The Grampians Peaks Trail is one of the Walk Victoria’s Icons long distance trails. The first section is now complete and offers a 36 kilometre, 3 day/2 night circuit walk departing from Halls Gap.
Be inspired by the spectacular outlook of rugged mountain peaks from the top of Mount Rosea, panoramic views from the Pinnacle Lookout, ancient rock features of the Grand Canyon and the rich cultural history of this truly iconic Grampians landscape
Planning and construction will continue on the remaining sections of the trail until late 2020 when the full 13 day/12 night experience will be fully open.
3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS - 33KM
DAY ONE - HALLS GAP TO BUGIGA (8.6km — 5 hours)
Starting from the carpark in Halls Gap, walk past the swimming pool, cross the road and follow signs to the walking track near Stony Creek. Follow the creek along the formed track to Venus Baths. Just before the rock pools at Venus Baths, take the track towards Splitters Falls. Once on the track you will come to a track junction where you can take a small detour to view the falls. Return to the main track and climb up through a rocky gully to the Grand Canyon. At the top of the steps turn left, and follow the signs up the rocky platforms. The steady steep ascent winds past rocky woodland and through the rocky corridor of Silent Street then onto the famous Pinnacle Lookout. The views from this lookout of Mt William, Halls Gap and Fyans Valley are astounding.
Follow the Grampians Peaks Trail (GPT) signs south to Lakeside Lookout and then to Sundial Carpark. Much of this track is near the ridge, providing views along the way. At Sundial Carpark take the track towards Sundial Lookout for 250m. Turn right and take the track towards Rosea Carpark. After 1.1km turn left onto the Bugiga Link track to your camp at Bugiga for your first night’s stay. Alternatively, keep following the track down further to the Stony Creek group Hikers Camp.
DAY TWO - BUGIGA TO BOROUGH HUTS CAMPGROUND (13.8km — 5 to 6 hours)
Take the track to Rosea Carpark, cross Stony Creek Road to start an ascent through the tall Messmate forest. On the ridge, carefully follow track markers through a maze of sandstone outcrops, to cross a bridge over the Gate of the East Wind. Continue the climb up windswept terraces to a signposted intersection, turning left towards the summit of Mt Rosea. Enjoy amazing 360-degree views over the Serra and Mt William Ranges. Follow the markers down and veer left, through a sheltered forest. Track markers will guide you through rocky outcrops and forested gullies before reaching Borough Huts Campground for your second night’s stay.
DAY THREE - BOROUGH HUTS TO HALLS GAP (14km — 5 to 6 hours)
From the campground, carefully cross the Grampians Tourist Road and follow the track to Bellfield Track, then continue along the Terraces Fireline. Follow this track to the Tandara Road intersection, turn left and walk to Tandara Road. Continue to the end of the road and cross over to the sealed walking track that will take you back to Halls Gap.
Three day / two night circuit walk
Bushwalking experience recommended. Ensure you are well-prepared for all weather conditions.
Distance: 36.6km total
Time: 3 days / 2 nights
Start/Finish: Halls Gap
Grade: 4 (very steep, formed track, many obstacles, clearly signposted)
Day 1: 840m
Day 2: 1033m
Day 3: 600m
Topographic Map Required Scale: 1:50,000 recommended