Grampians Day 1

We are finally moving on from Queensland and Tassie! Moving back to something local, my girl friends and I decided to spend two days in the Grampians. I wrote a listicle about the weekend here, but I’d love to share our weekend in more depth!

If you can’t survive the whole 3 hours to the Grampians, Beaufort is an old fashioned town about 15-20 minutes before it. It’s got a street of shops and bakeries, so we dropped by Beaufort Bakery (I think?) for some caffeine pick-me-ups. It was good on the way there, but on the way back we received some pretty bad service.

IMG_2451 copyIts vintage atmosphere was enhanced by the reds and oranges of autumn weather. How cute is this fire station?

We also spotted a very unique garage sale, full of antiques and rustic items. Jewellery, fashion, books, magazines and more from decades ago.IMG_2467 copyIMG_2452 copyIMG_2462 copy

Briggs Bluff
As unexperienced hikers, I thought maybe it was time for us to challenge our selves with a five hour hike. It’s in the north end of the National Park and it was not very crowded.

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After 10 minutes of scrambling up some rocks, and nearly losing an iPhone and DSLR down the side, we were already doubtful.

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When we got further and saw a sign telling us the hike is a hazard and not to go on, it seemed it was time to turn around. Some groups were still going ahead despite it, but they said it was confusing with not many arrows.

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With med and law students in our group, their sensibility convinced us to leave. When we saw a mother slip and fall, we thought this was our last sign! But it’s definitely on our list to conquer in the future when we’re better prepared to see some elevated views. For now enjoy the teeny weeny trickle of Beehive Falls (near the start of Briggs Bluff) below – obviously not the time to see the falls at its best.

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Mackenzie & Fish Falls
Our next plan was to try the popular Mackenzie falls, more in the middle of the National Park. It highly contrasted with the northern end – probably because the north has been subject to bushfires in the past.IMG_2553 copyThe carpark for the falls was nearly at capacity. In addition, there was a sausage sizzle, ice-cream and a coffee van at the entrance. We were secretly glad Briggs Bluff was a fail as we all got a sausage even though we packed lunch.

IMG_2554 copyThe falls are accessed by long, winding stairs going down, which is fine, but you also see people puffing on their way back up. We weren’t looking forward to that return, (but when we did have to come back that way, we used ice-cream as a motivator).

The falls were magnificent, considering most of the Victorian waterfalls I’ve seen are mere trickles. This was gushing with water, so much the breeze even carried water as you sat there admiring the tranquility.

IMG_2701 copyAfter a sufficient amount of phototaking and relaxing at this spot, we decided to continue on to a sign directing us to Fish Falls.

IMG_2781 copyThe falls were very small in comparison, but it was more about the journey and peaceful stroll to get there. As we followed the stream and winding paths surrounded by nature, it still proved a lot of fun.IMG_2764 copyI managed to slip whilst taking a photo at Fish Falls so the girls have renamed it to “Mon Falls”.

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Halls Gap Caravan Park
We only stayed one night at Halls Gap. We didn’t book camp sites in the national park in time, but it was probably better for us girls, as most of us have not experienced proper camping. Glamping was close enough! Glamping refers to “glamorous camping” as you have facilities available to you.

The caravan park had a small communal kitchen, toilets and showers. The kitchen was nowhere near as equipped as the one’s in Tasmania, but that’s probably because caravanning is more popular in Tassie. It didn’t have a stove but had powerpoints, toasters, a kettle and a sink. We brought our own mini stove luckily and cooked up some spaghetti.

With no salt with us, we crushed our car snack of Grainwaves and sprinked it on top – and it so worked! Meanwhile, other people in the camp were asking if we had made food to last us a week. We accepted the challenge and ate it all.IMG_2856 copyOur camp site was for a car plus tent, so we set up a tent by ourselves whilst a camp of tradies next to us asked if we needed help. We also rose to this challenge and did most of it without them – except when we borrowed a hammer to nail down the corners.

A great first day to our trip, with a lot of little spontaneous adventures!

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