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Grampians Tour | Eco Wilderness Escape

Grampians Tour | Eco Wilderness Escape

Explore mountains ranges, waterfalls and encounter wildlife on this Grampians Tour

$140 Adults     $110 Children  6 – 12 years

We offer free cancellation for this grampians tour if you book online

Introducing your Grampians Tour experience

Journey with us to the Grampians National Park, one of Australia’s ancient and spectacular mountain ranges. Enjoy the breathtaking views and amazing landscapes. Learn and appreciate the rich Aboriginal heritage. Encounter native wildlife and fascinatingly lush vegetation of the Grampians National Park.

In this Grampians Tour to the National Park, witness the spectacles of sandstone ridges, rugged mountain ranges, panoramic views, picturesque waterfalls, and the bustling plant and animal life. Enjoy bushland hiking trails with the best lookout views the Grampians National Park has to offer.

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Tour details

  • Tour code: GP-S
  • Operates: Tue, Fri & Sun (Apr-Sep) / Tue, Wed, Fri & Sun (Oct-Mar)
  • Duration: 12.5 hours
  • Departs: 7:35am 
  • Returns: 8:30pm
  • National Park entry fees
  • Guided bush walks* (*2hr walking)
  • Australian wildlife sightings
  • Onboard water refill station
  • Experienced tour driver-guide
  • Air-conditioned mini-coach travel
  • Select inner-city pickup/drop-offs

    Tour highlights

    • National Heritage-Listed Grampians National Park
    • Immerse yourself in the cultural heritage at Brambuk the National Park & Cultural Centre
    • Summit views from Reeds, Boroka & The Balconies Lookout
    • Australian wildlife encounters with wild emus and kangaroos
    • Be inspired at Mackenzie Falls or Silverband Falls
    • Guided bush walks and panoramic trail hikes
    • Explore the town of Halls Gap within the Grampians National Park


    Grampians Day Tour – Kim, 2019
    “We had an awesome trip in the Grampians! The sights were beautiful and we made enough stops to see as much as possible, without it being too much. 🙂 Awesome trip and total recommendation for everyone visiting Melbourne.


    Awesome Itinerary and very well Organised! – Alolika M, 2019
    “Really enjoyed a very well-planned and informative trip with Jerry as our guide. Great small group. Perfect for quiet time or group activity as per personal choice.”

    Full Itinerary

    Get lost with us in the Grampians where we hike on the bushland trails to experience some breathtaking scenery and encounter Australian wildlife in their natural habitats. In this Grampians tour, we climb up to the Boroka and Reeds Lookout and witness exceptional views. We also stroll down the McKenzie Falls or Silverband Falls. Taking in the panoramic views from Jaws of Death also known as The Balconies.

    Grampians National Park Tour

    An early start as we begin our journey from Melbourne to the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. It is situated in Western Victoria, about three hours from Melbourne (260 km), an ancient rugged mountain that is home to abundant Australian wildlife, lush vegetation, and rich Aboriginal history and culture. The mountain ranges are simply spectacular and the scenery amazing!

    Halls Gap

    We head straight into the heart of the Grampians, the Halls Gap. Throughout the journey be always on alert. Watch out for various species of birds in the woodlands and open forests.

    There are more than 200 avian species in the Grampians aside from 35 mammal species, 28 reptile types, and much more. Always on the lookout for wild animals such as the kangaroos, wallabies, emus, echidnas, deer and myriad bird species at home in their natural habitat. See the beautiful wildflowers in spring among the over 800 native plant species.

    Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre

    Our next stop is Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre, designed by Greg Burgess, a renowned architect, in collaboration with Gariwerd’s Traditional Owners.  Learn about everything Aboriginal and the natural environment of the Grampians. Know more about the 5000 years of history of the Aboriginal people and appreciate the richness of their cultural heritage, arts, and traditions. Listen to the stories and tales of the origins of Gariwerd, the local name for the Grampians.

    Grampians Guided Bushwalks

    In the afternoon, we will spend some time in the “Jaws of Death” also known as the Balconies, the landscape scene that appeared in the Japanese anime “Princess Mononoke”. Next, take the steep trail to the base of Australia’s most inspiring waterfall, Mackenzie Falls (alternatively, Silverband Falls or Beehive Falls).

