Grampians National Park
Grampians National Park is part of the Gariwerd Aboriginal cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.
Explore the natural beauty of the Grampians from its world-famous hiking trails. Discover majestic waterfalls, dazzling spring wildflower displays and awe-inspiring mountain panoramas. Cross paths with kangaroos, wallabies, emus and native birds. Heritage-listed for its Aboriginal heritage, animal and plant life, and stunning natural beauty, the Grampians National Park is one of Australia's most recognisable places. The best way to appreciate it is on one of its many world-class walks or hikes or by taking a scenic drive.
Traditionally known as Gariwerd, this region is home to the largest number of significant and ancient Aboriginal rock art paintings and shelters in southern Australia. A visit to Brambuk – The National Park & Cultural Centre will help you get the most of your trip to these rock shelters.
The Grampians draws walkers from around the world. Hike to the highest peak within the Grampians, Mount William, or explore the plethora of walks around Halls Gap and the Wonderland Range. Views from the Pinnacle are famous, but the steep walk should only be attempted by the fit. If you’re an experienced walker you’ll enjoy the unique challenge of the park’s overnight hikes. Choose from the iconic Grampians Peaks Trail, Major Mitchell Plateau or The Fortress and Mt Thackeray Overnight Hike.
There are more relaxing pursuits to enjoy in the Grampians, too. Go fishing, canoeing or kayaking at Lake Wartook, Lake Bellfield and Moora Moora Reservoir or one of the park’s many other streams and creeks.
Grampians Peaks Trail
The Grampians Peaks Trail (160km) is a world-class 13-day hiking experience from Mt Zero in the north, through Halls Gap and finishing at Dunkeld in the south. It can also be completed in shorter sections.
MacKenzie Falls is the most iconic and spectacular waterfall in the Grampians. Watch the majestic waterfall from the lookout platform or tackle the steep track to the base of the falls. Make the most of your day trip in the Grampians National Park with a strenuous walk through the beautiful MacKenzie River Gorge to Zumsteins Historic Area.
The Pinnacle walks
Choose from two different routes up to The Pinnacle lookout – an easy to medium walk from Sundial Carpark and a more challenging walk from Wonderland Carpark.
Zumsteins Historic Area
Zumsteins Picnic Area is located on the banks of the MacKenzie River and is the site of an historic settlement. It provides a great opportunity to relax in the natural setting of the Grampians, enjoy the wildlife, a barbecue and a short stroll.
Mount Stapylton Loop Walk
Hike through open forest and scramble over rocky outcrops on the Mount Stapylton Loop Walk. The adventurous walk will test your endurance as it dips into forested gullies and navigates the steep slope of Flat Rock. Fit walkers can tackle the challenging trek to the summit of Mount Stapylton for sweeping views of the Grampians.
There are many locations for camping in the central region of the Grampians National Park including, Smiths Mill Campground, Borough Huts Campground, Boreang Campground and Jimmy Creek.
Jimmy Creek Campground
Jimmy Creek Campground is located in an open forest adjacent to the upper Wannon River. This campground is halfway between Halls Gap and Dunkeld, and is a great base for exploring both the Southern and Eastern Grampians.
Smiths Mill Campground
Smiths Mill Campground is positioned within heath woodland at the site of an old sawmill. It is centrally located a kilometre from Mackenzie Falls, and only a short drive to Boroka Lookout, Reed Lookout and Zumsteins Picnic Area.
Stony Creek Campground
Stony Creek Group Campground is available for schools or groups of up to 16 people undertaking overnight walks such as the Grampians Peaks Trail in the Wonderland and Mt Rosea areas. Vehicle accessible off Stony Creek road, this camping areas has a drop toilet, elevated timber tent platforms, a group gathering area and a day use shelter available. Bookings apply.
Borough Huts Campground
Borough Huts Campground is set in a tranquil forested area adjacent to Fyans Creek. It is close to Halls Gap, The Wonderland Range and a starting point for walks to Lake Bellfield and Mt Rosea.
Stapylton Campground is one of the best places to stay when exploring the Northern Grampians. It is close to a great selection of day walks, Aboriginal rock shelters, world-class rock climbing, picnic areas and day visitor sites.
Mount William or Duwul is the highest peak in the Grampians National Park (Gariwerd). This trailhead provides access to the challenging Mount William walk where you can obtain 360 degree views of the mountains and surrounding pastoral lands reward walkers for their efforts.
Buandik Campground is located in the Western Grampians at the base of the Victoria Range. The campground is set amongst open woodland beside Cultivation Creek and is close to the start of walks to Billimina and Manja rock art shelters and Buandik Falls.
First Wannon Hiker Camp-Major Mitchell Plateau
First Wannon Hiker Camp is a small clearing with limited space best positioned for small, single groups or individual walkers undertaking the remote overnight hike across the Major Mitchell Plateau.
Strachans Campground is located beside the headwaters of the Glenelg River at the site of a former timber mill. Strachans is perfectly situated to explore the Victoria Range and Victoria Valley, where there are opportunities for bushwalking, four wheel driving and rock climbing.
Troopers Creek Campground
Located in the northern Grampians, just south of Roses Gap, Troopers Creek Campground is set amongst tall Eucalypts and heathy shrubland, providing impressive views of Mt Difficult.
When you're there
Download the Grampians National Park visitor guide for more information about the park and a map.
