Last Visited: 13/01/2009
Length (km): 3.8 km
Time (hrs/min): 2 hours
Grade: Easy / Medium
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Return
Region: Western Victoria
Park: Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park
Closest Town: Halls Gap
Maximum Elevation: 720 m
Total Ascent: 100 m
Further Details / Source(s): #5 (variation 2) in Day Walks Victoria (by John Chapman, Monica Chapman & John Siseman – available in many bookstores) & Grampians (Gariwerd) National Parks – Wonderland Walks (brochure available from Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre – $3.30). No specific information on this walk is available from Parks Victoria or DSE.
Car Access: The walk begins from Sundial Carpark. From Halls Gap (north of the shops), Take Mount Victory Road and turn left at Silverband Road (you will see a brown and white tourist sign pointing to Sundial Carpark). Take the next left onto Sundial Road (also signed) and you will find yourself at Sundial Carpark.
I spent a few days around the Grampians (Gariwerd) last week but this was the first walk I did on my visit. I hadn’t been in the area for a few years so the first thing that struck me was the post-bushfire regrowth (fires ravaged much of the Grampians (Gariwerd) in January, 2006). If anyone is considering a visit to the area, I highly recommend doing so soon as it is really quite a different experience after bushfires. I’ve just had a look at this track on Google Earth and it’s amazing to look at how dense the tree foliage appears, compared to what I saw on my visit.
From the Sundial Carpark, there is a clearly signed track heading North to The Pinnacle. A large part of the track is very wide and sandy/gravelly but a lot of it is also over rocks. In the rocky sections, you will be fine as long as you look out for the painted arrows (from memory they are all yellow or red – EDIT: Whoops! Apparently they’re orange – see comment below!). Only one junction is reached on the track and The Pinnacle is also clearly signed from there.
As you come close to The Pinnacle, there are some amazing rock formations and views to Halls Gap and Lake Bellfield. We spotted a lizard (not sure what type) but no other wildlife aside from the usual birds and sooooo many flies!
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