    Enjoy the waterfalls and capture some images of the cascades against the rocks and the green vegetation. In this heavenly paradise on earth, experience the magic and the soothing music of the waterfalls, the fresh breeze passing through ancient trees, and the birds. Immerse yourself in the experience and calm your restless soul. Be refreshed and rejuvenated.

    Reflect on the eventful day full of action, fun, and adventure. As we drive back to Melbourne we have a stopover for dinner along the way. The meal is at your own expense.

    Inclusions
    • National Park entry fees
    • Aboriginal cultural centre
    • Guided bush walks* (*2hr walking subject to fitness level)
    • Australian wildlife sightings, in their natural habitat
    • Onboard water refill station
    • Experienced driver-guide
    • Air-conditioned mini-coach travel
    • Comprehensive tour commentary
    • Select inner city pickup and drop off points
    • Audio translation available in 10 languages (on-request)
    Exclusions
    • Any meals not indicated within the itinerary
    • Travel insurance is recommended
    • Personal expenses
      What to bring

      1L refillable water bottle, hat, sunglasses & sunscreen, all-weather active clothing ie.windbreaker, comfortable walking shoes with tread, small day pack 5-7kg, money for snacks and meals, camera to capture every moment!

      Where to meet

      Our central meeting point for this tour will be the Immigration Museum (East-Side)- 400 Flinders St corner of Market St, Melbourne @ 7:35AM.

      • 6:20 – Newport Bus Interchange, Mason St, Newport
      • 6:50 – YHA Metro, 78 Howard St, North Melbourne
      • 6:55 – Space Hotel, 380 Russell St, Melbourne
      • 7:00 – Ibis on Therry, 15-21 Therry St, Melbourne
      • 7:05 – Pegasus Apartments Hotel – 206 A’Beckett St, Melbourne
      • 7:10 – Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collin St, Melbourne
      • 7:15 – Windsor Hotel – 111 Spring St, Melbourne (Hotel Guests Only)
      • 7:25 – The Savoy Hotel – 630 Little Collins St, Melbourne
      • 7:30 – Crown Promenade – 8 Whiteman St, Southbank
      • 7:30 – Holiday Inn, 575 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

      Please arrive 5-10 mins prior to your nominated pickup time so as not to delay or miss your tour.

      Booking terms

      Our Contract 

      All bookings are made with Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd (ABN 94 143 929 962) (us/we). By booking a trip with us you have agreed to be bound by the terms and conditions set out in these booking conditions. Your booking will be accepted by us on this basis. The services to be provided are those referred to in your booking confirmation and/or invoice. Accredited Bus Number: AC003612.

      Validity 

      Dates and itineraries are valid until 31 March 2023, from 1 April 2021 dates and itineraries are indicative only.

      Standard Conditions 

      Any references to ‘GLT’, ‘we’, ‘our’ and ‘us’ equates Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd, which applies to the following GLT brands and entities below: Autopia Tours, Wildlife Tours Australia, Boutique Touring Company and Geelong & Bellarine Tours.

      Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out below prior to booking a trip with us. We strongly recommend that you also read the information relating to your product or service prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary, style and physical demands of the tour you are undertaking. GLT will not be held responsible for passengers failing to familiarise themselves with the booking terms and conditions.

      Although every effort is made, GLT shall not be liable for any illness, injury, damages, loss, delay or failure to join the tour that may occur due to factors beyond our control. We highly recommend all passengers have travel insurance coverage. GLT retains the right to alter routes, itineraries, bus type, fares, days of operation or even cancel tours if unforeseen circumstances occur. Other accredited tour operators may be used from time to time on some tours. Fares are shown in Australian Currency and are correct at the time of printing but are subject to change.

      Traveller Information 

      For us to confirm your travel arrangements, you must provide all requested details at the time of booking. We will collect certain information from you when you wish to book a trip, this information will be kept on file for 30-days for the purposes of contact tracing. The following personal information will be required: Your full name, contact details, email address, nationality, or Australian postcode and any pre-existing medical conditions you have which may affect your ability to complete your travel arrangements. For more information about how we treat your personal information, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

      Booking Terms and Conditions 

      Customer Responsible for Own Vaccination and Testing 

      The customer shall comply with all Government (Federal, State and Territory) COVID entry restrictions and vaccination guidelines or testing requirements for entry into Australia and/or at the time of travel for tour and transport services. Where the customer is not vaccinated and/or tested prior to departure, the customer will forfeit any and all monies paid and GLT holds the right to refuse to board. Where the customer cancels due to travel restrictions other than vaccination or testing requirements, the operator shall have the discretion to

      (a) offer a refund or credit voucher (to be used at a later time); or

      (b) to forfeit any and all monies paid by the customer.

