Days 5 to 13: Halls Gap to Dunkeld
Check out of your accommodation and resume your hike from the Halls Gap trailhead to Dunkeld.
Day 5: Halls Gap to Bugiga (8.9 kilometres) The trail takes in rock formations the Grand Canyon and Silent Street, and climbs past waterfalls to The Pinnacle lookout for scenic views. Continue along rocky ridges, forest trail, and among mesmerising sandstone gorges and formations.
Day 6: Bugiga to Barri-Yalug (14.7 kilometres) Climb through wet tall forest to the slopes of Mt Rosea and continue steeply through rocky boulders to the summit. Descend similar terrain to Fyans Creek, then navigate more forest and rocky slopes to Barri-Yalug.
Day 7: Barri-Yalug to Duwul 13.2 kilometres) A day of dramatic elevation changes. Pass historic water-fluming on dry stone pillars as the trail climbs to Seven Dials, descends, then scales Redman Bluff (1017 metres) to its rocky cairn. Descend past tea tree, pond and plateau, with a cliff-edge trail before Duwul campground.
Day 8: Duwul to Durd Durd (14.5 kilometres) Day 8 summits Mt William (Duwul; 1167 metres), the highest point in the national park, then navigates the challenging Major Mitchell Plateau across rocks and mesh walkway. Ridgeline walking to Banksia Hill with a descent into meadow-like open woodlands.
Day 9: Durd Durd to Yarram (11.9 kilometres) The trail descends from its elevation, requiring some strenuous ridgeline rock walking. Big views of the dramatic Serra Range. Sheltered woodland valleys await at the bottom and, in late winter and spring, wildflowers.
Day 10: Yarram to Wannon (11.1 kilometres) Continue on an undulating stretch, navigating knolls and saddles, along the southernmost Mt William ridgeline. The trail leads through old growth forest and swampland plains, and gives views over both lush farmland and the jagged Serra Range.
Day 11: Wannon to Djardji-djawara (11.3 kilometres) The terrain changes to valley heathland, swampland and grasslands between Mt William and the Serra Ranges. Discover abundant spring wildflowers and threatened native species including the long-nosed potoroo and southern brown bandicoot.
Day 12: Djardji-djawara to Mud-Dadjug (8.1 kilometres) The trail climbs and descends again on steep sections with rock steps and boulders, first to Signal Peak, then to the summit of exposed Mt Abrupt (Mad-Dadjug). Follow the creek line down amid eucalypts and tea tree, with precipitous steps leading to camp.
Day 13: Mud-Dadjug to Dunkeld (14.8 kilometres) Gear up for the final stretch. Descend steeply before climbing Bainnggug (the Piccaninny) and Mt Sturgeon (Wurgarri). Take in stunning southern Grampians peaks and volcanic plains views before descending to Dunkeld through farmland and red gum woodland.