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Tuesday 8 August 2023

How to get away from it all in the Grampians

There seems to be an ever-increasing level of interest in getting off the beaten track.

From the wilds of Tasmania to wilderness areas in Victoria, to the remote outback, Australians are keen to turn their backs on city hustle and bustle and get away from it all.

The latest in the popular Woodslane Walking Guides will be released this month: The Grampians Peaks Trail will be the first independent guide dedicated to the region, complementing the official maps.

It is described as an indispensable resource for those seeking to plan and undertake the hike across rural Victoria, either in one go, or in sections.

The multi-day Grampians Peaks Trail covers 164km of spectacular scenery and challenging hiking from Mt Zero in the north to Dunkeld in the south, traversing three major mountain ranges along the way.

Over 13 days, the GPT apparently takes in almost the same amount of elevation and descent as it would be to climb Mt Everest.

The book is illustrated with full-colour photographs and detailed maps for each section.

As well as extensive planning notes, there are detailed walk notes for each of the 13 official days walks, with flexible ‘build your own walk’ options for those seeking to do the GPT as a series of day or sectional walks.

The book also contains much Information on transport, food drops, camping and water, as well as local history, the environment and wildlife.

Authors Deb Heyes and Julie Mundy have been keen walkers their whole lives, and have been walking together for over 15 years.

This is Julie’s seventh and Deb’s fourth walking guidebook for Woodslane Press.

RRP: $29.99 Available from bookstores and online. See

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