Yet another popular walk in the Grampians/Halls Gap area would have to be the Boronia Peak Walking Trail.
On the second day of The Hiking Society’s MeetUp weekend away in the Grampians, we walked a 10km version of the Boronia Peak Trail on the Mount William Range.
Starting from the car park at the back of the Grampians Caravan Park (like we did with The Pinnacle Circuit), this walk begins on a shared cyclist/walker asphalt path.
Heading north towards Mount Zero road, you cross the main bridge in town over Fyans Creek, and continue on a bush path on the other side.
Whilst the Pinnacle Circuit was rocky the entire way, the Boronia Peak Trail follows Fyans Creek on your typical bush path.
There are very few hills in this section, and before you know it you come to a t-intersection where the climb up to the peak begins.
This is where ALL the fun begins.
From here, it’s a return trip to Boronia Peak and involves a rocky and uneven path that is not too dissimilar to either of the Cathedral Ranges circuits.
Much like the Pinnacle Circuit the day before, this section of the trail is complete with epic views as you wind your way to the base of the peak.
Once you hit this section, be prepared to do some rock scrambling as you make your way to the top.
If you’ve never scrambled over rocks before or aren’t much of a fan of heights, trust me when I say that the view is well worth it.
You will be treated to 360-degree views of the areas beyond Halls Gap, the town itself and the eastern side of the Pinnacle Circuit.
Once you’ve finished picking your jaw up off the ground due to the stunning views, make your way back down to the t-intersection.
From here, take a left and then another right which will lead you to a small wooden bridge back across Fyans Creek.
You have two options here: 1. continue on a small loop circuit and visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre or 2. cut through Tandara Road, get back out onto Grampians Road and back to the car park.
Given we wanted to visit McKenzies Falls (located just outside of town) before it got dark, we cut the hike short by 2kms and went back to the cars.
I would recommend the entire Boronia Peak walking trail to anyone who has a reasonable level of fitness and isn’t too afraid of heights.
The great thing about this hike is that you can get to the Peak a number of ways; the ideal way for families would be starting from Tandara Road.
We saw plenty of families up there with young kids, so parents don’t feel like you can’t take them up there.
As always, if you want to follow our trail, be sure to download it from WikiLoc here.
The Stats – Boronia Peak
Length (km): 10.64km (according to WikiLoc)
Time: 4hr 43 mins
Moving Time: 3hr 26 mins
Average Speed: 2.25 km/h
Maximum Elevation: 544m
Accum. elev. uphill: 309m
Accum. elev. downhill: 309m
Return/Circuit/One Way: Circuit