Tag Archives: Grampians

View from the Balconies

One of the best views of the Grampians National park, can be found from the top of the Balconies lookout. The Balconies are located about 12 kms outside of Halls Gap. From the carpark it is an easy walk to the cliffs. The forest walk to the cliffs has many birds and we even spotted several rock wallabies. The lookouts are fenced off and sign posted but quite a few tourists climbed over anyway and  sat on the rocks, while dangerous it does make for a better photo…

The Balconies, Grampians National Park, Victoria

The Balconies, Grampians National Park, Victoria

View from the Balconies, Grampians National Park, Victoria

View from the Balconies, Grampians National Park, Victoria

Tourists on the Balconies, Grampians National Park, Victoria

Tourists on the Balconies, Grampians National Park, Victoria

Colours and Art of Mt Zero

Over summer I camped in the Grampians (Northern Eastern Victoria – 4 hrs from Melbourne) for a week and explored the local area. On a particularly hot day (44 degrees), I drove up to the northern section of the Grampians and climbed up to a small cave shelter and photographed the aboriginal cave art. The cave is known as the Gulgurn Manja Shelter (Hands of young people). A very hot  walk and climb but well worth the effort.

Mt Zero, Northen Grampians, Victoria

Mt Zero, Northen Grampians, Victoria

Mt Zero Rock Colours, Northen Grampians, Victoria

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Mt Zero Rock Colours, Northen Grampians, Victoria

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Gulgurn Manja Shelter (Hands of young people), Mt Zero, Northen Grampians

Gulgurn Manja Shelter (Hands of young people), Mt Zero, Northen Grampians

Gulgurn Manja Shelter (Hands of young people), Mt Zero, Northen Grampians

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Mt Zero landscape, Northen Grampians, Victoria

Mt Zero landscape, Northen Grampians, Victoria

Twin Grass trees, Mt Zero landscape, Northen Grampians, Victoria

Twin Grass trees – regrowth after a major bushfire several years earlier.

Where do they hide?

Camping at Halls Gap, in the Grampians, I got up early one morning to check out the locals birds. Walking across the road to some paddocks near a few houses I watched several deer resting after a nights feeding. Apparently there are 6 species of deer in the forests and associated farmland in Victoria and they number in the tens of thousands.  It seems incredible that I have only seen them a few times over the years. I spend so much time in the forests and yet I never see them. There is still so much to be aware of when walking around. As soon as the general campground started to wake up these two quietly wandered back up the slopes and into the forest.

Deer, Halls Gap, Grampians, Victoria

Deer, Halls Gap, Grampians, Victoria

Deer, Halls Gap, Grampians, Victoria

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