Duwul and Durd Durd 3-day Hike

time 3 days
distance 32.6 kilometres
type One way
Grade

Grade 5

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Duwul and Durd Durd 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

Traversing an exposed montane landscape and the highest mountains in the park, the very difficult Duwul and Durd Durd 3-day hike is an overall grade 5 track, suitable only for very fit and experienced hikers. All itineraries require a car shuffle from start to finish. If you only have one vehicle, see the GPT Licensed Tour Operators page for shuttle service options or contact Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre for more information.

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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Itinerary highlights

This itinerary has the greatest elevation of the trail and most challenging terrain, climbing to the Seven Dials, Redman Buff and Mount William (Duwul), the highest mountain in western Victoria. Experience a steep and rough descent into Boundary Gap and then a steep climb to Major Mitchell Plateau with some of the most spectacular views that are only accessible on foot. Refer to sections C3-C5 on GPT topographic map.

Day one: (C3) Redman Road to Duwul Hike-in Campground (13.1 kilometres)

This section of the walk has the greatest elevation change on the entire trail crossing Barney Creek at 320 metres and Redman Bluff at 1,017 metres with spectacular views of the Serra Range to the west. From Seven Dials, climb through rocky outlooks onto the ridgeline to the summit of Redman Bluff and continue from the summit downhill to the Duwul Hike-in Campground.

Day two: (C4) Duwul Hike-in Campground to Durd Durd Hike-in Campground (14.5 kilometres)

Climb to Mount William (Duwul) with 360 degree views across Gariwerd. Descend into Boundary Gap and then roam across the exposed Major Mitchell Plateau with fantastic views of the Serra Range and eastern side of the park, before going down the Plateau to camp at the  Durd Durd Hike-in Campground.

Day three: (C5) Durd Durd Hike-in Campground to Jimmy Creek Road (5.7 kilometres)

Begin the long descent to Jimmy Creek Road, with views of the Mount William Range and Serra Range. This section is fantastic for wildflowers. Keep an eye out for the red “spider flowers” of Flame Grevillia (Grevillia dimorpha) which are typically in bloom between April and November.

Bookings and itinerary information

This 3-day hike connects with Bugiga and Barri Yalug 3-day Hike to the north and the Yarram and Wannon 3-day hike in the south. There is also a walking track junction to Kalymna Campground. The trailhead for this itinerary is Redman Road (see map location below). Find out more about the central Grampians walks in the official map for Grampians Peaks Trail. 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 Duwul Hike-in Campground and second night at Durd Durd 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 cost is $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

Campgrounds have a mix of 3.5m x 3.5m timber tent platforms and granite sand pads 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 good at both campgrounds and on higher elevations with line of sight to Halls Gap and Pomonal communication towers. 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

Duwul and Durd Durd 3-day Hike

From Halls Gap (11.5km, 11mins): Drive south on Grampians Tourist Road (C216) for 10.4km. Turn left onto Redman Road and drive 1km to the trailhead.

From Dunkeld (55km, 40mins): 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 51.5km towards Halls Gap. Turn right onto Redman Road and drive 1km to the trailhead.

From Melbourne (265km, 3hrs 15mins): 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. Drive south from Halls Gap on Grampians Tourist Road (C216) for 10.4km. Turn left onto Redman Road and drive 1km to the trailhead.

Need to know

Duwul and Durd Durd 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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park - Bushfire Update

    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park - Bushfire Update
     
    Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park was impacted by the Bellfield and Stapylton bushfires ignited by lightning on February 13th 2024.  Temporary closures remain 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 Road Closures:
    ·      Mount Zero Road between Roses Gap Road nth to Mt Zero and Pohlners Road
    ·      Olive Plantation Road (at park boundary)
    ·      Flat Rock Road
    ·      Pohlners Road
    ·      Link Track
    ·      Coppermine 4x4 track
    ·      Golton track
     
    All visitor sites north of Roses Gap Road are closed including:
    ·      Mount Zero Carpark/Trailhead and walks
    ·      Grampians Peaks Trail - (N1) Mt Zero to (N2) Barigar Hike In Campground
    ·      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 Closures - 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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