For the not-so adventurous campers
If the hustling and bustling of Melbourne city’s busy life has taken its toll, it’s time to pack your bags, heat up the car, and head down to the wondrous nature escape of Halls Gap for your next road trip.
A three-hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD, Halls Gap is situated within the Grampians National Park which is well-known for its waterfalls, sightseeing trails, and Aboriginal sacred grounds. There are numerous moderate to high-levelled mountain walks to choose from that are a short distanced drive apart and the views do not disappoint.
On the way, stop off at Stawell’s Waack’s Bakery, their pies are rated among Australia’s best. If you’re seeking accomodation, Halls Gap’s Lakeside Tourist Park offers a wide variety of tents for your ultimate glamping experience sleeping under the stars. The Safari Tent (pictured above) sits on the edge of the park next to Fyans Creek on the edge of mountains with a view of dozens of kangaroos right outside your doorstep. A built in kitchen, private bathroom, and a king-sized bed covered in electric blankets is perfect for those not ready to fully commit to a tent-sized camping adventure starting at $235 per night in the upcoming high season. If you’re travelling on a budget, hire out the POD for as low as $80 in high peak season which includes your very own BBQ. Spend your time in the wood fire heated pool or borrow some board games from the front office to entertain yourself. Waking up to the sunrise, laughing kookaburras, and kangaroos sniffing around your campsite is the best way to encounter Australian wildlife.
Speaking of Australian wildlife, if you love animals you will fancy a visit to Halls Gap Zoo. The chance to cuddle and get kisses from dingoes and feed three meerkats up close is awfully tempting. You can explore at your own pace as deers and native birds follow you around the enclosures – don’t let the deers steal your bag of animal feed.
The tourist park is situated in the middle of many sights and attractions, and is only a 10-minute drive away from a local strip of cafes, restaurants, a supermarket, and an Aboriginal Cultural Centre called Brambuk.
Brambuk is the oldest Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Australia offering a range of experiences and activities such as basket weaving, boomerang throwing and painting as didgeridoo music wafts through the centre’s speakers. Learn about Aboriginal communities and their history in Victoria and discover guides to ancient rock art sites scattered across the Grampians.
The sights are endless in Halls Gap that you won’t find situated in the centre of Melbourne – as well as the fresh air. Challenge yourself to climb to high peaks, hop, skip, and jump across rocks to get to the famous MacKenzie Falls.
Holidays are just around the corner and Australia’s flora and fauna is a must see, why not treat yourself to a nature escape?