Grampians Paradise Camping and Caravan Parkland offers:
Large Grassed Sites, Mountain Views, Shady Trees, and Lots of Space.
Facilities include hot showers, children's bathroom, accessible bathroom with toilet and shower and camp kitchen.
We are 750 metres off the edge of the Grampians National Park, under its highest mountains, just 15 minutes drive south south-east of Halls Gap at 443 Long Gully Rd Pomonal 3381, Victoria, Australia.
Wednesday 19th September2018:
We have vacancies all most nights, except Friday 28th September 2018.
We have vacancies for Powered and Unpowered Sites and Onsite Retro Caravans for most nights, however for the AFL Grand Final long weekend there is no sites available for the Friday, and only 1 site for the Sunday night (See below for details). Spaces are now disappearing fast for most of the the other long weekends, particularly Melbourne Cup long weekend and Easter 2019. There is more information below.
Apart from the AFL Grand Final long weekend we also have some really good options for groups (even large groups) available. Please call us if you are wanting to book for a group, so we can help you work out what might work for you. To insure you don't miss out on options for group bookings you need to book a long way ahead, now is the time to organise your group booking for the upcoming long weekends.
To enquire about prices, or to make a booking, please contact us as soon as possible, by email, phone or on-line enquiry. Giving me a call is great way to get information on availability, and set up a booking. If I don't answer please leave a message (sometimes I'm not able to answer the phone for a little bit). I will give you a call back soon as I'm able to. If the phone rings out please try again in 10 or 15 minutes, it is also ok to call me in the early evening.
Kind regards Aidan Banfield
AFL Grand Final long weekend
Friday 28th: We are fully booked out.
Valley 5 (V5) is available for the Saturday 29th September and on, and more sites are available for Sunday 30th September 2018. Please enquire to find out which sites are available.
Melbourne Cup long weekend
(Friday 2nd to Tuesday 6th November 2018) Around three quarters of the sites are already booked for the Melbourne Cup long weekend.
This still leaves some really good choices for Powered Sites, some Unpowered Sites and Onsite Caravans still available, however the will disappear quickly now. It is quite likely that we could book out for the Melbourne Cup long weekend before the end of September, so please make your booking while there are still vacancies.
There is also one 6 berth onsite caravan available for the Melbourne Cup long weekend.
Spring School Holidays
(Victorian Dates - Saturday 22nd September 2018 until Sunday 7th October 2018) can get very busy, and many sites are already booked. Please book as soon as possible to make sure you get a site or onsite caravan. For the 28th and 29th September see the AFL Grand Final long weekend section above for the limited availability.
Sunday 21st October to Tuesday 30th October 2018:
While around half of our sites (P1, P2, P3, P4, L1, L2, L3, V3, LV&V4, V5, V6, A1, S5 and NV, N1, N2 and N3) and onsite caravans will be reserved for participants or open space while the Fox Maple Traditional Timber Framing Workshop is running at Grampians Paradise, there will still be plenty of remaining sites available for everyone else.
The building site where the Traditional Frame / Building will be raised (built) is outside of the main camping ground area (with the exception of North Valley (NV) site), however there will also be some activity going within the camping ground relating to the timber framing workshop.
For lots more information on the Grampians Paradise October 2018 Fox Maple Timber Framing Workshop (and photos from the Spring 2017 workshop held in Maine, USA), and the Timber Framers Gathering Weekend (27th and 28th October) go to www.grampiansparadise.com.au/timberframing
Christmas to New Year Period
With large shady trees, and green grass that is watered Grampians Paradise is a great place to stay over the Christmas to New Year Period.
We still have plenty of Powered and Unpowered Sites available, as well as some of our onsite caravans, however if you want to get your choice of site please get your booking in as soon as possible.
We also have sites (powered and unpowered) as well as vintage and retro on-site caravans available for all other nights:
At this time we still have powered and unpowered sites, and our Retro Onsite Caravans available for all nights for the rest of 2018 and 2019.
Sites are already being booked for Easter 2019. At this time There are only 2 powered sites, 16 unpowered sites and some of our Redtro and Vintage Onsite Caravans available. If you want to get the choice of the remaining sites, particularly if you are part a big group, and can set up a booking now, I would highly recommend booking now.
Camping and Caravanning is different things to different people:
If you are after large, grassy sites, spread out spaciously in a beautiful setting, some with views of the mountains, some amongst the big trees and some with views over our little lakes and wetland ponds, and some basic facilities (showers with hot and cold water, flushing toilets, dish washing sinks, a centralised treated drinking water tap and very basic camp kitchen), then Grampians Paradise could be just what you are looking for.
