Grampians Peaks Trail Overnight Hikes

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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

Hike during the day and camp 1-night under the stars to experience a little bit more of what the Grampians Peaks Trail has to offer. Choose from three 2-day hike options and explore the ancient, rugged landscape of Gariwerd. All itineraries require a car shuffle from start to finish. If you only have one vehicle, contact a Grampians Peaks Trail Licensed Tour Operator for transport services or visit Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre for other pick-up or hiking options.

 

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.

 

Barigar

This overnight hike takes in the dramatic Stapylton Amphitheatre with the magnificent orange wave of Taipan Wall, Bird Rock, Mt Stapylton, panoramic ridgeline walking, wildflowers, seasonal creeks and a hidden waterfall located not far from Barigar Hike-in Campground.

Grade: 4

Length: 16.0km  Day 1: 12.1km  Day 2:3.9km

Start: Mt Zero Picnic Area (N1 on GPT Topographic map)

Finish: Gar Trailhead (Roses Gap Road)

Pick up and drop off: Short vehicle shuffle between Mt Zero Picnic Area and Gar Trailhead or arrange a bus transfer with Licensed Tour Operator. 45min round trip.

How to get there: From Melbourne (290km, 3hrs and 15mins), drive west on the Western Highway (A8) through Ararat, Stawell and Dadswells Bridge to Wonwondah-Dadswells Bridge Road. Turn left and follow for 6.4km to Winfields Road (unsealed), turn left and follow for 1.2km to Mt Zero Road (unsealed), turn left and follow for 2.2km to Mt Zero Picnic Area.


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Bugiga

Start the morning in Halls Gap before traversing the Wonderland and northern section of the Serra Ranges on this overnight hike. Follow the cascading Stony Creek upstream through the Grand Canyon, climb to the Pinnacle and continue along the trail to camp below Mt Rosea at Bugiga Hike-in Campground. Wander through tall forest to rocky outcrops and incredible views on Mt Rosea, then take the long descent to the finishing point at Borough Huts Campground.

Grade: 4

Length: 22.3km  Day 1: 9km  Day 2: 13.3km

Start: Halls Gap (C1 on GPT Topographic map)

Finish: Borough Huts Campground (C2)

Pick up and drop off: Short vehicle shuffle from Borough Huts Campground back to Halls Gap or arrange a bus transfer with Licensed Tour Operator.

How to get there:

  • 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.

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Mud-Dadjug

Starting from Cassidy Gap Road, hike uphill through rocky shrubland before climbing up to Signal Peak and across escarpments to the rocky exposed summit of Mt Abrupt (Mud-Dadjug). Enjoy sweeping views across the Serra Range and Southern Grampians, before camping at Mud-Dadjug. On the second day cross over Bainggug (The Piccaninny) and take the steady climb up Mt Sturgeon (Wurgarri) before descending down the rocky slope to meander through an open Red Gum woodland. Cross bridges and follow directional signage into the small town of Dunkeld.

Map of the Mud-dadjug overnight hike

Grade: Grade 4

Length: 22.1 km  Day 1: 7.3km  Day 2: 14.8km

Start: Cassidy Gap Road. Limited parking available, drop offs are encouraged.

Finish: Dunkeld

Pick up and drop off: Short vehicle shuffle between Dunkeld and Cassidy Gap Road or arrange a transfer with a Licensed Tour Operator. 15min round trip.

How to get there:

  • From Melbourne (273km, 3hrs 20mins): Drive west on the Western Highway (M8) to Ballarat. From Ballarat take the Glenelg Highway (B160) west to Dunkeld. Turn north onto Victoria Valley Road (C216). Drive 2.6km and turn right on Grampians Tourist Road (C216) to Halls Gap. Drive 7.6km then turn left onto Cassidy Gap Road. Drive three minutes to the GPT trail crossing.
  • From Dunkeld (10.8km, 13mins): Leave Dunkeld village to the east on the Glenelg Highway (B160). Drive 200m and turn north onto Victoria Valley Road (C216). Drive 2.6km and turn right on Grampians Tourist Road (C216) to Halls Gap. Drive 7.6km then turn left onto Cassidy Gap Road. Drive three minutes along the dirt road to the GPT trail crossing.
  • From Halls Gap (54.5km, 40mins): Drive south on Grampians Tourist Road (C216) towards Dunkeld. After 54km turn right onto Cassidy Gap Road. Drive three minutes along the dirt road to the GPT trail crossing.

