Believe it or not there is still more photos to come from our recent trip to the Grampians! I honestly took over 150 photos over the course of two days/nights, but managed to delete over half of them. I see why Chris rolls his eyes when I start taking so many! Or, alternatively, pulls stupid photos when he catches me discretely taking a snap behind him.
These first photos are from the second half of our hike up the Pinnacle. Instead of going straight back to the car park we walked a few more kilometres along the peaks to Lakeview Lookout. Rain kept threatening to set in and the wind was freezing, but it was still an enjoyable walk. And those views!
We returned via slightly different tracks, which meant we didn’t have to climb back through the Grand Canyon and we got to see some slightly different areas. It was around midday by the time we finally made it back to the carpark, so we drove into town for lunch. There is actually quite a number of nice cafes in the village, so we checked out the recently opened Harvest cafe, which I stumbled upon when I picked up a flyer for it in the information centre.
In the early afternoon we drove to the other side of town to visit Brambuk, the National Park and Cultural Centre. For a gold coin donation you can take a walk through the Centre and learn about the local Aboriginal history, as well as view indigenous artwork. It was both interesting and moving, and well worth the visit.
Some relaxation and
napping reading was in order for the afternoon back at our cabin. We hit the road again in the later afternoon to check out some more for the area. Our first stop was Reid’s Lookout. The carpark itself had spectacular views, plus you could walk a kilometre along an easy track to the Balconies. The track also included an open area which was populated by random stacks of rocks?!
Our next stop was the famed McKenzie Falls. It was nice to see this part of the park was wheelchair accessible, providing a sealed path to the main viewing point. Chris and I talk another walk past the Broken Falls (the photo above) before heading down the base of McKenzie Falls. We also bumped into this little guy on the way.
The falls were spectacular. Once we got down the bottom we noticed the path actually continued on for a few kilometres to a nearby town, but our legs had definitely had enough for the day. The walk back up to the carpark was pretty killer, or STRENUOUS as the sign had warned. Quite steep, but not quite as bad as Mt Wuyishan in China.
It is safe to say we slept well that night!