Some people are after other things. Here's a list of what we don't have, to help you work out if would enjoy a stay at Grampians Paradise.
Not supplied: No potable water to the sites, no sullage at sites, no concrete pads for caravans, no dump point for toilet waste, no street lights or paved roads, no playground (just lots of space for play), no shop (The Grampians Store is 10 minutes drive away, where there is Petrol, Diesel and Ice) and no wifi (Telstra, Optus and only some Vodafone's have data and call coverage in the camping ground). There is 4 km of gravel road into Grampians Paradise.
There is however TV reception, but the camp kitchen does not have a microwave.
We do however have lots of native birds and animals around, some of the best views of the Grampians and we never let our parkland grounds get crowded.
Winter Specials: We are offering a special of 5% discount for any booking of 5 nights or more including during the July School Holidays*.
We a number of specials that are available upon request (these are listed near the bottom of the Tariffs Page). These include a special of 5% for a two night booking for weekends that are not peak times, or stays of 5 nights or more at any time*. To take up on these specials you will need to contact me by phone or email (you can also use the online inquiry form on the Inquiry Page) and request the special. For more details and information on conditions please see the Tariffs Page.
To be able to claim a discount (that is relevant to your booking) please remember to request the discount on making your booking.
* 5% specials at peak times are only available where the discounted total is greater than the minimum booking fee.
We have a Lounge with Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner and Glass Front Wood Fire.
The Hub is a great place to relax in the evenings, or even day time. There are comfy lounge chairs, some tables and chairs as well as a table tennis table. We can get the wood fire going in the hub to give you a warm place to relax on cold nights. On very hot days we will have the air conditioner going in the Hub to provide a cool place to escape the heat. We request that parents supervise children using the hub at all times.
Grampians Paradise is hosting a 10 day Traditional Timber Framing Workshop in October 2018:
Before bolts, screws and nails, building were made of large timber beams and post held together by joinery - tenons and mortises held in place by timber pins. While there are very few examples of this style of Traditional Timber Buildings in Australia, around the world buildings using the traditional style of timber construction have stood for hundreds of years, some even close to 1000 years.
In the last 30 to 40 years there has been a revival in Traditional Timber Framing in America, England and Europe. Grampians Paradise now has the pleasure of hosting one of the great teachers of this revival, Steve Chappell, for the next of his "Fox Maple's World Tour Traditional Timber Framing Workshops". The workshop is intensive, includes both theory and practical hands on learning, using both traditional hand and modern powered carpentry tools, while working on a large scale timber frame project.
The workshop starts early on Sunday 21st October and comes to a close late on Tuesday 30th October 2018
For more information and pictures see www.grampiansparadise.com.au/timberframing
Information on the above photos:
Top left: Traditional 2 story timber frame built in the Spring 2017 Workshop at Fox Maples Maine, USA campus. This was the 35th Anniversary Year of Fox Maple Workshops.
Top right: Course participants assembling the frame they had cut - Spring 2017.
Bottom Right: The Dining Hall at Fox Maples Maine, USA campus - the frame was cut and raised by students in the June 1997 introductory and advanced workshops.
Photos taken by Aidan Banfield while attending the introductory and advanced workshops in USA - Spring 2017
Also on in October 2018 at Grampians Paradise: the two day Traditional Timber Framers Gathering.
Anyone is welcome to come and attend for part or all of this weekend gathering.
Kahuna and Heartworks Lomi Lomi massage at Grampians Paradise.
Nessa (Vanessa Beckitt) brings some incredible bodywork to Grampians Paradise - you can have a massage without having to drive anywhere! As Aidan's wife, Nessa is involved with campground tasks part of the time, and enjoys spending time working with bodywork and healing.
Our massage studio is tucked away in the camping ground, despite being fairly close to the office, you can enter through the doorway and forget the concept of time and the stresses of the busy world. It really feels like a world away from everything.
In September 2016 Nessa traveled to Queensland to extend her Kahuna Massage Skills on a Level 6 and Level 7 retreat, and is now back at Grampians Paradise offering Kahuna Massage, Heartworks Lomi Lomi and Arvigo Mayan Abdominal Therapies® as well as Crystal Sound Therapy and Sound Spas using the Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls within the Innerji Sound and Massage Studio room. Appointments are required, and you can book online for treatments at 10am and 2pm Wednesday to Sunday each week (up to 2 hour treatments), and other times may be possible by private arrangement. Please note that Nessa does travel for professional development so please check when booking if you are keen to have a massage during your stay.
