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The Grampians

by on Nov.21, 2010, under Traveling Australia

Friday 19th November – Sunday 21 November 2010

After leaving Adelaide to go on our 500 km drive to the Grampians we passed the Coorong National Park again but this time in daylight to see some pelicans but except for some flying over us none showed up.

The salt lakes we passed changed to purple due to some chemical algae process. Forgot what it was about. If anybody knows write a comment, please.

In the evening we arrived at Naracoorte and camped at a nice camping spot with mowed lawn and great toilet and shower facilities.

The next day we went to see the Fossil cave, a World Heritage site, as well as the Wet cave and Alexandra cave. Except for the Wet cave all caves had to be booked with a guide.

Alexandra cave:

Wet cave:

A break in between:

Fossil cave:

In the evening we made it to the Grampians and stayed at the Smith Mill Camp ground, bush camping.

The next day we began our „Grampians in one day“ tour and started with the nearest attraction. And what a fabulous sight were the MacKenzie Falls – simply amazing. I decided this would be the most beautiful waterfall I had ever seen.

See here for a short clip of the MacKenzie Falls in moving action:

Driving further into the Grampians, sights and lookouts came quickly after another.

First Reed lookout and the famous Balconies:

Our travel guides pictures were taken from behind the fence and this inspired us to also be a bit rebellious and step over the fence. As we inspired a couple of other tourists afterwards… But honestly, it is all the travel guides fault ; )

Enjoy this panorama, taken as a series of 4 shots and stitched together afterwards:

Panoramic view from Reed Lookout

Panoramic view from Reed Lookout

We continued to the Boroka Lookout from where you can enjoy the view of Halls Gap and Lake Wartook:

Asking the tourist information center whether we should rather go up Mount William or take the Pinnacles Lookout they suggested Mount William – a grave mistake since the 2 km walk up the hill was along the tarred road which was simply boring and exhausting under a hot sun.

The steep but boring walk up the road to Mount William

The steep but boring walk up the road to Mount William

The view from the mountain was nice though not spectacular.

The Pinnacle Walk via Grand Canyon in contrast was a great joy. The rocks, the view, the exhausting but very interesting and challenging walk and finally the lookout – simply fantastic and so much worth it! Have the tourist center employees never been up here?

See for yourself:

To get a much better impression what it’s like to walk up there see here:


Exhausted but happy we went back to the Camp ground and went for a drink to Halls Gap – a small town in the Grampians. We encountered the casual kangaroo as well:

Grasing roo in the middle of town and in front of our restaurant

Grasing roo in the middle of town and in front of our restaurant

The next morning the good mood didn’t continue since the starting problems with the car became more persistent so that we needed help two times during the day to start the car and decided to return to Adelaide to get the car fixed before going to the Outback.


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