Kangaroos, Waterfalls, and Aboriginal Art – The Grampians, Victoria, Australia

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From the Barossa Valley, we headed back towards the state of Victoria. We needed to return our campervan to Britz in Melbourne and catch an onward flight to Malaysia, and had a few days in between to check out a few more sights.

Before crossing into Victoria, there was one more thing we needed to check out – the white kangaroos of Bordertown Wildlife Park. These are actually a white offshoot of more common western grey kangaroos. In 1980, a white kangaroo was captured and brought here to breed, now there is a large colony of these white-as-snow fellas.

White kangaroos at Bordertown Wildlife Park.White kangaroos at Bordertown Wildlife Park.
White kangaroos at Bordertown Wildlife Park.21-Jan-2012 18:44
 

We spent the night free camping at a roadside rest stop near the state border. It wasn’t anywhere near as nice as our initial free camping experience at Mount Schank, but you can’t argue with the price.

Crossing back into the state of Victoria.Crossing back into the state of Victoria.
Crossing back into the state of Victoria.21-Jan-2012 19:13
 

The next day we got an early start and headed or the Grampians National Park. This park features a range of mountains made of layers of rock which seem to tilt and poke out of the surrounding plains.

The Grampians appear to rise out of nowhere.The Grampians appear to rise out of nowhere.
The Grampians appear to rise out of nowhere.22-Jan-2012 16:35
 

In the park, there are a number of scenic walks and lookout points.

A scenic lookout over the Grampians National Park.A scenic lookout over the Grampians National Park.
A scenic lookout over the Grampians National Park.22-Jan-2012 17:15
 

In addition, there are a couple very nice waterfalls.

Mackenzies Falls in Grampian National Park.Mackenzies Falls in Grampian National Park.
Mackenzies Falls in Grampian National Park.22-Jan-2012 18:34
 

We camped inside the park, in a campground surrounded by wild kangaroos.

Our campsite in the Grampians National Park.Our campsite in the Grampians National Park.
Our campsite in the Grampians National Park.22-Jan-2012 22:32
 

While the campsite was fairly basic, it had everything we needed, including a “bush shower”. Operation of the shower involved filling the bucket from one of the reservoirs, then hoisting it up with a chain. Very ingenious!

The "bush shower" at our campsite.The "bush shower" at our campsite.
The "bush shower" at our campsite.23-Jan-2012 13:11
 

The area around the Grampians is also home to a lot of aboriginal art. Unfortunately, much of it has been vandalized by both modern and colonial settlers.

Aboriginal art at Bunjil Shelter.Aboriginal art at Bunjil Shelter.
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We were ready once again to move on to our final destination with our campervan – the gold fields of Ballarat, Victoria!

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