Length (km): 1 km
Time (hrs/min): 40 min
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Return
Region: Western Victoria
Park: Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park
Closest Town: Stawell
Ascent: 30 m
Maximum Height: Unknown
Map: None Available (I wasn’t able to find one via Parks Victoria or DSE and copyright prevents me from providing any others – However, a map is not necessary as it will be easy to follow the track with my notes or the Northern Walks map I’ve mentioned below)
Further Details / Source(s): Grampians (Gariwerd) National Parks – Northern Walks (brochure available from Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre – $3.30). No specific information on this walk is available from Parks Victoria or DSE.
Getting There: If coming from Melbourne on the Western Highway, turn (veer) left at Wonwondah-Dadswells Bridge Road. Not sure what the road was signed as but probably Wartook and Halls Gap.
Take the first major left on Grampians (Gariwerd) Road. Again, I’m not sure what it’s signed as but probably Wartook and Halls Gap. Soon after this turn you will see a sign to the shelter (I can’t remember whether it said “Gulgurn Manja Shelter” or some other reference to aboriginal rock art or significant aboriginal sites). Turn left on to this dirt road and the site will be similarly signed from there.
Comments: From the north side of the carpark, the walk is signed and it is very easy to find the shelter from here. Gulgurn Manja means “hands of young people”, which is what the majority of the painting consists of. The hands have been dipped in some kind of ochre and pressed onto the wall/roof of the shelter. The rock paintings were very interesting but the highlight was really the surrounding rock formations. We spent quite some time exploring the rocks to the East of the paintings and the return walk was still very close to 40 minutes.
Rocks near the shelter
Part of the rock painting
More of the rocks near the shelter