Grampians Peaks Trail

For information about walking the Grampians Peaks Trail, visit www.grampianspeakstrail.com.au


The project

The Grampians Peaks Trail (GPT) project is a 160km, world-class natural and cultural walking experience that will be fully completed in December 2020.

The first stage of the project, in the central area, opened to the public in 2015. Construction is well-underway in the northern and southern Grampians.

Once finished, the GPT will include 12 campsites (11 hike-in camps and one group camp) and be accessible for people to experience the Grampians National Park through day walks, overnight sections, or as one 13-day journey.

See the GPT overview map (PDF) and the indicative hiker camp design:

Grampians Peaks Trail illustrative hiker camp design 


Project funding

  • $20.2 million from the State Government funding
  • $10 million from the Commonwealth Government through Horsham city Rural Council

Project benefits

The GPT will bring opportunities well beyond the walk itself, with the trail being an important economic and tourism development opportunity for the local community, the region and Victoria as a key nature-based tourism destination.

The GPT will showcase one of Victoria’s most significant environmental and cultural landscapes, providing visitors with an experience rich in the Aboriginal culture of the Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung peoples, who have lived in these ranges for thousands of years.

During construction and final operation of the project, around 175 direct and indirect jobs are expected to be associated with the trail, with ongoing opportunities for Traditional Owner corporations and licensed tour operators.

By 2025, up to 34,000 walkers are set to experience the wonders of the national park, generating more than $6 million of economic benefit and tourism development opportunities for the region.


Community engagement and project management

Parks Victoria has undertaken significant community and Traditional Owner consultation on the design and implementation of the GPT, both in the lead-up to and following development of a 2014 Master Plan.

Engagement with community is continuing, with regular project updates, drop-in sessions and stakeholder briefings. This year, Parks Victoria will hold a further three rounds of community information drop-in sessions at locations around the Grampians. 

Anyone with an interest in the project can stay in-touch with engagement opportunities by registering their interest at: gpt@parks.vic.gov.au 

Parks Victoria is also working closely with local and state government stakeholders, including its project partners: Regional Development Victoria, Horsham Rural City Council, Southern Grampians Council, Ararat City Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council, and Grampians Tourism.

The project is driven by a formal governance structure under the auspices of a Project Steering Committee, and is being led by a Project Management Team engaged by Parks Victoria.

All statutory compliance requirements have been considered and met during the planning phases of the GPT project, and planning permits have been issued by the three local government authorities: Northern Grampians Shire Council, Ararat Rural City Council, Southern Grampians Shire Council.  


Environmental and cultural heritage management

Building a trail of this scale in a national park is complex and requires detailed site planning to ensure the natural and Aboriginal cultural values of the Grampians National Park continue to be protected and conserved. 

The alignment of the track has been mapped out in partnership with Traditional Owners and conservation scientists, and complies with all necessary environmental and cultural heritage assessments.

The following approvals have been received for construction of the GPT:

  • Cultural Heritage Management Plan 
  • Permission to remove vegetation under the Environment, Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act
  • Local Government Planning Permit from Northern Grampians Shire Council, Southern Grampians Shire Council and Ararat Rural City Council
  • Permission to establish a new walking track within the Major Mitchell remote natural area (National Park Act 1975)
  • Integrated land use agreement with the Gariwerd Native Title Clam Group. 

Documents and information 


FAQs

Who is the walk targeted to?

The Grampians Peaks Trail aims to cater for a wide range of walkers with a diversity of walk preferences and varying capabilities.  

Most of the trail will be Grade 4 walk with steep climbs and descents, while some sections of walk may be slightly flatter and easier at around a Grade 3 walk.

There will be water collection points along the trail, however hikers should be self-sufficient and take their rubbish with them.

The trail will also be set up to cater for larger groups like schools.


What will be the cost to walk the Grampians Peaks Trail?

There will be no charge to walk the trail. Camping fees will apply for overnight hikers, as we do for other camp sites within the park.

Booking for the Bugiga hiker camp is available on the Grampians Peaks Trail page of our website. Additional hiker camps will be opening in 2020.


What will people be able to see and do?

While enjoying the benefits of being active in nature, people on the GPT will experience the natural beauty of the Grampians National Park. 

The heritage-listed park is dotted with spectacular natural features, such as rocky peaks and outcrops, gorges and gullies, waterfalls, forests and lakes – a landscape that protects threatened native animals, one-third of Victoria’s flora, and the majority of Aboriginal rock art in Victoria.

Interpretation signage along the GPT will help hikers to learn more about the area’s Aboriginal cultural heritage and provide information about the national park’s incredible environmental values.


When will it be finished?

The full 160km walk will be completed in December 2020. A 36km section in the central Grampians is already open to the public.


What will the impact on the environment be?

Some of the Grampians Peaks Trail will be built along the same route as sections of existing trail, which will see upgrades to eroded and damaged sections of track. These upgrades will include drainage where needed and works to better stabilise the track, which will encourage walkers to use the designated Trail and not harm the surrounding environment by walking off-path to avoid damaged sections. These works will also strengthen the track and improve its durability, meaning it will require less maintenance.

The new sections of trail will be subject to rigorous approval processes such as those under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act and all approvals are anticipated to be received in the coming months. Parks Victoria is also currently working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to finalise where native vegetation removal offsetting will take place – in the Grampians or another part of the Parks Victoria estate.


Will there be many impacts to visitors while the Trail is being built?

As some of the Trail involves upgrading current sections of track, it is likely there will be interim closures throughout construction for both the safety of workers and walkers alike.

These closures may involve closing whole tracks, portions of track or multiple areas at once. The logistics of these works are currently being developed.

Parks Victoria provide updates and information, regarding track closures to allow works to be completed safely. Visit the Grampians National Park page for the latest conditions. 


What permits and approvals have been sought?

The permit process is progressing for the removal of vegetation under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act with a Native Vegetation Counterbalance Offset Strategy pending.  

Approvals have been received for:

  • Cultural Heritage Management Plan 
  • Permission to remove vegetation under the Environment, Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act
  • Local Government Planning Permit from Northern Grampians Shire Council, Southern Grampians Shire Council and Ararat Rural City Council
  • Permission to establish a new walking track within the Major Mitchell remote natural area (National Park Act 1975)
  • Integrated land use agreement with the Gariwerd Native Title Clam Group.

 

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