Grampians Peaks Trail project
Parks Victoria, in partnership with Grampians Tourism and Tourism Victoria has developed a master plan for the Grampians Peaks Trail, a 144 km long-distance walking trail in the Grampians National Park which will extend from Mt Zero in the north through to the township of Dunkeld in the south. The master plan was overseen by the Grampians Peaks Trail Task Force, a group comprising representatives from local shires, tourism bodies, walking clubs and state government agencies including Regional Development Victoria, Tourism Victoria and Parks Victoria and was released in May 2015.
The master plan helps guide the future development of the trail, define the route and visitor experience, as well as associated infrastructure needs. Fundamental to the preparation of the master plan is the conservation of the natural and cultural values of the Grampians, in accordance with the Grampians National Park Management Plan. Protecting this unique environment is integral to creating an exhilarating and sustainable walking experience.
The first stage of the trail was launched in May 2015 and includes a 36 kilometre one-way three day/two night loop walk from Halls Gap to Borough Huts and returning to Halls Gap. Planning for the remainder of the Grampians Peaks Trail including the track, campsites and supporting infrastructure has already commenced. These works will be undertaken via a $20.2 million Victorian Government grant from the Regional Infrastructure Development Fund and a $10 million Federal Government grant through the National Stronger Regions Fund.
The Grampians Peaks Trail is recognised by the Victorian Government as a priority product development opportunity for the region and is one of four long-distance walks being developed under the Walk Victoria’s Icons brand which will position Victoria and the Grampians as a key nature-based tourism destination.