      For the purposes of (a), the operator reserves the right to withhold such a reasonable sum to cover administrative expenses and other losses, dependent on when notice of cancellation is given by the customer.

      Cancellations & Refund Policy 

      Cancellation by the Traveller 

      We understand that travel plans can sometimes change, if you cancel some or all portions of your booking the cancellation terms set out below will apply. A cancellation will only take effect when we receive written confirmation that you have sent to your relevant booking agent notifying them of your cancellation.

      If you wish to change or cancel a trip:

      Day Trips 

      (a) Flexible Date Changes – unlimited supply of free date changes available up until 7-days prior to departure; or

      (b) 2 to 7-days prior to departure:

      • we will hold 100% of the deposit paid by you as a credit voucher, valid for redemption within 3-years from the date of purchase
      • any credit voucher resulting from cancellation may be applied towards any other tour operated by GLT within Australia; or

      (c) 8-days or more prior to departure,

      • we will refund the balance paid by you in connection to your booking less any unrecoverable costs; or

      (d) failure to board on tour or cancelled within 2-days/48-hrs will result in full fare forfeiture of the ticket price and not eligible for a refund; or

      (e) cancellation prior to departure due to you having COVID-19/ “flu-like symptoms”, supported by a medical certificate, we will refund 100% of monies paid by you either directly or via your booking agent.

      Extended Trips

      (a) Flexible Date Changes – unlimited supply of free date changes available up until 30-days prior to departure; or

      (b) 14 to 30-days prior to departure:

      • we will hold 100% of monies paid by you as a credit voucher, valid for redemption within 3-years from the date of purchase
      • any credit voucher resulting from cancellation may be applied towards any other tour operated by GLT within Australia; or

      (c) 31-days or more prior to departure,

      • we will refund the balance paid by you in connection to your booking less any unrecoverable costs; or

      (d) failure to board on tour or cancelled within 14-days will result in full fare forfeiture of the ticket price and not eligible for a refund; or

      (e) cancellation prior to departure due to you having COVID-19/ “flu-like symptoms”, supported by a medical certificate, we will refund 100% of monies paid by you either directly or via your booking agent.

      Any credit travel voucher resulting from cancellation under (Cancellation by the Traveller) has an expiry date of 3 years and maybe applied towards any other available trip offered by us. This credit is transferable however not redeemable for cash.

      Note different cancellation conditions may apply if/when booked through third party agents, your travel consultant will advise if differences apply. We strongly advise you to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a trip, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made or compensation for departure costs incurred. The above cancellation terms are less than any unrecoverable costs by accommodation providers, travel agents, third-party affiliates and supplier fees.

      Cancellation by the Operator 

      Our trips are guaranteed to depart once they have one fully paid traveller onboard unless the minimum group size specifically states otherwise (refer to Product Fact Sheets) or in the event of a Force Majeure resulting in the cancellation of a trip.

      We may cancel a trip at any time up to 7-days (Day Trips) and 30-days (Short-Break / Extended Tours) before departure. Alternatively, we can cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events occur that deem it not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary.

      Standard Cancellation 

      If we cancel your trip, we can offer you a choice of:

      (a) a 100% reimbursement of monies paid for your trip

      (a) transfer amounts paid to alternative departure date or tour operated by GLT; or (c) issued with a credit travel voucher to the amount paid for your trip, valid for 3-years

      Force Majeure Cancellation 

      If a trip is cancelled due to a ‘Force Majeure Event’, we can offer you a choice of:

      (a) a 100% credit voucher of monies paid for your trip; or

      (b) a refund minus unrecoverable costs.

      If the cancellation due to a ‘Force Majeure Event’ occurs after a trip has commenced, we can offer you a choice of a pro-rata:

      (a) 110% credit voucher for the days that remain on your trip; or

      (b) refund minus unrecoverable costs of the days that remain on your trip.

