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Active Retirees : Active Retirees June-July 2012
Active RetireesTM | 11 Reader competition winner Congratulations to the winner of the December/ January reader competition. Caroline Barrett from Glenhaven Probus Club in NSW is headed off to New Zealand with Grand Pacific Tours. WALk this WAy By Richard cann the Pinnacle, Grampians national Park Length: 5.5km return Difficulty: Hard W: www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/grampians- national-park Every February, Halls Gap (about 250km west of Melbourne) fills up for the Grampians Jazz Festival. For the rest of the year, the surrounding mountain ranges, with their magnificent rock formations and views, are somewhat neglected by Australia’s bushwalkers, which explains why echidnas and other wildlife are so frequently spotted on the tracks. One of the Grampians’ many highlights is the Pinnacle, an aptly named lookout that juts out far above Halls Gap. The climb to the Pinnacle involves uneven surfaces, some rock-hopping and a few water crossings, however several sections feature handrails, steel steps and arrows to keep you heading in the right direction. From the Wonderland car park, a track takes you up through the geological fascination of the Grand Canyon, with its jagged lines of cross-bedded dark sandstone. The path leads up past the Cool Chamber, Echo Cave and Bridal Veil Falls, a delicate waterfall, until it descends into Silent Street, a mini canyon that delivers you to the Pinnacle. The panoramic views at the top are stunning – down to the town below, and up the Gap to Lake Bellfield. Take your time to explore among the rocks and enjoy some lunch in a shady spot before starting your descent. New Zealand's Queenstown by night Thinkstock
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