Clematis Falls Loop Walk

1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min

5 km
circuit

↑ 197 m
↓ -197 m

Hard track
Starting near the car park on School Road, Halls Gap, Grampians National Park, this walk loops around Chautauqua Peak, past Clematis Falls and back. This pleasant walk on a wide, well-maintained track takes you uphill through the bush, up to the scenic Clematis Falls. The sun radiates into the little valley and lights up the surrounding rocks with beautiful shades of red and orange. There is a rocky section leading to the base of the falls, which requires some easy scrambling. The climb isn't overly steep, and people of various fitness levels and children should be able to complete this walk. The best time to see the waterfall is after some rain, or during the winter months. In spring, there is a variety of wildflowers to be seen. Keep a lookout for native wildlife such as kangaroos, emus, mountain goats and kookaburras. 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.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
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.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-37.1393907,142.518645)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Western Highway, A8
  • Turn on to Pyrenees Highway, B180 then drive for 50 m
  • Continue onto Mortlake - Ararat Road, B180 and drive for another 80 m
  • Turn right onto Ararat - Halls Gap Road, C222 and drive for another 480 m
  • Turn left onto Ararat - Halls Gap Road, C222 and drive for another 20 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Ararat - Halls Gap Road, C222 and drive for another 40 m
  • Turn left onto Ararat - Halls Gap Road, C222 and drive for another 44.7 km
  • Turn left onto Grampians Road, C216, C222 and drive for another 2.8 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 60 m
  • Turn sharp right and drive for another 25 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
After another 50 m turn right, to head along School Road.
After another 8 m come to the "Halls Gap Caravan Park" (8 m on your left).
After another 8 m (at the intersection of School Road & Halls Gap to Pinnacle Track) continue straight, to head along School Road.
Then cross the bridge (about 9 m long)
After another 7 m come to the camp site (7 m on your right).
After another 6 m continue straight, to head along School Road.
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along School Road.
After another 60 m pass the sign (30 m on your left).
After another 165 m (at the intersection of Grampians Road & School Road) turn left, to head along Grampians Road (a road).
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Grampians Road & Mount Victory Road) veer left, to head along Mount Victory Road (a highway|secondary_link).
After another 30 m veer left, to head along Mount Victory Road.
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Mount Victory Road.
After another 130 m pass the toilet (20 m on your right).
Turn right.
After another 35 m turn right.
After another 10 m turn left.
After another 295 m pass the sign (6 m on your right).
After another 750 m pass the sign (on your left).
Turn sharp left.
After another 1 km come to the viewpoint (10 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Optional side trip to Chatauqua Peak To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 245 m turn right.
After another 15 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 660 m turn left.
After another 160 m continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the sign (25 m on your right).
After another 95 m turn right.
After another 25 m pass the sign (10 m on your right).
After another 155 m pass a seat (6 m on your right).
After another 85 m continue straight.
After another 410 m turn right, to head along Venus Baths Walk.
After another 6 m pass the sign (8 m on your right).
After another 15 m cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Venus Baths Walk & Halls Gap to Pinnacle Track) veer left, to head along Halls Gap to Pinnacle Track.
After another 130 m (at the intersection of School Road & Halls Gap to Pinnacle Track) turn sharp right, to head along School Road (a residential road).
After another 15 m turn left.
After another 115 m come to the end.

Optional side trip to Chatauqua Peak
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 265 m come to the end.
"Chatauqua Peak".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 265 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Clematis Falls Loop Walk


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 5 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.7 km apart with the largest gap of 4.8 km.

Toilet: There is one 670 m from the start.

Seat: There is one 4.1 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
125 mHalls Gap Caravan Park
Camp site
155 m[camp site]
Toilet
670 m[toilet]
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