Day 150 – Grampians National Park

Rugged Mountains and Wild Walks

Northwards I arrive at Dunkeld, the gateway to the Grampians National Park in western Victoria. I took the Grampians Tourist Rd in and began hiking up the various mountain tracks. There are plenty of stunning mountains to see and climb. Mount Sturgeon was the first I tackled, taking a good 3 hour round trip. Some sections were quite steep and rocky. An excellent view of Dunkeld and the surrounding farmlands.

The Piccaninny was next being a far more relaxed easy walk to the lookout.. yet still offering great views. A much better choice for a family to walk.

I free camped at Wannon Crossing for 2 nights which had pit toilets, fire pits and space for several cars. The next 2 nights were at the Plantation campgrounds which was considerably larger offering around 40 sites.
Mount William was my next hike. It was a bitumen road to the mountain top. Starting steeply it levelled off and wound its way up the mountain. The wind at the top had a biting cold so after my photos I departed.

Halls Gap is a small tourist community in the centre of the Grampians offering all that you require for food, fuel, shopping and accommodation. The icecream shop was a visitor favourite. I stopped in to the Brambuk national park and cultural centre. Wasn’t much to see but some park interpretation material and read about aboriginal history of the area at the cultural centre.

In my final day I braved the rain and cold to tackle the Pinnacle, starting from the Wonderland carpark. This is the most well known and photographed feature in the park. This hike took a few hours and included the Grand Canyon and Silent Street. At the top I was in the clouds. Two easy waterfall walks were also nearby.

The Grampians is a lovely place worth visiting.

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2 comments

  1. first picked up yr site on wild Africa tv ( live in Heidelberg RSA ) enjoy what you’re doing ( I’m 63 love the bush )
    thanks

    cheers

    martin

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