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2015年12月25日,星期五

噔噔噔噔,再過兩個禮拜就是聖誕長假。而我卻還在這裏上網到三更半夜尋找合適的登山/健行團。

在不想多請假的情況下,堅持找在連假期間出發的團,而且遊玩天數要超過一天以上但不能太長。很不幸的是,多數登山團都需要多請幾天假,找不到一個剛剛好的,讓我好沮喪!

所有關鍵字都派上用場了,還是找不到。後來到維多利亞洲的旅遊官網,直接到網上列出的登山團公司官網去查。結果還是不樂觀,直到流覽Good Times Adventures的網站才再次燃起希望。

這家公司只在週末或連假出團,問題是網站上都没有公佈出團日期。透過臉書直接連絡這家團公司,才知道他們每個週末只有一個路線會出團,而且都根據遊客詢問多寡來決定。因這家是一人公司,只有老闆一個人在管所有的事,連帶團的人也是老闆。所以網上放了那麼多遊玩路線,能出團的只有一個。

我本來想參加大洋路的健行團,結果對方回說聖誕連假會出團的是The Grampians二日遊團,而且不是真的健行/登山團,健行部分只佔一半也没有露營,住宿被安排在YHA青旅。再細閱該團行程,好像也還好,雖然不是整整兩天都在健行,但仍佔一半的行程。

這是網站上列出的行程:

The Best 2 Day Grampians Tour!

The Grampians National Park combines stunning scenery with amazing walks  amongst unique sandstone mountains and amazing opportunities to see Australian wildlife and learn about the region’s rich Aboriginal heritage

Tour Departs Melbourne CBD – 8am

Tour Returns Melbourne @ 7pm Sunday evening

Minimum Group Size - 4

Maximum Group Size – 10

Accommodation – Halls Gap Eco YHA Backpackers (Dorm Rooms – linen provided)

Food – Snacks/Fruit & cold drinks are provided in the van on both days and a BBQ dinner is cooked for you on Saturday evening. Breakfast on the Sunday is also included.  Guests will be given the opportunity to buy lunch on both days.

What to bring – Your day pack with swimming clothes, towel, hat, sunglasses, toiletries & a change of clothes for Sunday.

Tour Runs – Year round

Enquiries – 0410 341 228 or email jonoingram@gmail.com

【第一天】

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Our first stop is the Brambruk Cultural Centre which has been developed to showcase the rich aboriginal heritage of the Grampians (Gariwerd) region. We’ll have an opportunity to watch a presentation on Aboriginal culture, listen to a didgeridoo performance and learn about the six seasons that occur in the Geriward and how the lives of the Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung tribes were linked to this cycle.

It’s now time to head into the interior of the National Park and our first stop is Reid’s lookout which provides an awesome view over the Victoria Valley and highlights the sheer size of the National Park.  We then take a short walk to the Balconies where the Jaws of Death rock formation provides an awesome photo opportunity.

Next stop is MacKenzie Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in Victoria! We take a short walk to the base of the falls and then onto Fish Falls further downstream. This area was badly affected by the January 2014 bushfires and this walk gives a great opportunity to see how the native vegetation is recovering.

We now have a short drive back to Halls Gap and on the way we’ll stop at Boroka Lookout which provides awesome views looking south towards Halls Gap, Lake Bellfield and the Mt William Range.

It’s now time to head back to our backpackers accommodation but before we do, we stop at the Halls Gap football ground to check out our favourite mob of Kangaroos that like to call this ground home. It makes for a perfect photo opportunity!

In summer months with daylight savings there’s the opportunity to take a drive and a short steep 1.8km walk to the Mt. William summit to watch the sunset!

【第二天】

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For those that are interested I highly recommend getting up for sunrise at Boroka Lookout! It will make for one of the best photo opportunities you’ll get in Victoria.

Today is all about exploring the Wonderland mountain range that imposes itself over Halls Gap. We head to the Sundial carpark where we depart for our walk. First stop is the impressive Lakeview lookout and then we head to the iconic Pinnacles lookout before descending through amazing rock formations including Silent Street and the Grand Canyon, down to Venus Baths where we can lay in the cool water pools! From here it’s a short descent to Halls Gap where we’ll have a lunch break.

It’s now time to depart Halls Gap for Bunjil Shelter one of the most important rock art sites of the region and the art depicts Bunjil the creator of the land and his two dingoes. The Shelter is located in the Black Ranges amongst giant granite boulders which provide awesome views of the entire Grampians range.

After a weekend filled with mountain scenery, unique rock formations, waterfalls, wildlife and aboriginal culture its now time to sample what else the region is famous for and that’s it’s wines! We’ll stop at Great Western Seppelt Winery for a tasting and also stop at Grampians Estate before driving back to Melbourne for a 7pm arrival.

經過跟老闆Jono幾天的商議與確認後,我決定跟這兩天一夜團,12月26日出發,也立馬轉帳付$180團費,一點也不囉唆。團費跟別家相比,算很便宜,能吸引很多學生跟背包客這類遊客,但遊玩品質還有待觀察。出發前兩天收到集合點資訊,從收到此電子信的電子信箱名單來判,此團會有很多亞洲人出現。

既然跟團,也就没什麼好準備的了。打包行李也很快,零食也不必帶太多,就等出發日了。

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