This walk starts just off Grampians Road, Bornes Hill, leading to the summit of Mount Abrupt via the Mt Abrupt Walking Track. The steep track winds its way up the mountain, through heathy woodland and over rock slabs to the summit. Once there, you can enjoy the wonderful views of the Serra Range to the north and over Dunkeld in the south. The abundant Grampians wildlife and birdlife attracts a number of nature lovers to this area. Keep an eye out for wildflowers, kangaroos, wedge-tailed eagles, nankeen kestrels and peregrine falcons. It starts off moderately and gets increasingly challenging, with the track becoming very rocky close to the summit. The steep climbs on this walk provide a good workout, and it is best enjoyed by moderately fit hikers. Look closely for the marked signs, as the track can become slightly confusing in parts. Keep in mind that the bare rock surfaces can get slippery after rain. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.