STATES and TERRITORIES

Monday, 20 April 2015

Grampians National Park: Arising from the Ashes

Sadly, our adventure with the battery did not leave us with much time left, so we had to move on forward in our trip very quickly without many stops. We quickly made it to Horsham Riverside Caravan park. On our way there we noticed very unique sculptures in one of the near-by towns and beautiful vertical mountains in the middle of plains, but we did not have time to stop and look. Once we arrived to the caravan park, we paid for our cabin, took the keys, quickly unloaded our car and left to get to the Grampians National Park.

Grampians National Park, Victoria
Grampians National Park, Victoria

The distance between Horsham and Grampians is only approximately about 20-30 kilometres. When I say "approximately 20-30" I mean there are two entries to the park, with 10 km distance between them. As neither us nor the GPS knew the exact location we took a guess and turned onto a first dirt road, hoping to see a sign to the lookout.

Driving towards to Grampians
Driving towards to Grampians

Mountains in Grampians are extremely beautiful, and look like someone tried to build a medieval castle out of big blocks of rock. Sadly, we did not manage to find a lookout but still saw a lot of really interesting things.
Arising from the ashes. The green shoots are covering the charred trunks of the trees
Arising from the ashes. The green shoots are covering the charred trunks of the trees

When we were still at home, planning the trip we noticed that a lot of campgrounds in this national park were closed. Now, that we were here, we finally understood why. The reason was, that after the last bush fire a majority of the park was damaged. Fortunately, over millions of years of bushfires Australian nature adapted to them, and learned how to recover quickly.


Arising from the ashes in Grampians National Park
Arising from the ashes in Grampians National Park

We were able to see all the stages of "arising from the ashes", about which we only read before. We saw how open up the seed pods of some of the trees, that could not open up unless they have been burned. We happily found the green shoots covering the charred trunks of the trees, and new young trunks starting to shoot up from the black roots.

There are many kangaroos sitting along the empty rural road
There are many kangaroos sitting along the empty rural road

We entered the park from the East side, and left it on the West. That side of the park was not damaged from the fire so much. Along the road from time to time we saw ears of kangaroo sitting in the bushes. We drove slowly, as we didn't want to disturb any of the creatures around us, and plus, we get a chance to see more when driving slowly.

Beautiful sunset around Grampians National Park
Beautiful sunset around Grampians National Park

On our way back we absorbed the beauty of our surroundings, and as soon as we got back to the caravan park, the night took over, and it went completely dark.

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