Trip Start Apr 08, 2013
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Colac is industrial town, lots of normal shops, an average medium sized town you may not want to visit. But it has everything you need to stock up with for your travels and then a excellent reserve park with waterfront camping, toilets and fresh water, all free and encouraged to use. Local councils that allow this to happen should really be applauded and I'm sure the Grey Nomads put allot back into the local economy as they travel
We dived right into our Grampians tour, we got a bit lost in devouring the views of mountain ranges as far as the eye could see. We love mountain camping and walking. Living for so long in fairly flat South Australia we have been starved of the views we have been brought up with in Europe. SA as I mentioned is a pretty flat state, apart from the Flinders Ranges which are equally impressive but very spread out and a big drive to get to from Adelaide, the Grampians are actually closer and more accessible and there are plenty of people over here from SA for the same reason.
We eventually found a site on the north west site of the Grampians, we had hoped to do some 4WD touring but lots of the tracks were closed after recent fires, so we opted for a leisurely drive through the park first. The bush camping in the park seemed expensive for just very basic facilities with no good views, as your right in the forests and mountains loom down to make you feel like you could be anywhere, we opted to stay in the Black Range Forest at Mountain Dam Reserve where we actually have a great view of the ranges across a eery lake full of dead standing trees. We have the place pretty much to our selves and plenty of wood for cosy autumn fires.
I think we may lay low for a few days.