This is a brilliant 4-5 hour circuit walk from Halls Gap that is reasonably hard. Suggest you walk the route via Venus Baths to Splitter Falls up to the Pinnacle (the other way is harder and steeper).
The Grampians National Park (also Gariwerd), commonly referred to as The Grampians, is a national park located in the Grampians region of Victoria.
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We last walked this in Spring when there are lots of wildflowers, but it is great anytime. Take your lunch to eat at the Pinnacle and lots of water, particularly when it is warm.
If you don't want to walk the whole way you can do a shorter walk from Wonderland carpark, but it does make a great walk from Halls Gap.
This information is from Parks Victoria website: "From the Main Street of Halls Gap, at the base of the sandstone mountain range that is at the heart of the Grampians National Park, or Gariwerd as it is called in the local Aboriginal language, you can see The Pinnacle. It is one of the rocky spurs jutting out from the jagged cliff faces that loom over the town.
From the street, The Pinnacle appears unnervingly high and potentially difficult to walk. The good news is that it is not, and the views from the lookout make every bit of effort worthwhile. It is one of the very best vantage points in the Grampians National Park for terrific scenic views over a vast expanse of western Victoria."
PLEASE NOTE: Google has estimated the walk time as 2:06 hours, however because of the difficulty and steepness the walk is closer to 4-5 hours.
The walk is wonderful from the first steps!
Venus Baths is a picturesque area with a fresh water lake and many unusual rock formations. It is a wonderful spot to dip your feet in the water on a hot day.
Walking over the stoney outcrop gives some great views, and can be very windy on blowy days. Hold on to your hat!
In Spring there are a glorious array of wildflowers along the walk.
Look out for orchids!
Take the small detour to see Splitter Falls, it's worth it!
Cross the bridge, but stop and look at the creek..
The track is full of wonderful surprises, like these steps.
Stay left, don't go to Wonderland carpark, it's only a car park!
The aptly named Grand Canyon is a very impressive rock formation.
The Cool Chamber is as it sounds, a nice little spot to stop on a hot day.
Just the ticket of a warm day, stand under the little falls to cool off.
Another pretty impressive park of the walk.
Looking down to the lake which is a local water supply and is about 5km from Halls Gap.
Its a pretty spectacular view that is worth the walk!
The start of the walk back down towards Halls Gap is a bit of a clamber over rocks, but once you are on the track it is well marked.
Keep going over the rocks. Once you get past the rocks its quicker to descend the mountain than it was to climb!
There a few long sets of metal steps on the way down that makes it a bit easier to walk and to protect the bush.