Smith Mill camping area
This pine tree-fringed old mill site is just south of Wartook Reservoir. It has over 2 dozen campsites but not much allowance has been made for compact vans and camper trailers. East of here is the Boroka Lookout, which affords fantastic views over the aptly named Wonderland Range. You can reach Smiths Mill on Old Mill Rd via Wartook Rd.
Who to contact: Parks Victoria 13 1963 Camping fees: permit from, and fees payable to, Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre, Halls Gap (03) 5361 4000
This campsite is located in Grampians National Park
The sublime Grampians, also known as Gariwerd, are a series of steep, spectacular sandstone ridges adored by campers and bushwalkers. The region is home to over 800 species of plants – the wildflowers are a kaleidoscopic sight in spring. There are also numerous Aboriginal heritage sites, and stupendous views from places like The Pinnacle. The Henty Hwy and Grampians Rd off the Western Hwy are the main access roads.
The park was extensively damaged following a significant storm in January 2011, resulting in the closure of nany areas, so contact Parks Victoria before planning your trip.
Highlights of the large park include the unusual rock formations at The Balconies, Mackenzie Falls and the views to the east from the summit of Mt William. Sunrise here can be spectacular. There are also many worthwhile bushwalks ranging from easy short strolls to strenuous overnight hikes. Visit the Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre, at the south end of Halls Gap, to get information about drives, walks and camping.
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