Heatherlie Cottages Halls Gap
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This Adventure began with Andrew Shannon, Peter Selar and I departing Melbourne at 5.00pm for a three hour journey to Halls Gap.
I have now understood that leaving Melbourne at the eve of a public holiday can be an absolute nightmare as there are many like minded people trying to escape Melbourne, whether it be from work or a weekend escape. Traffic was horrendous and ...
... how long it
would take for me to get to my target: Mount Stapylton. It looked to
be an hour away. I decided to see how fast I would pass the next
landmark on the map: The Zummsteins and Wartook Reservoir.
road soon came out of the mountains ans leveled out into a flat
highway. I was able to go 90-100km easily, which put me at Mount
Staplyton in half an hour! Beauty!! On the way, I blasted some music
and danced in my seat, singing at the top of ...
... or balancing boulders. I crossed several
gurgling, amber creeks and scrambled over bald rocks. A family passed
me and the father gasped that it was a long way up and would take me
2.5 hours. Challenge accepted!
There were many peaceful spots on this
hike that I paused in amazement at. One was the Bridal Veil Falls, a
soft waterfall dripping into a small pool whose water was stained
with tannins from the trees. The foam on the surface ...
... we made it to Ararat, which I learned today is the only Australian city settled by the Chinese, back in the gold rush days.
From Ararat we took the tourist route to Halls Gap, dawdling through a couple of tiny little country towns and some picturesque farmlands, and watching the very black clouds covering the Grampians mountain range as we approached it.
By the time we climbed out of the wagon at the Visitor Centre in Halls ...
... here. We walked to the bottom of the Mackenzie falls,the biggest waterfalls in Victoria and the Reed lookout with a fantastic view of the mountain ranges. As we neared our hotel for the night we stopped at the local cricket ground where a mob of kangaroos were happily nibbling the grass impervious to the tourists gawping at ...