Mt Gar - Briggs Bluff

Grampians National Park
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A classic overnight traverse of one of the most rugged landscapes in Victoria, this walk takes in an ascent of Mount Gar (Mount Difficult), panoramic views from Briggs Bluff and a lot of great walking through the wild sandstone country of Grampians-Gariwerd.

Getting there

Take the Western Highway from Melbourne through Ararat and Stawell, turning left onto Roses Gap Road near the small town of Dadswells Bridge. The small parking area on the left not long after you pass the intersection with Mount Zero Road is the end of the walk - Troopers Creek is another 7 1/2 km further on.

Maps

The 1:50,000 Northern Grampians map covers this walk

Route/Trail notes

Starting at Troopers Creek campground, the track climbs to the base of huge overhanging cliffs before following a rocky ledge and then ascending through a gap in the cliffs to the campsite above (you will need to carry your own water) and the nearby peak of Mount Gar (Mount Difficult). The second day the route contours north above the cliffs before reaching a track junction - drop your packs and take the side-trip to Briggs Bluff for more panoramic views - and then descending through spectacular rocky country to Beehive Falls and the track end on Roses Gap Road.

Permits/Costs

None, although the rangers require you to fill in a trip intentions form for safety reasons and group sizes can't exceed 12 people.

Other References

Parks Victoria's website, www.parkweb.vic.gov.au, has up-to-date information while you can find detailed track notes and photos at www.wildsight.com.au (in the classic walks section).

The guidebook 'Discovering Grampians-Gariwerd: A Visitors Guide to Grampians National Park' has notes on the walk as well as many others in the park

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