Grampians Escape - April 2006


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This Easter, we travelled up to the Grampians in Western Victoria with our friends Gail and Brian. We stayed at the Lakeside Caravan Park just out of Hall's Gap.  The lake was at about 8% capacity, almost empty.  Our site was somewhat sloped but the amenities were fine and the proprietors very  helpful and the birds were very friendly.

The recent bushfires had ravaged the area but the bush was bouncing back with vivid green shoots sprouting all over burnt tree trunks and branches.  Much of the tree canopy was cleared by the fires providing a very clear view of the topography of the Grampians that is not normally seen.

The weather started off wet and miserable but cleared over the next few days.  Bit chilly at times, but fires set in half 44 gallon drums kept us warm at the camp.

Hall's Gap was very busy, despite the recent fires, and our park was packed with campers and vanners, there were no vacancies anywhere in the area.

We toured the Grampians and surrounding area.  We visited a few of the rock paintings sites, apparently the fires have revealed a few more painting sites that may be opened up when the area is made safe. We also went to Stawell, which was hosting the Stawell Gift, and Ararat, where we visited the infamous "J Ward", the prison converted to a hospital for the "criminally insane".

The area is well worth a visit.





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