THE MAGNIFICENT GRAMPIANS
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Halls Gap holiday park
JOURNEY: Dimboola, Horsham, C222, Roses Gap, Dadswell Bridge, Stawell, C216 to Halls Gap- 170kms
WEATHER: Sunny, fine and 17 degrees at 11am
We discovered at Horsham that the road through the Grampians to Halls Gap was closed still, after the huge floods in January. That's disappointing!
We drove in via Grampians Rd, C222 and enjoyed the scenery, mostly farmlands until we reached Stapylton campground where we prepared lunch and coffee in the sun and natural beauty. All you campers - this is a fabulous spot in the 'shadow' of the northern ranges and beautifully landscaped. Don't miss it!
Why didn't we camp here? There was another camper BUT the road in was very slippery and boggy on the edges AND heavy rain was forecast, so after a discussion and several hours wandering around enjoying the place, appreciating the fauna and flora- the kangaroos were lying down in the sunshine - we reluctantly moved on.
We followed the scenic Roses Gap Rd to Troopers Creek, where a sign at Roses Gap explained that this was a historic cross road in the gold rush days. A richly forested spot in the valley, we stopped a while to enjoy the creeks and waterfalls, in full glory after abundant rain. This was a very scenic road through beautiful valleys.
Beehive Falls just a bit further on, was a lovely trek to a small waterfall through lush green ferns, creeks and rocky sandstone escarpments; the sun was shining by now and the sky was clear and blue which made the 3 km walk even more enjoyable. What a magic place!
Wildflowers everywhere and bursting with new blooms and growth.
HALLS GAP AND THE GRAMPIANS
It was late afternoon when we reached Dadwells Bridge back on the A8 hwy and we surveyed possible free camping as we drove but eventually decided to go to Halls Gap Caravan Park because it was freezing and had started to rain.
The park was very quiet and was situated beneath the rugged Grampian peaks, surrounded by national park. The campers kitchen was a good place for cooking and socialising, and we set a fire in the fireplace on the 2nd afternoon to warm up; it was minus 2 when we checked the thermometer on Tuesday morning and ice had formed on the windows of the van.
We walked to the Brambuck Cultural Centre and took some short strolls around the Centre but it was very cold and damp so we headed back to town- Halls Gap- which is just a small retail centre, obviously suffering from the road closures through the park.
So it was back "home" for lunch and as mentioned we spent the afternooon by the fire in the campers hut. We didn't get much reading done but instead spent interesting time chatting to other campers from overseas and locally. That was fun.
A delicious meal, red wine and some TV and it was under the doona to keep warm in below 0 temperatures again and we were warm and cosy. This journey has assured us that we are able to stay warm and dry under very cool conditions; however we definitely prefer travelling in the warmer seasons!