5 Things To Do in The Grampians
Last weekend we hired a car and drove west from Melbourne to experience a weekend away in The Grampians with Royal Mail Hotel. We packed our bags, a playlist, some road trip snacks, and our never-ending sense of adventure. The 3-hour drive saw us being caught up in one of the most beautiful sunsets on the way there. We even pulled over to enjoy the silhouettes and colours after sunset (what shortly follows after sunset is actually the best part, I think!) The landscape is so Australian - kangaroos bouncing around, lush scenery, lively wildlife and stunning mountain ranges. It’s a great escape to switch off and unwind or fuel your sense of adventure with plenty of outdoor activities.
Weekend Escape to The Grampians
5. Check-in: Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld
The Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, is a destination that celebrates nature. We had the pleasure of staying in the Deluxe Mountain View Room for 2 nights - after a 3-hour drive (or 1 hour if you’re coming from the Great Ocean Road) it was nice to be able to check-in and enjoy the warm, clean and contemporary design. It was too dark to admire the view from the private verandah but we soaked it in the morning after - nature right at your doorstep beautifully overlooking The Grampians. Room Tour coming soon!Royal Mail Hotel is renowned for it’s restaurant which has been awarded '2 hats' by the Age Good Food Guide 2015 & 2016. We had a tour of the organic kitchen garden that’s focused on growing a diverse range of organic heirloom vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, and fruit and nuts. The signature dining experience - 8 course Chef’s Tasting menu with matched wines - is one not to miss. There’s a little surprise dessert at the end that’s so unexpected and fun. I won't spoil it and leave it at that for you to wonder and hopefully experience for yourself.
4. Boroka Lookout
An amazing lookout that would also be incredible to see at sunrise whilst above the clouds. It has views of the Wonderland Range, Mt William Range, Fyans Valley, Lake Bellfield and the plains to the east of the Grampians. This lookout doesn’t require any walking effort instead, an easy stroll through an open forest that’s literally 5 minutes from the carpark, and you get to see this:
3. Mackenzie Falls
When I first started looking what to do on our weekend away to The Grampians ‘waterfalls’ was the first thing that I searched, and just like that Mackenzie Falls was on the must-do list. Easy! It’s one of the largest waterfalls in Victoria dropping around 35 metres. Apparently a lot of people have drowned here previously so swimming is not allowed (there’s signs up around the waterfall) but I came armed with my bikini conveniently underneath, towels and a travel partner that is just as curious as I am - if not even more - so apart from just admiring it from a distance, getting amongst it was like an unspoken rule. The rocks are slippery, water is cold (but oh so refreshing!) and when you get close to the middle the water drops heavy, it’s exhilirating. We also came to the conclusion that 'technically' we didn’t go swimming. Just living waterfall dreams, you know?Read more: Dancing under Erskine Falls in Victoria
2. Lake Bellfield
Sometimes it’s the things you find along the way that can open your eyes and blow your mind when you’re exploring. Lake Bellfield was just that on this trip. We drove past it and then had to turn back around to check it out, admire the birds and do a little Michael Jackson moonwalk on the gravel, just because. Ha! It was completely empty when we saw it which made it so serene and even more special to stumble upon and admire the view, as I hear it’s quite a popular spot. Then we also saw a beautiful view of it from above, from Boroka Lookout (see #4).
1. Canola Fields
On our last day we thought we’d try and make our way over to the sandstone landmark of Mt. Arapiles that’s surrounded by a sea of bright yellow canola fields. The start of Spring in Australia comes with beautiful canola fields across Victoria. It's best to check them out from mid-late September when they're happy and in full bloom! Switching driver/passenger seats, we got a little impatient and changed our minds, saving it for another time, then we eventually saw a large patch of yellow while we were driving on the way back home to frolick, twirl around in and take some photos (and videos - travel diary coming soon!)
Have I missed anything? Where have you been or what would you like to do in The Grampians that's worth exploring? Leave a comment below I'd love to know!