Grampians National Park - South

Grampians National Park - South


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.

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.
The view from inside a tent, looking out to the grassy landscape and cloudy sky.

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 Eastern Grey Kangaroos stare straight down the camera lens.

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 Peaks Trail - Borough Huts to Halls Gap (Grampians National Park)

    Grampians Peaks Trail - Important information update

    Grampians Peaks Trail - Important information updates
    The most reliable source of water on Grampians Peaks Trail are the serviced water tanks located at trailheads and road access points/ road crossings.  These tanks are marked on the topographic map and are serviced regularly by Parks Victoria. This water is untreated so may require further treatment by walkers.
    Water at hike-in campgrounds, if available, is generally supplied for extra cooking and hand washing supply at camp and is untreated. When rainfall is minimal, water supply at hike-in campgrounds cannot be guaranteed. It is important that walkers fill up at serviced trailheads or road crossings prior to undertaking each overnight section of the walk. 
    Serviced GPT Water Tanks - Trailheads
    Mt Zero Picnic Area
    54H 622593 E 5916314 N
    Coppermine Track Crossing
    54H 626028 E 5912465 N
    Gar (Roses Gap Road) Trail Head
    54H 627470 E 5906120 N
    Mt Difficult Road Crossing (North)
    Redman Road Crossing
    54H 637531 E 5878975 N
    Mt William Rd 2
    54H 640566 E 5873211 N
    Mt William Summit (Install by Jan 30)
    54H 641994 E 5871285 N
    Jimmy Creek Rd Crossing
    54H 634182 E 5862766 N
    Yarram Gap Rd Crossing
    54H 631094 E 5854728 N
    Griffin Trailhead
    54H 624362 E 5848912 N
    Dunkeld Reservoir Road Crossing
    54H 618375 E 5835899 N
    Sturgeon MVO Road Crossing
    54H 617081 E 5835321 N
    Please note current changes to some marked water sources:
    ·       N2 –Gar Trailhead: Water levels are low at Gar hike-in campground. Fill with enough water at Gar Trailhead (Roses Gap Road) to get through to Mt Difficult Road crossing (north), just north of Werdug Hike in campground Grid Reference: 54H 632908 E 5896505 N
    ·       N4 - Lake Wartook Lookout: Water tank is not installed as marked on map edition 1 at Lake Wartook Lookout car park. To get you through to Halls Gap, fill up at ‘Mt Difficult Road crossing' (North) Grid Reference: 54H 632908 E 5896505 N.
    ·       C4 - Mt William Carpark: Water tank not installed at car park as marked on map edition 1. Fill up at Mt William Rd access 2 Grid Ref: 54H 640566 E 5873211 N. Emergency marker GNP 228. New tank to be installed at Mt William summit within next fortnight.
    ·       S1 - Yarram Hike-in Campground:  Water tank at campground currently empty. Before walking this section, fill with water at Jimmy Creek Road Crossing Grid ref: 54H 634182 E 5862766 N. Next available water is at Yarram Gap Road crossing.
    ·       S3 - Mud-dadjug Hike-in Campground: Water tank at campground currently empty. Prior to walking into Mud-dadjug hike in campground, fill up with extra water at Djardji-djawara hike in campground. Next available water is at the Dunkeld Reservoir road crossing south of Mt Abrupt (Mud-Dadjug) Grid Ref: 54H 618375 E 5835899 N.

    *Changes will be made to the topographic maps to represent these locations in the next edition. 

    For further information please contact Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre Halls Gap, Phone 8427 2058, or

  • Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre (Grampians National Park, Brambuk - The National Park and Cultural Centre Park)

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park- Road Access Report

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park road access report update

    Attachments: Grampians NP Road Report - 14.1.2022 (170KB)

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park- Road Access Report

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park road access report update

    Attachments: Grampians NP Road Report - 14.1.2022 (170KB)

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park Access Update

    National Park Access updates 

    Attachments: Grampians National Park Access Update 18th January 2022 (242KB)

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park Road Access Report

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park: Road Access Update Report

    Attachments: Grampians NP Road Report - 20.1.2022 (167KB)

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