Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Green Paradise

As usual, I wish to thank our drivers—Ryan and Daniel for their hard work. They each drove 850km in 2 days!

The other members of the trip were—Ye Chia, Yeu Sheng, Chean Ying, Nooi Hoay and Jessica.

Day 1
Southern Section
After a trip to the information center, we headed to Picanniny. It was quite an easy 1.2km walk (round trip). We all enjoyed the walk after more than 5 hours sitting in the car.

The final stop for the day was Mt William (aka Mt Duwil) which, at 1187 m, is the highest point in the Grampians. A steep 1.5-km walking track leads from the carpark to the summit. The weather was frigid with strong wind even though it was the first day of summer. We had to wait till 8pm but the sunset was spectacular!

Dinner was a simple meal with all meat…LOL… by the time we returned to the resort, it was already 9.30pm and everyone was flaked out and just aimed to fill the rumbling stomach with anything available.

Day 2
Central Grampians
We set out early in the morning to complete our trip in Grampians. We had some fun playing on the jumping pillows before we left.

Our first stop for the day was Boroka Lookout which offered the views of Halls Gap and the Fyans Valley, across the mountains to Lake Fyans and Lake Lonsdale. It was just a short walk and the day was still misty.

Afterwards. We headed to Reed Lookout which was also quite an easy walk to enjoy some excellent views of the Victoria Valley and northwards over Lake Wartook. Still filled with energy, we continued with a 2-km return walk to the interesting geographic formation known as the Balconies (aka The Jaws of Death).

Lunch was a small picnic with food bought from the local grocers at the Mackenzie Falls picnic area. We were actually planning to go to more waterfalls; unfortunately some of them were already dried up due to the severe draught. The walk down to the fall was effortless but the walk back was quite a strenuous feat. Everyone was perspiring perfusely by the end of the journey. The scenery at the fall was the best that I have ever seen in my life. I can’t imagine how magnificent the fall used to be when Melbourne still received bountiful of rain water.

With that, the journey came to an end. We spent some time discussing whether to continue with the walk to either Hollow Mountain or the Pinnacle but everybody was exhausted.

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