Grampians Peaks Trail

Walk through the sandstone mountains, wildflowers and wildlife with Inspiration Outdoors on this guided walking tour. – 6 days ex Melbourne, moderate terrain,

Join us through the ancestral lands of the Djab Wurrung and Jadawadjali people, and take your fill of mountain waterfalls, speckled wildflower displays, and the awe-inspiring mountain panoramas of this landscape. You will share the experience with kangaroos, wallabies, emus and the shrieks of native birds.

We begin discovering at the northern tip of the Grampians Peaks at Mt Zero, where our trail passes through a rock amphitheatre, up to the summit of Mt Stapylton, where we'll be greeted with the first of many inspiring views.

After that, arguably the best views of the Grampians await us as we pass through some must-see sights, such as Venus Baths, Elephant Hide and the impressive Grand Canyon, before we edge our way to the top of The Pinnacle, along a rocky cliff-face, to enjoy some of the best mountain-top breathtaking views in Victoria.

To top off the tour, we make our way to the highest point in the Grampians, 1,167 metre Mt Duwul (Mt William). The summit opens up to 360-degree views of mountain ranges and open plains.

This is an active walking tour with occasional steep paths and summit climbs, but it's made much easier with the help of an experienced guide, plenty of rest-stops, and only needing to carry a day-pack. You will be accompanied by two Inspiration Outdoors guides and return each evening to comfortable lodge accommodation and a delicious meal.

Grampians National Park Walking Tour at a Glance;

  • Small group (max 12)
  • 6 days ex-Melbourne return
  • Mt Duwul (Mt William), highest point in the Grampians National Park
  • The stunning Grampians Peaks Trail walk
  • 5 nights in comfortable motel style accommodation
  • No camping or heavy hiking packs
  • The Pinnacle Lookout
  • All meals are included, and are a combination of a la carte dinners, home cooked meals, healthy packed lunches and some buffet breakfasts. (exception last days lunch)
  • 2 professional guides

Tour Length:
6 days (start and finish in Melbourne)
Distance walked:
70 km
Difficulty:
Moderate to challenging; See FAQ
Dates:

17 - 23. Sep 2022
26. Sep - 2. Oct 2022
5 - 11. Oct 2022
14 - 20. Oct 2022
23 - 29. Oct 2022
1 - 7. Nov 2022
28. Feb - 6. Mar 2023
7 - 13. Mar 2023
14 - 20. Mar 2023
21 - 27. Mar 2023
11 - 17. Apr 2023
18 - 24. Apr 2023
25. Apr - 1. May 2023
2 - 8. May 2023
9 - 15. May 2023
16 - 22. May 2023
23 - 29. May 2023
12 - 18. Sep 2023
19 - 25. Sep 2023
26. Sep - 2. Oct 2023
3 - 9. Oct 2023
10 - 16. Oct 2023
17 - 23. Oct 2023
24 - 30. Oct 2023
31. Oct - 6. Nov 2023
7 - 13. Nov 2023
14 - 20. Nov 2023
21 - 27. Nov 2023
5 - 11. Dec 2023

Highlights of this walk

Walking Tour Itinerary

A guide will accompany you each day as you walk between 6 and 20 km. There’s some relatively challenging climbs but we will take our time, enjoying the vistas along the way.

The itinerary may alter depending on local conditions and weather.

Day 1: Drive from Melbourne. Walk Mt Zero to Mt Stapylton and Coppermine.

Day 1: Drive from Melbourne. Walk Mt Zero to Mt Stapylton and Coppermine.

6 km

We depart Melbourne’s CBD at 8 a.m. and head to the spectacular Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, which covers the ancestral land of the Djab Wurrung and Jadawadjali. On our way to the northern tip of the Grampians Peaks trail, we stop in Ballarat for morning tea, before heading to Mt Zero for a picnic lunch. Enjoy the first of many fresh picnic lunches for the week, get to know your walking companions, and see if we can spot some kangaroos, wallabies and maybe even emu. Today’s walk is a relatively challenging one. A very short distance, but the occasional hard climb. From Mt Zero, the trail leads through a rock amphitheatre to the summit of Mt Stapylton. Here we will be rewarded with breathtaking views overlooking the Wimmera Plains. From Mt Stapylton, the trail descends towards where the trail intersects with the road near an old copper mine. Here, the end guide will wait for you to take you back to Halls Gap. After checking in at our accommodation, enjoy a well-deserved warm shower and mingle with your fellow walkers over some nibbles and lovely dinner.

Image credit: Parks Victoria

Day 2: Roses Gap to Lake Wartook

Day 2: Roses Gap to Lake Wartook

19 km

Today we head to Roses Gap, where the trail intersects with the road just beyond the gap. From here, the trail ascends past seasonal cascading waterfalls, before climbing hard to Mt Difficult. As we hike up and down the Difficult Eastern escarpment, enjoy and be inspired by the great views. To the east lies the Pyrenees and the Black Range, and to the west the Wartook basin. Just before Werdug, the hiker’s campground overlooking Lake Wartook, the trail intersects with Mt Difficult Road, which marks the end of our walk today. Enjoy a scenic drive through Lake Wartook back to Halls Gap.

