Bugiga and Barri Yalug 3-day Hike

time 3 days
distance 24.5 kilometres
type One way

Grade 4


Bugiga and Barri Yalug 3-day Hike

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

Travelling south from Halls Gap, the Bugiga and Barri Yalug 3-day hike takes in some of the most iconic natural attractions in the central Grampians such as Venus Baths, Grand Canyon, The Pinnacle, Sundial Peak and Mount Rosea. The track is an overall Grade 4 walk, suitable for most experienced hikers. Alternatively this area can be reached from the Tunnel Walk Trailhead via the Tunnel walk, Lake Bellfield track and connecting at Borough Huts Campground. All itineraries require a car shuffle from start to finish. If you only have one vehicle, please visit Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre for other pick-up or walk options.

Itinerary highlights

Ramble past boulders along the edge of Stony Creek then climb up through the Grand Canyon. Witness spectacular, panoramic views along the Mount William Range, Fyans Valley and dramatic cliff faces of Mount Rosea. Walk through wet sclerophyll forest, scramble over boulders and rocky outcrops. See heritage-protected, raised water fluming held up by dry stone pillars.

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.

When planning this incredible hike, read the important Grampians Peaks Trail Plan and Prepare Guide.

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Day one: (C1) Halls Gap to Bugiga Hike-in Campground (8.9km)

Start your journey from either your Halls Gap accommodation or Brambuk - The National Park and Cultural Centre. This section of the walk (C1 on GPT topographic map) involves stone staircases and footbridge crossings, following along Stony Creek towards the summit of The Pinnacle. There are impressive views from the Pinnacle all the way to Lake View Lookout. 

Day two: (C2) Bugiga Hike-in Campground to Barri Yalug Hike-in Campground (14.7km)

Leaving Bugiga Hike-in Campground, you will start the steady climb through tall forest towards Mount Rosea, the most northern peak in the Serra Range. The cliffs on Mount Rosea are some of the highest on the trail.  With a long descent that features a series of steep and windy steps to Borough Huts before reaching the Barri Yalug Hike-In Campground destination.

Day three: (C3) Barri Yalug Hike-in Campground to Barney Creek and Redman Road (800m)

Leave Barri Yalug Hike-in Campground and make your way down stone steps to cross Barney Creek and finish your walk at Redman Road Trailhead where you can meet a vehicle transfer back to Halls Gap. Ensure you organise this before your walk. The Grampians Peaks Trail then continues from here with the Duwul and Durd Durd 3-day hike to Seven Dials, Redman Bluff, Mount William (Duwul) and Durd Durd. If you are planning on staying longer to do more sections of the walk, you can add other itineraries to your booking. 

Bookings and itinerary information

This 3-day hike connects with other day walks and tracks to allow you to step on and off from various points throughout Gariwerd such as returning to Halls Gap, or adding an additional night at Borough Huts Campground. The trailhead for this itinerary is Halls Gap and access to the trail is signposted. Find out more about the central Grampians walks in the official map for Grampians Peaks Trail. You can find out how to get to Halls Gap via the map above.  All itineraries require a car shuffle from start to finish. If you only have one vehicle, please visit Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre for other pick-up or walk options.

Camping fees

The trail itself is free to hikers but camping fees apply to stay overnight. This itinerary includes two nights at two different, dedicated campgrounds: first night at Bugiga Hike-in Campground and second night at Barri Yalug Hike-in Campground. These are booked as an all-inclusive itinerary - all you need to do is choose the date of your first night to book. We recommend booking your 3-day hike well in advance of your planned departure to ensure there is tent pad availability at each campground.

The 3-day itinerary costs are:
$100.80 for up to two people on a 3.5m x 3.5m standard tent pad

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. The price for a standard tent pad for a 3-day/2-night hike is roughly $50 per night ($25 p/person if sharing) in camping fees for these unique, well-equipped hike-in campgrounds. These fees contribute towards the operation and maintenance of this unique hiking experience and helps to protect the enviornmental values of this heritage-listed national park.

Campground information

Both campgrounds have 3.5m x 3.5m timber tent platforms with steel chains that can be used to secure your tent. Additional guy rope may be needed for tent vestibules or tunnel style tents. Each campground has been individually designed the fit within the surrounding landscape. They feature an unpowered communal area for meal preparation, basic toilet facilities and water collection points. Mobile phone service is not available at Bugiga Hike-in Campground and along some sections of the walk. There is good service at Barri Yalug Hike-in Campground. The use of fuel stoves in all hiker camps is permitted but open campfires are not allowed. Please take your rubbish with you on the entire journey and dispose of it when you get home.

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How to get there

Bugiga and Barri Yalug 3-day Hike

From Melbourne (253km, 3hrs): Drive west on the Western Highway (A8) to Ararat. From Ararat take the Ararat-Halls Gap Road (C222) for 48km through Moyston, Pomonal and onto Halls Gap.

