Grampian National Park, located around 260km west of Melbourne, is one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations for its panoramic views and rugged mountain ranges. 167,219-hectare, Park is located at the Grampian region of Victoria. The region is famous for its ecology diversity, home to more than third of Victoria’s flora and has the highest concentration of aboriginal rock art. Intriguing beauty of its sandstone mountain ranges is enhanced by over 1000 wildflower species that bloom with stunning colours especially in the spring. The rock formation happened as a result of the earth’s movements over thousands of years making the sandstone shift and lift over each other to create a beautifully rugged landscape of peaks and valleys.
Aborigines called it Gariwerd. On July 16, 1835, Sir Thomas Mitchell discovered and named the Grampians after the Grampian Mountains in Scotland, naming their highest point after the King, Mt William. On 17th November, he named Mt Zero, the northern peak of the range. The Grampians were declared as state forest in 1872 and in 1984 designated as a national park.
The day trippers flock to the Wonderland area near Halls Gap which is also home to “The Grand Canyon” on the “Wonderland Loop” on track to the “Pinnacle”.
Grampians Peak trail is a long distance, multi-day walk currently constructed at the Grampians National park meeting world-class standards. There are many walks which allows gentle stroll to full day adventure.
Walks of the Grampians
Mt Sturgeon – 7km return which will take around 3hours to complete. Starts at the intersection of Grampians Tourist Road and Victoria Valley Road. Suitable for physically fit walkers.
The Piccaninny – 2.4km return which will take one hour to complete. Starts at Picaninny carpark, Grampians Tourist Road, 1.3km north of Victoria Valley Road. The walk is a gradual climb through open forest.
Wonderland Loop – 9.6km circuit which will take around 5hours to complete. Starts at carpark opposite Halls Gap shops past swimming pool and cross the sealed road. Follow the track to Venus Baths to Splitters Falls and then to Wonderland carpark. Cross the footbridge into the spectacular Grand Canyon Silent Street and on to the awe-inspiring Pinnacle Lookout.
Venus Baths Loop – 2.3km circuit which takes around 30minutes. Starts at carpark opposite the Halls Gap shops.
MacKenzie River Walk and Fish falls – This 7km return walk will take 2 to 3 hours to complete. Starts at Zumsteins Picnic area. This walk is suitable for fit energetic walkers. This walk involves rock hopping and rock scrambling following the MacKenzie river upstream. Walk leads to the terraced base of Fish falls.
Mount Zero – This is 2.8km return walk which takes more than one hour. Cross the Mount Zero road and follow the signposted track up the rocky hill side.
Ferntree Waterfall Nature Walk – This is a 1km return walk which takes around 45minutes. The walk starts at Ferntree Picnic area at the Mount Buangor State Park. The return circuit passes three waterfalls including Ferntree and Cascade Falls and gives many excellent viewpoints.
Borella Walk – This is a 5km walk that will take nearly three hours one way. Starts at Chinamans Campground at Mount Cole State Forest. The walk from Chinamans Campground to Ben Nevis is a bird watchers delight.