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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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”.