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{June 3, 2007}   The Grampians

i think taking a short road trip out of town was on our minds as part of the itinery during the geek’s visit. and as luck would have it, i won 2 nights for 2 at ned’s bed grampians backpackers at the backpackers expo earlier in the year. all we had to do was rent a car and make our way there.

the grampians is only 3 hours away from melbourne and fairly easy to follow from the city. halls gaps is the “civic” stretch at the grampians lined with a range of accomodation types and equipped with a tourist info, resturants and cafes and also with a petrol kiosk (not 24 hours). all your creature comforts can be catered for.

it poured heavily on our 2nd and 3rd day at the grampians, but at least we managed to enjoy one full day of clear blue skies on our first day which we spent along the more accessible and commonly visited lookout points along mt victory road.

the balconies walk

boroka lookout

mackenzie falls

besides enjoying the treks at the grampians, we highly recommend visiting brambuk aboriginal culture centre to appreciate the aboriginal ties with the geriwerd-grampians ranges and have a go at the bush tucker cafe. i had a kangaroo steak sandwich while the geek had the crocodile and prawn agnoloni. it was one of the best meals we had on this trip, which is a lot to say considering that we’ve been indulging in a lot of really good food this week. too bad the bush tucker cafe doesn’t have a branch in the city.

being renowned for its many reputed wineries in the grampians, visiting one of them is a worth while visit. usually not a big fan of wines, it was at the seppelt winery that i found my favourite poison – lindemans porphyry sweet white wine. the selling point of the seppelt winery was also a guided tour through its 3km subterranean drives unique to the wineries in the great western region.

in our 3D 2N visit to the grampians, we’ve only covered a fraction of the national park but  we’ve also managed to cover a range of activities. the grampians is definately worth a few more trips.

halls gaps – stony creek

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