The 3 GPT Stages - What are they?

Updated: Apr 3

The Grampians Peaks Trail is a long and diverse walk. Over its 160 km length, it offers a range of experiences for anyone seeking time in nature. At the Grampians Peaks Walking Company, we have developed a range of tours and services to make those experiences accessible to all. No matter your level of hiking experience, your time constraints, budget or thirst for adventure, we can bring your experience to life. Read on to find out more about the GPT Stages.

The Grampians Peaks Trail is officially split into 3 main stages, North, Central and South. Each of these stages journeys through unique landscapes to take on their own characteristics. Our GPT Stages follow the full length of each stage with each one connecting to the next, giving you the opportunity to explore every step of the trail.

Over 4 or 5 days, you will be guided by one of our expert local guides from start to end of your stage, walking, dining, camping, living on the trail. These longer journeys are a great way to be emersed in the landscape for a longer period of time.

GPT Stages Snapshot

Leadership: Expert Local guides

Duration: 4 to 5 days (3 to 4 nights)

Travel style: Continuous journey

Accommodation: Supported hiker camps

Catering: Fresh, healthy camp cooking

Why choose a GPT Stage?

If you're after a longer, more challenging walk, or have your heart set on walking the full length of the GPT then these GPT stages are for you. With each stage linking into the next, you can walk the full length of the GPT over time by completing each stage on multiple visits.

Only get a short holiday each year? Start with the North, then next year come back and take on the central stage, then the next, finish off in the South!

Keen on an extended expedition? Book all 3 stages back to back and take on the 13-day epic all at once!

See our GPT Stage itineraries here.

Frequently asked questions

Who will be on this Journey?

One of our expert local guides will lead this program from start to finish and be supported by one of our support staff that will assist in setting up and breaking down camps as well as preparing meals.

How long are GPT Stages?

There are 3 stages to the Grampians Peaks Trail. The first (North) and that last stages (South) are 4 days and 3 nights while the longer Central stage is 5 days and 4 nights.

Where will I spend the evening?

Evenings will be spent in one of the hiker camps along the trail. Each campsite varies slightly, but they all have raised timber tent platforms, an undercover communal/public shelter with seating and tables and two unisex composting toilets. Some of the communal shelters are 'open-air' and others are enclosed.

What will I sleep on?

Our twin share hiking tents (2 hikers sleeping in a 3 person tent) will be pitched on raised timber tent pads, so they will always be smooth and level and you will sleep on your own inflatable hiking mattress (available for hire if required).

What is supplied?

We supply anything that is used by or for the group and you will need to pack your own personal clothing and equipment. We will supply things like tents, cooking equipment and food, while you will bring you clothing, backpack, sleeping bag and mattress. See the details of each program for a full packing/equipment list.

What do I need to carry?

You will only need to carry your own personal belongings. Essentially, if you bring it yourself, you'll need to carry it! We will take care of all of the group equipment and food. Depending on the season, your backpack will likely weight between 10 to 14kgs.

What will I be eating?

All our programs are filled with healthy, fresh and delicious meals. We will take care of everything (as outlined in each itinerary) for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even some snacks along the way. A typical breakfast on the trail would be muesli or porridge with fresh fruit, tea and quality ground coffee. Lunch could be a freshly prepared cold meat or falafel wrap, and dinner will vary from season to season but always be freshly prepared, as locally sourced as possible and of course, plentiful to keep you fueled! While we will provide some trail mix, snack bars and fruit throughout the day, you are of course welcome to bring your own if you have any favourites! Have specific dietary needs? No problem! Just let us know at the time of your booking and we'll take care of it, or get in touch for a chat.

See our GPT Stage itineraries here.

Prefer not to camp?

If you're after a bit more luxury, check out our Grampians Luxe programs.


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