I had a lunch of 20 mixed almonds and walnuts at the foot of the Beehive Falls.
The rugged cliffs and craggy escarpments of the Grampians are dotted with many waterfalls, including the picturesque Beehive Falls that drop into a sheltered rocky valley.
This gently undulating track follows the meandering Mud Hut Creek upstream, through the forest to a series of rock steps and on to the falls, surrounded by colourful cliffs. At Beehive Falls delicate ferns and mosses cling to the sheer rock walls as the cascade tumbles over huge boulders in its 25-metre drop. Large stones beside the rock pool at the base of the falls make a peaceful picnic spot. Return by the same route.
The walk is especially beautiful in spring when water levels are high and the display of pink and white wildflowers spectacular.
2/ Gulgurn Manja Shelter
Track, Easy, slight grade
I used the water bottles as hand weights and worked out with them as I walked.
Gulgurn Manja means 'hands of young people.' The Gulgurn Manja Shelter displays small handprints in red ochre. Signage outlines some of the stories and legends of the Jardwadjali people and the mountains they call Gariwerd.
Mt Zero Road, Northern Grampians.
Track: Moderate to Hard and Steep Suits the fit and athletic.
Explore the breathtaking beauty of massive sandstone outcrops and eucalypt-covered slopes of the northern Grampians.
After leaving the picnic area, the track enters a densely vegetated gully and climbs through pleasant woodlands of banksias, eucalypts, and native pines. From the base of an iron-stained sandstone cliff, climb between fallen boulders and along exposed ledges to a barren rocky outcrop.
A short uphill scramble completes the climb to the mountain’s wind-eroded caverns. From the upper end of the caves, a natural rock window leads onto a ledge perched high above the huge amphitheater where you can take in a breathtaking view of the forbidding cliffs of nearby Mount Stapylton before returning by the same route.
4/ Mt Zero.
Track: Rocky and steep.
From the picnic area, carefully cross the Halls Gap - Mt Zero Road to the sign-posted walking track, track markers guide you up the rocky hillside. Near the top of the ridge, the track becomes steeper –There was a narrow section between cliff walls that I found hard to squeeze through. I kept waiting for the promised hand rails to help navigate the steep parts and there they were, right at the end, after you had already made the climb to the summit. Views of Mt Stapylton and the surrounding Wimmera plains are some of the best in the area.
It was an exhilarating, full day, work out.
I doubt that I will ever tackle the Hollow Mountain and Mt Zero walks again; they were frankly hard going in parts, but the views and the feeling of achievement made them so very worthwhile.