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Northern Luxe

Wild. Dramatic. Unique. Explore the Grampians Peaks Trail from the beginning without compromising comfort.
 
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Northern Grampians
Pack-free hiking
3 days, 3 nights
Boutique eco-lodge
Easy to moderate
'Very comfortable'
 
Overview

The Northern end of the national park is by far the most dramatic part of the Gariwerd Landscape. It's dry, sandy gullies and valley floors are dominated by huge rocky outcrops and the biggest sheer sandstone cliffs found anywhere in the Grampians. 

The Grampians Peaks Trail begins at its northernmost tip - Mount Zero - it is here where we start our Northern Luxe walk. We'll experience ancient indigenous rock art, scramble to incredible 360-degree views and feel dwarfed by the scale of the landscape.

Each day we will walk back into our private, off-grid eco-lodge and, after a hot shower, enjoy a glass of local wine and sample some local Grampians produce before dinning on a banquet-style home-cooked feast

 

Program Details

Itinerary Overview


Day 1 Arrive at our eco-lodge at your leisure. Light dinner available before briefing if required (D) Day 2 A short transfer, then we begin our walk from Mount Zero along the GPT back to our eco-lodge for the evening. (B, L, D) Day 3 Walking out of our eco-lodge we'll continue along the GPT for the day. A short transfer may be required back to the lodge. (B, L, D) Day 4 Visit an indigenous art site before a tour of a local olive grove. Refreshments at the olive grove before heading back to the eco-lodge for departure (B, L)




Who is this program for?


Our Luxe programs are designed for those who love to hike and explore and don't mind putting the miles in during the day and then prefer the comforts of returning to boutique accommodation for the evening. Hot showers, crisp linen, outstanding catering - all the adventure with a little more luxe. Our Luxe programs are also our only programs to offer multi-day pack free walking opportunity. You only need to carry a few small things for the day such as water, a snack and a rain jacket. If you would prefer to camp out in our hiker camps, or if you're more conscious of budget than comfort, check out our GPT Journey programs.




Inclusions


  • Qualified and experienced local guides.
  • 3 nights accommodation in our private off-grid eco-lodge.
  • Fresh, healthy and local in house catering.
  • All meals as outlined in itinerary overview
  • All required transfers as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Group safety equipment such as first aid kit and satellite phone.




Exclusions


  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Personal medical and evacuation/ambulance insurance




Route Description


Day 1 Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival to our eco-lodge - there will be a light dinner available for those that arrive in time. Once the team has assembled, we will hold a briefing for the next few days. The evening is then yours to relax and get to know your new friends. Day 2 12.5 km - ⬆450m - ⬇490m A short transfer will take us to the very northern end of the Grampians Peaks Trail where we'll begin our walk. From Mount Zero we will pass through the Stapylton Amphitheatre and be dwarfed by one of Victoria's tallest and steepest rock climbing walls. We'll exit the amphitheatre and have the option for a very scrambly ascent to the summit of Mount Stapylton. It's quite a scramble with some exposure to heights, so this side trip may not be for everyone. On return, we'll continue southward, until we descend through a gorge and visit Barigar Falls before a final stretch to walk back into our eco-lodge for the evening. Day 3 16 km - ⬆600m - ⬇600m Walking out of our eco-lodge we'll rejoin the Grampians Peaks Trail and continue our journey. More dramatic scenery today as we're dwarfed again by giant sheer cliffs and explore newly rediscovered waterfalls. The high point of today's walk is an optional side trip up to Briggs Bluff - offering an epic 360-degree view of the Northern Grampians and the Wimmera Plains. We'll then backtrack slightly and visit Beehive Falls before a short transfer back to the eco-lodge. Day 4 For our last day, we dial the pace back. We'll take a short drive to visit an indigenous art site and learn a little about the cultural landscape we have been walking through, then head to a local olive grove for a tour and learn about some of the world-class produce that we've been tasting during our stay. Our tour will conclude with a light platter style lunch at the groves cafe. Once we have indulged, we'll transfer back to our eco-lodge for a final debrief and departure around 1-2 pm




Equipment list


This is a list of personal clothing and equipment that you will be required to bring for this program. If there is anything you don't have we can assist with either hire equipment or a discount code for our online store. Please enquire! Footwear

  • Light weight hiking shoes or sturdy trail runners
  • 3 pairs of hiking socks
  • 1 Pair of light shoes/sandals/slippers or hut booties for night time (optional)
Clothing
  • 1-2 x shirts and pants for trekking
  • Mid to heavy warm layer - fleece or merino jumper/jacket or light synthetic fill layer
  • Waterproof and windproof rain jacket (must be full waterproof and breathable min 20,000mm ie not ski jacket)
  • 3-5 pairs of underwear
  • Casual evening clothing of your choice
Head and hands
  • Warm beanie - seasonally dependent
  • Neck gaiter for warmth or sun
  • Sun glasses
  • Light gloves - if traveling in winter or early spring
Sleeping gear
  • None! All bedding is supplied at our eco-lodge
Health and hygiene
  • Personal toiletries

  • Toothbrush/paste

  • small facecloth (optional)

  • Feminine hygiene (if required)

  • Small hand sanitiser - mandatory

  • Small personal first aid kit containing:

    • Sun screen (recomend UPF 50+) or zinc

    • Lip Balm

    • Personal Medications

    • Pain killers (whatever works for you)

    • Anti-inflammatories

    • Throat lozenges

Trekking gear
  • Small hiking day pack - 15-25L in capacity
  • 2 x water storage containers - either 2 x water bottle or 1 bottle and 1 bladder.
  • Hiking poles - recomended
  • Pack cover for your backpack - or ensure all valuables such as phone and camera are waterproofed
  • Camera! (optional)
  • 1 x awesome attitude (this cannot be hired, must be brought from home)





 
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