Grampians – Great Walks around Australia

Grampians – Great Walks around Australia

Situated only an hour and a half from Ballarat is the picturesque Grampians national park, a great spot to stay, or day trip.

The Grampians has a huge variety of walking experiences from short (children friendly) walks to multi day walks.

My favourite family friendly walk is “Venus Baths” a 2.3km round trip.

This is a shady track, that is easy to walk and ends up at a beautiful rock pool “Venus Baths”

It’s a loop with one way you end up crossing a marvellous footbridge and the other follows a track along the creek.

If you love wildflowers then this is a great place to visit, the home of more than a third of Victoria’s wildflower species. Whether you look up to the horizon or down to the wildflowers the views are spectacular.

Three Capes track – Tasmania

Australia’s great Walks

Three Capes track – Tasmania

The gorgeous Three Capes track walk was only recently opened and starts and ends at the Historic Port Arthur Site. The Path itself is about a meter wide and is often made up of gravel, rock or timber surfaces. The Path itself has no fences blocking your view of the amazing site.

Its a Four day / 3 night walk with easy to moderate terrain.

Along the way you stay in Cabins that are equipped with comfortable beds, Gas cooktops, dining tables, so you don’t need to cart your tent with you.

46 km walk over 4 days
Grade – Easy – moderate
SKILL LEVEL – You need to be able to comfortably walk 4 hours a day for 4 days in a row.
Accommodation – Shared Cabins with bunk facilities and Host Ranger stying at each location to answer questions, toilets, Cabin on 2nd night has cold water shower, Charging stations for mobile phones
Mobile coverage – Mobile coverage is quite good on Day 1 and 2, intermittent on day 3 and 4.
Long term parking available for your car and caravan at Port Arthur site

Awesome walks around Australia – Part 2 Walks near Alice Springs

Awesome walks around Australia – Part 2 Walks near Alice Springs

Now what if you are travelling with young children in your Jayco Ballarat Caravan but still want to get out and go for some walks around Australia in part 2 we have compiled a list of Family-friendly walks around Alice Springs

Standley Chasm

Standley Chasm is a relatively easy walk located only 50 km from Alice spring via a sealed road.

It is located on Aboriginal land so costs $10 for adults ($8 for Concessions/seniors) $6.50 for children. There are family tickets available for $25 (2 adults and 2 Children)

Gates are open between 8 am and 5 pm and the view at the end is simply magical.

The walk is easy, when we did this walk our daughter was 22 months old and she was able to walk some of the way (we also piggy backed her a bit) it took us about 40 minutes return including taking lots of photos.

There are some rocky sections so I would recommend good walking shoes.

Glen Helen Gorge and Homestead – Walk through the Dry Finke River

A short ten-minute walk takes you to the Finke River and waterhole, the water was cold but the view was magnificent. Our children loved that they walked through the dry river bed and then once they got to the end where the water was had a great time paddling in the cold clear water.

The homestead is the perfect place for lunch with an amazing selection of lunch meals available in the Outback bar, between 11 am – 2:30 pm
There is also dinner available in the Namatjira Gallery Restaurant

Ormiston Gorge and Waterhole

Just 12 km from Glen Helen Homestead is the iconic waterhole.

When we visited it was just a little too cold for a swim, in saying this our 7 and 9-year old where quite happy to get their feet wet.
The walk down to the waterhole was very easy, so easy and flat, in fact, you could push a stroller down near the water’s edge. Only takes about 5 minutes.

There are a couple of other walks that go from Ormiston Gorge,

The Ghost Gum Lookout walk

will take you about 20 minutes to get to the edge of the Roe Creek, the walk illustrates the native plants of the area with scattered signs giving you insight into the flora and fauna of the area.

The Ormiston Pound Walk

is much longer about 3-4 hours and completes a full circle from the Visitor Centre, wanders through hills, dropping into the flat expanse of the pound, then returning along the gorge via the main Waterhole.

The last walk is the Ochre Pits

This is only a very short 300m walk so easy our 22 month old walked the whole way, and it is definitely worth it.
The colours are amazing, you want to bring your camera for this one.

So pack your runners and go for some walks around Australia, and see the countries natural beauty.

Awesome walks around Australia – Part 1 The Overland Track

Awesome walks around Australia – Part 1 The Overland Track

So you have your Jayco Ballarat Caravan and you are heading off on your trip, not content to sit idly in Caravan Parks? Then we have a list of some great walks around Australia guaranteed to get you out and about in the Australia’s beautiful scenery.

Tasmania – Overland Track (65KM)

The overland track runs straight through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park (The home of the Iconic Cradle Mountain).

Not for the fainthearted this trek will take you six to seven days, in an area that year round can experience, Sun, rain wind or even snow.

You need to book (1st October – 31st May and pay a Fee (Overland Track Fee) $200 for Adults, $160 for Seniors, Children under 17 (Walk not recommended for children under 8) as well as a national Parks Pass.

This contribution helps with the management of the track, huts, toilets, signage and staffing.

The Overland Track walk starts at Ronny Creek in Cradle Valley, situated beside the majestic Cradle Mountain.

Following hour is based on being moderately fit. Allow a couple more if you are a bit of a paparazzi with the camera.

Day 1 –
Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley
(4-6 Hours)
Day 2
Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere
(2.5 – 3.5 hours)
Day 3
Lake Windermere to Pelion
(5-7 hours)
Day 4
Pelion to Kia Ora
(3-4 hours)
Day 5
Kia Ora to Windy Ridge (Bert Nichols Hut)
(3.4-4.5 hours)
Day 6
Windy Ridge to Narcissus (Ferry terminal)
(3-4 Hours)
Then it’s decision time, do you take the 30 minute ferry trip to Lake St Clair Visitor Centre or do you walk on one more day

Optional Day 7
Narcissus to Cynthia Bay (via the Lakeside track)
(5-6 Hours)