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Victoria’s getting a new 160-kilometre hiking trail

Victoria’s getting a new 160-kilometre hiking trail

Soon there will be another sweat-inducing way to explore the Grampians National Park.

Known for its waterfalls, wildflowers and diverse wildlife, the Grampians is a nature lover’s paradise. This region of Victoria has been known for its hiking for some time now, but a new track is set to rocket the Grampians to the forefront of Australian adventure.

Currently in the works, the Grampians Peaks Trail will be a 160-kilometre, 13-day epic, taking in the highlights of this 167,000-hectare national park. It will summit and traverse a number of mountains along the way, including the ominously named Mount Difficult, but it’s not all tough slogs up steep hills: lucky hikers will get to experience some of the most dramatic landscapes Australia has to offer.

And while most of it’s still under construction, the first segment is open for keen hikers to hit the track. This 36-kilometre, three-day loop track starts and ends at Halls Gap, taking in rock pools, stunning lookouts and plunging waterfalls.

Feeling like you’d like to get out on the track but don’t think your hiking skills are up to scratch? Not to worry! Grampians Personalised Tours & Adventures runs a fully serviced, guided walking experience along the track, providing much of the gear that you’ll need.

The full trail is set to open in late 2020, and parts will be able to be completed as anything from short day hikes to the full 13-day trek.

© Marcus Thompson/Parks Victoria

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