The Grampians & Philip Island

The Grampians

The Grampians

Think adventure in majestic landscapes, in extraordinary views, desert lands, volcanic plains, country towns & villages… That’s what to expect in Victoria’s series of dramatic mountain ranges known as The Grampians.  Nis, a Maleysian girl joined me for a few days on this trip.  Coming from the Great Ocean Road, we stopped in Dunkeld, getaway to the Southern part of The Grampians.  The Grampians National Park is a 168,000 hectare park but unfortuantely we only had a day to spend in this beautiful mountain area.  The manager of the campsite we stayed in, told us the nicest places to do on a daytrip.

Nis @ The Balconies

Nis @ The Balconies

We drove in the park from the south where we experienced stunning sceneries, wildlife,…  Later we explored Mt William, Halls Gap, The Pinnacles, The Balconies, Boroka & Reed’s lookout & Mackenzie falls.  Personally I preferred The Balconies, a series of rocks who hang over the edge with fantastic views on the plains & mountain ranges.  The park is also regarded for its ecological diversity and boasts more than a third of Victoria’s flora.  We were stunned by the active population of kangaroos, wallabies, emus, reptiles & birds.  The hikes take to you to spectacular waterfalls, lookouts, rock formations & escarpments.

Morning breeze @ Philip Island

Morning breeze @ Philip Island

The last day I spent with Nis was on Philip Island, a island south of Melbourne famous for its Penguin parade and some of Australia’s most popular natural wildlife such as koala’s, wallabies, fur seals, birds but also for its wetland reserves, beautiful coastlines & beaches.  We woke up early to the calming sounds of the rolling waves, felt the morning sun & fresh sea breeze on our skin while strolling along the coastline.  We visited Nobbies Point, where you can feel the salt water spray on your face where seals splash  & play in the wild waves.  Unfortunately there weren’t any when we walked by.  But we spotted some koalas in the eucalyptus trees, oblivious to noisy birds…

Cowes, the largest but picturesque town on Philip Island features north-facing beaches with fine sand overlooking French Island & the Mornington Peninsula & a jetty where cruises depart for Seal Rocks, French Island or just around the bay.

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