Walks in the Grampians
Step out and explore the Grampians National Park’s spectacular natural beauty on foot.
There are many walks on offer, from a short gentle stroll to a full day adventure. The walks listed here provide a sample list to start with.
For further information and maps on other walks in the park, visit a local Visitor Information Centre or call into Brambuk – the National Park and Cultural Centre.
…A rocky peak with spectacular views, distance 6.0 kms return, time 2-3 hours, start at Tandara Road car park
Cross Fyans Creek (Barri yalug) footbridge and begin a steady climb through tall Messmate forest and native pines, along the western slope of the Mount William Range. Turn right at the signposted intersection. A scramble up the rocky summit rewards you with superb views towards Lake Fyans and over Fyans Valley. Return by the same route. Take care of cliffs and supervise children at all times.
…A great view of the Halls Gap Valley, distance 5.6 km circuit, time 2-3 hours, start at Halls Gap Recreation Oval car park
Follow the signposted track through open forest to the foot of Clematis Falls (best after rain). Return 100 metres to an intersection and follow signposts and track markers along rocky areas, climbing steeply up to the summit of Chatauqua Peak. Return to Halls Gap via Bullaces Glen.
Fyans Creek Loop
…A chance to view wildlife, distance 2.5 kms circuit, time 30-50 minutes, start at stone sculpture at Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre, if unsure ask at information desk.
Best in the early morning or evening to view waterbirds and kangaroos. A gentle track leads through Fyans Valley to Tandara Road (the track is suitable for people with limited mobility to this point).
Hollow Mountain (Wudjub-Guyan)
…distance 2.2 kms return, time approximately 2 hours return, grade medium, start at Hollow Mountain carpark
Follow the sign posted track through a densely vegetated gully. The track leads you to the base of an iron-stained cliff. It’s a steep and strenuous climb through fallen boulders and along exposed ledges. A short uphill scramble completes the climb to the wind-scoured caverns of Wudjub-guyan (Hollow Mountain) with views overlooking Mount Stapylton and the Wimmera plains. Return by the same route.
…a rugged strenuous walk with panoramic views, distance 4.6 kms return, time 2-2.5 hours, start at Mount Zero picnic area
This walk, suitable for fit and energetic walkers, can involve water crossings, slippery track surfaces, rock hopping and rock scrambling. Signs and track markers guide the way up the steep rock slope of Flat Rock to a splendid vantage point overlooking a natural amphitheatre. The track descends briefly to the base of the impressive Taipan Wall before continuing its steady climb along rock terraces to a track intersection. Follow signs and track markers on the final steep ascent – which involves some rock hopping – and scramble past a wind-scoured cave. The view from the summit is spectacular, taking in much of the park and surrounding plains. Return by the same route.
…panoramic views of the surrounding ranges, distance 7 kms return, time: 2.5-3 hours, start at the intersection of Grampians Tourist Road and Victoria Valley Road
This walk, suitable for fit and energetic walkers, can involve water crossings, slippery track surfaces and rock hopping. Follow the path up through open woodland and view endemic montane species such as the Grampians Gum. Several steep sections lead through rocky terrain and stunted vegetation dominates as the track nears the summit.
The walk provides panoramic views of the surrounding ranges, volcanic plains and the village of Dunkeld, gateway destination to explore the southern Grampians. Return by the same route.
…a steep climb for the adventurous family, distance 2.8 kms return, time 1-1.5 hours, start at Mount Zero Picnic Area
From the picnic area, carefully cross the Halls Gap-Mount Zero Road to the sign-posted walking track. Track markers guide you up the rocky hillside. Near the top of the ridge the track becomes steeper – a hand rail will help you up the rocky steps to the summit. Views of Mount Stapylton and the surrounding Wimmera plains are some of the best in the area. Return by the same route.
…an Aboriginal camping place, distance 300 metre circuit, time 10 minutes, start at Stapylton Campground
The walk from the carpark to Ngamadjidj Shelter is short and suitable for people with limited mobility. This self-guided walk gives an insight into the culture and heritage of the local Aboriginal people. This is an important Aboriginal rock art site. Please treat Ngamadjidj with respect.
From the same car park a short up-hill stroll leads to Gulgurn Manja Shelter – meaning ‘Hands of Young People’. Interpretive signs tell some of the stories and legends of the Jardwadjali people.
The Piccaninny (Bainggug)
…spring wildflowers and high peaks, distance 2.4 kms return, time 1.5 hours, grade easy, start at Piccaninny car park Grampians Tourist Road, 1.3 kms north of Victoria Valley Road intersection
This track is a gradual climb through open forest with an understorey of Hakea, Grevillea and Banksia. The summit provides excellent views of Mount Abrupt and the nearby town of Dunkeld with its surrounding pastoral landscape.
This is an excellent walk to take during spring when there are many species of colourful wildflowers on show.