Getting ‘out of office’ – Destination and route

My favourite place to visit in Victoria is the Grampians National Park. It has unique and interesting vegetation growing in its sandy soils. It also has a landscape unique to other places I’ve visited, and its walking tracks are well-defined. The tracks lead past different plant communities to spectacular viewpoints and I’ve always enjoyed my visits there.

Tour destination: Grampians National Park, Victoria, Australia
My parents, on a vist to Australia in 2011, on the trail to Mt Staypleton in the Grampians.
Flame heath – or what I call the ‘chili pepper bush’ – one of the interesting plants found in the Grampians.

Because Victoria has many paved, one-lane roads ideal for cycling, a ‘Grampians’ trip seemed like a logical choice for a short, round-trip tour from where I live. I purchased the RACV Regional Map series for “Goulburn Murray Waters” and “Goldfields” and was able to plot a number of potential routes that would utilise these lightly travelled backroads. Another bonus is that the area from Albury to around Inglewood is mostly flat – my fat arse and out-of-shape self needs an easy warm-up ride!

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