As the summer school holidays come to an end, most of us head back to work and get back to the daily grind. But why not make the most of this quieter time in the Grampians and let yourself discover the beauty of the off-peak season. Here’s our 'Five C's' on why you should be travelling whilst everyone else isn’t…
Who doesn’t love spoiling themselves on holiday? By choosing to travel outside of the peak holiday times, you can make great savings. If you are looking for value for money, look for mid-week accommodation and dining deals as these can be make your money go the furthest.
You can plan your holiday with a lot more options to choose from. Popular accommodation that is often booked out months in advance for the summer tend to have better availability in February once most people are back at work or school. With more flexibility and more choice – you can get exactly the type of holiday you want – without having to compromise. This also means you won’t have to plan so far in advance and if your feeling like a last minute getaway you will be able to plan an impulsive travel journey right away.
Don't like crowds? Then off-season is perfect to head to the top tourist attractions without having to share them with so many other people. Bonus! It also means you can stress less about waiting in lines and can take a beautiful photo without random photo bombs.
Chat to the Locals
When you holiday off-peak, there’s more opportunity to engage with locals while shopping, eating out or visiting the sights. Once the crowds have dispersed, it’s easier to strike up conversations, find out local knowledge about the area you are staying in and gain a richer experience of the culture and local hot spots.
Change in the Weather
Late summer into early autumn is a great option if you’re travelling in the Grampians. Watch as the leaves begin to change and the winemakers prepare to harvest their grapes in the vineyards. You’ll still get pleasant weather and sunshine but you’ll be especially grateful for the cool change if your planning on hiking during your stay.