Where we were staying bordered the Grampians National Park. Thanks to the owners’ fire-fighting efforts, the all timber cottage (photo below) was saved. However, the surrounding area wasn't so fortunate. Much of it was charred and it still had that burnt smell (not a nice wood fire smell either). The blackened skeletons of trees provided little cover or feed for wildlife and most of what had survived had gone. We saw a few emus (photo below), Wedge-tailed Eagles and the odd magpie, but that’s all. But the Australian bush is nothing if not resilient and there were signs of regeneration everywhere.
Unable to explore the Grampians National Park as we’d planned gave us the opportunity to explore areas further afield that we wouldn't have otherwise seen. We even caught a glimpse of the rare Mallee Fowl (sorry, no pic).
|Where we stayed|
|Taken from the back deck of the cottage|
|Not exactly our usual type of lunch spot, but we didn't have much choice that day deep in the park.|
|The grass tree is one plant that does love fire (so long as it's not too hot)|
|Red Rock - Grampians NP|
|Mountain Dam - Rocklands State Forest|
|Mount Arapiles - Natimuk|
|Water skiing at Lake Albacutya - not the best photo, but the signs says: Speed Limit 5 Knots|
|Part of a mural - Albacutya|
|Kangaroo and joey - mum cleaning while bubs naps|