For information on Kahuna Massage, Arvigo®, Heartworks Lomi Lomi and other therapies offered by Nessa at Innerji Sound and Massage see http://www.innerjisoundandmassage.com.au/page3.html
and this really great video demonstration - Kahuna Massage demonstrated by High Spirits Retreat / Mette's Institute , from where Vanessa has completed her Kahuna massage training.
We also have a discount for Guests of Grampians Paradise Camping and Caravan Parkland (campers must be booked in for a minimum of one night in the camping ground) which gives 10% discount for any treatment on any day of the week between 9am and 5pm - Camping Guest Special*. If you wish to take up this offer, please let us know when you make a booking at Grampians Paradise or let us know at Innerji Sound and Massage so that we can make sure there is a time available for you. Please note that we recommend making a booking in advance as we cannot guarantee that there will be availability for walk-ins.
*Specials operate independently of each other - only one discount can be selected per session.
Vanessa Beckitt is a qualified Remedial Therapist registered with MMA (previously AAMT) for Health Fund Rebates and is trained to level 7 in Kahuna Massage.
Please contact us to confirm availability for a given date.
Nessa (Vanessa) Beckitt, Aidan Banfield and our two sons are the family that are your hosts at Grampians Paradise.
Looking for a place to stay in the Grampians, Victoria, Australia?
If you drive via Redman Rd through the avenue of trees and along the 4 kilometres of gravel road, you'll find Grampians Paradise Camping and Caravan Parkland, with the opportunity to escape wifi and technology and lose yourself in nature . Grampians Paradise is nestled on the eastern side of the Grampians National Park with views of its highest mountain, Mt William and Redman Bluff (3rd highest peak) and surrounded by the seasonal Redman Bluff Wetlands (spring time is amazing for the wetlands and Grampians Waterfalls).
We invite you to be our guests and to enjoy a relaxing holiday at Grampians Paradise Camping and Caravan Parkland, with large grassed spacious sites with shady trees (some sites are shady, some are sunny and some have amazing views of the mountains).
We are outside the crowded tourist area, with beautiful views of the mountains and surrounding countryside, but within easy reach of the popular Grampians attractions and Halls Gap (15 minute drive to the Gap).
We believe in the quality of natural experience. Our water comes from the small lakes above the camping ground which are feed by mountain streams, and often our water has the tannin content loved by makers of whiskey and without the chlorine of town water supply.
Our water is heated traditionally by a wood fired boiler which gains solar boost during sunny days.
With the spacious powered sites and unpowered sites taking some of the best locations within our parkland, we differ from most other tourist parks in that there are no rows of cabins interrupting the views of the grounds and surrounds. The small number of period style (vintage and retro) onsite caravans are scattered about the camping ground and within easy reach of the amenities and other basic facilities.
We trust you will enjoy the peace and tranquility of camping in our beautiful parkland, with some sites overlooking our small lake. The camping ground is also surrounded by wetlands that are the home of many native Australian animals and birds.
Many of the spacious grassed camping areas are shaded by tall trees and "bush garden areas", some with beautiful Australian native flowers, which attract a myriad of native birds and animals. Kangaroos are often seen about the camping ground in the evening and night time.
There are only a very few other area's in all the places I have visited with as many birds (both in total numbers per hectare, and numbers of species - over 100 different species recorded) than here at Grampians Paradise.
The Parkland Sites (P1 to P12) are the ones that have great views of the Grampians Mountains.
While we will not suit everyone, if you are after a camping ground, or a place to stay with a tent, camper trailer, caravan, camper van or motor home, that has a few more facilities than a National Park camping ground, but not the development and "mini" suburb feel of a big commercial caravan park, then I sure you will love Grampians Paradise.
Aidan Banfield & Vanessa Beckitt.
Kangaroos grazing in the early morning in front of our little lake, right beside the Lakeside Powered Sites.
Early morning light and green grassy sites by our little Blue Lake. This is Lakeside 3 (L3) a Lakeside Powered Site suitable for camper trailers, tents and small or mid sized caravans.
Sunrise on the cliffs of Redman Bluff reflected in the waters of Observatory Lake, one of thirty wetland ponds of the Redman Bluff Wetlands that surround three side of Grampians Paradise Camping and Caravan Parkland.
Grampians Paradise Site Map (this map is accurate to scale).
All of our sites have something special about them. It might be they are shady, or are big, by our lake, have a fire place (available for use in late autumn, winter and spring) or have great views of the mountains.
This map is to scale, and some of the sites are huge. South 7 (S7) for example is 18 by 10 metres in size (180 square metres). Even North 3 (N3) is 8 by 9 metres in size.
To help you select your site we have two list with photos. For these lists go to Sites by Location or Area or Sites by Classification or Type (each type of site has a different price to other types - see the tariff page).