      Any credit travel voucher resulting from cancellation as mentioned in (Cancellation by the Traveller):

      • 3-year expiry date and may be applied towards any other available trip offered by GLT;
      • are not redeemable for cash;
      • excludes flights or insurance as they will have their own booking conditions

      In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control, refunds will be less than any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.

      A “Force Majeure Event” includes but is not limited to: acts of God; war; civil commotion; riot; blockade or embargo; fire; explosion; breakdown; union dispute; earthquake; epidemic, pandemic or other health emergencies; flood; windstorm or other extreme weather events; lack or failure of courses of supply; passage of any law, order, proclamation, regulation, ordinance, demand, requisition or requirement or any other act of any government authority, beyond the reasonable control of the parties, whether or not foreseeable, which would make it dangerous or not viable for a trip to commence or continue

      Travel Insurance 

      We recommend all guests have travel insurance and should be taken out at the time of booking prior to tour departure. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200 000 for each of the categories of cover.

      We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have travel insurance connected to your credit card or bank account please ensure you have details of the participating insurer, the insurance policy number and emergency contact number with you rather than the bank’s name and credit card details.

      Child Policy (Age Requirements) 

      Our child and infant policy and pricing do vary depending on the trip; this is due to the diversity in our product range. All travellers under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian. For exact details see tour specific FAQs.

      Prices and surcharges 

      Our tour prices are subject to variable and seasonal pricing, both of which are standard practices within the travel industry. This means our tour prices may vary at any time in accordance with demand, market conditions and availability. It is likely that different passengers on the same trip have been charged different prices. Your best option if you like the price you see is to book at that time. Any reduced pricing or discounts that may become available after you have paid will not apply. If you wish to cancel your booking to take advantage of a cheaper price, full cancellation conditions apply as set out below (Cancellation by the Traveller). The most up to date pricing are available on our websites. Please note that a surcharge may be applied to a purchase made by a credit card.

      Alcohol Policy 

      Alcohol is not permitted on board our vehicles. We reserve the right to refuse re-entry if passengers are overly intoxicated and propose a threat to other passengers, our driver or our vehicle. We also reserve the right to advise at any time prior to departure and whilst in operation, that alcohol is no longer permitted. The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years old, and a photo ID is required.

      Luggage Policy 

      To maximise the comfort of your journey no luggage storage facilities are provided on our (Day Trips): It is recommended you bring a small day pack no bigger than 5-7kg. (Short-Break / Extended Tours): Maximum baggage allowance per person is 15-20kg preferably a soft travelling pack. Excessive amounts of luggage may incur a surcharge fee. Inappropriate luggage presented on the day of departures such as surfboards, and bikes and an excessive amount of luggage may result in refusal to board unless previously arranged. Other: mobility scooters, wheelchairs, pushers, prams, walking frames and other walking aids cannot be stored safely on our vehicles, please advise prior to booking if there are any of these aids required.

      Pickup up & Drop Off 

      GLT may offer complimentary inner city pickup and drop off services to various accommodation providers. Please note it is the customer’s responsibility to be waiting out the front of your selected pickup location (accommodation provider) at least 10 minutes before departure. Failure to wait out the front of your selected location may result in the tour guide being unable to locate you causing failure to load. GLT cannot be held responsible for passengers who fail to load.

      Special Requirements 

      Please notify the Get Lost Travel group of any dietary requirements, food allergies and/or medical conditions at the time of booking or 7-days prior to tour departure. Limited food options are available on extended tours, forward planning is required to ensure we can accommodate but not guaranteed.

      Booking Confirmations & Enquiries 

      All reservations must be confirmed within 48 hours of departure via email to [email protected]

      Our commitment

      At Autopia Tours, we actively promote the protection of flora and fauna on our Grampians Tour. It is our duty to ensure there is minimal disturbance to this National Heritage Listed region and the species that call it home. Cultural sensitivity and respect for the traditional owners should also be shown at all times.

      Part of our responsibility is educating guests on minimal impact practices and the importance of ensuring the safety of wildlife and the environmental sustainability of the destinations we visit.

      Learn more about EcoTourism: https://www.ecotourism.org.au/

      Traditional Owners

      Autopia Tours would like to begin by paying our respects to the traditional owners of this country, with specific acknowledgement to the Wurundjeri people. Please be conscious and respectful of the sensitivities of indigenous culture and the spiritual connection they have with the land at all times.

