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Chatauqua Peak is one of the most popular locations to visit in the Grampians, due to its beautiful panoramic views and its close proximity to Halls Gap.
Chatauqua Peak is located in the Grampians National Park with the loop walk commencing at the Halls Gap Botanic Gardens, with access through the Caravan Park.
The walking track is a 7.2km circuit loop which takes most hikers between 2-3 hours to complete. At 200 metres elevation, the track is very steep and is considered moderate difficulty. As you get closer to the summit, some basic climbing over rocks will be required, therefore it is not suitable for those with mobility issues or for young children.
Once at the peak, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Grampians National Park and Mount Gar Ranges. Make your way back down the way you came. There are signposts along the way, but hikers should make sure to get a detailed map before setting out on any hikes in the Grampians. This walk will take you past Clematis Falls which is best viewed in the rainy season between May-August.
You do not need a permit or make a booking to do this hike, but please note that no dogs or other animals are permitted in the Grampians National Park. Make sure to wear appropriate footwear and carry plenty of water and warm clothing during the winter months.
About the region
Renowned for rugged mountain ranges, rich cultural heritage and breathtaking scenic views, the 168,000 hectare park is ideal for a wide range of outdoor activities. The many walking tracks will take you on a journey to waterfall vistas, ancient geological rock features and forests. There are guided tours, and with a large network of roads available, car touring is a great way to explore. Renowned as the major attraction in the region, the Grampians National Park is a must-visit destination for all travellers, backpackers and day-trippers in Victoria. The spectacular setting of the mountainous landscape boasts a wide array of attractions and activities for visitors to the region. The Grampians National Park (also Gariwerd), commonly referred to as The Grampians, is a national park located in the Grampians region of Victoria, Australia. The 167,219-hectare (413,210-acre) national park is situated between Stawell and Horsham on the Western Highway and Dunkeld on the Glenelg Highway, 260 kilometres west of Melbourne and 460 kilometres east of Adelaide.
A good map should always be carried. Wonderland Walking Brochures are available from Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre Halls Gap, or from a local Grampians Visitor Information Centre.
Chatauqua Peak Circuit
Max elevation: 392 m
Min elevation: 237 m
Total climbing: 390 m
Total descent: -390 m
Return Hike Variation
You can also complete 6.6km a return hike to Chatauqua Peak if you do not wish to complete the entire circuit. I would recommend the return though as the visit to Clematis Falls is a highlight not to be missed.
Max elevation: 428 m
Min elevation: 227 m
Total climbing: 518 m
Total descent: -504 m