A ROCKY ROAD // Grampians National Park, Australia

I know, even I am shaking my head at my dismal choice of a title. Creativity has never been a strong forte of mine. But bad puns aside, today I am here to share some of the numerous photos I took during a quick two night getaway Chris and I took to the Grampians National Park.

Chris randomly ended up with a few days off work, so we decided to capitalise on this freedom and get out of the city. I had been suggesting we head to the Grampians for some time, and given our limit to three days it seemed like the perfect idea. It took us slightly over three hours to get from Melbourne to Halls Gap, the village nestles amid the Grampians. Like, literally right in the middle. The photo below is the view from the carpark!

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We arrived around midday on Tuesday, and had planned to spend the afternoon relaxing. Spending all morning in the car changed our minds slightly, so we hiked a kilometre out to Venus Baths.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The pools would be great for paddling around in on a hot day. I had a bit of a splash, before we walked back into town. We spent the afternoon hanging out on the veranda of our cabin, then walked down the road to have dinner at the Halls Gap Hotel. Being yuppie Melbournian food snobs we were slightly apprehensive about a pub meal, but we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Plus, we had views like this:SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Halls Gap is also awash with kangaroos, which provided a great deal of entertainment to us on the walk back home. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The next morning we were up early to conquer the main hike of the Grampians: the Pinnacle. I should mention, all the walks we took we found via a fantastic little map we picked up from the counter at our caravan parks reception. I am fairly sure this website might have it for download.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We parked our car the Wonderland Carpark and followed the signs to the Pinnacle through the Grand Canyon. Probably not as grand as its namesake, but still pretty awesome. The walk up was ‘hard’ according to the map, to which I would partially agree. My legs were burning and my heart rate was up, but it certainly wouldn’t call it unachievable. There was also a fair bit of rock scrambling, which can rule out the walk to some people.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Despite the gloomy weather, horrendous wind and the rain attempting to set in, the views at the top were spectacular. The cleared area in the above photo is the village of Halls Gap.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Behind us, the gloomy weather threatening to set it. We had to sit under a rock to get out of the wind whilst we regained our breath.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The landscape was incredibly, quite lush in places, and fantastic rock structures of differing shapes and sizes throughout the landscape.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLame tourist shot because I am trying to capture more photos with either Chris or myself (or on a rare occasion, both of us).

I took a ridiculous amount of photos so I will be back with the second half of our day shortly! Even so, I hope I have sold the Grampians to any Melbournians seeking a holiday as these views are absolutely spectacular. Plus it is so refreshing to get outside.

– Reanna

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