Last week we loaded up the car, Leyland Brothers style, (or maybe it was more like Russell Coight, lol), and we headed to the bush for some R&R and a much-needed holiday.
We chose Halls Gap for our Family Holiday this year and we weren’t disappointed. I had been there many times as a kid and teen and my husband had remembered visits there when he was younger, but it had been a long time for both of us since we had holidayed there. We were all looking forward to our holiday.
If you have ever been to Halls Gap, you will know just how beautiful it is and if you haven’t then I highly recommend that you add it to your Family’s holiday bucket list for the near near future. Now, I am not a camper, I need my creature comforts and that includes a shower and toilet, lol, so we rented a Cabin at the local caravan Park in the heart of Halls Gap. It was the perfect location to access the shops, the bush walks, the creeks and the fantastic walking and bike tracks that they have put in since my last visit many years ago.
Every day we explored the Grampians and went on Bush walks all around the mountains. The kids had a ball and were even asking us to go on more bush walks.
Some of the amazing places we visited include:
Venus Baths, where the kids loved playing in the water and I reminisced about my brother falling down the side of Elephants Hide.
Lake Bellfield, a great place for skimming rocks on the water and hearing our echo in the mountains
Silverband Falls was a gorgeous little walk with a small waterfall at the end. And guess what… more water play!
Bullaces Glen, where hubby collected spring water to drink and then went rock climbing (and not the real kind, lol)
Booroka Lookout. It was great to see such a beautiful view of the mountains and land around the Grampians from this lookout.
And of course, the Ice-cream Shop, with the best Rock Salt Caramel Ice-Cream I have EVER tasted!
We had Kangaroos in our front yard and all around the Caravan Park every evening and there were Rosellas, Kookaburras and Cockatoos frequently making themselves seen and heard all around us. The kids loved seeing all the animals up close, especially when we got to see baby Joeys in their Mummy’s pouches.
But our favourite thing of all, was our campfire. We built a beautiful campfire and toasted yummy, gooey marshmallows on the fire. I think I cooked THE perfect marshmallow! I am sure that kids have a little firebug already built in to them. We had two very eager “helpers” to stoke the fire quite regularly. It was so warm and just nice to sit and chill by the fire. We had dinner by the fire and when we were done and the fire was out, we stopped to look at the stars before we headed inside to bed.
It was a great holiday and so nice to get away from the busyness of life that we get so wrapped up in every day. It was fantastic to just spend time with the kids without having to rush off and do washing or clean the house or work or rush of to after school activities. We just enjoyed our time together.
Oh yeah and of course, there were lots of photos.
(And there's always time for a quick dance, aka - "flossing", when you're out bush walking, lol).
Where are you holidaying this year?