Standing at the Halls Gap pinnacle in the Grampians, I couldn't believe what was in front of me. An endless horizon of rural Victoria, glorious jagged cliffs, and children jumping between dangerously deep drops while nervous parents watched on in horror.
How it had taken me so long to explore the Grampians, is beyond me!
The Grampians are one of Victoria's most spectacular and unique destinations. Halls Gap is the most popular Grampians walk. Although it does take about 2 hours (unless you're like me and will mesmerisingly take pictures at every corner) of uphill hiking to get to the pinnacle, it's well worth the sweat, blood and tears.
Ok, ok, it's not that hard of a hike. I mean, if I can do it, anyone can do it! And let me tell you, I really didn't struggle. Yes, my legs felt like jelly at the end of it, but I was lucky enough to sit (ahum, snooze) in the back seat of the car ride home.
Since it takes 3 hours to drive from Melbourne to the Grampians, it only seemed wise, and timely, to stay a night. With my families circa 1997 4-pax tent in tow, we set up up our temporary home for the night at Grampians Paradise Camping and Caravan Parkland. And if the name doesn't excite you enough, then the grounds certainly will!
Welcomed by a red dirt road, with mountains either side of you, the site is lush, green, and full of life. We hired a fire-pit for the night, and bought a wheelbarrow of wood to keep us toasty and warm. It was a truly perfect camping experience.
But don't come unprepared for the cold night air, or you'll end up like us – three girls spooning on a double blow-up mattress fighting over blankets. Not a nice way to sleep, but we managed, nonetheless.
Have you been to the Grampians?