
  • Immerse yourself in 6,600 year-old UNESCO World Heritage listed Budj Bim
  • Spot Australian and New Zealand fur seals at Cape Bridgewater
  • Exclusive historical & cultural talks and visits
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$2,390.00

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Great Ocean Walk

Private: Great Ocean Walk and Beyond

Guided Moderate
  • Walk the best sections of the Great Ocean Walk and Great South West Walk
  • Explore the ancient wonders of UNESCO World Heritage Listed Budj Bim
  • Immerse yourself in the wild dramatic coastlines of the Shipwreck Coast
  • Visit a hidden grove of giant California Redwoods and Otway forest waterfall
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$3,150.00

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