News! Wild weather and heavy downpours on 7 January 2022 have given water stores a huge boost. This means that water should be available at the campsites. That is, except for Yarram and Mud-dadjug as they are still under construction.
Guaranteed water on the GPT?
Parks Victoria does not guarantee a water supply. There are water tanks at all of the camps but they rely on rainwater to fill up.
How to ensure you have enough water
To ensure that a lack of water availability on the GPT won’t ruin your trip, our advice is to pick up water at the water tanks that are located in places where the GPT crosses a road. Carry that water into the camp to ensure you have enough, especially over the hot, dry summer months.
These water tanks are clearly marked on the maps in our walking guide book.
You can also check the Parks Victoria website for updates.
After rain or in the winter months you will find water in creeks along most of the GPT. The exception to this is the southern section. This is because the mountains aren’t as high as elsewhere. Also, most of the creeks in the Serra Range are short and so dry up quickly.
If you do collect water from creeks the advice is to boil or treat that water before drinking. That said, we do drink straight from some streams but we only do so when the water is flowing hard and there is no chance of contamination upstream. That is, there aren’t likely to be people upstream, or a campsite or a track or any other infrastructure.
Red Centre – a guide book by the same authors