Kangaroos and the bush – Grampians National Park

Kangaroos GrampiansGrampians National Park – locals!

The Grampians National Park in  Western Victoria is a must see for any visitor the state.  So many travellers only plan to visit Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road, but spend a bit more time in Victoria as there are a lot of gorgeous places to visit. There is something to suit everyone especially for those  who enjoy the great outdoors!  So get out there and see this country

The Grampians National Park is amazing and well worth the effort.  It is a great spot to get a feel for the Australian bush and see Kangaroos in the wild.

Hubby and I have been a number of times, usually when we have visiting family. However this time we went with the kids and friends.  Taking the kids camping has been on our bucket list for the past two years, so when a dear friend of mine extended and invitation for us to join her and her extended family we could not pass up on the opportunity. 

The best thing about the Grampians is that you can do as much or as little as you want to.  Which in this case was ideal, as my eldest son had a nasty foot injury and was hobbling around in a ‘cam walker’ (boot).   Despite this he still managed to have fun. (He probably did more than he should have with an injured foot)

Grampians - Canyon Hike

Grampians – Canyon Hike

Grampians Falls

Grampians – Mackenzie Falls

Grampians National Park

Grampians National Park

As my friend and her family were already booked into the Grampians Big 4 – Parkgate, we booked an unpowered campsite for the three nights.   The Big 4 Holiday Parks are perfect for families. There are always other children and families for your kids to be able to make new friends.  The  Big 4 are designed with kids in mind, complete with swimming pool, tennis courts, inbuilt trampoline.  They provide extra activities during the busy holiday period such as movies, pancake breakfast  etc. 

The more I spend times with holidays and weekends away with other families, the more I am convinced this is the only way to go on holidays. The kids have friends to play with so are not needing the parents so much and leave you in peace to enjoy some much earned rest.  The only trouble is finding friends who want to travel when you do. 

Here are my top 8 reasons why I love the Grampians..

  1. Wildlife
  2. Camping
  3. Cultural heritage
  4. View points/Drives
  5. Waterfalls
  6. Hiking
  7. Canoeing
  8. Fishing

Have you been to the Grampians, what would you add the the above list?

The  thing about the Grampians is its magic and link back to Indigenous Australia, this is the place of many of the Aboriginal Creation stories. The area has one of the most important collection of ‘Indigenous rock art sites in south-eastern Australia‘ (Parkweb).

If you a are not the camping type, there are alternative accommodation options for the Grampians, however plan prior to arrival especially if you are travelling in the busy season. 

Camping amateurs!

Camping amateurs!

As mentioned earlier, taking the kids camping has been on our bucket list for some time.  The experience was great, however it showed that we are not experts in the field for sure.  We have what we need to sleep however the  preparation of food and kitchen equipment we failed miserably.   Luckily we were able to use our friend’s cabin for some meals and food storage. 

The great thing about the Big 4  Caravan Park  is that there was a communal kitchen,  where I was able to make the all important coffee and serve the kids a simple breakfast. (Bring own tea towel, pots, pans and dishwashing liquid). 


Nitty Gritty:

Accommodation:
Big  4 Holiday Park – Parkgate
Gorgeous location on the edge of Halls Gap (main town), they offer Cabins, powered and non-powered camping sites.  Book ahead and contact them for the latest prices. 

Getting around:
The best way is to hire and/or self drive.

Tours:
Want something different – Try these two reputable companies:
Bushukway Travel – Grampians Bush Adventure 
The Private Tour Guide – contact Simon Greenland – to organise a private trip. 

Have you been to the Gampians, what was your highlight? 

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