Halls Gap, Grampians

aidanmair

Member
Hey all,

I recently did a trip to the Grampians. I've been traveling there with my family for years but this time I decided to document the trip and all my favourite spots along with it.

I'm not much of a writer so I'll let the visuals speak for themselves but I'll list map links for all the walks, sights and campsites we visited down below.



Day 1

0:10 - Delleys Bridge to Brambuk Centre Walk https://www.alltrails.com/trail/austr...
0:43 - Boroka Lookout - https://goo.gl/maps/QZNJvJU8w5naD95A7
1:00 - Rosea Track Campsite - https://au.wikicamps.co/site/60483/37...

Day 2

1:13 - Pinnacle Loop Walk - https://www.alltrails.com/trail/austr...


Day 3

2:30 - Hollow Mountain - https://goo.gl/maps/LEPfwvcZ1ibhVVUr9
3:00 - Lake Taylor - https://au.wikicamps.co/site/269763/3...

Day 4

3:30 - Driving Route - https://goo.gl/maps/aQoBvqsUohtWU8XFA


Day 5
4:34 - Fish Falls - https://goo.gl/maps/nmvrefMwujiFB96f6
5:06 - The Balconies - https://goo.gl/maps/cC3G7Kh4HnjhkiR3A
 

rogerazz

4x4 Earth Contributer
Some nice places to see, however bit more crowded than around sixty years ago. Easter Friday 1959 we were only one of two tents pitched in Halls Gap main camp ground.
Last year, kangaroos, deer, and lots of cockatoos, running through the place now as well as thousands of tourists. I guess you have to move with the times, however it certainly was peaceful back then.
 

aidanmair

Member
Some nice places to see, however bit more crowded than around sixty years ago. Easter Friday 1959 we were only one of two tents pitched in Halls Gap main camp ground.
Last year, kangaroos, deer, and lots of cockatoos, running through the place now as well as thousands of tourists. I guess you have to move with the times, however it certainly was peaceful back then.
Sounds amazing, must say I'm a bit jealous I wasn't around for those times. The crowds there on public holidays are unbearable these days, I avoid them at all cost and try get away mid week when I can.
 

rogerazz

4x4 Earth Contributer
So funny.As a nine year old back then I remember my older cousin came up to camp and so quiet he walked down to the toilet in his Y fronts.
 

Les PK Ranger

4x4 Earth Contributer
Beautiful part of Victoria, always love seeing them appear on the drive to Melbourne.
Have walked there extensively numerous times.

Did you climb Mt Rosea ? (This trip, or in the past ?)
It used to go straight up the northern cliff line to near the summit, instead of veering way out west and coming up the long spur.
Was quite exciting back then, there were numerous vertical ladders over some quite exposed areas . . . no doubt (rightfully) Parks decided to change the route for safety / liability reasons before someone inevitably fell going outside their capabilities.

You got a lot of the major climbs in there around Halls Gap, and Venus Baths (I think ?) where you had a swim.
 

aidanmair

Member
Beautiful part of Victoria, always love seeing them appear on the drive to Melbourne.
Have walked there extensively numerous times.

Did you climb Mt Rosea ? (This trip, or in the past ?)
It used to go straight up the northern cliff line to near the summit, instead of veering way out west and coming up the long spur.
Was quite exciting back then, there were numerous vertical ladders over some quite exposed areas . . . no doubt (rightfully) Parks decided to change the route for safety / liability reasons before someone inevitably fell going outside their capabilities.

You got a lot of the major climbs in there around Halls Gap, and Venus Baths (I think ?) where you had a swim.
I've done Mt Rosea on previous occasions, great walk but sounds like it used to be better! Definitely can't knock parks, theres some unreal work put into the trail, this bridge in particular I thought was pretty awesome - http://instagr.am/p/BYXyQhJBa4Q/
The spot we swam was probably another kilometre up the trail from the venus baths, it was a much more appealing spot with a larger swimming hole.
 

Les PK Ranger

4x4 Earth Contributer
Yeah, they've done a great job of the area.
Have they put hand rails on Nerve Test yet ? Lol.

You know they're finishing off the Grampians Peaks Trail (supposedly) soon ?
164km from Mt Zero to Dunkeld, 12 camps for a 13 day walk.
Planning on doing this in one go with regular bushwalking mates, hopefully end Winter, around Aug / Sept.

If you like your walks it's easy to link them up over 2 - 4 days or so too.

Really nice walk in camps / shelters, a couple of links below.

https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/grampians-peaks-trail

 

aidanmair

Member
Yeah, they've done a great job of the area.
Have they put hand rails on Nerve Test yet ? Lol.

You know they're finishing off the Grampians Peaks Trail (supposedly) soon ?
164km from Mt Zero to Dunkeld, 12 camps for a 13 day walk.
Planning on doing this in one go with regular bushwalking mates, hopefully end Winter, around Aug / Sept.

If you like your walks it's easy to link them up over 2 - 4 days or so too.

Really nice walk in camps / shelters, a couple of links below.

https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/grampians-peaks-trail

Unbelievably the nerve test is still untouched! Ahah

Oh man that will be an epic trip! I'll have to look into it, I'd love to do that.
I've stayed a night at the Bugiga Hiker camp and it was beautiful, if it's anything to go by the rest of the Peaks hike will be awesome.
 

Les PK Ranger

4x4 Earth Contributer
Unbelievably the nerve test is still untouched! Ahah

Oh man that will be an epic trip! I'll have to look into it, I'd love to do that.
I've stayed a night at the Bugiga Hiker camp and it was beautiful, if it's anything to go by the rest of the Peaks hike will be awesome.

Nice thing is having the road all the way down the valley there to Dunkeld.
As many food drops as you like during a car shuttle setup, pick up rubbish in drums on return run.
We'll probably do 3 small drops for this walk, make it easy with 4 day carries.

I'm calling parks next week to find out the status of completion, hopefully on target as then there will be plenty of trail settling in over winter before we'd like to do it early Spring.
I'll let you know in a PM what they say.
 
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