Grampians Peaks Trail

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Grampians Peaks Trail

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.

Barengi Gadjin Land Council

Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation

Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

The spectacular Grampians Peaks Trail (160km) is a challenging 13-day/12-night hiking experience through a variety of terrain in the Grampians National Park (Gariwerd). Starting at Mt Zero in the north and heading south, the trail passes over the summit of Gar (Mt Difficult), continues through Halls Gap with hiking highlights including Redman Bluff, Mount William, Major Mitchell Plateau, Signal Peak, Mt Abrupt, Mt Sturgeon (and more!) before reaching Dunkeld in the south.

 

Stay at unique hike-in campgrounds along the trail, climb dramatic mountain peaks with panoramic views and hike along rugged rocky ridgelines. Experience a rich diversity of flora and fauna and the ancient Aboriginal culture of Gariwerd. The trail caters for a variety of hiking styles, from self-guided walkers and groups to school groups and fully-facilitated hikes with a Licensed Tour Operator.

Read the article, '7 Things You Need To Know About Hiking The Grampians Peaks Trail' by Laura Waters - long distance hiker and author, in Ultralight Hiker.

We want parks to be open and accessible and the Grampians Peaks Trail is free for anyone to walk on it, no charge. And there are some sections that can be done as day walks. The 11 hike-in campgrounds have a charge, as do all bookable campsites in parks. These hike-in campgrounds are in very remote locations, you're not near a busy road or carpark, so you feel the reward of being deep inside the national park. They have been built with a good level of amenity that is well designed, sympathetic to the landscape and sustainable. As such, they are priced higher for the value they provide. See the fees and charges schedule for more information on pricing.

Whilst the hike-in campgrounds along the Grampians Peaks Trail offer a unique, remote and convenient hiking experience along the trail there is a large network of walking trails and campgrounds throughout the park. We recommend this only for experienced hikers and ensure you have the latest Grampians Peaks Trail topographic maps in order to plan your hiking adventure (see details below in 'Plan and prepare' section).     

As it’s a challenging Grade 4/Grade 5 long-distance hike, most people will prefer to do it as shorter 3-day/2-night sections, making it more accessible (easier to do) and more affordable (less of a cost outlay). It is important that all hikers are experienced, prepared and have a good fitness level if attempting sections of the trail.

Water safety

For your safety, having enough water along the Grampians Peaks Trail for hydration and cooking is so important. Our water information and availability page includes the locations (with latitude and longitude references) of serviced water tanks. All water tanks along the trail are untreated. So you need a safe way to treat water for drinking.

Plan and prepare

Before setting off, read the important Plan and Prepare Guide and visit Brambuk - The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap for topographic maps and speak to knowledgeable staff for the latest park information. You can also order Grampians Peaks Trail topographic maps over the phone from Brambuk, call 8427 2058 (open 9am-5pm daily; except Christmas Day).

Thumbnails of three map covers for Grampians Peaks Trail

See video below on tips to best-experience the Grampians Peaks Trail including highlights of the amazing views and incredible landscapes.

 

 

Choose your Grampians Peaks Trail journey

Grampians Peaks Trail is best experienced hiking in a north to south direction. Whilst most of the trail is classified as a very challenging Grade 4 hike, there are a variety of ways to walk the trail based on fitness, experience and how much time you have.
Grampians Peaks Trail Full Trail Map

Full trail map

Plan your journey using the complete map of the Grampians Peaks Trail.
Four friends looking up at the surrounding scenery during their hike at Mount Stapylton

Day walks

Day walks are a great way to try smaller sections of the trail. Choose from some of our favourites in northern, central and southern Grampians.
Walking through the Wonderland Range on Central Section 1 of the Grampians Peaks Trail

Overnight Hikes

Choose from two different 2-day hikes available and explore the trail that little bit further.
A group stops for a drink below the summit of the Gar

3-day hikes

For the more adventurous, choose from our range of suggested 3-day hike itineraries
Walking through the Wonderland Range on Central Section 1 of the Grampians Peaks Trail

