I took two Aspirins and said 'suck it up princess,' to myself when I felt the pain, and I headed out to have a wonderful afternoon of exercise.
I will begin with the last short walk Reg, and I did, as we strolled down the well made paths to Boroka Lookout.
Baroka Lookout commands a fantastic view over Wonderland and the Mount William Ranges. The pretty village of Halls Gap can also be seen below. The track to Boroka Lookout from the car park is sealed and is 100 metres return, there is a constant gradient, but accessibility is good. This track is detailed in the 'Wheelchair Accessible Tracks' booklet available at the Grampians National Park Visitor Centre.
Well, that was the easy exercise to end the day.
Reed Lookout From this lookout, there are panoramic views over the Victoria Valley and to Lake Wartook. The 2km easy return walk to The Balconies starts from Reed Lookout Carpark.
By the time I did our middle walk to the Balconies, also called, 'the Jaws of Death,' the Asprin and the exercise was having an effect, and I was not hurting as much, and I was exhilarated by the beauty of the landscape, so the exercise was easy.
The Balconies are one of the most famous spots in the Grampians and consist of a particularly distinctive rock formation jutting out from a sheer cliff face. There are fantastic panoramic views of the Victoria Valley. The easy walk to the lookout takes you through beautiful gum tree forests; I saw many wildflowers on this walk.
Reg did the walk first, and I walked around within the carpark, and I did my stretching exercises before heading off on my on when Reg returned and completed the two kilometers gradual up and down hill grade easy, bush walk, with ease.
This is the walk I started with. It had an easy first section which is what Reg completed and a moderate final stage, which I did and would rate as a cardio exercise, I sure peaked my heart rate and worked up a sweat. I am not sure of the distance, as I did the round side trip to Broken Falls, I would think it would have been about two and a half kilometers with some of this a very steep climb.
MacKenzie Falls The track to the base of MacKenzie Falls is relatively inaccessible due to steep sections, but MacKenzie Falls Loop Walk is a wheelchair accessible track beginning at the car park and winding through the bush to a viewing platform overlooking the Falls.
I remember the walk up from the base of MacKenzies Falls as being an effort, from back when I was much younger, so I was very proud of myself to have begun my Grampians walks with this one. :-). Overall, about 5 kilometers of bush walking completed today.