From Dunkeld (65km, 45mins): Leave Dunkeld village to the east on the Glenelg Highway (B160). Drive 200m and turn north onto Victoria Valley Road (C216). Drive 2.6km turn right on Grampians Tourist Road (C216) and follow for 62km to Halls Gap.


Need to know

Bugiga and Barri Yalug 3-day Hike

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

    Mountain Lion (Designated rock-climbing and bouldering area) – Temporary exclusion

    Mountain Lion (Designated rock-climbing and bouldering area) – Temporary exclusion
    Significant Aboriginal cultural values have recently been rediscovered at the Mountain Lion designated rock-climbing and bouldering area.

    While Parks Victoria and Gariwerd Traditional Owners determine a longer-term management response, and out of respect for this significant cultural landscape, visitors are requested to not access this area.

    The Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 protects Aboriginal cultural heritage and significant financial penalties apply for harm caused by individuals or corporate bodies.

    For more information please visit the FAQ Update at the Rock Climbing in Gariwerd link below.

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park - Bushfire Closures

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park - Bushfire Update 23.2.24
    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park was impacted by the Bellfield and Stapylton bushfires ignited by lightning on February 13th 2024. There are temporary closures in place in the vicinity of the fires. Visitors are asked to adhere to road and park closures as emergency services continue to work within these fire impacted areas.  
    Northern Grampians - Mt Stapylton Fire Area Closures
    Road Closures:
    ·      Mount Zero Road between Roses Gap Road nth to Mt Zero and Pohlners Road
    ·      Olive Plantation Road
    ·      Flat Rock Road
    ·      Pohlners Road
    ·      Link Track
    ·      Coppermine 4x4 track
    ·      Golton track
    All visitor sites north of Roses Gap Road including:
    ·      Mount Zero Carpark/Trailhead and walks
    ·      Grampians Peaks Trail - (N1) Mt Zero – (N2) Barigar
    ·      Hollow Mountain Carpark and walk, Gulgurn Manja art shelter, Summer Day Valley LTO rock-climbing area
    ·      Mount Stapylton area walks, Mt Stapylton Campground, Ngamadjidj Art Shelter
    ·      All rock-climbing areas around Hollow Mountain, Mt Stapylton and the Northern Mt Difficult Range (North of Roses Gap Road)
    ·      Golton Gorge Picnic Area
    ·      Coppermine 4X4 camp, Coppermine Group Camp
    Mt William Range/Halls Gap - Bellfield Fire Area Closures  
    ·      Redman Road
    ·      Mitchell Road
    ·      Closures already in place due to flood damage – Kalymna Falls and Kaylmna Falls Campground, Mt William picnic ground road.  
    ·      Tunnel Road, Tunnel rd carpark and walking track
    ·      Pomonal Fireline (MVO)
    ·      Bellfield Track
    ·      Terraces Fireline (From Tandara Road to Tunnel Track)
    The following areas re-opened Friday 23.2.24:
    ·      Boronia Peak walking track
    ·      Mount William and Major Mitchell Plateau
    ·      Grampians Peaks Trail - Duwul (C3) Durd Durd (C4)
    ·      Mount William Road
    ·      Mafeking Road
    ·      Mafeking Picnic Area
    ·      Emmet Road
    ·      Mount Difficult Road from Boroka Lookout to Lake Wartook
    ·      Mount Difficult (Gar) Visitor Area (Beehive Falls, Briggs Bluff, Mt Difficult, Waterfalls of Gar, Mt Difficult Overnight walk including Longpoint West)
    ·      Grampians Peaks Trail - Gar (N2) Werdug (N3)
    ·      Troopers Creek Campground
    Other areas re-opened previously:
    ·      Brambuk the National Park & Cultural Centre, Brambuk Wetlands Loop and Fyans Creek Loop, Venus Baths and Chatauqua Peak walks (Boronia Peak remains closed, as does Tunnel Walk)
    ·      Wonderland Range - Including Grampians Peaks Trail from Halls Gap to Barri Yalug 
    ·      Central Grampians between Halls Gap & Zumsteins along Mount Victory Road  
    ·      Heatherlie Quarry and Plantation Campground
    ·      Mount Rosea and Serra Range 
    ·      Victoria Range
    ·      Victoria Valley
    ·      Southern Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park from Jimmy Creek Road to Dunkeld, Including Grampians Peaks Trail between Jimmy Creek Rd to Dunkeld. 

    For further information about the closures, please visit Brambuk the National Park & Cultural Centre, or call (03) 8427 2258. For National Park Information visit www.parks.vic.gov.au, or for booking refunds email info@parks.vic.gov.au
    Please visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au for emergency updates, or free call 1800 226 226. Monitor the Emergency Vic app for alerts and warnings or listen to your local ABC radio stations for emergency broadcasts.

    Attachments: Grampians Gariwerd Park Closures (Stapylton and Bellfield Fires) 23.2.24 (731KB)

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