Karen and I drove up to Mt Rosea in the Grampians National Park last weekend to complete one of our walking circuits for the forthcoming Daywalks Around Victoria guidebook. This very scenic loop passes along the southern end of the Wonderland Range via Sundial Peak and culminates in an ascent of Mt Rosea, one of only a handful of mountains within the park that rises to over 1000 metres. Sundial Peak offers thrilling views overlooking Lake Bellfield and Halls Gap while Mt Rosea’s commanding position above the surrounding valleys guarantees one of the most expansive landscape vistas in Victoria.
The storms which blew across the Grampians a few weeks ago had ripped out large numbers of trees and the walking trail to the top of Sundial Peak was a real pain to negotiate. We spent almost an hour climbing over and between fallen timber before we reached the top. Once we left the summit the walking got a lot easier and we descended into the Silverband Valley to start our long climb up the Burma Track. We finally reached the summit of Mt Rosea by about 2pm. It was later than we had hoped and there was a bitterly cold breeze across the tops. The walk down to Rosea Carpark was great, especially in the late afternoon sunshine. Parks Victoria re-routed this walking trail a few years back and it now traverses some pretty spectacular semi-alpine ridges and open tops. We reached Rosea Carpark at 3.30pm and walked up the final steep hill back to Sundial Carpark. A really good day. As soon as the book goes to print we will place the GPS route on our Downloads page.
Distance: 16.3km, 6 hours
Start/End: Sundial Carpark
When heading outdoors, be it for a short time or a more extended period , letting someone know where you are going, should always be a consideration. Many people have something set in place for this, but for those that maybe haven’t given it too much thought, check out the Adventure Pro website. Besides, it being a great website that has listings of most things outdoor, it has these handy Let someone know before you go intention forms to be filled in and left with, as it says, someone you know. The link will take you to the form but you can also access it via Outdoor Education, Education and Training, Adventure Resources, Rescue, Trip Notes, Canoeing, Hiking,Bushwalking,Trekking and Tramping, Kayaking and Sea Kayaking headings on the site.
The Grampians as we all know, is a premier destination for outdoor activities, be it bushwalking, climbing, and camping. Now that the weather is heading towards longer days, and the flowers of Spring will be showing their glorious colours, travelling to the Grampians will be featuring highly on people’s calendars. Spring is a fantastic time to be in the area and the Spring into the Grampians website is a great starting point. It lists a variety of helpful information but for those partial to a bloom or two, this will surely get them packing up a camera and putting on their walking boots to see for themselves.