We headed to the popular Grampians with no clue what to expect. We had been told it was Victoria's number one national park, so our expectations were high. 😀
Well, after a 5 night stay - we can happily confirm we had a great time exploring this beautiful area!
We setup our caravan at The Plantation Campground, which is a FREE camp🏕, 10minutes north of Halls Gap! It is technically out of the National Park area so it is DOG FRIENDLY! How good is that. It has plenty of campsites, toilets, bucket showers, bore water taps and lots of fire pits! 🔥
During our 5 day expedition we did; - Mt Abrupt summit (6.3km return) - Wonderland loop - Venus baths, Splitters falls, Grand Canyon & The Pinnacles (9.6km loop) - Tasted tested ice-cream at the local ice-creamery - Explored the old Mafeking gold town - Mt Staplyton summit (4km return) - Hollow Mountain summit (2.2km return) - MacKenzie Falls (2km return) - Visited the Billimina Shelter of Aboriginal rock art (2.2km return) - Explored some back roads and 4WD tracks around the Grampians - The Balconies and Reeds lookout (2km return)
We also met up with lots of fellow travelers at our campsite each night. It was great having a chat over the campfire each night with different people. I think it made our stay that much more memorable. 🍻
Tips; - go to the info centre and get yourself some maps so you can plan what you want to see. 🗺 - Plantation campground was quite popular, so make sure you get in early to grab a spot before the backpackers all roll in. - You can have hot showers at the info centre, in town for $3 per person 🚿 - Make sure you take a backpack with plenty of snacks, water etc. and wear good walking shoes! - There were plenty of bins around the Halls Gap town-park to deposit your rubbish 🚮
Overall a great 5 days exploring the Grampians and we definitely covered some kilometres over those days.
We will rest our legs ready for our next adventure - enroute to Flinders Ranges! 🤙🏼🕺🏻💃🏻