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Grey nomads find it hot to camp in the Grampians
The creek that runs through the centre of Halls Gap is dry as a bone. PIC: Stawell Times-News

Scorching temperatures around the country have made life pretty uncomfortable for many grey nomads and other travellers.

In Victoria’s Grampians region where temperatures earlier in the week were up in the 40s, Parks Victoria went so far as to advise campers to leave the area for a while and to spend their time in the towns instead.

“We delivered messaging to all those visitors in our park that it was not the day to be in the park,” Parks Victoria area chief ranger, Rhonda McNeil, told the Stawell Times-News.

She said that Monday had not been a code red day and the campgrounds had still been open, but the extreme fire danger and the unpredictability of the weather meant the park was not the place to be.

Instead, Parks Victoria encouraged all visitors to visit rural towns and perhaps spend time at local swimming pools.

Ms NcNeil said many people did choose to leave their camps set up in the campground and to head into the towns for the day before coming back later when things had calmed down.

She told the Stawell Times-News that the Grampians was not really the place to be on a 40-odd degree day with erratic winds.

“That’s not just from a fire perspective but from a heat health perspective,” she said.

The weather has cooled down significantly since yesterday in the Grampians region and  the indications are that it should be a beautiful New Year’s there.

Ms McNeil said people should monitor the Emergency Victoria app for updates on conditions, and to also check the Parks Victoria website for updates.

The Stawell Times-News reports that, as the temperatures soared earlier this week, some campers had apparently chosen to leave the Grampians camping areas and to move into town-based accommodation.

Halls Gap Caravan Park manager, Nadja Herrington, said the park was filled to the brim.

“Parks Victoria have recommended people move out of the free camping in the Grampians so we’ve only got unpowered sites now,” she said.

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