4-day+ hikes

Add individual overnight and 3-day itineraries together to create your preferred hiking adventure. Start by choosing a 3-day hike and add to it.
A group near the summit of Mount Rosea on Central Section 2 of the Grampians Peaks Trail

Full Grampians Peaks Trail (north to south)

If you’re bold and committed to completing this 13-day/12-night hike, you will have an unforgettable adventure and be rewarded with some of the best hiking trails and panoramic views in Australia

Enhance your Grampians Peaks Trail experience

A group near the summit of Mount Rosea on Central Section 2 of the Grampians Peaks Trail

GPT Licensed Tour Operators

Local knowledge makes all the difference when planning your ideal hiking experience. Grampians Peaks Trail tour operators offer a range of services for hikers including guided tours, transport, camping equipment hire and food provision.

Northern Peaks Experience (Huts)

The Grampians Peaks Trail provides hikers with the option of staying in eco-friendly hiker huts on the Northern Peaks’ (Gar and Werdug) two-night itinerary.
A group of hikers in the Northern section of the Grampians Peaks Trail

GPT school and group information

Schools, including clubs and independent groups, wishing to undertake the Grampians Peaks Trail have the option of walking and camping on trail or camping off trail in designated group camps or private accommodation nearby.

Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre

Before setting off on your Grampians Peaks Trail hike, visit Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap for topographical maps and speak to knowledgeable staff for the latest park information.
Two friends take in the view from Boroka Lookout at sunset.

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How to get there

Grampians Peaks Trail

The Grampians Peaks Trail runs from the northern point of the Grampians National Park (near Dadswells Bridge) to the southern point of the park (at Dunkeld). It is located in Western Victoria, a three-hour (260km) drive from Melbourne and a five-hour (460km) drive from Adelaide. The central Grampians is easily accessed from the villages of Halls Gap and Wartook and is a scenic day trip from the regional towns of Hamilton, Horsham, Stawell and Ararat. It is also a key destination on the internationally renowned Great Southern Touring Route.

Need to know

Grampians Peaks Trail

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to do the full 160km hike?
    No, there are lots of ways you can experience the Grampians Peaks Trail! Create your ideal experience and choose from various length hikes ranging from day walks to one-night and multi-day hikes through to the full 13-days/12-nights. Scroll up on this page to see the various trip itineraries available.
  • How difficult is the Grampians Peaks Trail?
    The Grampians Peaks Trail is a challenging long-distance hike. Most sections of the trail are classified as Grade 4, however, some sections vary from Grade 3 to Grade 5. The trail has been assessed along the full length, however surface changes due to weather impacts may at times make some sections of walk more difficult. It is important that all hikers are experienced, prepared and have a good fitness level if attempting the trail.
  • How much does it cost to hike the Grampians Peaks Trail?

    We want parks to be open and accessible and there is no charge to hike the Grampians Peaks Trail. Some sections of the trail can be done as day walks for free. While the hike itself is free, the 11 hike-in campgrounds do have a charge, as do all bookable campsites in parks. These hike-in campgrounds are in very remote locations, you're not near a busy road or carpark, so you feel the reward of being deep inside the national park. They have been built with a good level of amenity, are well designed, sympathetic to the landscape and sustainable. As such, they are priced higher for the value they provide.

    The majority of hikers will do shorter sections of the trail rather than the full hike, making it more accessible (easier to do) and more affordable (less of a cost outlay).

    See the fees and charges schedule for more information on pricing.

  • Why are the overnight camping fees higher than other campgrounds in the park?

    The cost of camping contributes to the operation and maintenance of this outstanding experience and to protect this heritage-listed national park.

    Total costs are dependent on the number of nights hikers stay, with the majority of hikers expected to walk shorter itineraries, rather than the full 12 night/13 days.

    Each hike-in campground is uniquely designed to be sympathetic with the natural environment with excellent amenities for a great experience for hikers. They all include basic toilet facilities, untreated water tanks and some have an unpowered communal shelter or gathering area for meal preparation. They are in remote locations, therefore the cost to maintain and service the campgrounds is higher than other campgrounds. The booking cost reflects this.

    The majority of walkers will do shorter itineraries, rather than the full walk, making it more accessible (easier to do) and more affordable (less of a cost outlay).

