Grampians Peaks Trail project
Parks Victoria, in partnership with Grampians Tourism and Tourism Victoria is developing 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 is being 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.
The master plan will help 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 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.
Draft master plan consultation
The draft Grampians Peaks Trail Master Plan was released to the public in May. Community members and visitors were then invited to attend a number of briefings in Halls Gap, Wartook and Dunkeld to discuss the development of the plan with the project team.
In addition to these briefings, interested parties were invited to complete an online survey, and email comments through to Parks Victoria. The public comment period for the draft master plan closed 11 June 2014.
Grampians Peaks Trail Master Plan- next steps
Parks Victoria is currently reviewing all feedback received during the consultation phase. Once final amendments have been made to the master plan and it has received ministerial approval, the plan will be released to the public via the Parks Victoria website.