Next stop on the holiday was in Halls Gap, in the Grampians, Victoria. This amazing place rises up out of nowhere, and has so much to offer. I could easily spend a month (or more) here exploring.
I was lucky enough to get out for two runs while at Halls Gap. We stayed at the caravan park in the middle of Halls Gap, which is flanked on two sides by the Grampians National Park.
For the first run, I headed on the closest track to our campsite, which had a sign to Venus Baths (which sounded interesting!). It wasn’t far, and it was so beautiful I decided to bring the kids back the next day, so I headed further up the track towards one of the peaks. The climb was steep, and the rain was setting in so I walked some of it. Eventually the climb swapped from steep rock steps, to a steep rock face, with a handrail to pull up. I decided that in the slippery conditions, (and I hadn’t told anyone I was going up that way) that I should turn around.
I wanted to go a few extra kms than I had, so on the way back, I thought I might take a little detour up towards Bullaces Glen. It sounded interesting and the sign said it was 2km, so why not? Once halfway there, there was another sign leading to Chatauqua Peak. I couldn’t resist, so headed up that track. Again the climb was steep, so I walked a large percentage of it, but it was well worth it! The view from up top was almost 360 degrees, and as the sun was setting, the golden light peeking through the rain clouds was amazing.
in the end I needed to get back, as the sun was setting and I didn’t have my head torch, but took the alternative trail down so I did a loop. The map looked a little like this in the end…
A few extra snaps of my travels on this run:
My second Halls Gap run was pouring with rain, and foggy, so not so many snaps of that run, but I still managed a 7km alongside the creek and back down the bike track to our camp. I’d really love to spend some more time in this intricate place, to explore the trails and find what wonders it has hidden, as I think I’ve only really scratched the surface. I’d love to hear from others that have run any Grampians trails. Please leave a comment below.