    See the fees and charges schedule for more information on pricing.

  • Why do some campgrounds have a different level of service but the same price?

    The pricing of campgrounds is calculated along the full length of the trail, rather than by individual campground. Service costs are taken into account when calculating the price structure. The cost to service a campground relates not just to the level of facilities it offers, but also to its location. Some campsites with a lower level of facilities are in more remote areas which increases the cost to service them.

  • Where is water available on the trail?

    Untreated water is available at tanks at campgrounds and trailheads. Hikers must have a reliable and easy way to treat water for drinking. Each hiker should carry at least 3 to 4 litres per day.

    Further information on the precise locations of water tanks is available on the specific trail section and campground information on the Parks Victoria website.

  • Why can’t I book to walk from south to north?

    To manage the number of people on the trail camping bookings can only be made from north to south. This reduces any potential congestion on the track and at campgrounds and creates a less crowded experience.

    Walking north to south is also the best way to experience Grampians Peaks Trail. Many of the key features of the landscape unexpectedly and dramatically reveal themselves to the walker when travelling in this direction.

  • Why do I have to book all nights in a set itinerary? Ie: I can’t skip a night if I’m choosing to do a longer day and combine sections of the trail

    In order to enable people to book camping along the entire trail, we’ve needed to set-up the booking system in blocks, otherwise there would be too many single-night gaps that would make it difficult for other people to book their hiking trip.

  • Can I do the Grampians Peaks Trail and choose other campgrounds within the national park to stay at?
    Hikers along overnight sections of the Grampians Peaks Trail must use bookable campgrounds to ensure visitor numbers are managed and the natural landscape protected. For experienced hikers and people who are very familiar with Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park it is possible to hike large sections of the trail and stay at other bookable campgrounds in the park. These campgrounds require you to walk further distance as they’re not located directly on the Grampians Peaks Trail and they may not have the same level of amenities or remote location, however, they are less expensive.
  • On the suggested full Grampians Peaks Trail itinerary, day 4 ends in Halls Gap, and then day 5 begins by walking to Bugiga. Is there a campsite for the end of day 4 walk?

    No. With many accommodation options in Haps Gap and limited practical options to build new campsites within the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, it is required that walkers book separate accommodation or camping in Halls Gap for night 4. For help in booking 1-night accommodation in Halls Gap go to Visit Grampians (during weekends and peak times some hotels in Halls Gap have a 2-night minimum stay).

  • I plan on doing the full trail, but I want to have an extra break in Halls Gap. How do I book this?

    It’s a great idea, as it not only gives you an extra rest day in Halls Gap but it will make booking accommodation in Halls Gap easier as some places have a 2-night minimum stay on weekends and peak times. To do this, you’ll need to build your hike using the overnight and 3-day hike itineraries.

    For the first part of journey:

    Start by booking the Barigar Overnight Hike. You can find this on the Overnight Hikes page. You will have the option to add more itineraries to your booking. Add the Gar and Werdug 3-day hike to your itinerary. Remember to start this 3-day itinerary on the same day you finish the previous itinerary.

    For the second part of your journey:

    Add the Bugiga and Barri Yalug 3-day hike for the date you’d like to restart your hike following your break in Halls Gap. Add the subsequent itineraries to your booking to complete the trail: Duwul and Durd Durd 3-day hike, Yarram to Wannon 3-day hike and Djardji-djawarra and Mud-dadjug 3-day hike. Remember to start each 3-day itinerary on the same day you finish the previous itinerary.

    This can all be done in one transaction. The cost of the hike will be the same as booking the full GPT itinerary. If you have any questions, call our Customer Service Team on 13 1963 who can help with your booking.

  • Why can’t I book a hut? The system won’t let me

    The huts at Gar and Werdug make up the Grampians Peaks Trail’s Northern Peaks Experience. The huts are only available to book by Licensed Tour Operators who are licensed to run facilitated walks on the trail.

    To learn more about the various walking experiences on offer for the huts, please contact the Licensed Tour Operators directly. See more details of Licensed Tour Operators operating the Northern Peaks Experience.

