26 September 2023

New Grampians trail a cultural wonder

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Parks Victoria opened a unique 160km natural and cultural hiking experience in the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park last week.

In a statement, Parks Victoria said the new Grampians Peaks Trail featured long-distance hike runs down the spine of the park from Mt Zero in the north, through Halls Gap, to Dunkeld in the south.

“Along the trail, hikers will pass dramatic rocky peaks and outcrops, ravines, waterfalls, forests and lakes, and a landscape home to unique native animals and abundant plant life,” Parks Victoria said.

“The 11 unique hike-in campgrounds are in remote locations for a wilderness experience,” it said.

“They’re well-designed with a good level of amenities, sympathetic to the landscape and sustainable.

“Some have a communal shelter for meals and a place to relax.

“While some hikers will be keen to do the full 13-day/12-night adventure, the trail can also be done in shorter sections, with a range of itineraries to choose from.”

Parks Victoria recommended that hiking enthusiasts choose an itinerary which matched their fitness and physical ability because, overall, the trail was a Grade 4 hike.

It said that, regardless of the itinerary selected, the trail provided walkers with an experience rich in the Aboriginal culture of the Jadawadjali and Djab Wurrung peoples, who had lived in the ranges they call Gariwerd for thousands of years.

“The heritage-listed Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park is an ancient landscape that protects threatened native animals, one-third of Victoria’s flora, and the majority of Aboriginal rock art in Victoria,” Parks Victoria said.

Further information on the newly-opened Trail can be accessed at this PS News link.

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