This is the largest section of the Park and takes in the dramatic peaks of the Victoria and Serra Ranges with the Victoria Valley in between.
Experience the highest peak in the Grampians, Mt William which forms part of the Mt William Range on the east side of the Grampians Tourist Road between Halls Gap and Dunkeld,which is the major service centre at the southern end of the park. Again this area is rich in flora, Aboriginal and European history and the higher rainfall, compared with the Northern section of the Park, means that the wildflowers are a little later. There are many opportunities to experience the Grampians knowing that you will see few other people.
The best accessible Aboriginal shelters within the Park are in the Victoria Range to the west, the Manja and Billimina shelters near Buandik. The Mount William Goldfield near Mafeking was the scene of the last gold rush in Victoria in 1900. Although the population reached 10,000 the gold soon ran out and by 1912 mining had ceased. Moora Moora was the home of one of the early stations and timber settlements.
A great chance to have a picnic in a spot where you maybe entirely on your own. An opportunity to explore a part of the Grampians you may not have seen.
The Picnic Area is a very quiet spot, just off the Red Rock Road, beside a large area of water, which is part of the Glenelg River. A great place for bird watching, and Glen Isla Crossing and the nearby areas have some wonderful wildflowers in the late winter and spring.
What better way to picnic than beside water where you also admire the mountains that surround you. Close to Halls Gap it is one of the easiest to visit.
Take the Billywing Rd off the Henty Highway below Glen Isla, to the Buandik picnic area. Close by 2 of the best aboriginal art sites in the Grampians, and one of the great wildflower areas- "The Billywing", it is a great place to spend some time. In winter and after rain the Buandik Falls are an added attraction.
Set amidst some lovely trees in one of the moister areas of the park, it is a great place for a picnic in the hot weather. Just before the turn off to Mt William from the Grampians Tourist Road.
A similar situation to Red Rock but with a different range of vegetation. It is situated just off the Glenelg River Road on Syphon Rd. This whole area is a great are for those interested in plants and take the time to visit.
A picnic area in stringybark forest and tea tree on the Eastern side of the Mt W illiam Range. It is the carpark for the walk to the Kalymna Falls. Toilets also available.
At the junction of Jimmy Creek Road and the Grampians Tourist Road, the picnic area is in an area noted for its wildflowers in the spring.
The picnic area is on the Grampians Tourist Road at the junction of Lynchs Track Great views of the Serra Range, and usually a good wildflower area in the spring and early summer.
The picnic area is situated on Victoria Pont road at the southern end of the Victoria Range where the plains meet the Grampians. To the east is the Serra Range and the Victoria Valley opens up to the north east.
A picnic area on the Victoria Valley Road, close to Marney Swamp giving great views up the valley and of the mountains to the East.
The picnic area is on the Grampians Tourist Road between Mt Abrupt and The Piccaninny. Great views of the mountains and out over the plains.
A number of dramatic and strenuous walks which reward one with stunning views in all directions. The Major Mitchell Plateau is the best Alpine community walk in the Grampians and the views from the summit of Mt William, are spectacular. On these two walks be prepared for possible weather changes.
|Start: Buandik Picnic Area||Time: Approx. 45 mins return|
|Distance: 1.7 km loop||Grade: Medium (elevation: 100m)|
Follow the creek upstream to Buandik Falls (best after rain). A short uphill walk leads to Billimina shelter in a massive rock overhang.
|Start: Carpark Harrop Track||Time: Approx. 1 hr return|
|Distance: 2.6 km loop||Grade: Easy (elevation: 100m)|
An easy uphill walk across boardwalks and some steps to the shelter. The boardwalks protect the moist heathland areas. An aboriginal cultural site.
|Start: Chimney Pots carpark, Glenelg River Road||Time: Approx. 3 hrs return|
|Distance: 2.8 km loop||Grade: Hard (elevation: 320m)|
A great walk for those who want to get away from people. The walk takes you up a unique rock stack. The summit offers great panoramic views.
|Start: Victoria Range Road|
(4WD & seasonally closed)
|Time: Approx. 1 hr return|
|Distance: 2.5 km return||Grade: Medium / Hard (elevation: 100m)|
Covers a range of surfaces, through open forest, mint bush and tea-tree to the base of Mt Thackeray. The track rises over rocks to the summit. 360 degree views of the ranges and surrounding plains.
|Start: Mt William Carpark||Time: Approx. 1 hr return|
|Distance: 3.6 km return||Grade: Medium (elevation: 247m)|
A steep 1 to 1½ hours walk up a sealed road closed to public vehicles. At 1167m Mt William is the highest point in the Grampians. Fantastic views. Be prepared for cold and windy conditions on the summit.
|Start: Mt Abrupt Carpark, Grampians Tourist Road||Time: Approx. 3 hrs return|
|Distance: 6.5 km return||Grade: Hard (elevation: 460m)|
The initial climb is quite difficult as you zig-zag up the mountain. A strenuous hike over varying surfaces to spectacular views.
|Start: Piccaninny Carpark, Grampians Tourist Road||Time: Approx. 1 hr return|
|Distance: 2.4 km return||Grade: Easy / Medium (elevation: 130m)|
A gradual climb through open forest with an understorey of wildflowers. Great views of Mt Abrupt and Dunkeld and to the plains beyond.
|Start: Intersection of Grampians Tourist Road and Victoria Valley Road||Time: Approx. 3 hrs return|
|Distance: 7 km return||Grade: Hard (elevation: 340m)|
A walk that can cross a variety of surfaces. Steep sections pass through rocky terrain and stunted vegetation. Panoramic views of the surrounding ranges, Dunkeld and the plains.
|Start: Mafeking Carpark||Time: Approx. 45 mins return|
|Distance: 2 km return||Grade: Easy (elevation: 250m)|
Shortly after 1900, Mafeking catered for 10,000 miners. Today a self guided walk takes you to remaining historic features. There are many exposed mineshafts in the area - keep to the track.
Buandik Falls in the west and Kalymna Falls near Mt William are the main attractions in this section of the Park.