The Grand Strzelecki Track helps to sustain the viability of the small communities through which it passes, as well as the wider Gippsland area, by opening up the Strzelecki Ranges to visitors from Australia and overseas who are looking for an extended walking experience in a unique part of Australia. The Track took over 2 years to build and was opened in May 2012. Since then we have been working towards raising more funds to provide more facilities and an even better experience for visitors. Our focus has been on protecting, while showcasing the environmental values that bring people here and to pass on our local knowledge so others may appreciate and want to protect these as much as we do. Construction of the Track involved extensive weed removal works within Morwell National Park and your trek will also take you through other areas of high biodiversity value where restoration projects can be seen.
Two thirds of the Grand Strzelecki track passes through plantation and diverse native forests managed by HVP Plantations and the project would not be possible without this contribution.
The project is entirely managed by an incorporated body of volunteers (Grand Strzelecki Track Inc.) who undertake all fundraising, maintenance, promotion and development. In the high rainfall environment of the Strzelecki Ranges, where vegetation grows prolifically and the Southern Ocean often brings gales or even occasional snowfalls, maintaining the Track presents many difficulties and unexpected costs. However the wild elements, luxuriant growth and fallen logs covered with mosses and fungi are also part of the essence of the Strzeleckis which makes the experience something special.
In 2012 the Grand Strzelecki Track project won a Parks and Leisure Australia Award of Excellence at the National level under the category of Inclusive and Connected Communities, after previously winning the award for the Victoria/Tasmania region.
Our vision is to provide a special, peaceful experience where anyone can discover the unexpected nature, history and ‘feeling’ of this unique part of Australia at their own pace and level of ability.
The Grand Strzelecki Track receives a small amount of maintenance funding annually from Latrobe City and Wellington Shire Councils, but relies heavily on grants, public support and fundraising initiatives for ongoing maintenance and development of the walks and facilities. Donations or purchases of maps and souvenirs can be made through this website, or contact us about sponsoring interpretive signs, maps or other items.