Mountain Tones

We had been road tripping along the coast for over a week now, but we were ready to leave the long beaches of South Australia for the sandstone mountains of the Grampians. So we packed our bags on a sunny morning during the Christmas break and drove off towards the Grampians region, where we arrived just after lunch time.

For our stay, we picked Kangaroos in the top paddock, a secluded home sitting on 22 acres of gold bushland with stunning views of the mountains. With no surprise, we were welcomed by a group of curious kangaroos that stopped to check us out as we drove up the long driveway to reach the paddock. After settling in this stylish decor home and fuelling up with some lunch, we decided to visit the famous Mackenzie falls. The winding 15mins drive from the paddock to the waterfalls is quite beautiful and at times scary if you are afraid of heights.

We encountered wombats, birds and lots, lots of kangaroos. The carpark was busy. We parked our car and climbed down the steps to the bottom of the waterfalls, jumped in the water and soaked up in the afternoon sun for a couple of hours. The afternoon went by and it was time to move to our second stop, the Balconies, as we were itching to finally being able to photograph a place we wanted to visit for so long. The lookout is easily reachable by following the foot path from the Reeds lookout carpark. The view over the Victoria Valley is absolutely incredible and it’s at its best at sunset, when the day starts to cool down and the light starts to fade. The sky colors slowly changed from bright golden to light blues and pinks as we witnessed one of the best sunsets we’ve had ever seen.

We waited for the sun to completely disappear behind the mountains before driving back to the Paddock to cook some dinner and play board games. After such an incredible sunset, it wasn’t too hard to convince everyone for an early wake up to catch the sun rising over the mountain ranges. The 5am alarm went off and we quickly got dressed and started driving towards another famous viewing spot, the Boroka lookout. It was still dark when we arrived but it didn’t take long for the sky to put up a show. We shared the sunrise view with only a handful of people, taking photos and running on the spot to keep warm, before driving to Halls Gap for a well deserved coffee after the sun got way high past the horizon.

Although there is plenty to do in The Grampians, we decided to go back to the paddock to relax and take in the calming views of the surrounding mountains as the day started to warm up. In the afternoon, we jumped in our cars again and headed west towards Hollow mountain. The landscape quickly became dry and the land turned red as we approached the mountain, a completely different scenery from what we had seen so far. A quick walk towards the mountain from the carpark leaded to one of the oldest indigenous rock art sites in this part of Australia, Gulgurn Manja. From here, we kept going and climbed the side of the mountain to take in the views of the surroundings.

We walked back to our car as it started to get late and returned to the paddock just in time to watch the mountains turn pink and blue once again at dusk. We stayed outside and waited for the dark to settle in to look at the stars under the clear sky on our last night at the paddock.
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Things We Did

  • Mountain
  • Waterfall
  • Walk
Boroka Lookout
The 5am alarm went off and we quickly got dressed and started driving towards another famous viewing spot, the Boroka lookout. It was still dark when we arrived but it didn’t take long for the sky to put up a show. We shared the sunrise view with only a handful of people, taking photos and running on the spot to keep warm....
MacKenzie Falls
We decided to visit the famous Mackenzie falls. The winding 15mins drive from the paddock to the waterfalls is quite beautiful and at times scary if you are afraid of heights....
The Balconies
The afternoon went by and it was time to move to our second stop, the Balconies, as we were itching to finally being able to photograph a place we wanted to visit for so long....

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