"The Grampians: Halls Gap & Baroka Falls Lookout" Grampians National Park Tip by xuessium
Grampians National Park, Melbourne: 10 reviews and 30 photos
Did a day-tour (8.45am-9.30pm) with one of the big agencies (possibly Greyhound) as I could not grab a place with the backpacker tours.
I missed visiting it every time I was in Melbourne, so on my 4th visit with my family in tow, I made it to the Grampians.
The Grampians is a mountain range and national park in Victoria (Australia), 235 kilometres west of Melbourne. The Grampians are famed for its precipitous sandstone ranges, waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife. The ranges were named in 1836 by NSW Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Mitchell after the Grampian Mountains in his native Scotland, but are also known by the name Gariwerd, from one of the local Australian Aboriginal languages. The area is a noted rock climbing destination, and it is popular with campers and bushwalkers for its many spectacular views and unspoilt nature.
On the way, the tour went through mainly wool and wheat growing districts.
Halls Gap was the first stop for lunch. This is the gateway to the Grampians. Quiet understated town with a heck of a view behind it. Halls Gap is the holiday capital in the heart of the Grampians and a perfect stepping-off point for all destinations in the park.
After lunch, the tour bus moved uphill to the Baroka Falls Lookout where we did a short walk from the carpark to the lookout, which gives magnificent views of Wonderland, the Mt William Ranges, the Halls Gap township and the surrounding farmlands.
Look out for a "leaping or jumping frog" rock formation along the trail to Baroka Falls Lookout.
Address: Halls Gap VIC 3381
Directions: The Grampians
Phone: +61 3 5361 4000
Website: http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/1park_display.cfm?park=109, http://www.visitgrampians.com.au/
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