Day 3: Halls Gap to The Pinnacle via Grand Canyon. Sundial Peak and MacKenzie Falls.

Day 3: Halls Gap to The Pinnacle via Grand Canyon. Sundial Peak and MacKenzie Falls.

12 km

Today is full of exploration of the jewels the Grampians have to offer. Our walk starts from Halls Gap with a climb up and out of the township. We walk past Venus baths, Elephant Hide and the spectacular Grand Canyon (not to be confused with its American big brother!) before we make our way to the top of The Pinnacle. From this popular lookout, we will enjoy excellent views over Halls Gap and its surroundings. From The Pinnacle it is easier to walk to Sundial Peak for another vantage point over Halls Gap. We will track a little from Sundial to meet the bus in the Rosea car park. Although we may finish a little earlier, we have plenty more to explore. We take you to one of the most popular waterfalls for a refreshing swim. As soon as we arrive at McKenzie Falls, it is a short walk down a few steps to the plunge pool. You can choose to take a refreshing dip or simply sit on one of the boulders and take everything in. On our way back to Halls Gap, we will stop at the famous Reed Lookout to complete a wonderful day full of spectacular views.

 

Day 4 Mt William (Duwul) to Jimmy Creek

Day 4 Mt William (Duwul) to Jimmy Creek

20 km

Today we go to one of the highlights of the park, Mt Duwul (Mt William). At 1,167 metres, Duwul is the highest point in Grampians National Park and offers great 360-degree views of mountain ranges and open plains. We will drive to the car park at the base from where our walk starts. A steady climb will take us to the summit for our reward… awe inspiring views! From here, we tackle another steep section to the Boundary Gap, which leads us across the magnificent Major Mitchell Plateau and Durd Durd. From Durd Durd, it is a long descent to Jimmy Creek Road. The second guide and bus await us here and take us back to Halls Gap for a well-deserved shower and dinner.

Day 5: Jimmy Creek to Wannon

Day 5: Jimmy Creek to Wannon

18 km

We will return to where we had finished the walk the day before. From here, it is a climb up to a challenging ridge line with views to the east and into Yarram. This is the most remote part of the Grampians Peaks Trail, so take a deep breath and be inspired by the natural beauty around you. The trail then descends through the Hidden Valley, crosses Yarram Gap Road, follows a ridge line with views west of the Sierrra Range, and then leads to an intersection with the Grampian tourist drive. The tourist drive of Grampians marks the end of another beautiful day deep in the wilderness of the Gariwerd.

 

Day 6: Mt Sturgeon and Dunkeld. Drive to Melbourne

Day 6: Mt Sturgeon and Dunkeld. Drive to Melbourne

6.4 km

It is time to say goodbye to the wonderful Halls Gap and slowly make our way back to Melbourne. But before we do, we have a last highlight to share with you. After packing up in the morning, we make our way to the southern end of the Grampians, where we complete parts of the last section of the Grampians Peaks Trail. We slowly make our way to the peak of Mt Sturgeon for our last views of these truly unique mountain ranges. From Mt Sturgeon, we drive to Dunkeld, where you have time to pick up some lunch (own cost) and wander through this rather quaint town. From Dunkeld, we will return to Melbourne via Ballarat and should return to the city in the late afternoon.

Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.

Accommodation

For the Great Ocean Walk guided tour, we stay for the first night at Apollo Bay Motel, the next 4 nights are spent at Johanna Seaside Cottages, then the last night is at a motel in Port Campbell. We stay at three locations to ensure shorter drives to the start of the walks as we go along. Staying for a good chunk of time in Johanna means you can unpack and relax for the majority of the tour.

At our first nights stay at the Apollo Bay motel we stay in twin share private rooms with an ensuite.

At the Johanna Seaside Cottages we spread out over several 2 – 4 bedroom cottages with shared bathrooms. We will come together in one of the houses for breakfast and dinner each day. The cottages are nestled along the coast beside the beach, with stunning sun-set views.  

The last night is spent at a motel in Port Campbell in twin share private rooms with an ensuite. We will enjoy a dinner out at a local restaurant.

Accommodation is allocated on a double or twin share basis. If you are a solo traveller we will room you with another solo traveller of the same gender. Limited single room supplements are available at an additional charge (please note that when staying in Johanna Seaside Cottages this will mean you will have your own room in a cottage but still share a bathroom).

What to bring

We will send you a full list of what to bring when you book. You don’t need much apart from clothes, a nice comfortable day pack and other personal effects.

Food

All meals are included, with the exception of lunch on the last day, when you can pick up something on the way home.

