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Grampians Peak Trail – Stage 1 is a 36km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in the Grampians National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 3 days to complete.
The Grampians Peak Trail – Stage 1 is located in the central section of the Grampians Peaks Trail and allows you to complete a three day hike through some of the park’s most famous scenery. Planning and construction will continue on the remaining sections of the trail until late 2019 when the full 13-day experience will be complete.
DAY ONE – HALLS GAP TO BUGIGA | (8.6km 5 hours)
Starting from the carpark in Halls Gap, walk past the swimming pool, cross the road and follow signs to the walking track near Stony Creek. Follow the creek along the formed track to Venus Baths. Just before the rock pools at Venus Baths, take the track towards Splitters Falls. Once on the track you will come to a track junction where you can take a small detour to view the falls. Return to the main track and climb up through a rocky gully to the Grand Canyon. At the top of the steps turn left, and follow the signs up the rocky platforms. The steady steep ascent winds past rocky woodland and through the rocky corridor of Silent Street then onto the famous Pinnacle lookout. From this lookout views of Mt William, Halls Gap and Fyans Valley are astounding.
Follow the Grampians Peaks Trail (GPT) signs south to Lakeside Lookout and then to Sundial Carpark. Much of this track is near the ridge that provides views along the way. At Sundial Carpark take the track towards Sundial Lookout for 250m. Turn right and take the track towards Rosea Carpark. After 1.1km turn left onto the Bugiga Link track to your camp at Bugiga for your first night’s stay. Alternatively, keep following the track down further to the Stony Creek group Hikers Camp.
DAY TWO – BUGIGA TO BOROUGH HUTS CAMPGROUND | (13.8km 5 to 6 hours)
Take the track to Rosea Carpark, cross Stony Creek Road to start an ascent through tall Messmate forest. On the ridge, carefully follow track markers through a maze of sandstone outcrops, to cross a bridge over the Gate of the East Wind. Continue the climb up windswept terraces to a sign posted intersection, turning left to the summit of Mt Rosea. Enjoy amazing 360-degree views over the Serra and Mt William Ranges. Follow the markers down and veer left, through a sheltered forest. Track markers will guide you through rocky outcrop and forested gullies before reaching Borough Huts Campground for your second night’s stay.
DAY THREE – BOROUGH HUTS TO HALLS GAP | (13.6km 5 to 6 hours)
From the campground, carefully cross the Grampians Tourist Road and follow the track to Bellfield Track, then continue along the Terraces Fireline. Follow this track to the Tandara Road intersection, turn left and walk to Tandara Road. Continue to the end of the road and cross over to the sealed walking track that will take you back to Halls Gap.
To get to Halls Gap from Melbourne, follow the Western Highway through Ballarat and Ararat which will start your trip along The Inland Way 8′, a network of driving tours that connect much of the Grampians region. When you arrive at Stawell, you will turn left from the Western Highway into the Halls Gap Road.
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Max elevation: 990 m
Min elevation: 238 m
Total climbing: 1575 m
Total descent: -1576 m