Mt Stapylton in the Grampians has an otherworldly feel to it, with huge cliffs and weathered rocks sticking out from the otherwise featureless Wimmera Plains. It makes for a very Australian scene.
Our first time in the Grampians, and Mount Stapylton was a good introduction to this rugged national park in Central West Victoria. The scenery had a more remote feeling than the reality, and in this section of the park it looked quite arid, with plenty of weathered rock and impressive cliffs. The surrounding Wimmera Plains are flat as a pancake farmland that stretch as far as the eye can see. It’s a fairly short track but well worth it. You can also do the Mt Zero walk on the same day.
Parks Victoria provide simple track notes on their website. It’s straightforward enough but at one point we missed a left turn in a small gorge around the back of the mountain. The left turn takes you out of the gorge and from that point the walk is on rock all the way to the summit. Just keep a look out for the markers. You’ll come across a metal sign before you get to the top; after this the markers are red (from memory I think they are painted on the rock). It’s an easy scramble to the summit.