Tawa track sidles the western slopes of the Grampians before climbing to Grampians Saddle. It is one of the longest tracks on the Grampians and traverses a variety of vegetation. Tawa Track can be combined with several other Grampians tracks to form a longer loop.
|Length: 3.8 km||Time Required: Allow 1-2 hr to create a circuit with other Grampians tracks|
|Trail Type: Walking track||Physical Difficulty: Easy-Moderate|
|Uses: Walking and running||Primary Direction: Either|
|Start Elevation: 55 m||Finish Elevation: 350 m|
|Links to: All other Grampians Tracks|
The main access point to Tawa Track is on Van Diemen St, next to Fairfield House (see Access tab above). There is plenty of street parking available here. There is also direct access off the end of Endeavour St. Tawa Track can also be accessed via any of the other Grampians tracks it links with.
The beginning of Tawa Track is well sign-posted on Van Diemen St, next to Fairfield House. The track zig-zags upwards for a few hundred metres before linking up with Ronaki Track. The track sidles the western slopes of the Grampians, passing through a variety of exotic tree plantings which are particularly attractive in autumn, when the leaves of the trees give the hillside bright yellow and orange hues. Openings in the trees allow good views across the city. After Ronaki Track splits off uphill, Tawa Track continues southward for 1.65 km before Mamaku Track heads off uphill. Tukuka Track connects from the right 650 m further on.
The track is undulating until soon after Tukuka Track is met, after which there is increasing amount of climbing, including a few short steep sections. The track continues around onto the southern aspect of the Grampians and Mahoe Track is met, before Tawa turns uphill, climbing to Grampians Saddle (350 m).