Please note that for visitor and staff safety, MacKenzie Falls precinct (including Fish Falls) will be closed on days of Extreme and Catastrophic Fire Danger. Check the Fire Danger Rating forecast before you visit at cfa.vic.gov.au.
Need to know
Grampians National Park
Where to climb
There are more than 100 designated rock climbing areas in the landscape including 13 bouldering areas. Most of these areas have multiple climbs within them.
Please note there are conditions to rock climbing in the Gariwerd landscape. These include: using approved chalk colours where available, and using designated tracks where they exist. In the future, you will need to obtain a permit (which will be available free online), once the permit system is established. Until the permit system is established, rock climbing can occur in designated areas without a permit.
Find more information at Rock climbing in Gariwerd.
Go with a guide
Abseiling and rock climbing with a licensed tour operator is a great way to have a safe and supervised visit. There are a number of licensed tour operators offering abseiling, rock-climbing, and many other activities in the national park.
Boroka Lookout, Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre and Stapylton and Plantation Campgrounds have been assessed for accessibility.
The Grampians TrailRider is available for bookings. The TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair and TrailRider Volunteers are for park visitors with low mobility to explore the natural beauty of Grampians National Park. The TrailRider is fitted with an electric motors to assist operators on steeper sections of walking tracks. Chair passengers are required to wear a bike helmet.
The TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair and TrailRider Volunteer service are both free of charge, however, please book a week in advance. For more information and to book the TrailRider contact the Brambuk National Park & Cultural Centre on (03) 8427 2058. For booking TrailRider volunteers contact the Volunteer Coordinator on email@example.com.
Assistance dogs are welcome in Parks Victoria parks and reserves. Entry requirements apply for parks and reserves that are usually dog prohibited, such as national parks.
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Change of Conditions
Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.
Grampians National Park
Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park Update 31.03.2023Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park was impacted by heavy rainfall and flash flooding during spring and early summer 2022. Multiple roads and some visitor sites are temporarily closed for assessment, repair works and upgrades. The movement of visitors in these parts of the National Park is restricted.Major Road Closures
Red Rock Road and Mitchell Road closed.
Lodge Road is partly closed (section from Syphon Rd to Asses Ears Road).Regional Roads – Mt Victory Road UpdateWith works to complete the final seal and finishing work at Mt Victory Road underway, the road is operating under shuttle flow with traffic management in place. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2023. Please plan your journey and follow the directions on all on-site signage. We thank the communities of Halls Gap, Wartook and surrounding areas for their continued patience while we carry out these vital works. For more information, call 133 788, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Mt Victory Road west of Halls Gap | Regional Roads VictoriaSeasonal Road ClosuresSeasonal road closures are in place due to flood damage. They have remained in place since November 2022. Seasonal roads will gradually reopen after repair works and final assessments are completed.Please see the latest road report attachment for full road and track details at the bottom of this page.Key Visitor Sites ClosuresBoroka LookoutThe northern viewing platform at Boroka Lookout is temporarily closed for upgrades. Visitors can still access the southern viewing platform.MacKenzie FallsThe large rock shelf area, opposite the base of the MacKenzie Falls is closed. Recent investigations have revealed a significant rock fall risk from the cliff above the area.Views of MacKenzie Falls at the base, are from the walking track only. Due to limited viewing, the track may be crowded, especially over weekends and Easter. For visitor safety, please stay on the walking track and to avoid crowds visit early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Alternately, the Falls can be viewed from above, by taking the less strenuous MacKenzie Falls Lookout Walk. Further improvements are planned as part of the MacKenzie Falls Revitalisation projectSilverband FallsThe Silverband Falls closure is in place due to flood damage. Visitors can access Clematis Falls and the Venus Baths loop as alternative walks.Current Campground closures due to closed roads
Kalymna Campground is closed.
Grampians Peaks TrailGrampians Peaks Trail sites impacted by closures
Griffin Trail Head is Four-Wheel Drive access only.
For park information, visitors can contact 13 1963 or visit the Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap.
Attachments: Grampians (Gariwerd) NP Road Report 31.03.2023 (182KB)
Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park - Planned Burns Autumn 2023Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMV) will be commencing the Autumn Planned burn program in Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park from late March to early May 2023, weather permitting.This year there are a number of planned burns scheduled to occur across the National Park. Visitor areas such as the Grampians Peak Tail (GPT) and some campgrounds will be affected.To enable FFMV staff to safely operate in the burn area and to provide protection of park visitors, closures will be in place on some roads, walking tracks and campgrounds during ignition, until the burn area is declared safe. This may be for one day or multiple days at a time.For more detail on how to stay informed - Please refer to the attachment below.
Attachments: GNP_GARIWERD_ALL_AREA_INFORMATION_SHEET_2023 - Planned Burns (349KB)
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How we keep it special
We aim to ensure that our valued parks, and the natural assets and cultural heritage they hold, can be enjoyed now and by future generations.
GPT Trailheads upgrades
To provide more options to access the Grampians Peaks Trail, a range of new and upgraded access points and trailheads are being developed along the trail. The upgrades planned will vary between sites, and may include improved carparking and landscaping, additional water tanks, toilets, visitor and interpretive information about the Gariwerd landscape and culture.
Mackenzie Falls revitalisation
To better cater for visitors, including managing visitor safety and potential impacts on the landscape, the Mackenzie Falls area is being revitalised. The project is likely to include improved education and interpretive signage, track improvements and all-abilities access, potential track extensions, safety improvements, new facilities, and parking and congestion management.