HALLS GAP

Local Attractions

Grampians National Park(Wonderland)
Tunnel Track from Pomonal
Chautauqua Peak Loop
Bullaces Glen Loop
Grampians National Park(Southern Grampians)
Billimina Shelter Loop
The Chimney Pots
Burrong Falls
Grampians National Park(Northern Grampians)
Ngamadijidj Shelter
Gulgurn Manja Shelter
Heatherlie

 

Grampians National Park (Wonderland)
Off The Beaten Track Walks
Boronia Peak – a rocky peak with spectacular views
Distance: 6.6km
Time: 2 – 3 hours
Elevation Change: 300 metres
Grade: Medium
Start: Tandara Road Car park
Cross Fyans Creek (Barriyaloog Creek) footbridge and begin the steady climb through tall Messmate forest and native pines, along the western slope of the Mt William Range.  A scramble up the rocky summit rewards you with superb views towards Lake Fyans and over the Fyans valley.  Return by the same route.  Take care of cliffs and supervise children at all times.


Tunnel Track from Pomonal – a historic bridle trail
Distance: 2.4km one way
Time: 1 – 1 ½ hours
Elevation Change: 230 metres
Grade: Medium
Start: Tunnel Road Car park (11km from Halls Gap on the Ararat-Halls Gap Road)
An information board in the car park provides an insight into the development of the historic tunnel.  From the car park the track begins its steady climb past rocky outcrops to the top of the range.  Descending the other side, you gain magnificent views of the Serra Range.  From a forest clearing, at the western tunnel entrance, you can return to the starting point or continue to Borough Huts Campground or to Halls Gap.


Chautauqua Peak Loop – peaks and wet weather waterfalls
Distance: 5.6km circuit
Time: 2 – 3 hours
Elevation Change: 200 metres
Grade: Medium
Start: Recreation Oval car park, 150 metres from start of Mt Victory Road Halls Gap
Mt Victory Road to Chautauqua Peak (2.9km, medium)
Follow the sign posted track through open forest to the foot of Climatis Falls (best after rain).  Return 100 metres to an intersection and follow sign posts and orange track markers along rocky areas, steeply up to the summit of Chautauqua Peak.
Chautauqua Peak to Halls Gap (2.7km, medium)
Return to the main track and follow signs to Bullaces Glen, a lush fern gully under Blackwoods.  Continue down through a fern grove to Mt Victory Road.  Carefully cross this road, veering down a rocky track, and through the Botanic Gardens.


Bullaces Glen Loop – spring wildflowers and wet weather waterfall
Distance: 1.7km circuit
Time: 1 – 1 ½ hours
Elevation Change: 80 metres
Grade: medium
Start: Car park opposite shops in Halls Gap (walk through the car park, past
the swimming pool and cross the sealed road).
Follow the track and cross the suspension bridge to the Botanic Gardens.  Take the track to the right of the information board.  The track winds up rock steps to Mt Victory Road.  Carefully cross the road and begin a short climb to a waterfall at shady Bullaces Glen (best after rain).  Continue across the creek, following signs back to Halls Gap.


Grampians National Park(Southern Grampians)
Off The Beaten Track Walks
Manja Shelter – a gentle walk to an Aboriginal Cultural Site
Distance: 2.6km
Time: 1 hour
Elevation Change: 100 metres
Grade: easy
Start: Car park, Harrop Track
An uphill walk winds past rocky outcrops and through a stringbark forest.  A series of steps leads to boardwalks which protect the moist heathland areas near Manja Shelter.  Return by the same route.  For more information on Aboriginal Culture, visit Brambuk, The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap.


