“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, there is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes, by the deep-sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more”
― George Gordon Byron
If you are looking for a quick escape from the bustling metropolitan of Melbourne, a day trip to Grampians will provide the much-needed getaway for you and your companions, may it be friends or family.
Sometimes, the fast pace of the city can cause stress and drain your energy. A retreat to nature will provide you relaxation without breaking the bank or taking too much of your time. Besides, who does not love to sit down and just look at scenery below the mountain?
The day after I learned of my results, I decided to come with my friends to a trip to the Grampians, just to relieve stress. There we were, in our rental car with our mobile GPS clutched in our hands, navigating our way through the Grampians.
We cruised through the highway, first the view was concrete buildings which later on, transitioned to farmlands, forests and mountains after two hours of our trip.
The weather was just perfect for an adventure that day, although it got a bit cloudy along the way, the sun eventually came around noon. As the trip was a bit unplanned, we were not able to research much about the place.
Our main goal was to visit the Grampians National Park especially the various lookouts there. We were pressed for time as we wanted to cover many places before the sun sets. After we made a short stop to the information section of Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre, we headed towards our first lookout.
As you travel more around the area, the more you will appreciate the beautiful flora and rock formations that surrounds the area. The majority of the Grampians’ geographical makeup is composed of sandstone ridges and sedimentary layers of rock formed millions of years ago. Once in the lookout, one can see the picturesque scenery of the mountains in addition to the view of surrounding towns such as Stawell and Victoria Valley.
Our first destination was the Boroka Lookout , it took us about 15 minutes to walk there from the car park. The view was spectacular wherein you can see the countryside, townships and bit of Halls Gap at the top. We spent a bit of time there, taking photos and stepping out to some unauthorized zone ( Sorry, we could not help ourselves).
The next on our list is the Balconies, it was a kilometer walk from the car park wherein you will pass by sparse forest of Eucalyptus and rock formations shaped like toadstools.
In addition, the view is majestic up at the lookout, seeing beautiful rock formation just makes me appreciate Geology more.
Another unauthorized photo op!
Lastly, we headed down to the Grand Canyon for our final stop. Although I did not want for it to be the last destination, it was almost sunset so we stopped there as to avoid any risky incident. Compared to the other stops, Grand Canyon is a bit steeper but not as challenging as the Pinnacle. The walking track is found along the rock platforms, and with steps that runs in the ravine adjacent to the creek. The rock formations that can be seen makes the long walk worthwhile.
A day trip was enjoyable but I would have stayed there longer. Overall, it was an excellent trip and for a moment, I felt free and was just absorbed by the tranquility of the area.
Just a few tips if you are planning to go to Grampians:
1.) If you are planning to go there for only a day trip, head out early to be able to visit many sites.
We left the city around 11 in the morning and arrived around two in the afternoon, therefore we only had less than three hours to explore the Grampians. Three destinations were not bad but it would’ve been nicer if we were able to visit the Pinnacle and Mt. William.
2.) Wear appropriate footwear.
The walk to Grand Canyon is quite slippery and a bit steep so proper hiking boots or just sturdy rubber shoes would be good to wear.
3.) Know your limits
I know that unauthorized areas are the ones which have the coolest views and good places to take photos but always be careful. Try not to be too excited and jump around. One slip, and you’re heading down in that cliff.