The state government is asking for community advice on upgrading the popular MacKenzie Falls visitor precinct and creating new access points and trailheads along the 160-kilometre Grampians Peaks Trail.
Upgrades improve safety and access in the carpark and trails as well as more opportunities for viewing the falls and understanding the Aboriginal cultural and environmental values for the site and surrounding landscape. Locals and visitors to the Grampians Gariwerd National Park are invited to have their say on the proposed upgrades.
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The Grampians Peaks Trail is a unique cultural long-distance hiking experience that runs down through the park from Mount Zero in the north, through Halls Gap, to Dunkeld in the south. Since opening in November 2021, hikers have booked over 9,200 nights to stay at hike-in campgrounds along the length of the trail.
The upgraded trailheads along the Grampians Peaks Trail will provide hikers with more flexibility on where they access the trail, information and facilities. Improvements will likely include new toilets, improved car parking, larger water tanks, and opportunities to interpret Aboriginal cultural and environmental values of Gariwerd.
The project is also being shaped by a partnership with Traditional Owners, represented by Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, and Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation.
Consultation on the projects is open until 8 September 2022 with construction expected to begin next year.
To find out more about the MacKenzie Falls revitalisation and provide your feedback visit engage.vic.gov.au/mackenzie-falls.