We had a brilliantly coloured sky for our sunset near Dunkeld. It was about 8pm and we had had a long day working on an instagram workshop and instameet at the Royal Mail Hotel (where we also had the most divine lunch). We were all pretty tired and half-hearted about sticking around for sunset as the sky didn’t look too promising. As we headed home the sky burst into colour. We pulled over and spilled out of the car into a grassy field and ran around like crazy people looking for a good foreground. During this trip, we discovered many wonderful things to do in Grampians and places to see and photograph. See Instagram account @jewelszee for my latest adventures.
Things to do in the Grampians
1- Visit Dunkeld
If you love Australia and love the natural world; if you appreciate outdoor adventures then you’ll like the Grampians in Victoria.
Like many other places in Australia, there’s much hiking to do in the Grampians. Other attractions in Grampians are quaint cafes and country drives.
However, what I remember the most about my trip was the people. I travelled with great friends and I met some gorgeous people.
Second is the kangaroo hopping along the road in front of us for 20 minutes. That was just so hilarious and so Australian.
Third would be the nature. The Grampians is just so special. Before going there I had actually never heard of the Grampians before.
Now it’s one of my favourite Aussie destinations. It’s somewhere I long to take my family one day soon.
The Grampians was also super-easy to get great shots. There is beauty at every turn.
As an instagrammer, you get used to taking heaps of shots in limited time while on a campaign.
I’d love to go back there on my own sometime and hang out for a little longer, taking my time to photograph the key locations in the Grampians in the best light.
I think some of my best shots have come from my visits to the Grampians.
The Grampians made me so happy! That kind of rugged untouched nature really appeals to me.
I’m a bit of nature lover so it’s pretty much my perfect destination. I’d love to go back in winter. I hear occasionally there is snow.
2- Take a dip at Mackenzie Falls
Mackenzie Falls is one of the calmest places to see in the Grampians. It’s about a 30-minute drive from Halls Gap in Grampians National Park.
The walk down to the base takes about 20 minutes and you can continue on a long walk along the track if you want to.
Mackenzie waterfall is one of the most breathtaking places to visit in the Grampians.
I love being in such raw and untouched natural places. Waterfalls always make me feel so at peace and at one with nature.
3- Taste wine at Seppelts Great Western Winery
The winery we visited was in the Pyrenees near Ararat, the Seppelts Great Western Winery.
There are underground tunnels that date back to the late 1800’s, used to store sparkling wine. My favourite is the Great Western Sparkling Shiraz.
The surrounding areas of the Grampians such as Ararat and Pyrenees are known for wine and there are plenty of lovely vineyards in the Grampians too.
We passed so many wineries, but could only stop at the one on our way to Melbourne airport on our last day.
4- See the sunrise at Boroka Lookout
At the Boroka Lookout, you are literally floating above the clouds. This spectacular lookout is one of the easiest to access. It offers one of the most beautiful sunrise spots in the world.
You can park your car only two minutes from where the photo is taken. Boroka Lookout is so close to Halls Gap, only a 20-minute drive up the mountain range.
The clouds were below us at Boroka Lookout at sunrise. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
It was like standing on the shore of an ocean of cotton balls.
The cloud blanket was so thick, white and fluffy.
When the sun rose and shined down on the clouds, it was first like pink candy floss and then changed into an ocean of liquid gold.
Places to see in Grampians for nature
5- Halls Gap
We stayed in the Grampians Motel in Halls Gap. At any time you can find many kangaroos hopping around or just chilling out on the property.
At sunrise, there are often a hundred or more in the front field of the property. I didn’t even need a zoom lens to photograph the kangaroos there. They are very relaxed and you can get really close to them.
6- Canola Fields
The Canola Fields are amazing to see, if you can catch them in full bloom. We drove for about an hour to the west before we reached this field.
We searched for quite some time to find these fields and I was so excited when we finally saw them.
We then had to do some pretty scary hiking through waist-high ‘very snakey’ grass and jump a couple of barbed wire fences to get in there (which was a bit crazy!). There were bees everywhere.
7- Bellfield Lake
Bellfield Lake is only a couple of minutes from Halls Gap. We were hoping for fog on the water just like the first time I visited, along with a beautiful sunrise.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get either and actually didn’t stay long at all as we sped off to another location, chasing light as usual.
8- Grampians Road
This road isn’t too winding and it’s quite flat and really long. I didn’t get too car sick as I was doing all the driving.
One night, while we were coming back from Dunkeld along this road a huge male kangaroo jumped out in front of the car.
It proceeded to hop just ahead of us for at least 20 minutes. We were all in hysterics watching this great big roo just hopping along the road thinking he was a car.
I couldn’t overtake him, as he was all over the place and I didn’t want to freak him out.
I occasionally politely tooted the horn softly at him but he just kept on hopping as though we weren’t even there. All we could do was follow along at about 20km an hour. It was crazy.
9- The Milky Way
We stayed out until around 11.30pm shooting the night sky, waiting for the Milky Way to be in a good position.
There was no wind about and the temperature was quite mild as it was Spring. At night the temperature did drop somewhat but nothing too cold.
10 – The Pinnacles Grampians
They are famously known as ‘The Jaws of Death’ but the real name is the Balconies lookout.
My friend Melissa was gamer than I to step out on the ledge and take in all the beautiful scenery from that incredible spot. I had to capture the moment. It was beautiful.
I’d love to go back and make the trek to the Pinnacles, which is another amazing location overlooking the mountain ranges. For me, the Grampians was super easy to get great shots. There is beauty at every turn.
The landscape of the Grampians made me feel happy. It has a rugged untouched natural beauty that makes it a wonderful destination. I’d love to go back in winter to see it in the snow.
Jewels Lynch was a guest of The Grampians, Victoria Tourism
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How to get from Melbourne to Grampians?
The Grampians National Park is 230km a north west of Melbourne. It takes about three hours by car along the Western Freeway (M8) and Western Highway (A8). Another option is to go by train and by bus.
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