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Get away to the Grampians for a short break

Get away to the Grampians for a short break

By Michelle Pawluck

Wellbeing 


Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Halls Gap in the heart of the Grampians National Park, only three hours from Melbourne. Whether you are looking for a five-star villa, a bed and breakfast or a backpackers hostel, Halls Gap offers accommodation to suit all needs and budgets. Activities and attractions If you are able to arrive in Halls Gap before sunset, head to Reeds Lookout and the Balconies where you can catch one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. If you are feeling ambitious, wake up early the next day and catch the sunrise at the Boroka Lookout – a must see. No trip to the Grampians would be complete without doing the Wonderland Loop, a 9.6km circuit that starts from the Halls Gap car park near the entrance to the Botanical Gardens. The trails are well marked so you don’t need to worry about losing your way. Just follow the signs towards the Pinnacle, then after getting that perfect postcard shot head down towards the Wonderland car park, through the Grand Canyon and the Venus Baths. The loop takes four to five hours and while it may be challenging, you will feel so proud of yourself for doing it. Afterwards, give your legs a rest and jump in your car and head to MacKenzie Falls, one of the largest and most spectacular falls in Victoria flowing all year. Food, wine and culture Make sure to check out Harvest Halls Gap for brunch, which is located behind the tourist information centre. This cafĂ© sources local ingredients and offers a wonderful menu and cosy atmosphere. Fluffy ricotta pancakes alongside a long black hit the spot. Before heading back to the city, visit one of the many wineries in the area or go to Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre, which is the place to experience Australian flora and fauna and Aboriginal culture. MICHELLE PAWLUCK is a JD student at Monash University.

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