We have made changes to the Grampians Peaks Trail (GPT) experience and booking system. It is now easier to book and there is more flexibility in how you can hike the trail.

The improvements give hikers the ability to:

  • Hike in either direction - north-to-south (recommended) or south-to-north
  • Start at more points along the GPT to enable more 2-day/1-night hikes
  • Skip a hike-in campground to hike longer distances in a single day
  • Add extra rest day(s) in Halls Gap (if hiking through)
  • Book easily using an interactive map (rather than by set itineraries)

With the trail open for more almost two years, we have listened to hikers’ feedback and better understand patterns of use.

If you’ve already booked your GPT hike and would like to make changes as described above, please call our Customer Service team on 13 1963 and they will make these changes (dependent on availability). Please note, we will be making further small changes to this ‘beta’ version of the new ‘trip planner’ function over the coming weeks. The booking system is now open until 6 October 2024.

Is it okay to combine multiple day sections?

In planning your hike, despite some day sections being relatively short distances on paper, the elevation change, track surface in sections and exposed terrain can make it significantly harder and slower than other long-distance hikes in Australia. (Tip: one flight of stairs is approx. 3m of elevation gain). While you can now combine hiking sections of the trail and skip a hike-in campground when booking your hike, we do not recommend it. Only very experienced and very fit hikers should think about this option. Enjoy your time in nature, take the optional side trips described on the official GPT maps and make the most of this incredible hiking experience.

Does it matter in which direction I hike the GPT?

The GPT was designed to be hiked in a north-to-south direction. This provides hikers with the best views. However, you can now choose to hike the GPT in either direction and hike longer days if you are very experienced and fit.

The GPT can be done in full (13-days/12-nights) or you can choose to do shorter walks. The sections are:

  • North (Mt Zero Trailhead to Halls Gap): steep climbs (Grade 4), incredible views, little shade, well equipped hike-in campgrounds
  • Central (Halls Gap to Yarram Hike-in Campground): most difficult terrain (Grade 5), feels more remote, basic amenities at hike-in campgrounds
  • South (Yarram Hike-in Campground to Dunkeld): more gentle terrain (mostly Grades 4, some Grade 2 and 3), great views, mix of amenity levels at hike-in campgrounds

There are shorter 2-day/1-night hikes for each of the hike-in campgrounds (see Overnight hikes page) and Day walks for those who want to get a small taste of this world-class hiking trail.

We strongly recommend you read the GPT hiking tips and purchase an official GPT Topographic Map from Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre, Halls Gap and other visitor information outlets in the region.

The GPT Trip Planner

We’ve developed a GPT Trip Planner to help you book the following:

If you have any questions, call our Customer Service Team on 13 1963 and they can help you with your booking. Whilst we continue to test this new trip planner, you can also email feedback to info@parks.vic.gov.au with the Subject Line: GPT Trip Planner Feedback.

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