The weather patterns in Australia are more or less predictable in their unpredictability. Heading up for a trip anywhere during any seasons means that planning ahead only goes as far as you are able to do so – in terms of finding accommodation, places to eat and see and so on – will be subject to temperamental, out-of-season weather conditions.
Which is precisely what happened in the week after Easter when a few days’ trip into the Grampians turned into walks and more walks when the rock-climbing session got cancelled about fifteen minutes before the scheduled time it was supposed to start. Winter descended in a jiffy – even though it was only mid-autumn – when a cold-snap changed too many plans and made too many people disappointed. On the other hand, the fog and sudden chill do provide some atmospheric photo-taking opportunities.
If you’re the sort looking at doing touristy walks, then Halls Gap – the tiny mountain town that sees loads of activity and many repeat customers to its small number of shops/motels built around the tourist industry – is the ideal base.
The Halls Gap Tourist Information centre doles out plentiful (but mostly similar) advice to clueless people who drive up from Melbourne desperately seeking their post-Covid break seeing hikes or walks that can be completed in a few hours.
And most of them are clustered around 2 roads: Mt. Difficult and Mt. Victory, a steep, mountainous roads that fork out at different parts depending on the type of walk you’re keen to do: Boroka Lookout, Reid’s Lookout/The Balconies, The Pinnacles, Mackenzie Falls and the Zumsteins.
The alternative to driving are the well-marked hiking tracks that lead uphill from town centre from the camping ground. Not for the faint-hearted in any case, but worth the view.
The townships surrounding the Grampians are small, but offer cheaper petrol alternatives (with supermarket options) if the prices in Halls Gap get too steep. Small-time businesses selling organic produce can be found the in roads leading out or into the Grampians, as are the wineries there if the call to liquor gets too strong after days of hiking.