After finally finishing our farm work in Narrandera we headed down to Melbourne and bought a second van!! Who would have thought – no more please!
Our first stop in our new van was The Grampians National Park, Victoria. We set off from Geelong and it took about 2 hours to arrive in Halls Gap the main town in the Grampians. We had a nosy around and collected some leaflets and tips from the tourist information. There was a couple of shops and restaurants, a eco backpackers a b&bs and a large park which families were enjoying.
From Halls Gap we set off on Mount Victory road, a windy and steep hill which takes you through the northern part of the national park with stops along the way with amazing views over the park. It was late afternoon so we stopped at the first waterfall on the road which was silverband waterfall, where we took a beautiful quiet trail from the car park to the waterfall.
Only staying one night in the Grampians we decided to choose a free camp, Plantation campground which is about 10 mins from Halls Gap down a gravel road where we were greeted by kangaroo, wallabies and emus. The campground was all you could expect from a free site, the toilets, a hole in the ground which frankly smelt disgusing and the showers, a bucket on a string, it’s safe to say neither of us had a shower.
We got up fairly early the next morning and took Mount Victory road again, winding up the mountain the views were amazing and the wildlife was incredible. Our first stop was Boroka Lookout, which is a stunning lookout onto the trees, lakes and beyond. It was here where I got the best news from the Australian immigration that my second year visa had been approved!
It was about 15 mins drive to Reeds lookout and the balconies which is another stunning lookout, it’s a little walk to the balconies along a trail filled with lizards and geckos. Walking along the trail it suddenly opened up with views for miles across the national park. I must admit the views are nothing like the English national parks, being from the Lake District I am pretty used to living in one of the most stunning areas in the country. But the Australian national parks are different, the views are trees and trees for miles.
It was a couple of miles walk and it was getting pretty hot but we carried on the steep trail down to Mckenzie Falls and it was defiantly worth it. The views were spectular, the water was so clear and from the waterfall the steam carried on downriver. However I must admit the walk back up the steep steps was not fun, luckily we’d worn runners not flip flops!