Did you know one of the highlights of visiting The Grampians is its amazing hiking trails? There are so many popular tracks within Grampians National Park, and the Best’s team members all have a favourite trail. Here, they share their best hikes with you.
It’s best for hikers to grab a detailed map before setting out on any hikes in The Grampians. Most tracks do not require permits or bookings. Dogs and other animals are not permitted in Grampians National Park. Make sure you come hike-ready in appropriate footwear and carry plenty of water and warm clothing during the winter months. For further details about Grampians National Park, visit the park website.
Anthony’s family loves doing the Chatauqua Peak Loop Walk from Halls Gap Botanic Gardens, inside Grampians National Park, because “it’s not too long, and has spectacular views at the end where you feel like you’re standing on top of Halls Gap”. The 5.6km circuit boasts panoramic views and takes most hikers between 2-3 hours to complete. At 200m above sea level, the track is steep and is considered moderate difficulty. As you get closer to the peak, climbing over rocks is required, so it’s not suitable for those with mobility issues or young children. The effort is rewarded at the summit with stunning views of Grampians National Park and Mount Gar Ranges. Make your way back down the same route, following signposts along the way. The walk will take you past breathtaking Clematis Falls, which is best viewed in the rainy season between May-August when the falls are running.
Best’s Winemaker Justin loves doing The Grampians’ iconic The Pinnacle Walk. From the local town of Halls Gap, the lookout can be seen towering above everything in its wake. It may look terrifyingly high, but hiking to the lookout is not as gruelling as it seems. The views over the vast expanse of the Grampians National Park are staggering. The easiest route to The Pinnacle begins at the Sundial car park within the national park and ascends to The Pinnacle via Devils Gap. Choose this route if you have children or less confident walkers in tow. The 4.2km walk will take one-and-a-half to two hours for the return trip. It does include some water crossings and rock-hopping, so sturdy shoes are crucial.
The more trying but rewarding walk departs from the aptly named Wonderland car park and ascends via the impressive Grand Canyon and through the Venus Baths. Its unique Australian rock formations are so impressive, albeit on a smaller scale than its American counterpart. The walk continues through the Silent Street before rising up to The Pinnacle.
Graeme’s favourite walk is also the Pinnacle Walk from Wonderland car park. Hi tip is to make sure you swing left after crossing Stony Creek and go up the gorge known as the Grand Canyon.
Nicole loves the Boronia Peak Walk – begin in the Tandara Road car park in Grampians National Park, then head across Fyans Creek footbridge and begin the picturesque, steady climb through Messmate forest and native pine, along the Western slope of the Mount William range. There’s a rocky scramble at the end but when you reach the summit, Boronia Peak, take in the superb views towards Lake Fyans in the east and over the Fyans Valley. Rock-climbers come to Boronia Peak to enjoy the amazing views of this region. The 6.6km return track takes approximately 2.5 hours. First-time climbers may find this track a little difficult – the grade is moderate.
Chris Thomson is a fan of the Mt Rosea Loop Walk, which is situated in The Grampians National Park. There are four mountain ranges in the park, and they are all composed of sandstone, which was created around 400 million years ago when sand was deposited in a shallow sea. Over time, erosion has left the hardest sandstone layers exposed as tall cliffs – the tallest and longest cliffs in The Grampians are at Mt Rosea. The summit is poised on the cliff edge and being one of the higher peaks, it showcases extensive views of the national park. Begin this track from Mount Rosea car park, which is about 20 minutes from Halls Gap. Walkers step among giant sandstone boulders fringed with native shrubbery, ferns and wildflowers. Keep your eyes open for yellow arrows marked by the park rangers to guide your way. Gaze down the rocky chasm beneath the Gate of the East Wind and take in the 360-degree panorama of the Grampians as you reach the peak.