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From Victor Harbor and the Coorong, South Australia to the Grampians, Victoria

February 8, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

My daughter and I visited Victor Harbor last year on a return trip from Adelaide in South Australia to the Grampians in Victoria. Victor Harbor is a nice respite from Adelaide. It is a small and very quiet seaside town. Architecture is interesting, similar to other towns we’d visited in South Australia.

The Anchorage Hotel was quite nice. The rooms were basic enough; similar to pub-style rooms, in that beds are simple and the rooms are no bigger than they need to be. I had elected for a room without its own bathroom, in order to save money and to make it a little more interesting – maybe memorable. My daughter wasn’t too excited by that but it really made no difference to the quality of our stay since very few people were staying at the hotel.

The restaurant at the hotel was very good, in fact surprisingly good! It had come highly recommended by a local I’d met as I’d wandered the streets in search of photographic opportunities.

Beware of Room no. 5, which was our room, though, because it is right above reception, which gets rolling at around 6:45am. Sunrise, however, was lovely, which the early wake-up afforded us a glance at.

My 6 mile run consisted of a jaunt to and around granite island, where penguins make their way to every night at dusk, then on up north-west of the island, on what had been touted as a boardwalk, but ended up being a concrete sidewalk of sorts. Ouch, my knees hurt when I was done with that.

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We left Victor Harbor undecided as to whether to make a dash back to Moyston, in Victoria or to stop in Mount Gambier, as we’d originally planned to do. After driving along the Coorong for several hours, with nothing but bushes to view on either side of the highway, we committed ourselves to a straight track to Moyston, which meant skipping Mount Gambier and heading on some back-roads. The Coorong, sadly, is not much to look at.

We made our way through the Grampians, spotting an echidna waddling on the side of the road, a kangaroo, which we followed for about 500 feet, and finally an emu. About ¾ of the way through the Grampians, and about 2.5 kilometers from Halls Gap, we came to a road-closed sign, with no option but to take the road to Mt. Difficult (which we did for about 3 kilometers), or to turn around and take the long way to Moyston. This extended our trip by about an hour. Apparently, there had been mudslides. The problem was that it was dark and we were tired—we’d been driving all day. There isn’t much in the Grampians, under those conditions. Let’s just say, it’s pretty much trees and bushes on either side of the road, and extremely dark. Eerie.

Gee, you think the parks people might have put a sign upon entering the Grampians, letting people know that the road was closed (24 kilometers) ahead? No, that would be too easy.

So you can do it: return from Victor Harbor to Moyston in 6.5 hours or so. That’s the quick way and the way I’d recommend. Our route was circuitous and not very scenic, in the end. But, we made it! Whatever you do, don’t try to drive through the Grampians National Park, at night, with only your GPS as your guide.

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