Adventure kicks off with the launch of the Grampians Peaks Trail
The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews was joined by Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, together with Grampians Tourism and Parks Victoria in Halls Gap today to officially launch stage one of the Grampians Peaks Trail, which will connect some of the Grampians’ most spectacular peaks.
The trail rich in Aboriginal culture is being constructed in stages over the next five years and will be a 144km, 13 day world class walk starting in the region’s north near Mt Zero and running south past Halls Gap to Dunkeld showcasing the dramatic peaks and panoramic views of Grampians National Park.
Premier Daniel Andrews outlined the benefits of the Grampians Peaks Trail to the region and congratulated those involved.
“We’re bringing tourists to regional Victoria, bringing jobs to the Grampians region, and bringing families into the heart of our pristine natural environment,” said Mr Andrews.
“Congratulations, the dream of many, is now a reality for everyone.”
Minister Pulford said the Victorian Government was proud to invest $1.6 million in the project that is destined to become one of Victoria’s leading nature-based and cultural tourism attractions.
“The Grampians Peaks Trail will stimulate tourism and create opportunities for jobs and investment in the Grampians region,” Ms Pulford said.
Grampians Tourism CEO, Will Flamsteed is delighted that stage one is now complete and ready for visitors to experience.
“The hard work that has gone into transforming the Grampians Peaks Trail vision into a reality has been phenomenal.
“We are very excited to have an attraction of such calibre in the Grampians that will have a flow on effect to other key attractions in the region.
“Once completed, the trail will contribute to The Grampians standing as one of the country’s leading nature based destinations, drawing year-round visitation from local and international experience seekers,” Mr Flamsteed said.
Section one of the Grampians Peaks Trail is a three day, two night 33km loop walk with ancient rock formations at the Grand Canyon. Hiking enthusiasts can witness the majestic Mt William and Fyans Valley from Pinnacle Lookout plus 360-degree views from the summit of Mt Rosea.
As part of section one, hikers are able to stay at various camping grounds along the way including the Bugiga Hikers Camp nestled under Mt Rosea and Borough Huts.
The Victorian Government has pledged a further $19 million towards the Grampians Peaks Trail, which upon completion is expected to create 35 full-time jobs and generate 86,000 visitor nights in the region and boost the local economy by $6.4 million per year.
For more information visit www.grampianspeakstrail.com.au or for information on the sites, camp fees and how to book.