Grampian's Bushwalks

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The Grampians are a series of five spectacular sandstone ridges running north to south with steep and craggy slopes on the eastern side and gentler slopes to the west. The Grampian's are 3 hours drive from Melbourne.


They are the result of earth movements lifting and tilting the hard sandstones to create an impressive landscape of peaks and valleys.

There are lookouts with stunning panoramic views as well as a number of impressive waterfalls.

This video has two bushwalks

1. Boronia Peak a 7 km return with a steep ascent up the escarpment over rocky terrain. Fantastic views at the top of Halls Gap and the Western Ridge.


2. Mackenzie falls to Fish Falls. Famous tourist spot with breathtaking falls. But most people dont take the walk to Fish Falls. Less than 6 km return trip, walking along a peaceful river. A beautiful valley and stunning rock formations and pools at Fish Falls.



There are many birds and animals as well with Cockatoos, Magpies, Kangaroos, Rock Wallaby's and Emus. Deer an introduced species are abundant as well.

Geology

The rock material that composes the high peaks is sandstone which was laid down from rivers during the Devonian period 425 - 415 million years ago.


This sediment slowly accumulated to a depth of 7 kilometres (4.3 mi). This was later raised and tilted for its present form.

A number of stratigraphic layers have been identified, such as the Silverband Formation, the Mount Difficult Subgroup and the Red Man Bluff Subgroup.

The coarse grain and fine lamination of the Silverstone Formation, along with undulations at the surface, is thought to have been an estuarine backwater before becoming preserved around 400 million years ago.


The Southern Ocean reached the base of the northern and western base of the mountain range about 40 million years ago, the deposition from the range forming the sea floor which is now Little Desert National Park.


The highest peak is Mount William at 1,167 metres (3,829 ft). Numerous waterfalls, such as Mackenzie Falls, are found in the park and are easily accessible via a well-developed road network.


Recreation

Gariwerd and the Grampians National Park has been a popular destination for recreation and tourism since the middle of the nineteenth century. According to Wilkie, the extension of railways to nearby Stawell, Ararat and Dunkeld were an important factor in the mountains' increasing popularity in the early twentieth century; growing car ownership and the construction of tourist roads in the ranges during the 1920s were also significant.[20]

Rock climbing

The Grampians is a famous rock climbing destination, with the first routes being established in the 1960s. Notable routes include The Wheel of Life (V15 / 35) and Groove Train (33) which attract world class climbers. Australian adventurer Jon Muir regards the Grampians, along with the Arapiles, as near perfect in their combination of access, climate and type of rock.

In March 2019, 30% of climbing areas were closed by Parks Victoria due to cultural and ecological concerns, namely bolting, chalk marks, and making access paths through vegetation. It closed 70% of bouldering routes, and 50% of sport climbing.


Bushwalking

In 2015 Parks Victoria started building the 160 km Grampians Peaks Trail. The trail, which takes inspiration from popular Tasmanian trails, is designed to take 13 days to walk and crosses the length of the park.

Tourist centres

Halls Gap / Budja Budja is the largest service town in the area and is located at a point roughly equidistant between the towns of Ararat and Stawell. The town is located towards the eastern side of the park and offers accommodation to the many tourists who visit the area.

The Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap is owned and managed by Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung people from five Aboriginal communities with historic links to the Gariwerd-Grampians ranges and the surrounding plains.