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.
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