      Wildlife Encounters

      The natural behaviours of wildlife are to be respected and not interfered with. When viewing wildlife, people should take care to avoid rapid or sudden movements, which could frighten the animal, and should keep noise to a minimum and refrain from touching, petting or feeding all wildlife including birds. Contact with people can introduce diseases to wildlife and can cause them to become aggressive.

      Wildlife should not be handled or fed, unless by certified wildlife handlers. Feeding wildlife can alter their natural foraging behaviour and can lead to disease or illness through contact with people and the introduction of foods that are harmful to their digestive system. Feeding wildlife can also cause them to become aggressive toward people.

      Wildlife that appears to be in distress, injured or in danger should be reported immediately to the appropriate authority, such as your Guide/Tour Leader, a National Park Ranger or Visitor Centre Staff.

      Protecting our National Parks

      People should remain on designated walking tracks, behind safety barriers/fences and follow all directions given by the guide/tour leader. Venturing off these can alter fragile ecosystems and can harm wildlife shelters and native vegetation. There are other dangers to be aware of too, such as cliff edges, unstable rock formations, overhanging tree branches and slippery ground cover. Remaining on tracks ensures safe visitation for guests and the environment.

      No flora or fauna should be removed from their natural setting. This includes dead wood, fallen leaves, flowers and so forth, as they form part of the ecosystem of the region and their removal could cause a disturbance.

      Waste Management

      All buses are fitted with waste bins. No organic waste should be disposed of onto the ground. Although organic, items such as banana peels, apple cores, bread and other food scraps, are not natural/native to the region and can introduce pest species, diseases or harm to wildlife if found and eaten. We recommend all passengers bring a water bottle with you on our Grampians Tour. Purchasing bottled water contributes large amounts of plastic into the landfill. Therefore, we ask guests to bring their own bottle, as there is access to water refill stations available on our vehicles. Please ensure you stay hydrated throughout the tour to reduce the risk of sun exposure and dehydration.

      First Aid

      All our guides carry a current Level 2 First Aid certificate. Please report any accident or illness to your tour guide. We recommend anyone with an existing medical condition to carry their medication with them on tour and to notify their tour guide at the beginning of the tour.

      If you are a smoker! We ask you to refrain from smoking whilst in the company of other passengers and limit it to designated smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted on any of our vehicles, or in any type of accommodation including permanent campsites. We make frequent ‘comfort stops’ to allow free time for guests but cannot guaranteed smoke breaks. Please ensure you dispose of your cigarette butt responsibly and appropriately.

       

      FAQ

      What is a suitable age for this tour?

      Child policy for this tour is 6 years old and over, due to the nature of this tour, it’s not suitable for infants or children 5 years and under. Children must be supervised at all times and guests are to keep to the marked tracks and designated visitor areas.

      Is lunch provided on this tour?

      Meals are not provided on this tour. We believe it is important for our trips to support the local economy, so guests are able to explore the cafes and shops in Halls Gap during our lunch stop.  Alternatively, guests can bring through own food.

      How much luggage can I bring on tour?

      We ask that guests travelling on day trips bring small day packs and hand luggage only as we have limited storage onboard our vehicles. Suitcases and large backpacks must be put in storage at your hotel or bus station lockers prior to boarding our vehicles.

      How many people are on this tour?

      We operate this tour with a maximum of 23 passengers, our vehicles are 24-seater Mitsubishi Rosa buses. This vehicle makes for a safe & comfortable journey (air-conditioned), with large passenger windows for unobstructed views.

      How fit do I need to be for this tour?

      A moderate level of fitness is required to complete the walks, some areas of the Grampians National Park consist of rocky terrain and steep walking tracks such as the walk to the base of MacKenzie Falls. Swimming is not permitted at MacKenzie Falls.

      What happens if it rains, will the tour proceed?

      In the event of rain or inclement weather, your travel experience will still go ahead, unless contacted by the provider. This tour would only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions, whereby it’s not safe to travel into the Grampians National Park.

      Our COVID Statement

      For your safety, we have implemented comprehensive hygiene measures and increased regular sanitation. Temperature checks of all staff will be conducted pre-departure, with disposable face masks and hand-sanitizer provided. For more information click here.

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