Campsite design for Grampians Peaks Trail
Friday 6 March, 2020
Community information sessions continue
The design of new hiker campsites on the Grampians Peaks Trail (GPT) has been finalised as progress on construction of the 160km world-class walking experience continues.
Above: Illustrative design of the campsite at Mount Difficult, featuring communal shelter, tent pads and connecting trails. The design is indicative of the other new campsites along the GPT.
There will be 12 campsites along the GPT when it is completed in December, each with a communal shelter for meal preparation, tent pads, gathering spaces, boardwalks and internal tracks positioned to minimise impact on the environment.
Eleven hiker campsites are being created as part of Stage Two of the GPT project, ten of which are to be available for general use and one that is intended for groups, including schools. Campsites are currently being built at Cassidy Gap, Mt Christabel, Stockyard Saddle and Stony Creek.
As with the rest of the GPT, the campsites have been designed to sit discreetly in the environment, and are being built following extensive cultural heritage and environmental assessments, in accordance with statutory obligations.
To provide further information about the campsites, Parks Victoria is this month hosting a series of community information sessions. To be held in Dunkeld, Halls Gap, Pomonal, and Wartook Valley, the drop-in sessions will also be an opportunity for people to hear more about progress of the GPT.
Once complete, the GPT through the stunning Grampians/Gariwerd landscape will be open for people to experience as days walks, overnight sections, or as one 13-day journey. The first stage opened to the public in 2015 and construction is well underway on a three day/two-night experience in the northern Grampians and a three day/two-night experience in the southern Grampians.
By 2025, up to 34,000 walkers are set to experience the wonders of the Grampians National Park, generating $6.39m of economic benefit and tourism development opportunities locally and to the region.
Further information about the GPT Project, including the campsite designs, is available from the Parks Victoria website: www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/grampians-peaks-trail
Quotes attributable to Rhonda McNeil, Area Chief Ranger–Parks Victoria:
“The heritage-listed Grampians National Park is an ancient landscape that protects threatened native animals, one-third of Victoria’s flora, and the majority of Aboriginal rock art in Victoria.”
“It’s exciting to see the ongoing progress of the GPT, which will offer locals and visitors a new perspective on the park’s beauty and its rich Aboriginal culture.”
Community drop-in sessions
Dunkeld Visitor Information Centre
Parker Street, Dunkeld
Wednesday 11 March
4.30pm to 6.30pm
Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre
Grampians Road, Halls Gap
Thursday 12 March
10am to 12pm
Grampians Store – Pomonal
Ararat-Halls Gap Road, Pomonal
Saturday 14 March
10am to 12pm
The Wander Inn
Northern Grampians Road, Wartook Valley
Friday 20 March
4pm to 6pm