Grampians Peaks Trail Updates

A stunning 13 day/12 night end-to-end trail, the Grampians Peaks Trail will be one of Victoria’s icon walks when it is launched in late 2020.

At a distance of 160kms, and starting in the north and finishing in the south, it will be Victoria’s longest new hiking trail since the introduction of the Great Ocean Walk (100km) in January of 2006.

This page of our website is dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with the launch of the Grampians Peaks Trail.

Furthermore, if you are interested in finding out more info about our upcoming Grampians Peaks Trail Shuttle Service, you can do so by subscribing for updates and completing our market research survey.

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Grampians Peaks Trail – Stage One

Currently, there is only one section of the trail available to hikers which starts and finishes in the always popular Halls Gap.

This has been designed to give hikers a taste of what’s to come once the trail is completely open.

Stage one of the Grampians Peaks Trail route is over three days:

Day 1: Halls Gap to Bugiga Hiker Camp

8.6km, 5 hours

Starting in Halls Gap, you’ll begin your climb via Splitters Falls and the Grand Canyon as you make your way to the Pinnacle before heading south to Lakeside Lookout and Bugiga Hiker Camp.

This section of the trail offers commanding views for a majority of the way.

Day 2: Bugiga Hiker Camp to Borough Huts Campground

13.8km, 5-6 hours

Once you’ve packed up your camp, you’ll begin your ascent through tall Messmate forest and a maze of sandstone outcrops.

A little further on you’ll cross a bridge over the Gate of the East Wind and then begin your climb to the summit of Mount Rosea.

Once you’ve finished taking several photos at the top (the view is pretty special), you’ll begin making your way down through a sheltered section forest to Borough Huts Campground.

Day 3: Borough Huts to Halls Gap

14km, 5-6 hours

The final day of stage one of the Grampians Peaks Trail will see you walk along Bellfield Lake via Bellfield Track and the Terraces Fireline on your back way to Halls Gap.

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Winter 2020 Update

Once launched, and to ensure that the Grampians Peaks Trail is accessible to a wide range of visitors looking for new experiences, Parks Victoria will be looking to licensed tour operators to offer facilitated walks on the trail’s northern section.

These walking experiences will include the use of three demountable huts at the Gar (Mount Difficult) and Werdug (Lake Wartook) hike-in campgrounds.

Built and owned by Parks Victoria, the four-bed huts will be minimalist in design and are specifically developed with the Grampians landscape in mind.

Those staying at the huts as part of these facilitated walks will share the available communal toilets and shelter will other visitors to the sites.

These huts have been designed to minimise environmental impact and minimise fire, with a similar footprint to existing tent pads in the area and no heating or cooking facilities.

Furthermore, tent platforms will still be available at these two campsites for those people independently walking this section of the Grampians Peaks Trail.

In recognition of the cultural significance of the Gariwerd landscape, hike-in campgrounds on the trail will have Aboriginal names.

Parks Victoria has worked closely with local Traditional Owners to identify appropriate names for each campground.

The names for the campgrounds are (from north to south):

  • Barigar (North of Roses Gap)
  • Gar (near the Mt Difficult summit)
  • Werdug (overlooking Lake Wartook from Mt Difficult Range)
  • Bugiga (southern area of the Wonderland Range)
  • Barri Yalug (Barbican Rocks)
  • Duwul (near the Mt William summit)
  • Durd Durd (South of the Major Mitchell Plateau)
  • Yarram (North of Yarram Gap)
  • Wannon (at Mt Christobel)
  • Djardi-Djarwara (near Cassidy Gap)
  • Mud-Dadjug (on Mt Abrupt)

The use of these Aboriginal names is part of the interpretation plan for the Grampians Peaks Trail.

This plan is designed to help interpret the landscape to visitors and provide them with an experience rich in Aboriginal culture of the Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung peoples, who have lived in these ranges for thousands of years.

Furthermore, there will be a number of interpretation signage along the trail that will help hikers to learn more about the area’s rich Aboriginal cultural heritage as well as providing information about the national park’s environmental values.

Autumn 2020 Update

Stage 1 of the Grampians Peaks Trail included the construction of the new Bugiga hiker camp and 16kms of new trails in the central part of the Grampians near the town of Halls Gap.

Stage 2 will include 11 more camps and 144 km of trails which, once completed in December 2020, will include all 12 camps and all 160km of the trail.

The new hiker camps have been specifically designed to sit discreetly in the environment and are being built following extensive cultural heritage and environmental assessments & consultations in line with statutory obligations.

Each camp will include a main shelter for communal gatherings and meal preparation, a separate toilet block, up to 12 tent pads, boardwalks, and internal tracks built to minimise the impact on the environment.

Ten of the camps will be available for general public use whilst one camp is intended for larger groups such as schools.

Some of the camps are located in remote sections of the park and are therefore only accessible by walking, while others are accessible by four-wheel drive management vehicles.