City Travel Tip #1362
Visiting Halls Gap and The Grampians National Park
As we live in Singapore where there are no mountains and huge open areas, every time we travel we like to stay for a few days in mountainous areas. Thus, when we visited Melbourne some years ago, we stayed at Halls Gap for a few days.
Halls Gap is a tourist village, located in the middle of the Grampians National Park. There were some small shops and eateries in the village, catering to the locals and tourists staying in the area. However the highlight of our stay at Halls Gap was visiting the Grampians. There were several lookouts which we explored, including – Boroka Lookout, Reed Lookout, and we also climbed the Boronia Peak.
My husband and I are definitely not professional mountain climbers. However these lookouts are easily accessible by car. You can pick up a map of the Grampians National Park from the Halls Gap & Grampians Visitor Information Centre. All the carparks and walking routes are shown clearly on the map. Hence we simply had to drive to the carpark nearest to each lookout, then continue walking along the well-marked paths. Wearing comfortable shoes are important.
The views from the lookouts were amazing. I recall climbing the Boronia Peak took some effort as the path was extremely rocky. Yet, along the way we saw families with children and even seniors navigating the same route! Once we reached the top of the Peak, I felt that the hike was entirely worthwhile. We managed to take lots of photos of the stunning views. It was truly a highlight of our Melbourne trip.
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