Breakfast comprises cereals, fruit, yoghurt, toast, juice, tea and freshly brewed coffee.

Each day your guide will carry tea, coffee and morning tea. Fruit is also available.

Enjoy pre-dinner nibbles with fellow guests each evening while your guides prepare a delicious two course meal for dinner.

Feel free to bring alcohol and additional snacks e.g. muesli bars, nuts, chocolate etc. There will be time for you to purchase additional alcohol and supplies during the week.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements before you book. We can happily adapt our menu to accommodate most dietary needs. Assistance is appreciated with clearing away and washing up.

Transport

An air-conditioned bus will take us from Melbourne to the Grampians and back; and to and from the track each day.

This walk includes

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Two fun and professional Inspiration Outdoors guides

We'll feed you, tell you stories, help you achieve the walks safely and make sure everything goes to plan so that you don't have to worry about a thing

About Walking Tours In General

How hard are the walks?

The difficulty of the walks ranges from tour to tour, from easy to challenging. We design all of our walking tours to be achievable for those with a moderate level of fitness. We do recommend doing some training before most tours, because physical activity is always more enjoyable if you are physically prepared. We will send you information about how to train when you book.

When on tour we find that a positive mental attitude is most important and that if you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, and not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. You can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete a walk, give us a call on (08) 6219 5164 and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation? Can I have my own room?

Our tour prices are based on rooms being twin share (two single beds in one room) or double (one double/queen bed in a room, shared by a couple). If you are travelling alone, we will place you in a room with someone of the same gender. If you have opted for a single supplement, this means you will have your own room but we won't always be able to guarantee your own bathroom and king/queen bed due to the types of accommodation we use for group bookings. Often we stay at 2 or 3 bedroom chalets so that we can cook and have a common area for the group to relax and mingle at the end of your days walk. If having your own bathroom is important, give us a ring and we will see if it is possible.

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Will I hold up the group if I’m a slow walker?

We find a lot of people who haven't been on a walking tour before worry about this, but it's rarely an issue. We keep a comfortable steady pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery along the way. Usually the group will spread out over a couple of hundred metres as we walk.

Normal walking pace on a formed surface like a road or footpath is around 4.5 - 6 km per hour and we tend to average just over 3 km per hour on bush tracks. It's not a stroll but it's not a brisk walk either. If you feel you may be slower than this, try some longer training walks to increase your walking fitness.

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What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 - 75, but we welcome all adults on our tours. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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What’s the food like? Can you cater for my dietary needs?

We serve simple, nutritious and delicious food on tour, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Of course, if you like, you can indulge in some less nutritious treats as well - you're on holiday after all and the team bake some mean cakes. Breakfast, home-made morning tea, lunch, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles and a two course evening meal are all included. We are happy to adapt our menu to suit many dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets - please ask when you book.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature - bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don't need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we're always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Do I have to walk every day on tour?

Of course not - it's your holiday and you should do what you feel! Relax at the accommodation, come for a drive, get dropped off in town or go for a stroll of your own. On some days there is also the opportunity to walk for part of the day. This last option depends on whether there is vehicle access to the track.

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What do I have to carry when I walk?

Very little. A water bladder or bottles, a rain jacket, some personal first aid supplies and, on some days, lunch. You will probably want a camera as well. We return to accommodation each evening so there is no need to carry a large backpack.

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Beautiful walks in the daytime, relax with fellow walkers each evening

As much as this walk is a fantastic outdoor experience, it’s also a social experience, giving you a chance to enjoy the companionship and support of like-minded people.

Enjoy a cuppa with a slice cake for morning tea and a fresh healthy lunch, surrounded by nature. Every day is finished off by a delicious dinner together with the group.

What people have said

I can't speak highly enough of my experience with Inspriation Outdoors on the Cape to Cape. The communication, the organisation, the logistics, the guides, the hotel and staff, everything went like clockwork and I had a fantastic time, as did the rest of the crew. Some good friends have been made.

Donna, Cape to Cape Track, TripAdvisor Nov 2020

I am so very grateful that I booked with inspiration outdoors. From the moment I booked I felt like I had made the right decision. (After all its a huge decision choosing who to do this hike with, it changes the whole experience).

We got guides Dane and Ash, who from the get go made us feel relaxed and comfortable. It was not an issue at all that we were all strangers (age range 45-84), They brought the group together and with their wit, banter and singing, it made even the serious moments funny.

Dane kept us all updated with the fauna and flora whilst Ash was up with the history and some fun facts. What a great team.
Also extra special to Ash who gave me a great one on one (after day 5), he believed in me even at times when I doubted myself. He pushed me to finish, forever grateful.

Doing the Cape to Cape, and choosing Inspiration Outdoors was the best decision I made. I will be booking heaps more treks with this group, just waiting for my poor feet to recover.

Cape to Cape Track, TripAdvisor, Nov 2020

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  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
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