The most common feedback I get from readers of The Bushwalking Blog is that they “just want more hikes to do”. I get it – hiking is my passion too. I do more hikes than I’d ever have the time to write about, so that’s why I’ve decided Bare Bones Bushwalking is now a thing. Not every hike has a story I can attach to it and some I just don’t get around to writing up, so in an effort to share ALL of (or at least more of) the hikes with you I’m doing this. A more simplified blog post that gives you everything you need to go and do the hike yourself. Make your own stories.
“It’s probably the most underrated hike in the Grampians.”
When I heard our hotelier say those words it was music to my ears. He wasn’t wrong, either. Chatauqua Peak didn’t disappoint.
The Grampians region is one of my favourite places in Victoria, but so many of the well-known hikes are incredibly busy. Particularly in the school holidays which is when I tend to visit. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of hikes in the Grampians where you’ll find true wilderness. But when I’m visiting with my Lori (and/or the kids) we’re not looking for an overnight hike or even a challenging day-hike, so any opportunity to discover a less frequented short hike is appreciated.
Like most trails in the Grampians, there are some hills involved, but the path to Clematis Falls is relatively easy. Clematis Falls is a lovely spot but is likely to be little more than a trickle unless there have been recent rains.
From Clematis Falls, the ascent gets steeper as you approach Chatauqua Peak. The final section of the climb toward the summit is a rock scramble, and I wouldn’t recommend taking it on after rain, but the views from near Chatauqua Peak are incredible anyway.
The walk continues through lots varying forest types to Bullaces Glenn, a dense ferny gully with a seasonal waterfall shaded by Blackwood trees, and then through the botanic gardens and back to your car.
Need to Know
Last Visited: 2016
Length: 5.6 km
Time: 2 hrs 30 min
Grade: Moderate / Grade 3 (according to the Australian Walking Track Grading System).
Region: Western Victoria
Park: Grampians National Park
Closest Town: Halls Gap
Car Access: Head north from Halls Gap and turn left into Mt Victory Road. After about 150 metres park at the Recreation Oval Carpark. Find the signed trailhead for Clematis Falls / Chataqua Loop.
Map: I’m unable to find any topographic maps that will cover these tracks. However, if you ask at the Visitor Centre they’ll be able to provide you with a rough map for a few bucks.
Have you visited the Grampians? Got it on your bucket list? If you have any stories, updates or corrections, please let us know by commenting below.
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