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Women's Grampians Overnight Hike // Mt Zero to Roses Gap: 1st -2nd October

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Summary

Behold and explore the majestic vistas of the Grampians National Park on our women’s overnight hiking adventure.

Climbing steep mountains, dips into deep valleys and meanders through stunning bushland. Just the right amount of time in nature to really switch off and reap the benefits from spending time in the great outdoors.

With its ancient rock formations and rising mountains, the Grampians is among Victoria’s most loved destinations for adventure. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Private transfer to trail head location
  • Traverse over the stunning Flat Rock
  • Ample opportunities to spot wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Experience an overnight hike and ‘hike in’ camp location
  • Enjoy delicious camp meals and a good night’s sleep under the stars 
  • Meet like minded women who just want to get out there!

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Details

We’ve pieced together an overnight hike, following the highlands and what’s said to be some of the most spectacular views in the park. This brilliant diversity of landscape works in concert with the fauna and flora to make this trip very special. 

The mountains are an amazing backdrop for our camp at Barigar, where you’ll have the chance to experience an ‘in hike’ camp location, sharing with koalas and abundant birdlife that make this place their home.

  • Traditional land owners: Djab Wurrung and Jardwardjali
  • Location: Grampians National Park // Victoria
  • Meeting location: Gar Trailhead - Roses Gap Road View this link
  • Meeting time: 8.30am sharp. Bus leaves at 9.15am
  • Finish time: Between 1.30-2.30pm day two
  • Duration: Overnight hike
  • Distance: 16km (total) Day 1: 12.1km - Day 2: 3.9km
  • Campsite: Barigar 'hike in' campsite
  • Group size:
  • Age: Over 18 years
  • Grading: Grade 4 - Bushwalking experience recommended

PACKING LIST

  • Hiking pack (60-65L capacity)
  • Sleeping bag (-5 or more) 
  • Sleeping mat (insulated) 
  • Water (You need to carry minimum 2L each day). We suggest a 2L bladder + and a 1L water bottle for two separate carriers
  • Waterproof jacket with hood 
  • Waterproof pants (check weather forecasts)
  • Fleece jumper
  • 1x hiking shirt (merino material is best. Cotton is not great to walk in)
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Gaiters *optional
  • Thermal top and thermal bottoms
  • Lightweight camp trousers
  • Walking boots 
  • 2x pairs of socks 
  • Camera or phone 
  • Phone power bank and cords (optional)
  • Personal medication
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Warm clothes for the night (you can wear your thermal top)
  • Beanie and gloves for cooler nights
  • Lip balm & small packet of tissue
  • Small travel and quick dry towel 
  • Personal blister pack
  • Toiletries + ear plugs
  • Rubbish bag (for dirty or wet items)
  • Hiking poles *optional 
  • Camp shoes/crocs or Tevas

GETTING THERE

Gar Trailhead: From Melbourne (271km, 3hrs and 5mins), drive west on the Western Highway (A8) through Ararat and Stawell to Roses Gap. Turn left off the highway onto Roses Gap Road and continue for 13.1km until you reach the Gar Trailhead on the left.

With any of our trips, if you have any questions, concerns, or queries, get in touch.

 

* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.

Itinerary

You will begin your adventure at Gar Trailhead on Roses Gap Road for a briefing, gear organising and pre departure checks at 8.30am. From there, it’s a short shuttle bus ride to take the group to the north to the start of the trail at Mt Zero Picnic Area. Along your journey on day one, you will see picturesque views of the Stapylton Amphitheater and Taipan Wall after making the climb on the uphill section over Flat Rock. The trail then descends into the Stapylton Amphitheater and climbs steadily and alongside towering cliff faces to the top of Mt Stapylton.

You will be able to sit in awe (with a hot cuppa) and take a rest at the top of these stunning mountains. If you keep your eyes peeled you will be able to spot reptiles skittering across the path. You may also hear the song of the Kookaburra or be able to sneak a peek at the elusive echidna.

After a stop and lunch at the top of Mt Stapylton the trail continues along the range and down to Golton Creek. From Golton Creek the trail ascends back up onto the range and down into the Barigar Hike in Campsite which is nestled in the valley alongside Barigar Falls. Our home for the night! 

We’ll set up camp and enjoy afternoon tea and dinner. 

This morning we get up early to savour the views and atmosphere of the morning light over the mountains. You will be treated to a hot cuppa and breakfast with a relaxing morning at camp. There is no rush today, as a shorter 3.9km hike will allow the group plenty of time to pack up camp and ease into the days hiking. 

After we pack up camp, the hike descends past Barigar Falls and along the base of the Rock Wall. As the Rock Wall peters out the trail climb over the ridge into Roses Gap with views of the Mt Difficult Range and Briggs Bluff finishing back at the Gar Trailhead. 

We’ll finish up just after lunch before departing ways at Gar Trailhead where we left our cars. Finish time between 1.30-2.30pm.

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • Qualified and knowledgeable female guide
  • Tents. You can bring your own only if it is compact and lightweight (single tent)
  • Waterproof pack liners
  • One breakfast, two lunches, and one dinner
  • Snacks, tea and coffee on the trail both days 
  • All eating utensils 
  • Cooking gear and pots 
  • Camp lights
  • Group tarp
  • Emergency communications and first aid kit
  • Toilet gear
  • All National Parks Fee's
  • Campsite fees
  • Shuttle bus drop off 
  • Photos of your trip posted in a private Facebook Page 
EXCLUDED:
  • Transport to meeting location 
  • Travel insurance, optional yet recommended 
  • Pre/post hike accommodation if required 
  • Hiking packs - hire option available - $40
  • Sleeping bags and sleeping mats

Grading

Grading: Moderate

Some overnight bushwalking experience recommended. You should be in good physical condition; fit enough to hike 12 kilometres on day 1 and 4 kilometres on day 2, all with a pack weighing 14-16 kilograms. We recommend you have some bush walking experience and in good health. 

The trip is graded moderate to challenging due to tracks being long, rough and steep in sections. Directional signage may be limited. It’s important women understand that a good level of fitness if required to successfully complete this overnight hike. Please note, parts of the track may be wet underfoot.

View our trip grading here.

Reviews

Sherree List 29/03/2022
    5 / 5 rating

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