“Wander often, wander always. Because not all who wander are lost.”
A favourite bucket list – to be on top of a mountain watching the sunrise as it slowly ascends over the horizon. The game plan was to hike the Pinnacle just in time before sunrise (it was at 7.30am) but we all knew that wasn’t going to happen. I mean c’mon, who were we kidding? It’s winter and our bed calls for us when we get up begging us to lay back down a bit longer, to which we fall back to sleep. We eventually left Melbourne at around 5am and reached the Grampians a few hours later.
Even though we did not make it to the top before sunrise, we were greeted by this beautiful view just a few hundred metres from the carpark. Can’t complain.
There are a few trail options to reach the Pinnacle Lookout depending on how far you want to hike and the level of difficulty you are willing to endure. The name itself may seem like it would be a struggle to reach the top but it’s really not. Most of the walk are on rock and I actually found it fascinating because of all the rock formations and lush vegetation.
As you continue to follow the little yellow signs, you will go through the spectacular corridors of rocks on Silent Street just before you reach the Pinnacle lookout.
We finally reached the Pinnacle Lookout and it felt so good! You will be presented with breathtaking views that would definitely make you want to take photos – so do not forget your cameras! It was still early in the morning so there was no one around, giving us the opportunity to pick a perfect spot and admire the scenery whilst enjoying our packed food.
While I did not get that sunrise picture on top of a mountain, it was a great day trip away from the city where we were able to reconnect with nature and lose ourselves in one of Victoria’s great National Parks.
Q: Are mountains funny?
A: Nope. They are hill areas.