Grampians to Melbourne: Kangaroos, Skinks, Waterfalls and More

Waterfalls and wildlife, our days in the Grampians region were filled with natural beauty. Inland from Victoria’s southern Australian coast, Grampian National Park is a perfect base for exploration. Best shared in photos:

Bobtail Skink seen in the Grampians, Victoria, Australia

I have no idea how hubby spotted this Bobtail skink just off the side of the road.

Boroka lookout in the Grampians offers180 degree views of Halls Gap and Lake Bellfield in Western Victoria. To get up we drove up the aptly named Mt Difficult Road.

Boroka Lookout in the Grampians offers 180-degree views of Halls Gap and Lake Bellfield in Western Victoria. To get there, we drove up the aptly named Mt. Difficult Road.

Boroka lookout in the Grampians in Victoria Australia

Another view from Boroka Lookout.

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos in Brambuk Cultural Center, Halls Gap, Australia

A Sulphur Crested Cockatoo in Brambuk Cultural Center in Halls Gap.

Broken Falls in the Grampians in Victoria Australia

This is Broken Falls. One can take a long and impressive hike to get here, or drive to the nearby carpark.

Kangaroos in Halls Gap

Kangaroos lounging in the sun, seen in the field from the back deck of our hotel room.

One of four watch towers at J-Ward

As we drove through Ararat, we stopped for a tour of J-Ward, a former lunatic asylum for the criminally insane. 

Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre in Ararat, Australia

Also located in Ararat, and worth a visit is the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre highlighting the incredible history and difficulty of the Chinese immigrants who came to work in the gold fields.

Aww. We had to stop to enjoy these ducks and ducklings in Halls Gap.

Aww. We had to stop to enjoy these ducks and ducklings.

Ballarat Australia

The provincial town of Ballarat was our final stop on the way back to Melbourne.

Practical Information:

  • The Grampians National Park is located in Victoria and is comprised of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests.
  • We barely touched on all the things to do in the Grampians. It is a popular holiday destination for camping, climbing, scenic drives, and bushwalks.
  • We stayed at the Kookaburra Motor Lodge in Hall’s Gap. Clean and tidy, it is centrally located, but the highlight for me was the kangaroos that were sunning themselves in the field just behind the hotel. Apparently, this is normal activity for them.
  • For more information on the Grampians visit the official national parks site.
  • We used Lonely Planet – Australia to help guide our travels.

This is the sixth article in a series as we drove a loop from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road to Port Fairy, then up to Halls Gap and the Grampians before heading back to Melbourne.

  1. Melbourne Street Art: Explore Australia
  2. Driving the Great Ocean Road: Explore Australia (Part 1)
  3. More Photos from the Great Ocean Road: Explore Australia (Part 2)
  4. A Convent Turned Luxury Hotel Along the Great Ocean Road
  5. J-Ward: Inside a Lunatic Asylum for the Criminally Insane
Map of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians loop that we drove

Map showing the route we drove over five days. The marker is in Hall’s Gap in the Grampians. The bottom map shows what a small portion of Australia this covered.

Kangaroos, skinks, birds, waterfalls or hiking, which part of the Grampians is your favourite?

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This Bobtail Skink is one of the many interesting wildlife we saw whilst hiking and driving in the Grampians in Australia

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  1. says

    Hi Rhonda – I’d love to take that route .. and isn’t that skink amazing. Incredible landscape too … my father made contact with a war colleague who lived in Ballarat … and I should have visited him – but never got down under … I think I’ve got his details, so if I ever do … I could perhaps catch up with the family … cheers Hilary

  2. says

    Being a former Victorian (I grew up in Bendigo), your photos brought back wonderful memories of travelling around Victoria when I was little. It was nice seeing a bit of greenery in your photos as Victoria can be very brown and dry. 🙂

  3. says

    Absolutely beautiful! What great scenery. I could do without the skink though. hahahaha I love the name of the road you had to take to get the view.

  4. says

    aww the little duckies look so cute.. but the adult ones look weird, like sort of part duck part goose (at least our sort here)

    and I heard of Skinks before.. saw them on the Aussie Outback show with Tim Faulkner! Those were Wild ‘roos? or part of something at the hotel?

    • says

      Yep, those were wild kangaroos. They just hang out in the field but are free to come and go as they please. The fence in the back keeps them out of a different property, not into the one they are on.

  5. Stefanie says

    Skink? Cool, but a little creepy! I actually said “Aww” before my scroll got down to where you wrote it for the ducklings! Beautiful photos as always!

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