The Grampians in Western Victoria are a bit out of the way meaning they do not get the publicity and iconic status they deserve. Basically a long narrow valley with towering peaks on either side and the village of Hall's Gap at one end it turned out to be much more than I expected. McKenzie Falls on the way into the valley from the north were very impressive but also quite crowded with lots of coaches carrying tour and school groups. Apparently this is the most visited attraction in the Grampians and we didn't see these crowds anywhere else in the mountains. We camped at Halls Gap for 4 nights but could have stayed longer. One of the best features is the number of walks that start right from Halls Gap. Some are short and easy, others longer and steeper, and if you are lucky sometimes a loop. For the less energetic or those with children there are also car parks up the mountain making access to the main features like the Balconies and The Pinnacle with their amazing views and the stunning Grand Canyon readily accessible. There are signs of devastation from recent bushfires and a huge flood in 2011, but Vic Parks and local government have done an amazing job rebuilding trails and infrastructure and making most of the range accessible again. We visited in spring and saw lots of wildflowers, plenty of interesting birds and had close encounters with echidnas, wallabies and other native animals.
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