The Grampians National Park
The Grampians National Park — or Gariwerd, as is its Aboriginal name — is an area of stunning natural beauty located about 300km north west of Melbourne. This National Park is home to striking mountainous landscapes and is an area of cultural importance to Aboriginal people. It is said to contain 90 percent of the Aboriginal rock art sites in Victoria.
I visited the Grampians recently on a hiking tour out of Melbourne. It was one of those winter weekends that truly does serve up four seasons in one day. As we hiked from Halls Gap up to the Pinnacle — over the rugged rock formations, alongside the river and cascades — the sky transformed from moody grey, to bright blue… there was a momentary rainbow when we reached the Pinnacle lookout, and some patches of magic afternoon light, before the clouds rolled in once more for our descent.
The Grampians was the place I was looking most forward to visiting during my recent two month stint living and working in Melbourne… and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a little further out of Melbourne than most day trips (popular spots like Great Ocean Road or Dandenong Ranges are much closer), but it’s certainly doable (or just stay a while longer!) — it’s well worth the journey.