06 April 2010

Halls Gap

I forgot to mention that Warrnambool is actually famous for whale watching. We drove the place where people will gather to watch the whales and we were thinking there is no way there would be whales because it was the end of the season. Lo and behold there were a couple of whales frolicking in the sea just ahead of us. It was totally unbelieveable.

We woke up early again the next morning because it was a long drive to Halls Gap in the Grampians. We wanted to get there becuase we only had one night there and there were many places to explore. The drive took us around 3 hours and finally we reached the Grampians.

Just as we were about to reach the Halls Gap town, we decided to stop over at one of the water catchments areas for a break. As we got there I saw loads of birds and decided to take some biscuits to feed them. Soon the whole kampung decided to show up.

Walking a little further in and we saw the fantastic water catchment area.

We were about to leave the area and already in the car driving out and again Amy's super sharp eyesight spotted some Australian native animals in the wild.

The next thing is we went to check into Tim's Place. Tim's place is a very simple backpackers inn. It had all the comforts of a house but just no attached bathroom. After we got settle in we asked the lady there where to go and where to walk. We we told we should head to The Pinnacles which is a 2km walk one way. She also said we should also go check out the Mackenzie Falls, Reed Lookout, Boroka Lookout and the Balconies

It was about to rain and we decided to go for the longest walk which is The Pinnacles. It was a really fantastic 2km walk but it was really long. It took us close to an hour and a half one way and we were sweating like mad one minute and the next minute we were freezing.

It was a really tiring walk but when we finally reached the peak, our jaws dropped at the sight that was in front of us.

We could actually see the entire Halls Gap town and more from this vantage point. It was really worth the walk all the way up there.

We came down a slightly different route which is slightly longer but it offered a different view. We got back to the car and head to the Boroka and Reed lookout and also a short walk to the Balconies from the Reed Lookout carpark.

We didn't managed to head to the Mackenzie falls because it was getting late in the day and we were super tired after the 2km walk to the Pinnacles. We drove back to Tim's Place and cooked dinner. Since it was still pretty early we were the only one there cooking. After dinner, we took a short 15 min walk to the town for some dessert. We actually bought some ice cream and walked in the freezing cold back to the backpackers inn. Our fingers were freezing by the time we got home and we sat down watching some TV and head to bed early. The next morning we were leaving really early in the morning (5-6am) so we can be back in Melbourne so we can go to the Royal Melbourne Show.

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