Here is one last photo dump from our long weekend in the glorious Grampians. We were able to fit in one last hike before the drive back to Melbourne, and we ventured a hike that was admittedly 100% inspired by instagram photos from other Melbourne Girls Outside hikers!
After a few wrong turns, we started our hike to Mount Rosea from a very unassuming carpark on the side of a dirt road. The hike was 9km return, and took us up a winding, rocky path with non-stop views of the surrounding area.
The weather looked constantly on the verge of rain, but blue sky continued to peep through, and we were even treated to a stunning rainbow in the distant valleys!
Near the summit the track turned into nothing more than rocks with the occasional arrow. But that makes it more fun – until you loose the arrows and question whether you took a wrong turn!
The summit offered spectacular 360 degree views of the Grampians, looking down over Lake Bellfield and Halls Gap, and back towards the Pinnacle and the Balconies.
The sun was determined to break through, but it was horrendously windy at the top! After a few quick photos we had to make our way back down the path to escape the freezing cold, and avoid being blown off the edge.
I wish I knew a bit more about weather patterns and clouds. In the above photo you can see a strange, long cloud that was hanging low over the valley. My brother, being in the outdoor education world, always comes up with the names of strange cloud formations and what that translates to in possible weather warnings.
The hike back down was along the same path, and the rocky descent certainly did not do any favours to my knees!
I am so glad that Chris and I have been making more of an effort to get out and explore our home state before we pack up and ship off overseas. We are so lucky to have such wonderful natural destinations in our own backyard.