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Best day hikes in the Grampians

10 Jan. 2022

A visit to the Grampians wouldn’t be complete without hiking through the rugged and majestic surrounds of our region.

Whether you are an experienced hiker or prefer to take a more leisurely approach to walks, there is a route for you.

Take your pick from this selection of day hikes which vary in difficulty and distance, ranging from under an hour to a full day.

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Grampians Peak Trail

With multiple day hike options available, there is something for everyone at the world-class Grampians Peak Trail.

For a medium grade walk and a return time of 2 hours, try the Lower Waterfalls of Mt Difficult (Gar) from Troopers Creek Campground. Or, for a challenging 3 to 4 hour hike, choose Signal Peak from Mt Abrupt (Mud-Dadjug) car park.

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The Pinnacle

The view from the lookout is worth every bit of effort and offers terrific scenic views over Western Victoria. If you have young children in your group, depart from the Sundial car park within the National Park and ascend to The Pinnacle via Devils Gap. The walk will take a little over 2 hours for the return trip allowing time for a rest at the top. More challenging routes are available from the Wonderland car park and Halls Gap.

Mt William the Grampians Credit Rob Blackburn 2012

Mount William (Duwil)

Rising to 1167 metres, Mount William is the Grampians' tallest peak. You can drive almost all the way to the top of the mountain, before parking your car and walking the rest of the way. This hike takes a moderately fit person approximately 45 minutes to walk to the summit.

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Hollow Mountain (Wudjub-guyan)

A popular area for bushwalkers, here you can take the more strenuous walk to the rugged outcrops of Hollow Mountain taking 2 hours for the return trip, or take a gentle stroll to Gulgurn Manja Aboriginal Rock Art Site to learn about the Aboriginal heritage of the area.

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The Piccaninny (Bainggug)

Climb through open forest then at the summit, wonder at the stunning views of Mount Abrupt (Mud-dadjug) and the nearby town of Dunkeld. It’s an easy to medium walk taking 1-1.5 hours return.

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Mount Sturgeon (Wurgarri)

Through Dunkeld, the gateway to the Southern Grampians, this expansive area far from the crowds offers rugged hikes and short walks from 1-3 hours return. Mount Sturgeon, along with The Piccaninny and spectacular Mount Abrupt (Mud-dadjug), offers a rewarding summit waiting to be conquered.