The 12km round trip to Mount Rosea will gift you with all-encompassing views of the Grampians National Park. Here’s how to bag the peak.
- Walking along a rocky ridgeline all the way to the peak
- 360° views of the Grampians National Park
- Ancient pagoda-like rock formations
Make Mount Rosea Your Next Microadventure
Start the hike at Mount Rosea car park and follow yellow markers on the rocks to guide you up the track. It’s easy to lose sight of these as you become distracted by the scenery!
The path zig-zags up an open rock face and a series of boulders surrounded by scrubby heathland, before tracing along the ridgeline of the Serra Ranges all the way up to Mount Rosea. It’s strenuous in places but consistently rewarding with views across all angles of the national park. Pagoda-like rocks pop up around you, while peppermint gums twist along the track. And not another person in sight!
About two-thirds of the way up, you cross a short footbridge over the Gate of the East Wind, with a complete view down a huge chasm beneath you. The track winds between boulders, often right along the edge of the cliff. I was in total awe of the expansive views over Sundial Peak and Lake Bellfield.
The peak of Mount Rosea sits at 1009 metres, one of the highest sections of Gariwerd, as the region is known to the Aboriginal custodians of the land. Despite a small protective fence around the lookout at the highest point, the rocky peak offers space to sit and spread out. Take time to revel in the grandeur of the 360° view and the significance of this ancient landscape.
Take the return route back to the car park. Alternatively you can continue on a one way journey toward Borough Huts campground (approximately 13.8km total). A winding set of relatively steep stone steps lead to a fern and banksia filled forest. About 5km of easy descending bush track continues on until you cross Fyans Creek and reach the camp.
Looking for something longer? Hike The Pinnacle to Mount Rosea in 3 Days
- Sturdy walking shoes
- 2L water per person
- Hat and sunscreen
How To Get There
Drive to Rosea car park from Halls Gap (around 20 mins). Hall’s Gap is located around 3 hours drive north-west of Melbourne.
Distance Covered / Elevation Gain
12km return / 490m