There are many walks through the Grampians, most leading to spectacular lookouts. One of those is the Pinnacle. There are two ways up to it. One, from the Wonderland Carpark, is described in the brochure as ‘a strenuous walk to a famous peak’. The other, from the Sundial Carpark, is ‘a medium grade route to the Pinnacle’. We took the second, and that was a good challenge.
It was a lovely walk, along a path that wound up the side of mountains, over rocky plateaus and hopping over rocks and boulders. And it was enough for me! It made me realise that I wasn’t as unfit as I thought I was. All that work at the gym had some benefits! (Although I have yet to see a reason for sit-ups!)
The view of Halls Gap from the Pinnacle.
I couldn’t believe how many people were up at the lookout. Most of them had come from the Wonderland Carpark — fitter that I am! There was a group of young Asian people, who had a ball up there, taking photos of each other, laughing and enjoying their experience and each other’s company.
Mt William is the highest peak in the Grampians, so it has a telecommunications tower on top. This means that there is an access road up to the top. However the road is not for mere (unfit) mortals like the Fella and me to drive up! We had to walk. The advantage was that it was a road, and so no rock hopping. (More of that in another post.) The disadvantage was that the incline was fairly constant for all of the 1.8 km we had to walk.
The cairn at the top said that the road was built in 1963. It was quite possible that when we camped in the Grampians as a child that we drove all the way up to the top.
I stopped often, with the excuse of taking photos of the lovely views and wild flowers. Really I was just letting my heart rate settle a little! As you enjoy the photos, think of the effort I went to, just for you!
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