Starting from the car park at the end of Balconies Road, Zumsteins, this walk takes you to The Balconies and back. After a relatively short and easy walk suitable for all ages, the lookout at the end offers you panoramic views of the Grampians ranging from Mount Difficult to Mount Sturgeon. The sunsets are incredible, and if you time it right, you can take some beautiful photos. There are fences for safety reasons, and the area can get windy, so you might want to bring appropriate clothing such as windbreakers along with you. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Brimpaen Laharum Road then drive for 15 km
Turn sharp right onto Northern Grampians Road, C222 and drive for another 24.4 km
Turn right onto Balconies Road and drive for another 560 m
Keep left onto Balconies Road and drive for another 60 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the car park next to Reed Lookout (approximately 400 metres south of Reeds Picnic Area), walk towards the green wooden bollard as you keep Reeds Lookout to your right. Pass through the said bollard and head along the dirt track to continue along the Balconies lookout track.....
Directions & comments
Reed Lookout (about 40 m back from the start).
There is a car park (about 30 m back from the start).
After 55 m pass the "Mount Victory" (85 m on your left).
After another 145 m pass a seat (6 m on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 8 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 105 m cross the bridge (about 9 m long)
After another 720 m come to a seat., has a backrest.
After another 10 m come to "The Balconies Lookout".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 1 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
The Balconies Lookout
45 min to 1 h
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Some facilities on route
Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 690 m apart with the largest gap of 1 km.