On our way back to Melbourne, we stopped a night at the Grampians National Park, a huge forest of gum trees with abundant wildlife and years of aboriginal history.
Apparently, hundreds of koalas make their home in this forest, but we were yet to see any of them, they were really difficult to find!
The aboriginal culture centre was especially informative and you could sign up for boomerang classes or traditional aboriginal painting and learn about the native history. The town of Halls Gap itself is a gap in the forest, covered with vegetation and slightly damp most of the year, but a great place to start any of the treks through the vast park. The various lookouts strewn through the park were steep and dramatic – you can see trees for miles and miles!
A great park to relax and become one with the rich nature that envelops you and makes you forget that you are only 90 minutes from the big city!