The Grampians Peaks Trail can be enjoyed year-round. It is important to take the time to plan and prepare your journey to get the most out of it.
According to the traditional owners of the Grampians, there are six distinct weather periods recognised in the Gariwerd seasonal cycle. For thousands of years, the lives of the Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung have been intimately linked to this seasonal cycle.
Each season brings climactic features and environmental events such as plant flowering, fruiting and animal behavioural patterns.
It is important to remember that weather in the mountains can change rapidly at any time of year. You should always pack for all conditions.
- Temperatures exceeding forty degrees may be experienced during summer.
- Strong winds, low temperatures and heavy rain-squalls can occur throughout the year.
- Snowfall and blizzards are common in winter and low cloud may seriously reduce visibility with little warning.
Summer Hot and dry conditions – many creeks will have no water. Temperatures can exceed 40 degrees Celsius with a high likelihood of bushfires and extreme heatwaves.
Autumn Milder temperatures with sporadic hot days; typically drier weather – many creeks will still have no water.
Winter Wet and cold conditions are common. Higher elevations may receive snow and sub-zero temperatures during the day and overnight. Creeks and streams typically have water.
Spring This is the best season to go overnight bushwalking in the Grampians. Milder temperatures and drier conditions are common, with water typically available in creeks.
For more information about the latest weather conditions visit the Bureau of Meteorology- www.bom.gov.au
Change of conditions
Seasonal storms, bushfire or ongoing track maintenance can alter track conditions or cause temporary closures. Before you plan your walk, please check for the latest information at Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au
The Grampians Peaks Trail has been designed to cater for different fitness levels, from the beginner to the experienced walker. In most circumstances, the trail is a Grade 4 rating (Australian Walking Track Grading System) and does include some rocky and steep terrain. There are several sections at a more technically difficult Grade 5 and will require a greater level of fitness. See the Grampians Peaks Trail brochure for the walk elevation profile.
Book your campsite
Prepare and plan for your trip by booking your campsite before you arrive. Visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/stay to book your campsite, or call Parks Victoria on 13 19 63. Bookings can also be completed by staff at Brambuk the National Park Centre in Halls Gap. Fees apply for telephone bookings.
Register your hike
Hikers must register their trip at Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap to aid emergency support. This also provides hikers the opportunity to check the weather conditions and latest information to ensure a safe and enjoyable walk. Download the Grampians National Park Overnight Hiking park note and Trip Intention Form or phone 03 5361 4000
In an emergency
All mobile telephone users, including international, can connect to the Police, Ambulance or Country Fire Authority (CFA) by dialling 000 or 112. It is important that hikers do not rely on mobile phones for communication while walking in the Grampians. Internet and mobile telephone coverage is intermittent along the Grampians Peaks Trail, and your reception can also depend on your mobile phone carrier.
Enrich your experience
Parks Victoria approved licensed tour operators can help you make the most of your trip. You can choose from guiding services, pickup/drop off services and accommodation. A variety of accommodation options are also available in Halls Gap, Dunkeld, Wartook and surrounding towns.
What to take
Whether you are planning a multi-day hike or an afternoon walk, it is important to plan in advance. Always check and prepare for extreme weather conditions which may include strong winds or heavy rain; as well as hot or cold conditions throughout the year. Make sure you take:
- A Grampians Peaks Trail brochure (with map).
- Protective clothing including a jumper, weatherproof jacket, hat and sunscreen. All walkers should carry good quality, waterproof, protective outer shell protective layers.
- Hiking boots or shoes with a good tread.
- Food and water, for up to 14 kilometres per day if you are walking unsupported. Three to four litres of water per person per day should be carried. Drinking water at campgrounds is untreated rainwater and cannot be guaranteed.
- Drinking water treatment equipment.
- A wilderness first aid kit.
- Radio: A portable radio will give you immediate access to Emergency broadcasting and updates (e.g. fire, fire ratings and storm warnings and updates) including ABC Local Radio (including 774 on the AM band).
If you do not wish to carry all of your supplies, you may consider linking your walk to nearby accommodation and service providers.
Be fire ready - Stay safe
The Grampians (Gairwerd) National Park is in a high bushfire area and is located in the South West and Wimmera Weather Districts which is a high bushfire risk area.
Total fire ban
Over the warmer months of the year, a Total Fire Ban day may be declared. On these days, no fires can be lit, including campfires, solid and fuel stoves. In the event that a Total Fire Ban is declared, hikers should carry some food that does not need to be cooked.
Fire danger ratings
Your safety is your responsibility and you need to be aware of current Fire Danger Ratings for the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. Code Red is the highest fire danger rating and the park will close for public safety. Before beginning your trip, be aware of the weather forecast over the days of your hike. Plan not to walk and leave the park early on hot, dry and windy days as conditions may change quickly.
For updated information on fires in Victoria or general safety advice please call the Victorian Bushfire Information line on 1800 240 667, listen to a local ABC/ACE radio station or visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au.
Fire Danger Rating and Total Fire Ban information is available on the Country Fire Authority (CFA) website www.cfa.vic.gov.au.