6th November 2017: late Spring and Early Summer is a great time of year to visit the Grampians.
I'm sure it was a major attraction for Harry Hill Banfield, my Great Grand Father when he purchased the farm in 1911 (now the home of Grampians Paradise).It is with great excitement that we greet the news that in the coming years, that those wanting to walk to the summit of Redman Bluff will be able to do so, but it also comes also with the fear that the isolation that has keep the historic summit cairn safe till now will be lost.We ask those visiting Redman Bluff summit in the future to respect the cairn, and the history it represents for us, and that Parks Victoria, the custodians of the Grampians National Parks does every thing in its power to protect this historic land mark.Camping at the site of Grampians Paradise Camping and Caravan Parkland has a long history.Also near the top of the photo (two thirds up the sky in the milky way), it is possible to make out the Southern Cross.
With the aid of a f2.8 400mm lens, and the light from the Easter Moon, I was able to capture this picture, complete with star trails, of Redman Bluff, third highest mountain of the Grampians National Park.
This photo was taken from the Parkland 10 (P10) site at Grampians Paradise Camping and Caravan Parkland. While the 1017 metre Summit of Redman Bluff is only 2.8km away from Grampians Paradise Camping and Caravan Parkland, it is currently very inaccessible, with only the most experienced walkers being able to make it to the summit.
There is no tracks and the way is difficult and dangerous.
In our house are old pictures taken up on Long Gully Cliffs (Redman Bluff), that in times gone by, my father suggests may have adorned the railway carriages as proportions.
My best guess is these picture were taken during an expedition to the Bluff from this camp, or in the lead up to it.
In 1928, a Nature Study Camp for school teachers (complete with tour manager, a competent chef and a botanist on staff) was organised by the Government Tourist Bureau through the railways.