About Us

The Grampians - Geologically, a uniquely formed mountain range. Ecologically, one of the most diverse National Parks in Australia. Culturally, home to ten’s of thousands of years of human history. All of this in a destination that offers some of the most dramatic hiking in Victoria.

 

Based right in the heart of the Gariwerd, the Grampians Peaks Walking Company is the key to connecting people with place and unlocking the true Grampians experience.

Our goal is to be part of every journey on the Grampians Peak Trail no matter how you want to experience it. Whether it be a simple conversation about trail conditions, supplying a map or a fuel canister, providing transport and logistical solutions, right through to guiding a luxury multi-day experience.

 

The Grampians Peaks Walking Company is here to support everyone walking the GPT in every way possible.

 
Our Mission
"To inspire, support and enable YOU to discover YOUR Grampians Peaks Trail."
 
Our History

Since the inception of the Grampians Peaks Trail, as with all long-distance linear walks, there has been a need to provide guidance and support for walkers who journey through the Gariwerd Landscape.

The proactive team at Absolute Outdoors, at home in the Grampians, quickly identified the need for information, supplies, transport and of course, reliable local guides and laid the foundations of the Grampians Peaks Walking Company.

Today, the Grampians Peaks Walking Company is still part of the Absolute Outdoors family and is the premier operator supporting the Grampians Peaks Trail.

 
Our Purpose
"To continually improve the health and sustainability of our community and the environment."
 
 
Our Team

Adrian Manikas

Managing Director

adrian@grampianspeaks.com.au

Adrian is passionate about the outdoors and sharing experiences. Having dedicated most of his life to outdoor pursuits, both his own and assisting others in theirs, Adrian has accumulated over 11 years of experience across the adventure travel, guiding and outdoor education sectors. A spontaneous crossing of the Kokoda track focused Adrian's imagination on the great impacts that adventurous experiences can have on people and since then he has endeavoured to make the world a better place, one adventure at a time. 25+ international expeditions and countless school camps later, Adrian's focus is on exploring the adventurous opportunities in the Grampians and how best to share them with the world.

Melani Daruis

Director of Finance

melani@grampianspeaks.com.au

Melani is a qualified ANZ Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of business experience in various industries including hospitality & tourism, major infrastructure and professional services. She has an immense love of the great outdoors and has hiked all over the world, including Greece, Nepal, Morocco, Japan, South-East Asia and New Zealand. Melani has holidayed annually in Halls Gap for many years and is passionate about helping to connect people to the amazing Grampians region so they can discover its beauty and universal appeal. In her spare time, Melani loves cooking for her family & friends and reading travel books

Ant Mair

Program Development Manager - Education

ant@grampianspeaks.com.au

There have been four generations of Mairs on Quamby Farm in Halls Gap and the young Ant grew up exploring the ranges above the town.  Since then he has worked as an Environmental Scientist, a Green Beret soldier, a revegetation ranger, an expedition manager, a secondary teacher, an owner builder and outdoor educator. “Leave the world better off than we found it” is his mantra and guiding principle.

Mitch Smith

Retail Operations Manager

mitch@grampianspeaks.com.au

Mitch brings over 20 years of retail experience to the team, the last 7 in the outdoor industry. As a self-confessed gear nerd he is passionate to the point of obsession about outdoor gear and has been recently told by his partner that he doesn’t need another hiking pack (he totally does!) An experienced traveller and hiker when Mitch is not busy working he can be found walking up mountains and has recently completed the Australian Alpine Walking Trail. If you have any enquiries about gear feel free to flick Mitch an email, he loves solving problems and would love to hear from you.

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Come and visit us in the Grampians any time! Or get in touch however you like via the contact us page.