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Hidden Gems in the Grampians

12 Aug. 2021

Think you've ticked off every hike, sight and adventure in the Grampians? Think again.

With such vast diverse terrain, the Grampians is full of secluded spots to escape the everyday and find your sense of adventure. From pristine waterfalls to challenging climbs and astounding views there’s an array of hidden gems scattered throughout the Grampians region that you most likely haven’t explored.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the hidden gems in the Grampians to help you break away from the tourist track and do as the locals do. Experience life unleashed, The Grampians Way.

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Chatauqua Peak Loop (Clematis Falls)

The walk to Chatauqua Peak is one of the most inspiring in the region. This 2.5-hour hike offers a little bit of everything from adventure to panoramic views and waterfalls.

The track departs from Recreation Oval in Halls Gap and involves an easy ascent and descent of spectacular scenes. One scene you must check out is Clematis Falls, a hidden gem in the Grampians and lesser known than other falls in the region. The hike ends with a stunning stroll through Halls Gap Botanic Garden, where you can set up picnic and enjoy the peaceful surrounds.

Photo by: @grayhaylock

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Mitre Rock

From the flat Wimmera Plains rises Mitre Rock, a hidden gem in the Grampians region. Mitre Rock is an awe-inspiring and stoic figure found less than a kilometre away from Mount Arapiles, While its summit only reaches 140 meters, the unencumbered views of Mount Arapiles and the nearby Mitre Salt Lake are breathtaking.

As a hidden gem of the Grampians, the trail to the summit isn’t as well established as some others in the region which adds to the sense of adventure! If you can, it’s recommended to visit during sunset to watch the Wimmera plains glow as dusk approaches the landscapes of Little Desert.

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One Tree Hill Lookout

One Tree Hill offers unparalleled views over Ararat and the surrounding ancient landscape. Soak up the scenes of the Grampians National Park to the west or gaze in awe as Mount Langi Ghiran engulfs the skyline to the east.

While most people drive directly to the summit, it can also be reached by bike or via a 4.8-kilometre walk (each way) from Ararat. Picnic tables on the top of the hill make this hidden gem the perfect place to set up a picnic and immerse yourself in nature.

Photography: @danny.c.photogrpahy

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Fish Falls

While Fish Falls is one of the more scenic natural attractions found in the Grampians, it is less visited than other waterfalls in our region. Therefore, you can expect peace, quiet and tranquillity while you watch the river water cascade 60 metres over terraced rocks into a pool below.

For the best viewing experience, visit the waterfall after rainfall. The falls can be accessed as part of the MacKenzie River Walk, with a 4.6-kilometre (return) trip starting at Zumsteins Picnic Area. When the weather is warmer, enjoy a picnic and dip your toes in the pools of water. Adventure seekers can continue the track to the famous MacKenzie Falls.

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The Lower Waterfalls of Gar (Mount Difficult)

A true hidden gem of the Grampians is the newly opened track to the Lower Waterfalls of Gar. A part of the Grampians Peaks Trail, this walk offers unforgettable waterfall views.

Named in acknowledgement of the traditional name for Mt Difficult (Gar), this amazing 4.2-kilometre walk is easily accessed via Troopers Creek Campground. It explores a series of seasonal waterfalls that are at their most spectacular after rain. You can also expect unrivalled views of our rugged mountain ranges from several rocky lookouts.

The walk is classed as medium difficulty and involves some steep stretches, slippery rocks, creek crossings and exposed cliff edges, so be prepared to get a little adventurous.

Photography @heloise0708