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Grampians National Park: Venus Baths


Rising abruptly from the surrounding Western Plains, the Grampians (Gariwerd) is a series of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich in plants and animals, some of which are found nowhere else.

Accessible from Halls Gap, the Venus Baths trail begins at the tennis courts and enters the Botanic Gardens via a metal gate. At the rear of the botanic gardens you will pass through a second gate before the track gently winds its way along the north side of the creek. It is generally a short, easy stroll, suitable for all ages and abilities. The 2.3km trail takes approximately 30 minutes, though you might well spend longer if you get caught up in ClimateWatching!

The ClimateWatch Trail ends at Venus Baths, following which walkers can return via the same track, or choose to complete the full circuit, which has some steeper sections including large stone steps. If the latter, the Venus Baths loop continues by taking the footbridge over Stony Creek. The track then winds its way back along the southern side of the creek until it reaches the rear of the caravan park. Proceed along the creek and take a left at the next fork in the track. Rejoin the track back towards Halls Gap by crossing to the opposite side of the creek at the next bridge and turning right. Don't forget to keep your eye out for more ClimateWatch species as you walk along.

Why get involved?

  • Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.
  • Become an observer and help monitor the biodiversity of the Grampians.
  • Use the ClimateWatch app, field guide and recording sheet for the Venus Baths Track to observe species that are indicators of climate change and record your observations.
  • Make a real difference in your local community.

How to get involved?

  • Download the Grampians National Park: Venus Baths ClimateWatch field guidesmaps and recording sheets to mark your observations. Remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer.
  • Alternatively, you can record your sightings using the ClimateWatch smartphone app.
  • The trail can be explored for short or long walks, it's up to you. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and have some water with you.

This is a public ClimateWatch trail that you can do whenever you like. If your school is interested in visiting the site through Parks Victoria, please contact the trail coordinator at education@parks.vic.gov.au.

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Parks Victoria and Earthwatch Australia are partnering to help gather important knowledge about the effects of climate change. The partnership will bring park visitors, nature enthusiasts, students, contractors, park staff and the general public together with climate change scientists through Earthwatch’s national phenology program ClimateWatch.

Our parks and reserves system protects many important environments but sit in a broader landscape that is changing. They play a crucial role in protecting biodiversity, providing clean air and water, regulating climate, maintaining healthy waterways, preventing soil erosion, maintaining genetic resources, providing habitat for native species and pollination.

Parks Victoria is responsible for managing an expanding and diverse estate covering more than 4 million hectares, or about 17 per cent, of Victoria. This area includes national parks, urban parks, large wilderness areas and 70 per cent of Victoria’s coastline. Parks Victoria also manages a representative system of marine national parks and marine sanctuaries. They are the local port manager for Port Phillip Bay, Western Port and Port Campbell and the waterway manager for the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers.