This eight day journey explores the youngest volcanic features of Victoria’s Western District along with the ancient landscapes of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. Commencing in Geelong, we take the short walk up to Mt Noorat and peer into its crater while learning about the intriguing geological history of this region. Near Port Fairy, Tower Hill Reserve is a crater lake and a haven for native wildlife. Further inland, Mt Eccles (Budj Bim) National Park protects Aboriginal heritage, lava tubes and crater lakes. Nearby Mt Napier is the youngest volcano in Victoria and we follow the lava flow to the Byaduk Caves. After visiting the Volcanoes Discovery Centre at Penshurst we travel across the third largest volcanic plain on earth. Our first walk in the magnificent Grampian Ranges is to the summit of Mt Sturgeon. We then learn about the unique Aboriginal culture and history at Brambuk National Park and Culture Centre. Based for four nights in Halls Gap, we immerse ourselves in this ancient landscape of massive sandstone outcrops and eucalypt covered slopes towering above the surrounding plains. Half and full day walks lead us to places with names lifted from explorers’ diaries. We marvel at the valleys and vistas from Grand Canyon, Silent Street, MacKenzie Falls, Boroka and Lakeview Lookout to the Wonderland Ranges. Finishing with a taste sensation we visit the famed Seppelt Great Western winery and there are options to end in Ballarat or return to Geelong.
- Learn about the culture, volcanic landscape & environment of Victoria’s Western District
- Begin with walks at Mt Eccles National Park & visit the Byaduk lava caves
- Understand the geological history at Volcanoes Discovery Centre
- Take in walks to Mt Noorat, Mt Napier & Mt Sturgeon
- Learn about Aboriginal culture at Brambuk National Park & Cultural Centre
- Spend four nights based in Halls Gap surrounded by the grandeur of ancient landscapes
- Enjoy day walks featuring the sandstone mountain ranges, stringy bark forests & spring wildflowers of Grampians National Park
15 - 22 October 2017 (7 nights)
Twin share/person (ex Geelong, ends Ballarat)
Advanced Early Bird: A$2,995 until 25/11/2016
Early Bird: A$3,195 until 30/06/2017
Single Supplement: A$450
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.
Minimum Group Size: 10 guests
Wildlife, Birding, Geology, History, Botanical
Moderate: 5 - 15km per walking day with some rough sections (moderate options include ascent/descent). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.
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