Our final stop of our tour of the Northern Grampians was the Balconies. This is hardly a hike, but more of a 2km return wander to some of the most stunning, yet easily accessible views in the Grampians. There are even some great viewing points from the carpark!
Despite a rather misty start in that morning, the weather was perfectly clear all day. By mid afternoon, we had fantastic views at the Balconies.
The below rocky outcrop is technically off limits, but as per usual it was still being used by visitors for photo shoots. I am sure it would be a stunning shot, but at a risk!
We had a peaceful afternoon and evening at our cabin in Halls Gap, before getting up early to join a local fun run. I don’t know what was going through my head when I let Chris convince me to run 12kms, but it ended up being a great run through the valley from Halls Gap to Lake Bellfield, aided by the stunning views.
After such a big run in the morning (for me anyway!) hiking was off the cards for the remainder of the day. We set out in our car and explored some the regions wineries, which were beautiful with the backdrop of the mountains.
That evening, we also stopped off at the dam wall of Lake Bellfield, which was just up the hill from our caravan park. I still have no idea what I am doing with my camera 99% of the time, but I do kind of love how these evening photos at the lake came out.
The dam wall provided an unexpectedly fantastic view back down the valley towards Halls Gap, with the Pinnacle up to the left.
Despite almost being winter when we were up in the Grampians, there were still plenty of visitors in town. Sure, it was a bit cold and we weren’t always guaranteed perfect blue skies, but it was still a great time to visit. Oh, and we got to fit in one more hike…