Planning a tour around the Grampians - Trying to hit as many tracks and dirt roads as possible.
Day 1: I'm planning on starting at the bottom from Dunkeld and weave our way through the south part of the Grampians through tracks and explore a few POI as we go past. Won't take a 3 hour walk, but if there is some stuff within 30 mins walk like Aboriginal Art and Waterfalls then I'll definately go for an explore. We will also tackle the hardest track of the Grampians (apparently).. which should be a bit rocky and rough but nothing extreme unless it's super wet. Depending how far we actually get and how much we manage to cover of the planned tracks we will maybe go across to Black Range State Park - I went there 2 years ago and there were a few good looking tracks (mind you it was very wet.. might not be as interesting if it's dry). We will discuss on the day. Then probably we will hit some bitumen depending how we are doing for time and setup camp at Plantation Campground which will probably be our base camp - but it does get busy!
Day 2 (updated): Probably go into Halls Gap for a good pie and coffee and then headoff to explore the smaller, north side of the Grampians and cover any areas we did not cover the previous day. Looking at the tracks for day two (north most part of Grampians) there aren't that many tracks and most of them are either closed or management vehicles only. This part is more touristy and mostly main dirt roads and bitumen. However my plan for day 1 is quite extensive and I don't think we will cover 200kms in one day worth of tracks and dirt.. so day two (Sunday) we might pickup where we left on day one and as time permits we will explore more of the touristy stuff like Grand Canyon and Beehive waterfalls (both a bit of a nice walk), gulgurn manja shelter and boroka lookout. North side isn't as big but has more touristy stuff to explore and will be more of a relax day.
Most of these track I never drove before, they might be easy or might be a bit more challanging. If it's wet, I know the Grampians can get a bit boggy so a snorkel is highly recommended.
Some tracks here are dirt roads, others can be soft sand or rocks - so it should be a good mix of terrain. We might do some challanging sections depending on how wet it is. Since this is not a popular offroading destination, bring a chainsaw if you can please, as chances are there might be some fallen trees etc in the not so popular tracks.
I don't want to do anything crazy and rating this trip as Easy / Medium. It should be generally easy and just a nice easy drive, mostly enjoying the scenery and tracks not gonna get much adrenaline pumping at the insane tracks. We will try to travel on as many tracks as we can but we might hit bitumen a few times to get to a few places. We will explore and walk to certain things as we see fit.
Should be easy few days and good family fun. Trip is Saturday to Monday, but whoever wants to leave Sunday that can be done too. Reason for doing this is so we get 2 full days of offroading without having to drive 3 hours back to Melbourne afterwards.. also would like for it to be easy paced and get to explore as many places and some attractions also.
Please be prepared, most tracks might be easy but recovery gear is definately required, and there might be some water around, could be deep or not - depending on the days leading up to the trip.