Grampians Peaks Trail
Section: Borough Huts to Jimmy Creek
|Covid restrictions were being eased and it was time to get outdoors
and hike in the wilderness, somewhere! A promise of a night free
of children suggested an overnight walk in the Grampians. The
Grampians are an easy 2.5 hour drive from where we live. So doing
an overnight walk plus getting there and back would be possible without
causing problems for our kid-sitters. We chose to do part of the
new Grampians Peak Trail which has been just launched recently and
specifically the section from Borough Huts Campground to Jimmy Creek
Campground via Mt William (Mt Duwil now). The walk is around 35 km
and involves a strenuous uphill section from Borough Huts, past a few
peaks to the top of Mt William and then some undulations till you
gradually descend again down to Jimmy Creek Campground. We
arranged a car pick-up to get us back again to our car at Borough Huts.
Unfortunately we got off to a slow start and arrived later than hoped for at the Borough Hut and this put us behind schedule on the first day which meant we had to jump onto the bitumen road when we saw it almost meet the road which allowed us to walk quicker to the top of Mt William. We decided to camp on the trail as we were not going to make designated campsite before dark. In the morning we set off early and made up lost time and found the downhill part of the walk easy to do. Our car shuffle was seamless so we had some time left to have lunch and an ice-cream in Halls gap before heading back to Melbourne and saving our kid-sitter!
|Day 1 - Details:
|Time - 7:08 hrs. Distance - 19.66 km Pace - 21:47 min/Km Total Ascent - 1350m Total Descent - 769m
|Day 2 - Details:
|Time - 4:35 hrs. Distance - 14.38 km Pace - 19:08 min/Km Total Ascent - 370m Total Descent - 942m
|Ready to leave Borough Huts
|On the trial.
|Water point near the Redman road Trailhead
|Back on the track
|A water race - what a surprise!
|The water race must have been here awhile as it's all rusty
|Mt William, now Mt Duwil in the background
|Markers show the way.
|First glimpse of Lake Bellfield
|Yellow makers tell me I'm on the right track
|Higher up the slope - the better view of Lake Bellfield
|Love the views
|nice steps Mr Ranger
|Taking in the wonderful views to Mt. William
|On the made road - leaving Mt William car park - Late
|Back to the walking track
|Setting up - to late to get to proper camp safely
|It was a great dinner
|Charging our Garmin watch
|Misty morning, first thing!
|Steps on the edge!
|Heading in the right direction!
|Easy walking on the 4wd track
|New campgrounds are quite good
|Charging points for the phone, watch or whatever. Very handy