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Great Ocean Road to Grampians - Walking Holiday

Region: Victoria // Dates: 24 October - 03 November 2019 (10 nights)
Great Ocean Road to Grampians Walking Holiday
Graeme McGregor

This eleven-day journey explores the Great Ocean Road, Shipwreck Coast, the youngest volcanic features of Victoria’s Western District and the ancient landscapes of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. After meeting in Geelong we journey along the Great Ocean Road, stopping for short walks at iconic locations. We continue via the forests of the Otways, bound for Shipwreck Coast and more short walks to famous viewpoints. Turning inland, we peer into the old crater of Mt Noorat and learn about the intriguing geological history of this region. Near Port Fairy, Tower Hill Reserve is a crater lake and a haven for native wildlife. We focus on the cultural heritage of people in landscape and join Aboriginal elders to learn more about the ancient layers of this land. 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, to take in the summit of Mt Surgeon. Based for three nights in Halls Gap, we immerse ourselves in the Grampians landscape of massive sandstone outcrops and eucalypt covered slopes. Half and full day walks lead us to places with names lifted from explorers’ diaries - Grand Canyon, Silent Street, MacKenzie Falls, Wonderland Ranges, Boroka and Lakeview Lookout. We finish with a hike to Mt Rosea, one of the greatest walks and views in the Grampians. Farewelling these sandstone ramparts, we end our journey in Ballarat to discover some local stories about this historic mining city.

Overview

This eleven-day journey explores the Great Ocean Road, Shipwreck Coast, the youngest volcanic features of Victoria’s Western District and the ancient landscapes of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. After meeting in Geelong we journey along the Great Ocean Road, stopping for short walks at iconic locations. We continue via the forests of the Otways, bound for Shipwreck Coast and more short walks to famous viewpoints. Turning inland, we peer into the old crater of Mt Noorat and learn about the intriguing geological history of this region. Near Port Fairy, Tower Hill Reserve is a crater lake and a haven for native wildlife. We focus on the cultural heritage of people in landscape and join Aboriginal elders to learn more about the ancient layers of this land. 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, to take in the summit of Mt Surgeon. Based for three nights in Halls Gap, we immerse ourselves in the Grampians landscape of massive sandstone outcrops and eucalypt covered slopes. Half and full day walks lead us to places with names lifted from explorers’ diaries - Grand Canyon, Silent Street, MacKenzie Falls, Wonderland Ranges, Boroka and Lakeview Lookout. We finish with a hike to Mt Rosea, one of the greatest walks and views in the Grampians. Farewelling these sandstone ramparts, we end our journey in Ballarat to discover some local stories about this historic mining city.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Visit the Otway Coast hamlets & follow in the footsteps of colonial artist Eugene von Guerard
  • Enjoy short walks on the Great Ocean coast & Otway forest
  • Learn about the culture, landscape & environment of Victoria’s Western Volcanic District
  • Take in walks to Mt Noorat, Mt Napier & Mt Sturgeon
  • Visit Mt Eccles NP & the Byaduk lava caves
  • Learn about Aboriginal culture at Brambuk NP & Cultural Centre
  • Spend three nights in Halls Gap surrounded by ancient landscapes
  • Enjoy the lookouts, waterfalls, forests & spring wildflowers of Grampians NP

Details

Details:

24 Oct - 03 Nov 2019 (10 nights)

Twin share/person (starts Geelong / ends Ballarat)
Advanced Early Bird: A$TBA until 22/02/2019
Early Bird: A$TBA until 26/06/2019
Regular: A$TBA
Single Supplement: A$TBA
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

Special Interest:
Wildlife, Botanical, History, Geology

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 3-15km per walking day with some challenging options (challenging options include ascent/descent rough uneven terrain). 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.

Tour Itinerary

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  • Graeme McGregor

    Graeme McGregor is a geographer with a passion for discovering our natural and cultural environments, especially through walking. Some of Graeme’s early roles include teaching and establishing and operating the Grampians Field Studies Centre near Dunkeld; planning for the Grampians and Point Nepean National Parks in Victoria, and planning or managing numerous national parks and reserves in Queensland, Northern New South Wales and on Kangaroo Island. Graeme is the author of many park management plans and schools’ educational material on soil conservation and land use planning. Graeme’s most recent work was with the South Australia National Parks and Wildlife Service on Kangaroo Island where he lived for 4½ years, finding time to discover the wonders of Kangaroo Island and other areas of South Australia. He now lives in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Graeme is passionate about our natural and cultural environments and enjoys nothing more than sharing it with others. 

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