Grampians National Park - South

Grampians National Park - South

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Southern Grampians

Grampians National Park

The southern Grampians takes in the remote Victoria Range and the park's highest point, Mt William. Close to Dunkeld, Mt Sturgeon, the Piccaninny and spectacular Mt Abrupt are waiting to be conquered. This expansive area far from the crowds offers rugged hikes and short walks.
The southern Grampians is often overlooked by visitors who flock to the famous sights around Halls Gap further north. But if you prefer to experience epic landscapes away from the crowds and scenic drives along lonely mountain roads, then this is the place to come.

Dunkeld is the gateway to the southern Grampians and many visitors stay here. The town is close to three fantastic summit walks: Mount Abrupt, Mt Sturgeon and The Piccaninny.

Mt William, the highest point in the Grampians, is a short and scenic drive from Halls Gap - or a longer and even more scenic drive from Dunkeld.

If you’re an experienced walker you’ll enjoy the unique challenge of the southern Grampians' overnight hikes. Tackle the 40km Major Mitchell Plateau hike or the truly remote experience of the Fortress and Mt Thackeray hike.

The Grampians is a special place for nature lovers and the remote campgrounds that offer temporary accommodation to humans are also the permanent homes of native animals. You're pretty much guaranteed to see emus, kangaroos and wallabies if you stay the night. Encounters with wildlife and plants become even more pleasing against the spectacular mountain backdrops. .

Some of the most popular places in the Grampians are its waterfalls. In the southern region, Kalymna Falls and Burrong Falls are reached by fairly short walks and are spectacular after rain. Jadawadjali Falls is a pleasant stop on the way up to Billimina Shelter, a massive rock overhang with Aboriginal art.

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 and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap will help you get the most of your trip to these rock shelters. You will also find general information about visiting the park.

Things to do

 
Two friends take a guided tour near the summit of Mt William.

Mount William

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.
A picnic table and fireplace in front of tents at Buandik Campround in the Grampians National Park

Buandik Campground

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.
A red tent, camp chairs and fireplace among tall eucalypts at Strachans Campground at Grampians National Park

Strachans Campground

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.
Two women hike through the Grampians National Park.

First Wannon Hiker Camp

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.
Two women unpack camping great from their ute at Jimmy Creek Campground at the Grampians National Park

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.

How to get there

Southern Grampians

The Grampians National Park is located in Western Victoria, a three-hour (260km) drive from Melbourne and a five-hour (460km) drive from Adelaide. It is also a key destination on the internationally renowned Great Southern Touring Route. The southern Grampians is easily accessed from the villages of Halls Gap and Dunkeld and is a scenic day trip from the regional town of Hamilton.

Need to know

Southern Grampians

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 1.12.2022

    Grampians Gariwerd National Park has been affected by heavy rainfall and flash flooding in the past month. Multiple roads and visitor sites are temporarily closed until floodwaters recede and sites can be assessed as safe. Visitor movement around the National Park is restricted due to road closures. Tree-fall may be an ongoing issue with wet soils and strong winds.
     
    Major Road Closures (due to flood water or damaged crossings)

    • Mt Victory Road is open. For more information, visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au and search ‘Mt Victory Road Halls Gap’, call 133 788 
    -          Glenelg River Road is closed in sections
    -          Lodge Road is closed
    -          Rose creek road is closed
    -          Multiple other roads and tracks in the north end of Victoria Valley
    -          Mitchell Road – closed
    -          Serra road – closed
    -          Glenelg river road south – open
    -          Mt Difficult road is open – 4WD only
    **See latest road report for full road and track details at the bottom of this page

    Key Visitor Sites impacted by walking track closure

    • Mackenzie Falls: Access to the Eastern Rock Shelf (across the steppingstones) at Mackenzie Falls is not open. Visitors can still access the walking track through to Fish Falls and Zumsteins
    • The Silverband Falls temporary closure is still in place due to flood damage. Visitors can access Clematis Falls and the Venus Baths loop as an alternative.
     
    Current Campground closures due to closed roads
     
    -          Boreang Campground is closed
    -          Kalymna Campground is closed
     
    Grampians Peaks Trail
    Flash flooding has impacted many creek crossings, some are currently impassable, many have fast flowing water and deep channels. Some roads are temporarily closed surrounding the trail, so support services are not available in some areas. Weather conditions remain wet with strong winds.
     
    Grampians Peaks Trail sites impacted by closures:


    Temporary section closure of Grampians Peaks Trail – Base of Mt Sturgeon through to Dunkeld (Section S4) Recent heavy rains have caused flash flood impacts in areas of Grampians Gariwerd National Park. The section of Grampians Peaks Trail from the base of Mt Sturgeon through to Dunkeld is impassable. Hikers can still access Mt Sturgeon. Hikers are rerouted into Dunkeld from Emergency Marker GNP244, heading north to the Mt Sturgeon car park. Hikers will then walk south into Dunkeld on the eastern side of Victoria Valley Road. Signage has been installed to guide hikers. This is a temporary rerouting and will be reassessed when water levels drop.
     
    Griffin Trail Head is Four-Wheel Drive access only 
     
    For park information, visitors can contact 13 1963 or they can visit Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap.
     

    Attachments: Grampians NP Road Report 01.12.2022 (165KB)

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