A network of walking tracks throughout the park allows you to explore cascading waterfalls, brilliant spring wildflower displays, Aboriginal rock art galleries and panoramic views from lookouts.
THE GRAMPIANS - A HIKER’S PARADISE
A weekend escape to the natural beauty of The Grampians is a rewarding experience for hikers, fishers, rock climbers, paddlers and campers. Three hours drive from Melbourne, Halls Gap is the main gateway to the thrilling forests and sandstone mountains that can be found in The Grampians National Park.
Consisting of five sandstone ridges formed over millions of years by the tilting and lifting of the Earth's surface.
A network of walking tracks throughout the park allows you to explore cascading waterfalls, brilliant spring wildflower displays, Aboriginal rock art galleries and panoramic views from lookouts. Whichever path you choose, you’ll be amazed by the incredible natural rock formations that The Grampians are famous for, contrasted with lush vegetation and a rainbow of spring wildflowers, local kangaroos, koalas, possibly echidnas and snakes.
This hike includes some water crossings and scrambling over rocks, so sturdy hiking shoes with strong grip are a must. The Pinnacle offers stunning views of the national park at sunrise or sunset if you are an early riser and confident climbing or descending the rocky paths in low light. be sure to allow time for admiring the views of the national park and Lake Bellfield from both the summit and various resting points along the path.
WHERE TO STAY
The towns surrounding the Grampians National park offer a range of accommodation options for travellers, from camping and caravan sites to private guest houses and B&Bs. Specific hiker camps are set up in the National Park providing designated spaces for limited numbers of bushwalking groups, who have preregistered with the local rangers. More camping sites are available in Halls Gap to the East of the Park, and Wimmera Lakes / Horsham to the north.
GOOD TO KNOW
Parks Victoria provides mobile-friendly park maps; and all hiking paths are well marked and signed so you should have no problem finding your way. Northern Grampians Walking Brochures are also available from Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre Halls Gap, or a local Grampians Visitor Information Centre.
The Grampians area is recovering from a significant bushfire in January 2014, so check before you set out to make sure the path you intend to walk is currently open.
The hiking tracks are predominantly over uneven rock and is all uphill, so strong legs and good balance are required when bushwalking along the rocky tracks, as well as hiking boots with good traction to grip the smooth surfaces. The track can be slippery over the worn rockfaces, so long hiking pants will help prevent scrapes and scratches to your shins and knees.
The weather in the Grampians region can be unpredictable and you should be prepared for all situations! Dress appropriately for the weather too- it can reach up to 40 degrees in summer and autumn, so hats, suncscreen and extra water are essential. Pack 3 to 4 litres of water per person, per day as well as food if you are going on an extended hike.
Wind can cause the lakes to be choppy, and rainfall makes rocky hiking paths very slippery, so always pack the appropriate safety equipment and tell someone where you are headed.