The chimney pots
The chimney pots are a group of amazing sandstone formations situated in the south-West corner of the Grampians National Park. It is located about an hour from Halls Gap. As it’s located in quite a remote location. It’s a lot quieter than many of the other hikes in the Grampians. The hike is a moderate 3.9km hike and will take about 2 hours to complete. The track has steep sections, rocky terrain, and cliff faces. Parking for the beginning of the walk is located off Glenelg Valley Road. The road is unsealed and there are no facilities located at the carpark. Click Here for other walks in the Grampians.
Make your way down the winding sandy path, through yellow shrubbery. The track here is relatively flat but has a rocky terrain. The track then branches in two to make a circuit around chimney pots. We chose to go clockwise as this is meant to be more of a steady climb on the way up and an easy descent in the shade on the way back down. Just after the track splits it becomes clear why this is classed four and only recommended for those with a moderate level of fitness. The incline gets steeper and the sandy path gives way to a rocky track while it is signposted with yellow arrows the track can still be tricky to navigate. For those wanting to stop for a break along the way, there are several spots to stop and take in the magnificent views before the final few hundred meters.
Once arriving at the top the view has a spectacular panoramic view of the massive sandstone formations that jut out from surrounding bushland in every direction. You will also have a clear view of Mount Abrupt and Mount Sturgeon. Return down the grassy valley there are no arrows but the path is well worn so easy to make your path down the hill.
The turnoff before the top lookout The lookout at the top Chimney Pots The Valley Back Down
There are many camping and cabin accommodation options in the area. The closest is Strachans Campground, which is just under a 15-minute drive. Click Here for Booking campsites in the Grampians.