Billimina Shelter Loop – wet weather waterfalls and a significant Aboriginal Cultural Site
Distance: 1.7km circuit
Time: 45 minutes
Elevation Change: 100 metres
Grade: medium
Start: Buandik Picnic Area
Follow Billimina (Cultivation) Creek upstream to Jardwadjali (Buandik) falls (best after rain).  Near the falls an uphill walk leads to Billimina Shelter, a massive rock overhang with impressive Aboriginal art.  Signs at Billimina explain Aboriginal use of the area.  For more information on Aboriginal Culture, visit Brambuk, The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap


The Chimney Pots –a unique rock stack
Distance: 2.8km circuit
Time: 2 ½ - 3 hours
Elevation Change: 320 metres
Grade: hard
Start: Chimney Pots Car park, Glenelg River Road
This walk, suitable for fit and energetic walkers, can involve slippery track surfaces, rock hopping and rock scrambling.  A steep climb to the base of the Chimney Pots rewards you with views of the surrounding ranges and countryside.  Follow rock cairns and orange arrows for a further kilometre.  The track loops back to the main path and returns to the car park.


Burrong Falls – spring wildflowers and waterfalls
Distance: 640 metres return
Time: 10 – 20 minutes
Elevation Change: 30 metres
Grade: easy
Start: Car park, Rose Creek Road, 8.8km from Mt Victory Road
The short walk to Burrong Falls (best after rain) descends through a eucalypt forest, with a delightful under story of grass trees, grevileas and heath.  The track ends at a natural viewing platform overlooking the sharply chiseled rock terraces of Burrong Falls.  Supervise children at all times.  Return by the same route


Grampians National Park (Northern Grampians)
Off The Beaten Track Walks
Hollow Mountain (Wudjb-Guyan) – spectacular rock formations and views
Distance: 2.2km return
Time: 1 – 1 ½ hours
Elevation Change: 158 metres
Grade:
medium-hard
Start: Hollow Mountain Car park
Follow the sign-posted track through a densely vegetated gully to start climbing through woodland of banksias, grass-trees, native pines and eucalypts.  The track then leads you to the base of an iron-stained cliff.  It’s a steep and strenuous climb through fallen boulders and along exposed ledges to a sparsely vegetated rocky outcrop.  A short uphill scramble completes the climb to the wind-scoured caverns of Mount Wubjub-guyan (Hollow Mountain), with views overlooking Mt Stapylton and the Wimmera plains.  Return by the same route.


Ngamadijidj Shelter – an Aboriginal camping place
Distance: 300 metre circuit
Time: 10 minutes
Elevation Change: 10 metre
Grade: easy
Start: Stapylton Campground
The walk from the car park to Ngamadijidj Shelter is short and suitable for people with limited mobility.  This self-guided walk gives an insight into the culture and heritage of the local Aboriginal people.
This is an important Aboriginal rock art site.  Please treat Ngamadijidj with respect.  More information about local Aboriginal heritage is available at Brambuk the National Park & Cultural Centre in Halls Gap.


Gulgurn Manja Shelter – and Aboriginal cultural site
Distance: 1km return
Time: 20 – 40 minutes
Elevation Change: 30 metres
Grade: easy
Start: Hollow Mountain Car Park
A short uphill stroll leads to Gulgurn Manja Shelter – meaning “Hands of Young People”.  Signs tell some of the stories and legends of the Jardwadjali people and the mountains they call Gariwerd.
The local Aboriginal communities welcome visitors here to learn about their culture and heritage.  Please respect Gulgurn Manja.  Return by the same route.


Heatherlie – Mt Difficult Quarry – relics from a bygone era and brilliant wildflower displays
Distance: 2.4km return
Time: 1 – 1 ½ hours
Elevation Change: 40 metres
Grade: easy
Start: Heatherlie Quarry Car park, 14km from Halls Gap on Halls Gap-Mt Zero Road
Heatherlie Quarry, nestled at the base of Mt Difficult Range, is a great place for families to explore.  A gentle uphill stroll through a woodland of native pines, banksias and eucalypts leads to on-site information.  Follow the sign posted track around the quarry’s weathered rock faces, abandoned stone huts and long disused machinery.
The return walk via Heatherlie township initially follows the former railway line to Stawell.  Follow “street” signs through bush land back to the car park.

For more information on the Grampians National Park and surrounding area,
we suggest the following websites:


www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
www.visithallsgap.com.au
www.brambuk.com.au                       
www.visitvictoria.com