More adventures with Alice, in the Grampians

The Grampians, from Mt William (photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013)

The Grampians, from Mt William (photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013)

The Fella and I are off having adventures in Alice the Caravan. (Want to know more about Alice? Have a look here.)

The Grampians are a rugged national park in Western Victoria, and are very spectacular.

 (photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013)

(photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013)

Halls Gap is the main town, and its main purpose is tourism. However, it is still a pleasant, informal town. We are staying in a caravan park 4 km south, just below the wall of the Bellfield Dam. The Lakeside Tourist Park is a great place to be. Forget the word ‘tourist’, which in my mind conjures up images of over organisation, like a theme park with caravans! This caravan park is not like that. It is a friendly, relaxed place with great amenities. I especially enjoy the individual shower and toilet. Often showers are cramped, so it was nice to have room to spread out! And delicious hot water too 🙂

It also has a dining room/kitchen complex and a TV. Not having a TV has been great, but I did appreciate watching the footy on the one here last Saturday. I just didn’t appreciate the result!

I have also loved having wild life close by. While the kangaroos only come into the camping area at night, there are dozens of them in the grassed areas around us. I saw a paddock the other side of town that must have had around one hundred in it.

I counted 40 kangaroos in this photo. It is an area next to the caravan park.  (photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013)

I counted 40 kangaroos in this photo. It is an area next to the caravan park. (photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013)

 

 (photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013)

(photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013)

 

This kangaroo is eating in someone's backyard. Can you see another one having a lie down next to the garage?  (photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013)

This kangaroo is eating in someone’s backyard. Can you see another one having a lie down next to the garage? (photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013)

There are also sulphur crested cockatoos wheeling and screeching around the sky. They fly in large flocks, the hooligans of the bush. They are noisy and can be destructive, but I find their cheekiness rather endearing.

Sulphur crested cockatoo, sitting on the awing of the caravan.  (photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013)

Sulphur crested cockatoo, sitting on the awing of the caravan. (photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013)

I have seen currawongs and magpies, little scrub wrens and finches, and some rosellas. And the wild flowers have a special place for me. But more of them soon.

I hope life is as good for you in your part of the world. 🙂

 

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5 Responses to More adventures with Alice, in the Grampians

  1. metan says:

    The Grampians? You lucky bugger! We haven’t been there for years, what a wonderfully scenic place it is. Have a great time. 😀

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  2. EllaDee says:

    The Grampians are on our places to travel list. Particularly for the wildflowers but the wildlife now as well. Great images 🙂

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  3. anne54 says:

    Try and get there, Ella. It is one of those places that get into your soul. And the wild flowers! At the moment the wattles are every where — a yellow avenue to drive down. But there are lots of others too, and more will be out in a week or two.

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  4. james says:

    ha, love the photos of the kangaroos 🙂 such exotic animals.

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    • anne54 says:

      They are exotic, although when you see them in such numbers you do get rather blase about them. I remember being excited to see a squirrel in the UK. Dime a dozen to everyone else!

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