Day 8 – Grampians day 2

Another day of exploring the beautiful Grampians area from our cozy base in Pomonal with Helen. We started nice and early as promised to get up to the Pinnacle at sun up and it was spectacular! Such a great walk up there and so much to see. Halls Gap looked beautiful from above in the morning light.

Walking the track up to The Pinnacle

Walking the track up to The Pinnacle

Smasha and all her friends at the top of the Pinnacle

Smasha and all her friends at the top of the Pinnacle

Trundle overlooking Hall's Gap at the Baroka Lookout

Trundle overlooking Hall’s Gap at the Baroka Lookout

Trundle clambering up The Pinnacle

Trundle clambering up The Pinnacle

Trundle at the end of Silent Street in the walk up to the Pinnacle

Trundle at the end of Silent Street in the walk up to the Pinnacle

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle

Sunrise at the Pinnacle - Grampians, VIC

Sunrise at the Pinnacle – Grampians, VIC

Looking over Halls Gap at the top of the Pinnacle walk

Looking over Halls Gap at the top of the Pinnacle walk

Epic!

Epic!

The track to the Pinnacle

The track to the Pinnacle

Silent Street living up to its name.. eerily quiet

Silent Street living up to its name.. eerily quiet

Smash checking out some rocks

Smash checking out some rocks

We then headed south through some rough and rocky tracks to the Picaninny and Mt Abrupt at the bottom of the Grampians, and found more epic bushfire damage from January. But the colours were amazing – the black charcoal and orange leaves and really lush green regrowth made the landscape look eerily beautiful.

Bushfire damage at the Picaninny in the south of the park

Bushfire damage at the Picaninny in the south of the park

Mt Abrupt in the background

Mt Abrupt in the background

Helen told us about a secret tunnel that was dug out from one side of the range to the other – from Pomonal on the east under the mountains to Halls Gap in the park itself – so we went to have a look. It was locked and full of water but it was amazing to think that they’d dug it out all those years ago.

At the tunnel - an amazing feat to carve a tunnel through the mountains from Pomonal in to Halls Gap on the other side!

At the tunnel – an amazing feat to carve a tunnel through the mountains from Pomonal in to Halls Gap on the other side!

The door to the tunnel

The door to the tunnel

Then we did the touristy thing and took some obligatory kangaroo shots. The two males were terrifyingly huge – like, cartoon boxer kangaroo huge.

Alpha kanga

Alpha kanga – check out those forearms

Tough life for the roos

Tough life for the roos

More roos

More roos

Mackenzie Falls was closed after the fire but we could now see it from the road with all the trees burnt away, so we stopped to have a look.

Trundle looking directly over to Mackenzie Falls from the road - the fire wiped out most of that area.

Trundle looking directly over to Mackenzie Falls from the road – the fire wiped out most of that area.

View south from the Picaninny

Sunset over the Grampians

Sunset over the Grampians

Home to Pomonal just as the sun was setting over the pastures and had a huge BBQ with Helen and her neighbours Greg and his daughter Kiki – great night of food and wine and conversation.

Departed: Pomonal, VIC
Arrived: Pomonal, VIC
Distance travelled: 150km
Trip Total: 1777km

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