Now that we’re finally getting some sun, it’s time for you to seek out some of the best lookouts that Victoria has to offer (and there’s a lot!). So here’s just a few spots you should look out for these holidays!
The Pink Lakes
What’s better than sitting by a lake in the summer breeze? Sitting by a pink lake! Victoria is home to several of them, with one at the heart of Melbourne by the Westgate Bridge. Sitting in Westgate park in Port Melbourne, the lake gains a pink hue every summer.
Also notable is Lake Tyrell, as well as lakes in the Murray Sunset National Park which are said to “glow pink” during summer.
The reason for their colour change lies in the algae and salty conditions, according to Dr Mark Norman, Parks Victoria’s Chief Conservation Scientist. He says the salty nature of the lakes allow for a specific type of algae to grow.
“When the weather and water conditions are just right, the algae produces pink or red cartenoids (basically a filter, like a pair of sunglasses, to protect their chlorophyll cells and photosynthesis) which give the lake its pink colour,” he tells Parks Victoria.
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road boasts several must-see look out spots, including the famous Twelve Apostles (although only eight or so are left, now). Or take a drive on a warm day and stop at the Bells Beach lookout to watch and listen to the calming crash of the waves. Whether you out the Cape Otway Light Station, or go down to Loch Ard Gorge to see the crystal clear waters home to the infamous 1878 ship wreck, The Great Ocean Road is definitely home to some of Victoria’s best lookouts.
Whether you choose to walk or take a trip in the gondola, Arthur’s Seat offers breathtaking views of the Mornington Peninsula. You’ll find several great vantage points, as well as walking tracks and picnic destinations. Perfect for a day trip, or even an overnight stay with wineries, camping grounds, and hot springs nearby!
Take a trip out to Macedon and explore the walking tracks and summit climbs of Ngannelong, commonly referred to as Hanging Rock. There you’ll be met with stunning views from the rocks, which are over six million years old! It formed after a volcanic eruption, and is near the traditional boundary between the Woi Wurrung (Wurundjeri), the Dja Dja Wurrung, and the Taungurung peoples. Evidence suggests that Indigenous peoples were present at Ngannelong dating back around 10,000 years!
Most recently the venue was home to First & Forever, a music festival celebrating First Nations music and culture. But festival or not, the views from the rocks are incredible, and something that everyone should see when visiting Victoria.
After stopping by Ngannelong, a trip to Mount Macedon should be in the cards! Once up the mountain there are a range of hiking and walking trails for you to pick from, all which offer sweeping views of the ranges. There’s also a few specific lookout points for you to enjoy, as well as a memorial cross that stands tall against the gardens and greenery.
There’s truly something for everyone at Mount Macedon, with spots for a picnic or barbeque as well as being a short drive to local wineries and cafes.
Kangaroo Ground Memorial Tower
About an hour outside of Melbourne’s CBD stands a 12 metre memorial Tower of Remembrance. If you manage to climb to the top of the narrow, 50+ stairs, you’ll be met with views facing the Dandenongs, the You Yangs, the Mt Baw-Baw Ranges, and even Mount Macedon! It’s a nice spot to take in the view and have a picnic, but also to pay your respects to those lost in World War I. One of the underrated best lookouts in Metro Melbourne!
For sights looking out of Port Philip Bay, head to Point Ormond! Located on Elwood beach, you’ll be all set for a hot day. With walking tracks, picnic spots, the lookout, and of course, the water to cool off in, Point Ormond is a great spot for a lazy day by the ocean.
But no matter where you choose to visit, a great view is practically guaranteed. So get out there and enjoy the best lookouts that Vic has to offer!