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Grampians: Sip and Scramble

Why we love this trip!

  • Experience the very best of the Grampians, with a local guide who will take you across the greatest treks, and also to the best restaurants
  • Support local tourism and hospitality businesses whilst indulging in delicious food and wine
  • A sublime dining experience at the 2 hatted Wickens Restaurant at the Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld
  • Private tour of the 28,000 bottle Royal Mail Wine Cellar, recipient of the 'Best Hotel Wine List' worldwide from the UK!
  • Take some time to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend valuable time in nature, trekking through the stunning Australian Bush
  • Enjoy the simple indulgence of everything being taken care of for you. Simply bring yourself and and enjoy the fruits of the region
  • Enjoy the comfort of staying at the luxurious Eagle Wings Rise Homestead and waking up to native wildlife at your front door

Background

What do you love most about getting away for a long weekend to the Grampians? Is it recharging your batteries, getting out into nature, or maybe enjoying delicious local products?

The Grampians stunning landscape provides us with incredible walks to spectacular lookouts and waterfalls, and the local towns that surround the Grampians will provide us with local produce and cuisine. 

This guided Grampians trek is the perfect combination of nature, walking, and dining that will reinvigorate your spirit, body, and palate.

Who is this trip for?

People who enjoy short treks that aren't too strenuous

Those that think the best way to support local businesses is by indulging in their delicious food and wine

Food and wine lovers who appreciate special access to places such as the cellar at the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld

If staying at nice accommodation is important to you

Other Australian Trips We Offer

Grampians Peak Trail: Three Day Camping Adventure

Yarra Valley Traipsing and Tasting: Four Day Hiking, Wining, and Dining Experience

High Country Peddle and Pinot: Four Day Cycling, Hiking, and Dining Experience

Epic Victorian Traverse: Seven Day Trekking Adventure (not for the faint-hearted!)

As part of our risk mitigation plan, all domestic Australian group sizes have been capped at 8 guests, and New Zealand at 10.  

If you'd prefer a private group with family or friends, don't hesitate to contact us to discuss

Overview

This guided Grampians trek combines moderate to difficult walks at both the northern and southern ends of the Grampians, with wonderful local produce and cuisine. It is a combination of getting out into nature with friends and then dining with them at night. We have specifically crafted this trip so people will return home with great memories, a sense of achievement, and a greater appreciation of what regional cuisine can offer.

Our base for the weekend will be the stunning homestead of Eagle Wings Rise. Just outside of Halls Gap, Eagle Wings Rise is an idyllic home with great views of the Grampians. It is where we will sit down for a nourishing breakfast each day and will host our first nights' dinner. Set on 50 acres with views of the Mt William Range, Eagle Wings Rise is the perfect place to start and end each day. 

Each day will be filled with excellent walks through the Grampians escarpment. We will take you away from the more popular trails, deep into the mountains and up to ridgelines with incredible views of the surrounding ranges and hinterland. Lunches will be provided by a local Deli, so we will find a perfect place to set up lunch along the way (more than likely with a view).

One of the highlights of this adventurous weekend will be dinner at the famous Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld. Before dinner, we will have a tour of their 28,000 bottle wine cellar before dining in the Parker Steet Project.

The Grampians will provide you with stunning walks, beautiful accommodation, and delicious food and drinks. What more could you possibly want? This is a great weekend adventure for couples or friends alike!

Itinerary

Day 1 Thursday: Arrive at Halls Gap (D)
Day 2 Friday: Trek to Mt Difficult (B, L, D) (5 hours trekking)
Day 3 Saturday: Trek to Pinnacles Lookout and Mt Abrupt (B, L, D) (2.5 hours each trek)
Day 4 Sunday: Enjoy a delicious breakfast before heading home. (B)

Itinerary and night stays may change without notice due to availability of accommodation.

Routes

Day 1 Thursday: Halls Gap is a 3-hour drive from Melbourne. We expect most people will arrive at around 6 pm. On arrival, refreshments will be available (a Prosecco or local ale) followed by predinner canapés and then a 3-course meal. We will source several local wines combined with local produce. During dinner, we will brief you on the following day's activities. (D)

Day 2 Friday: Today we will take in the northern end of the Grampians along the newly opened Grampians Peak Trail. After a wonderful fresh breakfast including delicious loaves of local bread, we will head out for our first walk of the weekend. Mt Difficult is our ultimate destination. While the name conjures up steep ascents, the trail has only short steep staircases that will take you to the next fold in the layered landscape. Views from Mt Difficult are incredible as two escarpments crash together into one giant point. Along the ridge, we will find a comfortable place for lunch. Lunch will be a mixture of local and international produce.

From the summit of Mt Difficult, we will head down through a gully back to our awaiting vehicle via Briggs Bluff. We then transfer back to Eagle Wings Rise for a freshen up before heading out for dinner in Halls Gap. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Saturday: Today will be a slower start as we are going to explore the parks southern section before dining in Dunkeld. 

After a delicious breakfast, we will head into Halls Gap for the famous walk up to the Pinnacles Lookout. This is a couple of hours of pleasant walking. From there we will head to a local eatery for lunch. 

We will return to our accommodation to freshen up before heading out to the southern region about a 45 minutes drive away. Towering over this region is the iconic 800 metres plus Mt Abrupt. We will take in a wonderful walk to the summit before heading back down to Dunkeld and the famed Royal Mail hotel. Take a tour of its 28,000 bottle cellar and then dinner at the hatted Wickens and its' Chefs Tasting menu. After dinner, we head back to our accommodation. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Sunday: We love Sundays and you will too as there is no more walking but just a delicious breakfast at our lodgings. From here you have several options, maybe a round of golf or a drive to along the Great Ocean Road. We can certainly give you some ideas of what to see on your return to Melbourne. (B)

PROUDLY SUPPORTING THESE LOCAL BUSINESSES

  • Eagle Wings Rise Homestead
  • Royal Mail Hotel
  • Paper Scissors Rock Brewery
  • Red Rock Olives
  • Pomonal Estate Wines
  • Absolute Outdoors

Inclusions

  • Two days guided trek with an experienced guide
  • Three nights accommodation at Eagle Wings Rise homestead
  • All breakfast, lunches and Dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Dinner at Eagle Wings Rise homestead, Dinner Royal Mail and Dinner at Paper Scissors Rocks
  • Tour of Royal Mail Hotel cellar

Exclusions

  • Beverages
  • Personal souvenirs
  • Transport to and from the Grampians

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