Situated within the Western District of Victoria, the magical and remote landscape of the Grampians National Park showcase the magnificent sandstone ranges that were created over 400 million years ago. The Park has an outstandingly rich diversity with almost one thousand native plant species, representing one-third of the State total. As such the Park is notable for being the most important botanical reserve in Victoria, exhibiting a rich and colourful wildflower display in Spring.
TRANSFERS: There are several options to get to this walk. Choose to drive to the Grampians, enjoy private transfers from Melbourne or catch the train from Melbourne to Stawell and we will pick you up from there (see pricing page for options).
ITINERARY: Arrive in the Grampians. No walking today, settle in and relax at your accommodation for the next two nights at the luxury boutique lodge of Meringa Springs at Wartook. Soak up the spectacular views of the Grampian Mountains from the lodge and perhaps enjoy a swim in the pool before indulging in a delicious dinner in the restaurant.
TRANSFER TIMES: Meet your driver at 8:30am for transfer from Meringa Springs Lodge, for a scenic 30-minute journey to the start of your walk. Upon completion of your walk, your local driver will meet you and transfer you back to Meringa Springs.
WALK GRADE: Walk 1: Mt Stapylton: 4.6km, 2-2.5hrs return, medium hard. Walk 2: Mt Zero: 2.8km, 1-1.5hrs return, medium.
WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to the start of your walk. Today enjoy two walks of Mt Stapylton and Mt Zero. Our first walk to Mt Stapylton climbs to an elevation of almost 500m, this short return walk takes in some large rocky features, including a natural amphitheatre, sheer rock faces and eroded caves, together with some sheltered woodland on its way to a spectacular summit view in all directions. Named by NSW Surveyor-General Major Thomas Mitchell in 1836 after his assistant surveyor Granville Stapylton while exploring for new grazing lands, this walk, suitable for fit and energetic walkers, involves water crossings, slippery track surfaces, rock hopping and rock-scrambling as well as exposure to heights. It begins and ends at the Mt Zero Picnic Ground. Afterwards take the walk to Mt Zero. This conical-shaped hill represents the start of the future 160km Grampians Peaks Trail, but was also climbed by Major Mitchell in 1836 when he described it as “a remarkable cone at the western extremity of a chain of mountains”. Views of Mt Stapylton and the surrounding Wimmera plains on this walk are some of the best in the area. Afterwards your driver will return you to Meringa Spring Lodge to spend the later afternoon relaxing before enjoying another wonderful dinner in their restaurant.
TRANSFER TIMES: No vehicle transfer this morning guests will walk directly from Meringa Springs to the trailhead. Choice of finishing your walk at MacKenzie Falls and climbing the steep stairs to the carpark for your transfer to Halls Gap or return to Zumsteins by the same route for collection by the transfer operator.
WALK GRADE: 11.7km, 4hrs, Easy to Moderate
FLEXIBLE WALK: Optional shorter walk to finish at Mackenzie Falls.
ITINERARY: After breakfast walk directly from the Lodge to the start of the trail which makes its way to spectacular MacKenzie Falls. The first part of this walk follows a heritage route once used by squatters, timber-cutters, bee-keepers and construction workers building the Wartook Reservoir upstream. From the old picnic grounds of Zumsteins we follow the river more closely and experience the cascades of pretty Fish Falls on the way to one of Victoria’s most popular waterfalls, the Mackenzie Falls, as it tumbles 40m into the deep pool at its base. Once you reach MacKenzie Falls you can take the 265 steep steps to the carpark for your transfer to Halls Gap or return to Zumsteins by the same route for collection by your driver. Whilst you have been walking your luggage has been transported to your accommodation for 2 nights in a quality motel in the charming town of Halls Gap. Halls Gap is a delightful village in the heart of the Grampians with an array of shops, cafes and restaurants. Halls Gap was named after Charles Browning Hall who in 1841 followed aboriginal tracks through a gap between the Mount William Range and the Mount Difficult Range while searching for suitable grazing run. Tonight enjoy dinner in a local restaurant in the heart of the village.
TRANSFER TIMES: No vehicle transfer this morning guests will walk directly from their accommodation to the trailhead and walk back to their hotel at the end of the day.
WALK GRADE: 10km, 5hrs, hard
FLEXIBLE WALK: Optional shorter walk to finish at Mackenzie Falls.
ITINERARY: After breakfast walk directly from the hotel at Halls Gap to the start of the trail. This an impressive circuit walk taking in many features including cascades, waterfalls, chasms, viewpoints and big landscape views. Initially, you’ll follow Stony Creek where gold was found in 1887 and pass some dramatic features like the Elephants Hide. This is a massive rock face that is known in geology as a “cuesta” formation where the resistant sandstones slope gently upwards and are broken off forming huge cliffs of the type you’ll discover later in the walk. It is a journey with plenty for everyone and worth starting early as you may wish to paddle in the streams, rest on the rocky climbs and absorb the views from perhaps the most popular of sites in the Grampians…The Pinnacle. After completing the circuit walk directly into your accommodation at Halls Gap with time to relax or explore the village at leisure. Tonight enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
TRANSFERS: After breakfast, your driver will arrive to pick you up for a pleasant 15-minute journey to the start of the trail. Upon completion of your walk, you will be collected from within the Borough Huts Campground for a scenic 40-minute transfer to the Royal Mail Hotel at Dunkeld.
Accommodation: Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld
DISTANCE and GRADE: 13kms, 5-6hrs, Medium Hard
ITINERARY: This full-day walk explores Mt Rosea, sitting high above Halls Gap. We start our journey at an elevation of around 600 metres and climb steadily through forested slopes, the track then veers around to the south and east through boulders and over rock formations while opening up views over large parts of the central Grampians. It’s not quick walking and shouldn’t be as there are great opportunities to rest and absorb the environment of this sharp mountain range before reaching one of the highest peaks in the Grampians, Mt Rosea sitting high at more than 1000m elevation. Later after a long steady descent, you’ll reach Borough Huts where in World War Two, there was a base for charcoal production, when petrol was in short supply. Make your way to the end of the walk where you will meet your driver for the transfer to the small town of Dunkeld at the southern tip of the Grampians. Spend the next two nights at the Royal Mail Hotel at the foot of Mount Sturgeon. Tonight indulge your taste buds in a sensational dinner in the hotel’s award-winning Wickens Restaurant enjoying fresh local produce sourced from its 1.5-hectare kitchen garden.
TRANSFERS: Your driver will provide a short transfer to the start of this final walk as well as a return transfer on completion.
DISTANCE and GRADE: 6.6kms, 3-4 hrs return, Strenuous, steep in parts
ITINERARY: After breakfast at the hotel your driver will transfer you to the start of the trail. This half day walk starts from 6km north of Dunkeld. After winding its way up through pleasant woodland, the track crosses several landslips from heavy rains in 2011, before gaining elevation and wide views to the east. After some more climbing, views to the west emerge, but it’s the summit that offers the grandest views and deserves a good break to absorb the serenity. Retrace your steps where your driver will meet you for the return transfer to your accommodation at Dunkeld. Tonight enjoy another fabulous dinner in the 2 hatted Wickens Restaurant at the restaurant enjoyed an inspired menu of superb fresh produce.
ITINERARY: Your tour finishes after breakfast.
TRANSFERS: For those that have driven to the Grampians, your driver will return you to your car at Meringa Springs. For those who have come by train from Melbourne your driver will transfer you to Stawell Railway Station to connect with your return train and those that have selected private transfers to Melbourne will be transferred back to Melbourne CBD.
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