length

4 Days

difficulty

Challenging

trip cost

From $1790pp

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length

4 Days

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difficulty

Challenging

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trip cost

From $1790pp

Guided Trip

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  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • On the trail
  • Map
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Unique stay
  • Signature camps
  • FAQ's
  • Positive impacts

Overview

Grampians Peak Trail Huts

This is a unique experience of the new Grampians Peak trail using purpose-built hikers huts which are for the exclusive use of hiking company clients. On this guided trip, we will take in the northern sections of the walk which offer some of the most spectacular scenery and spend a night in each of the hiker’s huts at Gar and Werdug. The camps are built in stunning locations with extensive views out over the ranges. Each camp has a communal shelter area to take meals in and the sleeping huts are separate to the main building. You will need to carry a backpack containing your sleeping bag and changes of clothes on 2 nights of this trip. An additional night is spent in Halls Gap accommodation.

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 some of the best sections with the support of an experienced guide.

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.

Images credit: Parks Victoria and Dave Reynolds

Grampians peak trail Huts - Parks Victoria

Highlights

Grampians Peak Trail

  • Experience the new purpose-built Hiker’s huts
  • Incredible views over the Northern Grampians
  • Ridgeline walking and peaks of the GPT
  • Abundant wildflower species and wildlife
  • Spectacular views from your ‘signature walk camp’
  • Experience and taste local produce
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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 and sloping rock slabs. There are some steep sections of walking as we ascend / descend various ridges and peaks on this trip.

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Northern Grampians Huts hike

Fast Facts

Total distance walked: 42 km

Walk type; Linear A to B

Accommodation: Huts 2 nights, Hotel 1 night

Guided and fully supported

Gar Huts and Campsite

Werdug Huts and Campsite

Our accommodation base in Halls Gap

Mount Stapylton walk

Itinerary

Grampians Peak Trail Huts

Day 1: Melbourne to Grampians. Waterfalls of Mt Gar & Gar Huts (7.3km/ 9.9km with Mt. Difficult)

After pickup at the Arts centre in Melbourne we transfer for approx 3 hours drive to reach Halls Gap in the Grampians. We’ll enjoy a good lunch at a local cafe and then continue into the Wartook valley and the flanks of Mount Gar, where we will begin walking up a moderate inclining path following Dead Bullock creek that will take us past a series of 3 waterfalls and beautiful valleys back over the Wartook Valley and the Northern Grampians. You’ll pass wide sandstone ledges stained with color which form the waterfall drops when the creek is running in the wettest times of year (winter, spring and after heavy rains)  As we ascend there are a few short steep pitches which then lead to flat areas of heathland. We then start climbing up an area of open rock slab and steep gully towards Briggs Bluff and pass a small mountain lake.

We then traverse for a couple of km across the flanks of Gar, taking in the fantastic views of the surrounding mountain ranges across the Wartook valley and behind us towards Mount Stapylton. We arrive at the Gar campsite, perched on the edge of a ridge with expansive views to the valley below us. If we are lucky we will enjoy an amazing sunset as we sit and have dinner in the communal dining room that has been built here for hikers. The campsite has drop toilets, water tanks and we have exclusive use of the huts for sleeping. Your guide will prepare a wonderful, hearty dinner for you and make sure you are well fed after your excercise.

If the weather  & time permits we may have a walk up nearby Mt. Gar (Mount Difficult) to see the sunset or alternatively your guide may propose a walk the following morning. Meaning ‘ Big Mountain” Gar is the highest peak on the western side of the Grampians range and has extensive views from its summit (806m)

Overnight Gar huts (L,D)

 

Day 2: Gar to Werdug (14.1km)

After enjoying breakfast at Gar we begin what will be an excellent day of ridge walking along a horseshoe shaped ring of mountains to reach our next campsite at Werdug. We’ll have excellent views of the Lake Wartook valley on one side and the agricultural Plains on the other, with today’s high point being at 720m.

As we proceed along the ridgeline, we have some steep and downs over various saddles and a section where we walk on sloping rock slabs. We finish the day with a big ascent that will bring us up to the Mount Difficult road, from where it’s a short walk to finish at the beautiful Werdug camp. Werdug looks out over Lake Wartook below and is more sheltered than Gar. The layout of the camp includes some great sitting-out areas and a communal shelter tucked away from the elements. Your guides will prepare you a wonderful dinner while you relax and take in the views from the camp and your huts.

Overnight Werdug Huts (B,L,D)

Day 3: Walk Werdug to Halls Gap (12.9km)

After enjoying breakfast at the camp we head off onto today’s walk which will eventually descend us down to Hall’s Gap. First though we start with a climb to Lake Wartook Lookout at 829m, one of the highest points in the Mount Difficult range which offers incredible views with Mount William and the Black ranges in the distance and the evocatively named Asses Ears Mountains and Wartook Basin below you.

After descending back to Mt. Difficult road we cross over onto the Eastern side of the range again, skirting cliffs with views out onto the plains below. Then we begin a steep descent on a stone staircase through a pass in the cliffs and walk through a forest of messmate and stringybark which after several km brings us to Chatauqau peak and Clematis falls; both short side trips where we can take our lunch. The last section descends us down into Halls Gap and our centrally located accommodation in the town.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax in town or we can explore one of the nearby wineries, the located just outside Halls Gap where you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the vineyards and mountains. That evening we dine in one of Hall’s Gaps restaurants, a favourite of the locals.

