The Grampians Cheat Sheet for Trekkers

The trail is full of fun rock formations
The trail is full of fun rock formations

Victoria’s Grampians National Park, also known by Djab Warrung and Jarrwadjali people as Gariwerd, is a breathtaking destination rich in natural and cultural heritage.

In November 2021, after 20 years of planning, the first multi-day trail in the Grampians was opened; Grampian Peaks Trail provides trekkers with a unique opportunity to explore the park's beauty in a whole new way.

The trail is split into three sections, so you can come back and finish it off, or you have the option to do the whole trail in one go. No matter which trek you choose, you'll surely have an unforgettable experience in the Grampians. From the rugged wilderness to the unique Indigenous rock art, this park is truly a one-of-a-kind destination that is not to be missed. 

To help make your decision easier, we've put together a Grampian cheat sheet just for you.

Taking time to soak in the surrounding environment Sunset at camp Some of the amazing geology along the trail

FAQs - What you should know:


How difficult is the Grampian Peaks Trail?

The Grampian Peaks Trail is known for its rocky, stony, and mountainous terrain. The difficulty level, however, depends on which section of the trail you choose to trek. 

The Northern section is the least challenging, while the Central section is the most difficult, with steep, uneven, and rugged terrain. You can expect to walk 8-15km each day, with many stairs and long sections of uneven ground. Some sections require a short scramble using both hands and feet for balance. 

If you choose to do the End-to-End trek, you'll also be carrying a pack weighing approximately 10-12kgs, so that can factor into the difficulty as well.


Which section of the Grampians Peaks trail is best?

While every section of the trail is beautiful, the Northern section of the Grampians is the most dramatic and rewarding. 

It starts near Mount Zero and features dry, sandy gullies and valley floors dominated by huge rocky outcrops and the biggest sheer sandstone cliffs found anywhere in the Grampians. 


How long is the Grampians Peaks trail?

The entire trail is 165.4km (192,8 miles) in length, split between three sections. The Northern section is 52.8km (32.8 miles), the Central Section is 64.9km (40.3 miles), and the Southern section is 61.7km (38.3). 


How many days do you need in the Grampians?

To complete the End-to-End trek, you'll need 13 days. The Central and Southern sections can each be done in 5 days, while the Northern section can be completed in 3-4 days. 


Where are the Grampians in Victoria?

Extending from the Great Dividing Range in southwest central Victoria, the Grampians can be accessed through the small gateway village of Halls Gap, where all of these great treks start. To get there, it's about three hour's drive from Melbourne.


Every day has varied terrain to enjoy Warm and welcoming tent Grampians National Park


Grampians Peaks End-to-End Trek: 

This challenging trek spans the entire 165.4km (including 6600ft of elevation) of the Grampian Peaks Trail and takes 13 days to complete. You'll need a full pack for this trek, but you'll be able to rest each night at our hiker camps, where you can enjoy a spectacular evening under the stars.

As you make your way through each section of the trail, you will undoubtedly face challenges that will test your endurance and determination. While the north and south portions of the trail offer excellent camping amenities, the central section is a bit more rugged and remote, with limited access and facilities.


Northern Trail Trek:

This four-day trek covers more ground than the other North Grampian treks, so you'll need a full pack for this one. Just ten minutes into your trek, you'll be greeted with a world class-viewpoint that will set the stage for the rest of your hike. 

You'll be staying in supported hiker camps, enjoying lightweight three-person or single tents that sit on timber platforms in supported hiker camps that have enclosed dining shelters, USB power and composting toilets. 


Northern Trail Huts Walk : 

This three-day trek takes you across the most dramatic part of the Gariwerd landscape. Over two nights, you'll be sleeping in the enclosed GPT Hiker Huts at two different locations along the Trail. Both of these campsites are equipped with composting toilets and power. By not having to carry your tent around, you'll be able to carry a medium-sized pack with you.


Northern Trail Deluxe Walk: 

This four-day trek takes you on a journey to explore the iconic landmarks of the Northern Grampians via comfortably challenging day walks. This means that each night, you'll be returning to our private off-grid eco-lodge, where you can enjoy local wine and produce before dining on a banquet-style home-cooked feast. 

On your second day, you will also have a late lunch at Grampians Olive Co before visiting Ngamadjidj rock art shelter and finish up with a tasting at Stapylton Wines - having the option to scramble to the summit of Mount Stapylton that morning. 

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