Accueil AUSTRALIAVICTORIA HOW TO EXPLORE THE GRAMPIANS

HOW TO EXPLORE THE GRAMPIANS

Ecrit par Travelling Mermaid 24 March 2018

THE DRIVE TO GET TO THE GRAMPIANS

Sunday, March 3rd. 14 Days since we left Sydney. We woke up in Warrnambool, last city along the famous Great Ocean Road. For our last stop before reaching Adélaïde, we decided to go inland to visit the Grampians National Park. We are afraid of being stuck in the middle of nowhere with grassfires everywhere around us. Lucky us, except a closed road and a smelling of smoke, we had no issues driving the 160 km in 3 hours. There was no sign of a human presence. The black cattle contrast with the yellow field burned by the sun. Everything looks very dry. In the Grampians, we stayed in Halls Gap which is the only little town around the North of the Grampians and has a little grocery store as well as some eateries.

Les grampians carte
De Warrnambool aux Grampians
route dans les Grampians National Park
vue sur les Grampians depuis la route

These mountain ranges have been named after the Grampian Mountains in Scotland but are part of the Great Dividing Range (South-Western part) in Australia which runs along 3.500 km from north Queensland to the Victoria along the East coast.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GRAMPIANS

We had a crush on these sanstone mountains that are shaped like waves in the sky. We spent one day in this park but we could have stayed more. I wish we could have hiked more but we were on a roadtrip, we were tired and we had to be in Adélaïde the day after while we still had a 5 hour drive to get there. Anyway, we still had enough time to see the highlights of the Grampians and hike some short trails.

MACKENZIE FALLS

GRAMPIANS

One of the best Waterfalls in Victoria

The “MacKenzie Falls” are the most impressive waterfalls in the Grampians National Park and maybe even the most incredible falls in Victoria. Anyway, I have never seen such a waterfall in my entire life. While most waterfalls we visit at this time of the year are drought, there was plenty of water here! We chose to hike the 1km trail to the bottom of the falls because we think it’s the most impressive view (MacKenzie Falls Walk“) but the steep walk back was the least-fun part of this hike. If you want to avoid stairs, you still can opt for the MacKenzie Falls Lookout Walk” that leads to an lookout overlooking the falls.

MacKenzie

FALLS CARPARK

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians

1h

TIME

2km

TOTAL

110m

HEIGHT

2/5

LEVEL

THE BALCONIES

GRAMPIANS

SOUTH GRAMPIANS VIEWS

The “Balconies” are actually a particular rocky formation that is located at the end of “The Balconies” walk on the left when you reach the lookout. We think there is nothing exceptional there (except if you are just looking for THE picture to post on your instagram feed). However the landscape offers incredible views on the South of the Grampians and around. The best moment to come here is at sunrise or sunset… On the way here, do not miss the “Reeds Lookout” (the first picture in this article has been taken there).

Reeds

LOOKOUT CARPARK

The Balconies

40min

TIME

2km

TOTAL

50m

HEIGHT

1/5

LEVEL

BOROKA LOOKOUT

GRAMPIANS

NORTH GRAMPIANS VIEWS

The lookout of “Boroka Lookout Walk” is located just next to the carpark and has incredible views to the North of the Grampians (Lake Bellfield,  Wonderland Range, Mt William Range…). It’s a short 5 km ride from the main road (10min).

Boroka

LOOKOUT CARPARK

Grampians

10min

TIME

180m

TOTAL

5m

HEIGHT

1/5

LEVEL

KANGAROOS

GRAMPIANS

Meeting Kangaroos in Halls Gap

There are plenty of kangaroos in the Grampians but if you absolutely don’t want to miss them, you still can go directly to the “Halls Gap Caravan Park”

Halls Gap

CARAVAN PARK

Kangourou

Leave a Reply