Overnight Halls Gap (B,L,D)

Day 4: Mt. Stapylton Walk (5km). Return to Melbourne

This morning we transfer to the topmost northern part of the Grampians Peaks Trail for our last walk. From the Mount Zero carpark we start ascending 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 at the Stapylton campground trailhead. We will visit the nearby Ngamadidj shelter to see Aboriginal rock paintings dating back thousands of years.

We then transfer to a nearby Olive farm, for a light lunch and tastings whilst we sit and enjoy the sublime surroundings as a fitting conclusion to our trip. We then drive back to Melbourne arriving late afternoon back at the NGV drop-off point.

Halls Gap (B, L)

Inclusions

What's Included?

Included
  • Guided hiking supported by two experienced RAW leaders
  • Return transfers from central Melbourne to the Grampians
  • 2 nights in Gar and Werdug Hiker’s hut, multi-share*
  • 1 Night twin-share accommodation in Halls Gap
  • 2 Trail Breakfasts, 2  trail lunches, 2 trail dinners and snacks /drinks
  • 1 cafe Breakfast, 2 cafe lunches and 1 restaurant dinner
  • 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

* Huts are four beds to each hut. If you’d prefer to have a hut on a twin share basis as a couple this may be possible by paying a supplement providing there is availability.

Not Included
  • Breakfast on day 1
  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to / from our Melbourne pick-up point
  • Drinks with restaurant meals
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Unique stay

The Huts

The Hikers huts at Gar and Werdug make up the Grampians Peaks Trail’s Northern Peaks Experience. The huts are only available to book by Licensed Tour Operators such as RAW. Each hut can accommodate 4 people with dorm-style berths with a sealed foam mattress. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. The huts are secure and weatherproof. There are 3 huts at each campsite and whilst quite simple in layout the locations of the huts are superb.

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Signature camps

The communal areas

We will take meals in the spacious communal shelters which have bench seats, tables, food preparation space, USB ports for phone chargers, lights and offer great views and shelter during bad weather. There are also wooden recliners outside for you to take in the wonderful views or lie out and stargaze at night!

FAQ's

Need to Know

How fit do I need to be?

This walk is a challenging one best suited to hikers of good fitness and confidence walking on an exposed trail. You’ll need to carry a pack with your sleeping bag, toiletries and change of clothes for two nights.  The terrain of the GPT is also demanding;  there are ascents and descents involved, plus navigating your way over a rock plateau and narrow rock defiles in some places. The walks are mostly listed as Grade 4 by Parks Victoria. It is a very enjoyable challenge for those who are suitably prepared and experienced with walking in mountains.

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’.

What equipment is needed?

Suggested packing list- Grampians Huts list

Adjust items as you see fit with your ability to carry

Hiking gear

  • Hiking pack – 40-60L size is ideal but go with what works
  • Sleeping bag – rated 3 or 4 season depending on colder / warmer months
  • Inflatable pillow or pillow case ( put clothes inside)
  • Hiking poles (recommended with rubber stoppers on the ends for grip on rock surfaces)
  • Ability to carry minimum of 2 Litres per day of water (Bladder or bottles)
  • Head Torch with spare batteries or USB rechargeable ( huts have USB points)
  • Waterproof Bag for your backpack – your Sleeping bag and warm clothing must be waterproof, this could be with dry compression bags or simply just a heavy-duty garbage bag
  • Camera /phone (optional)
  • Water filter ( optional) – there is tank water available at the campsites and your guide will carry a filter unit for use

Footwear

  • Hiking boots/shoes with ankle support recommended
  • 3-4 pairs of good hiking socks
  • A comfortable pair of footwear for the evening (optional)

 

Clothing

  • 1-2 hiking shirts
  • 1 pair of hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking pants
  • 4 days’ worth of  underwear
  • Light warm layer for daytime
  • Heavy warm layer for nighttime
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Waterproof pants (optional but recommended)
  • 1 x set of thermal base layers for evenings
  • Sun hat for walking
  • Beanie for evenings
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm gloves  ( colder months)

 

Medical / toiletries

  • Personal toiletries
    • Toothbrush/paste
    • Mini Sunscreen (min UPF 30+)
    • Small face cloth for freshening up
    • Feminine hygiene (if required)
    • Lip Balm
  • Personal Medications
    • Pain killers (your choice)
    • Anti-inflammatories or Voltaren
    • Throat lozenges
  • Personal first aid supplies
    • This is for basic first aid maintenance: Blister dressings, band aids, pawpaw cream, your usual medications,. should all fit into a sandwich size zip lock bag!
      • Small waterless hand sanitiser
      • Emergency toilet paper stash – just in case the huts out or you’re on the trail!
        (Your guides will also be carrying a well-stocked First aid kit.)
  • Small waterless hand sanitiser
  • Emergency toilet paper stash – just in case the huts out or you’re on the trail!

 

 

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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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