length

6 Days

difficulty

Challenging

trip cost

From $2670pp

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6 Days

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Challenging

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trip cost

From $2670pp

Guided Trip

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  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Map
  • On the trail
  • Inclusions
  • Private Group Tour
  • FAQ's
  • Positive impacts
  • Similar Walks

Overview

Grampians Peak Trail Explorer

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. It is a challenging trail in parts that is best suited to hikers with good fitness and experience and our guided trips allows you to tackle the best sections with the back up of a guide and support vehicle.

Our Explorer trip differs from our Highlights trip as it takes in the spectacular day’s ascent to Redman Bluff and Mount William and also includes a night in Dunkeld with a stay and meal at the renowned Royal Mail hotel and the walk through the river gums to Mount Sturgeon. So it will appeal to those who relish the extra challenge of walking upto the Park’s highest peak on on eof the best trails of the GPT.

This 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.

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Highlights

Grampians Peak Trail

  • Highlights of the North, Central and South Grampians
  • Accommodation and dinner at the renowned Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld
  • Dramatic walking on sandstone and granite escarpments
  • Aboriginal rock art sites and spectacular waterfall walks
  • Climb several peaks: Mt Stapylton, Rosea, William and Sturgeon
  • Brambruk Cultural Centre at Halls Gap

Itinerary

Daily Details

Day 1: Melbourne to Grampians; Waterfalls of Mt Gar & Mackenzie Falls (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 60m over terraced rocks into a pool below year-round. 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 valleys 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

Meals: 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 with an option to climb nearby Mount Zero, the top of the Grampians Range.

Afterwards we start ascending the Grampians peak trail to the top of Mount Stapylton, 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

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: 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 before returning to the carpark at Sundial. 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

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Sundial Peak to Borough Huts (14km)

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.

Overnight: Halls Gap

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Redman Bluff & Mount William (Duwul) (10.3km)

Today is a big walk as we  begin a long and spectacular day walking to Redman Bluff and then onto Mount William, the highest of the Grampians Peaks at 1167m. After being dropped at Redman Road we begin walking in on a fire track for 3km and then we meet the GPT and start climb towards the rock cliffs of Redman Bluff (1017m), marked by a historic rock cairn. There are superb views all round us of the Grampians ranges and we catch sight of the deep valley that flanks the side of Mount William, which we traverse around the side of. Walking down from Redman Bluff and hike a small corridor between the Mt William Road and the deep valley below us before reaching Duwul Hikers Camp. From here we continue onto the short distance to meet the Mount William road and carpark.

If you still have the energy we will begin an additional 3.5km return walk to the summit, which is on a sealed road. Rising to 1167m, Mount William is the Grampians’ tallest peak. Stunted eucalyptus trees give way to breathtaking 360-degree views of jagged mountain ranges and open plains. In the later afternoon light we’ll see the landscape saturated in beautiful colours.

We drive onto Dunkeld and that evening we will enjoy a well-deserved meal at the famed Royal Mail Hotel and reflect on our achievements walking in the magnificent Grampians mountains.

Overnight: Dunkeld

Meals: B, L, D

Note: This is a rugged walk in parts and if you are unsure of your ability to walk all of this day upto Mount William there is an option to meet the group further up the flanks of Mount William and walk the last section.

Day 6: Southern Grampians & Mt Sturgeon (8.6km); Dunkeld to Melbourne

This morning we explore the southernmost section of the Grampians and one of the peaks that are visible from Dunkeld. We meander by Red Gums by the Wannon river and climb the nearby Mount Sturgeon first at the very southernmost edge of the range, and take in the wonderful views of the Serra Range to the north and Dunkeld in the south, before descending to a carpark at the base of the mountain.

Enjoy lunch in Dunkeld before we set off for Melbourne, arriving by late afternoon.

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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 Abrupt. The trail is well maked with signs and yellow trail markers along the way.

Inclusions

What's Included?

Included
  • Guided, pack-free Grampians hikes led by an experienced RAW Travel leader
  • Twin-share accommodation in an ensuite room
  • 4 nights in Halls Gap, 1 night in Dunkeld
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 x two-course dinners, snacks
  • Rest stops with refreshments
  • Visits to local winery and olive farm
  • Dinner at the award-winning Royal Mail Hotel
  • Return transfers from central Melbourne to the Grampians
  • Daily trailhead transfers and local support driver
  • National park fees
  • RAW Travel carbon offset for your trip and an Australian tree planted on your behalf
  • 10% GST
Not Included
  • Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 6
  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to / from Melbourne pick up point
  • Alcohol with meals
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Private Group Tour

With friends and family

This trip can be run as your own private tour! Get a group of friends or family together and share a memorable pack-free adventure. Private tours are the perfect way to celebrate special events and special people. And they are so much fun! Contact us to get started. It’s that’s easy.

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.

 

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