For scenic mountain landscapes, bushwalks, or just for those who want to escape the city life, relax and have nature just outside your doorstep, the Grampians in Victoria is a lovely spot to go to and get away from it all.
It’s a pretty long drive from Melbourne CBD (around 3-4 hours), so if you do decide to go here, it’s best to stay a minimum of one day overnight. For our case we stayed for 3 days and 2 nights in Grampians.
Halls Gap is the town located right at the heart of the Grampians national park. There you will find the Visitor Information centre so you can get some advice on which places to go to, and there are a couple of small shops that you can go to eat.
There are different types of accommodations available nearby, for us we stayed at Kookaburra Motor lodge..
The rooms are clean and comfy and wifi internet access is provided.
Best part is you can go out to the patio and see all of this..
We even saw kangaroos hopping back and forth in the fields just in front of us.
There are several lookout points around the park with varying degrees of difficulty.
The easy ones that are just a short walk from the carpark are Boroka lookout
and in the Reed lookout, it’s just a short walk to reach the Balconies
Another nice walk is the one to McKenzie Falls, around 30 minutes return to get this view..
We also did some treks which are around an hour to 2 hours long return.
The walk starting at Mt. William carpark is around 45 minutes return.. Another place with lots of good views along the way.
Another one is Hollow Mountains, which is around 2 hours return.
And the longest one we did.. the walk to the Pinnacle which is 2 hours return.
Despite how LOOONG it was (2.1 km one way), when it was finished I found that I enjoyed this walk because of the different views I got along the way
The end point.. THE PINNACLE!!! Words cannot express the relief I felt to see the end.
These are just a few of the walks available in the area.. there are a lot wayyy harder than what we did that would require you to camp for a day or two to finish the whole trek. We went in March, so weather wise it was pretty good and we got a lot of sunlight, but if you could it would be better to go in springtime around October, that’s when all the flowers are in bloom and just adds more color to the sceneries..
If you’re interested and want more information, go to this website http://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Grampians.aspx