  • Who can I contact to organise a guided walk, provide transport to start/end the hike and food?

    There are several Licensed Tour Operators that offer products from fully guided experiences, to shuttle services and hiker support. See the Licensed Tour Operators page on the GPT section of the Parks Victoria website for a list of Licensed Tour Operators for the Grampians Peaks Trail.

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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2022

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

  • Grand Canyon Loop Walk (Grampians National Park)

    Grand Canyon Staircase Closure

    A steel staircase located at the south-eastern exit of the Grand Canyon is closed due to an engineering issue. The Grand Canyon remains open as a return walk from the Wonderland Carpark. The Pinnacle walk remains open via the canyon bypass walking track. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Mt Victory Road closure from October 3, 2022

    Grampians National Park Update
     
    Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) are closing a section of Mt Victory Road in the Grampians National Park for up to three weeks from 3rd October 2022 for major works. 

    Mt Victory Road closure from October 3, 2022
    • Mt Victory Road will temporarily close between Wonderland Road and Silverband Road intersections during rock removal and earthwork activities.
    • All vehicles will be detoured via the Western Highway.
    • Access to Boroka and Reeds Lookouts, Mackenzie Falls and Lake Wartook is from the Northern end of the Grampians. 
    • If visitors do choose to detour this closure using unsealed roads within the park, please note that these roads are very slippery and rough due to on-going wet weather.  Parks Victoria recommends 4WD vehicles on unsealed roads during the closure.
    • Access to Wonderland Carpark will be available from Halls Gap, however this carpark will be extremely busy with limited parking. Parks Victoria recommends that caravans and large buses should not enter this area due to limited parking and turning space
    • For further information on walking in the Grampians National Park or how to access other areas in the park during these works, please call into Brambuk the National Park Centre in Halls Gap or a local Visitor Information Centre.
    Once earthworks are complete, Mt Victory Road will reopen to one lane as crews continue work. Traffic management will be in place to safely guide vehicles through the site in both directions. Delays are expected. The realignment works are expected to be completed by mid-December 2022. Please plan ahead when travelling and visit Regional Roads Victoria website for further project information.
     
    For ongoing updates about these changes, please visit the Regional Roads Victoria page  https://regionalroads.vic.gov.au/map/grp_resurface_fye22/mt-victory-road-halls-gap

    Attachments: Mt Victory Road Detour Mapping_Digital (1,842KB)

    Mt Victory Road closure from October 3, 2022

    Grampians National Park Update
     
    Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) are closing a section of Mt Victory Road in the Grampians National Park for up to three weeks from 3rd October 2022 for major works. 

    Mt Victory Road closure from October 3, 2022
    • Mt Victory Road will temporarily close between Wonderland Road and Silverband Road intersections during rock removal and earthwork activities.
    • All vehicles will be detoured via the Western Highway.
    • Access to Boroka and Reeds Lookouts, Mackenzie Falls and Lake Wartook is from the Northern end of the Grampians. 
    • If visitors do choose to detour this closure using unsealed roads within the park, please note that these roads are very slippery and rough due to on-going wet weather.  Parks Victoria recommends 4WD vehicles on unsealed roads during the closure.
    • Access to Wonderland Carpark will be available from Halls Gap, however this carpark will be extremely busy with limited parking. Parks Victoria recommends that caravans and large buses should not enter this area due to limited parking and turning space
    • For further information on walking in the Grampians National Park or how to access other areas in the park during these works, please call into Brambuk the National Park Centre in Halls Gap or a local Visitor Information Centre.
    Once earthworks are complete, Mt Victory Road will reopen to one lane as crews continue work. Traffic management will be in place to safely guide vehicles through the site in both directions. Delays are expected. The realignment works are expected to be completed by mid-December 2022. Please plan ahead when travelling and visit Regional Roads Victoria website for further project information.
     
    For ongoing updates about these changes, please visit the Regional Roads Victoria page  https://regionalroads.vic.gov.au/map/grp_resurface_fye22/mt-victory-road-halls-gap

    Attachments: Mt Victory Road Detour Mapping_Digital (1,842KB)

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