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Grampians Peaks Trail Experiences

Find out more about other options for hiking experiences along the Grampians Peaks Trail.
Two friends walk along the track south of Redmans Bluff with views of the Serra Range in the background on central section 3 of the GPT

Grampians Peaks Trail

The Grampians Peaks Trail (160km) is a world-class 13-day hiking experience from Mt Zero in the north, through Halls Gap and finishing at Dunkeld. It can also be completed in shorter sections.
A group of walkers head along the trail in front of Gar on norther section 2 of the GPT

Gar and Werdug 3-day Hike

A rugged, rocky adventure with steep climbs and panoramic views in the Northern Peaks of the Grampians.
The view, from inside a tent, of a women sitting nest to a tent at Bugiga Hiker Camp on the Grampians Peaks Trail

Bugiga and Barri Yalug 3-day Hike

Start the morning in Halls Gap before traversing the Central Peaks of Wonderland and Serra Ranges. Day one follows the cascading Stony Creek upstream to the Grand Canyon.
A man sets up his tent at Duwal hiker camp at the end of central section 3 on the GPT

Duwul and Durd Durd 3-day Hike

Climbing through the Central Peaks, this tough walk traverses an exposed montane landscape and the highest mountains in the Grampians National Park.
The view of the Serra Range which is traversed on Southern Section 2 of the Grampians Peaks Trail

Yarram and Wannon 3-day Hike

This secluded walk in the Southern Peaks of the Grampians explores previously untracked terrain on the southern reaches of the Mt William Range.
A man passes a cup of tea to his partner at their tent set up below the communal shelter at Djardji-Djawara Hiker camp on southern section 2 of the GPT

Djardji-djawara and Mud-dadjug 3-day Hike

Scenic ridgeline and mountain walking all the way to Dunkeld, as you wander across the Southern Grampians skyline.

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.

Need to know

Overnight Hikes

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

    Grampians Gariwerd National Park Update 1.12.2022

    Grampians Gariwerd National Park has been affected by heavy rainfall and flash flooding in the past month. Multiple roads and visitor sites are temporarily closed until floodwaters recede and sites can be assessed as safe. Visitor movement around the National Park is restricted due to road closures. Tree-fall may be an ongoing issue with wet soils and strong winds.
     
    Major Road Closures (due to flood water or damaged crossings)

    • Mt Victory Road is open. For more information, visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au and search ‘Mt Victory Road Halls Gap’, call 133 788 
    -          Glenelg River Road is closed in sections
    -          Lodge Road is closed
    -          Rose creek road is closed
    -          Multiple other roads and tracks in the north end of Victoria Valley
    -          Mitchell Road – closed
    -          Serra road – closed
    -          Glenelg river road south – open
    -          Mt Difficult road is open – 4WD only
    **See latest road report for full road and track details at the bottom of this page

    Key Visitor Sites impacted by walking track closure

    • Mackenzie Falls: Access to the Eastern Rock Shelf (across the steppingstones) at Mackenzie Falls is not open. Visitors can still access the walking track through to Fish Falls and Zumsteins
    • The Silverband Falls temporary closure is still in place due to flood damage. Visitors can access Clematis Falls and the Venus Baths loop as an alternative.
     
    Current Campground closures due to closed roads
     
    -          Boreang Campground is closed
    -          Kalymna Campground is closed
     
    Grampians Peaks Trail
    Flash flooding has impacted many creek crossings, some are currently impassable, many have fast flowing water and deep channels. Some roads are temporarily closed surrounding the trail, so support services are not available in some areas. Weather conditions remain wet with strong winds.
     
    Grampians Peaks Trail sites impacted by closures:


    Temporary section closure of Grampians Peaks Trail – Base of Mt Sturgeon through to Dunkeld (Section S4) Recent heavy rains have caused flash flood impacts in areas of Grampians Gariwerd National Park. The section of Grampians Peaks Trail from the base of Mt Sturgeon through to Dunkeld is impassable. Hikers can still access Mt Sturgeon. Hikers are rerouted into Dunkeld from Emergency Marker GNP244, heading north to the Mt Sturgeon car park. Hikers will then walk south into Dunkeld on the eastern side of Victoria Valley Road. Signage has been installed to guide hikers. This is a temporary rerouting and will be reassessed when water levels drop.
     
    Griffin Trail Head is Four-Wheel Drive access only 
     
    For park information, visitors can contact 13 1963 or they can visit Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap.
     

    Attachments: Grampians NP Road Report 01.12.2022 (165KB)

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