We ended up at Grampians National Park because of Pinterest, which is odd, because usually Pinterest ends up being a repository of recipes I will never cook and far-off places I will never visit. However, when helping my itinerary-obsessed mother plan a trip around Australia, I saw the following picture on Pinterest and decided we had to add the Grampians to the Great Ocean Road leg of our trip:
I can’t speak for the entirety of the Grampians, since we ended up rushing through the rain for most of it, but during a brief stint of sunshine, we pulled over to do the Pinnacle hike. It was a quick, gorgeous glimpse into one of Australia’s most beautiful spaces. Part of the Pinnacle’s 2-hour round-trip hike included a section called the Grand Canyon, where a waterfall snaked its way next to steep volcanic rock and steps cut into stone. My favourite part of the hike, however, was a section called the Silent Stairs, which was basically a tall alleyway of steps between two towering walls of rock. There’s something powerful about being in natural places whose size sheerly overwhelm you – it’s an ego-bumping reminder of how small we are, and how little our own individual lives really mean. That might sound depressing, but it’s not meant to be. I like to think of it as sonder for the natural world, in which Mother Nature reminds us that, at the end of the day, she doesn’t give a shit about the petty things that occupy our everyday worries.
The Pinnacle ends with a 350* lookout, ripe with lakes, fields, and the endless Grampians before you. I’m not very poetic, so the most I can say is that the rolling trees of the Grampians looked like a bunch of broccoli had invaded a mountain range very successfully. My words do no justice to how beautiful the view was. (Bear in mind, neither do my photos). The photo opp at the top wasn’t too bad either. Too bad I was too chicken shit to stand – but oh well, here’s me doing the inchworm towards the edge.
Hike: Wonderland Carpark to the Pinnacle, via the Grand Canyon
Hike length: 2 hours total, with some dillydallying time at the peak to take in the view
Distance: 4.2k return