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Australia Has A New 160km Hiking Trail For Hardcore Adventurers, Covering Multiple Peaks

Grampians Peaks Trail Australia


Singapore has plenty of nature parks and pretty reserves but nothing can really replace the presence of a whole frickin mountain range. Hardcore adventurers, you may have conquered the nearby mountains of Korea or even the trails of Indonesia but if you’re looking to take things to the next level, there’s a new 160km hiking trail about a 7-hour flight away, in Victoria, Australia.

Situated a 4-hour drive away from Melbourne, the Grampians Peaks Trail, is an extensive trek for nature lovers to escape into, Bear Grylls style.


13-day hike into the wilderness


On our last Melbourne road trip, we swung by The Grampians, a popular national park known for its hiking trails and stunning views. There’s no doubt about it, it lives up to its reputation as one of the most scenic mountains on the continent. 

The massive park features short trails that take as little time as 2 hours, perfect for folks looking for a quick visit. But, for those who are looking to immerse themselves in the great outdoors, the Grampians Peaks Trail is the park’s pièce de résistance to KIV for your next hiking expedition.


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@grampianspeaktrail

Stretching across 160km and covering Signal and Chautauqua peaks, the trail passes lakes, woodland valleys and streams. To get a sense of scale, imagine traversing the length of Singapore four times over.


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The trail starts at Mount Zero, heads south and ends at Dunkeld, a small town located right at the edge of the national park. Along the way, expect to spot more than 90 wildlife species of Aussie’s adorable animals such as red foxes, emus and deers, as well as over 900 types of plants. 


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As ulu as it sounds, the AU$33.2 million (~S$3.07 million) dollar trail is relatively well developed with 11 campsites along the way. Two of these campsites even feature proper huts you can book to reside in for the night. 


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@grampianspeaktrail

The entire journey is no easy feat, rating Grade 4-5 on the Australian Walking Track Grading System, with 5 being the maximum level, that’s recommended only for experienced hikers.

Those not yet ready for the full trek can alternatively pick out a smaller section of the route to explore. There are plenty of entrances and exits dotted along the way, forming shorter bits of trails suitable for the folks of all fitness levels.


Embark on an adventure through the Grampians Peak Trail


If you’ve got time on your hands and ALs to spare, the Grampians Peak Trail is calling, offering an offbeat adventure. To get you started, Parks Victoria has tips on how to prepare for your hike, as well as an itinerary you can follow by checking out the link below.

Find out more about the Grampians Peak Trail

 

For hiking trails you can explore in Singapore:


Cover image adapted from: @grampianspeaktrail, @grampianspeaktrail, @grampainspeaktrail

Kezia Tan

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