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Australia's Top Viewing Platforms & Lookouts

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Published July 29th 2020
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Australia is home to a rich contrast of awe-inspiring landscapes, and what is a better way to experience the vast and beauty of the landscape, from an elevated, uninterrupted vantage point?

The list below features some of the best viewing platforms and lookouts across Australia, including tall towers, mountain peaks, valleys, and more:

*Please note due to the recent devastating bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the lookouts and viewing platforms below might be closed- do check websites for updates.

1. Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland

The 140-km stretch is one of Australia's best coastal drives. Linking Cairns with Cape Tribulation, the drive passes numerous viewing platforms and lookouts, from glistering beaches to the Coral Sea views, towering rainforest to mountains. Click here for the website.



2. Sea Cliff Bridge Lookout, Stanwell Park, New South Wales

This coast-hugging 665-metre long bridge snakes between Sydney and Wollongong and offers endless views of the sparkling coastline on one side, and massive cliff faces on the other. There is a dedicated walking path across the bridge to admire the views. Click here for the website.



3. Wineglass Bay Lookout, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

The 1-1.5 hour return walk to the breathtaking Wineglass Bay Lookout is undoubtedly worth it! Here the lookout reveals magnificent views of the famous white sand beach as well as fascinating rock formations, extraordinary water views, and the coastal woodland. Click here for the website.



4. Skypoint Observation Deck, Surfers Paradise, Queensland

The Q1 building is the tallest in Australia, and the Observation Deck is the highest enclosed vantage point of the Gold Coast, where spectacular panoramas of beaches, surf, sand, hinterland, and the bustling Gold Coast can be seen. Click here for the website.



5. The Gap Lookout, Torndirrup National Park, Albany, Western Australia

The Gap is home to the power of the Southern Ocean, this spectacular channel in the 40 metre high coastal granites is also home to lookouts, including The Gap Lookout and Natural Bridge, where panoramic views of the Southern Ocean and the coast can be seen. The viewing platform sits directly 40 metres above the surging seas, and marvels at the wild ocean's fury and rugged, windswept rocky formations. Click here for the website.

6. Mt Wellington Lookout, Hobart, Tasmania

Mt Wellington is one of Hobart's must-see free attractions. The summit of Mt Wellington offers rewarding incredible views of the majestic diverse scenery, as well as is a gateway to historic walking tracks, and the observation shelter. Click here for the website.



7. Big Bend Cliffs, Murray River, South Australia

The Murray River bursts with sparkling breathtaking views as well as vividly colourful limestone cliffs. The Big Bend is the longest single bend in the Murray River as is known for its breathtaking riverside cliffs as well as being the tallest along the Murray River. Click here for the website.

8.Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

One of Australia's most iconic views and must-visit point of interest is dedicated to viewing platforms galore. Each viewing platform offers breathtaking postcard views. Do not miss a stop at the nearby Loch Ard Gorge (it's arguably just as impressive as the Apostles). Click here for the website.



9. Tongue Point Lookout, Whitsunday Island, Queensland

This lookout is home to a dazzling sight of Hill Inlet, with surrounding white sand and blue hues of the inlet creating a magical mosaic-like appearance. The lookout can be accessed by a short uphill walk and is best viewed when the tide is low to experience the beautiful fusion of colours that emerge fully. Click here for the website.

10. Echo Point, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales

Another iconic Australian view, Echo Point at the mighty Blue Mountains, is home to one of the most photographed attractions, the Three Sisters at Echo Point. These incredible rock formations are the headliner within star-studded Blue Mountains National Park. The Platform also illuminates at night via floodlights. Click here for the website.



11. Bunda Cliffs, Great Australian Bight, South Australia

The most mesmerising and longest stretch sea cliffs in the world can be admired at various lookouts. The cliffs extend approximately 100km from the Great Australia Bight to the Western Australia border! Click here for the website.

12. Ubirr Lookout, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

This icon within an icon consists of several bold rock outcrops, complete with ancient Aboriginal rock art. The lookout reveals enchanting vistas that extend over Nadab floodplain. The views include the stunning floodplains, woodlands and dark ribbons of the rainforest. A visit to Ubirr Lookout is known to be truly special, spiritual event. No words or photographs can do it justice! Click here for the website.

13. Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne, Victoria

If you want to get technical, Eureka is Australia's tallest building, at least from bottom to roof (omitting spires). Regardless, this Melbourne attraction delivers an amazing perspective of the Melbourne city, endless landmarks, coastline, and beyond. Click here for the website.



14. Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston, Tasmania

This natural phenomenon in the heart of Launceston city is home to dedicated pathways, Kings Bridge, First Basin Chairlift, and much more. It is also home to some of the best lookouts and viewing platforms, where striking views of the river gorge, mountains, and beyond can be seen. Click here for the website.



15. Eden Lookout and Rotary Park, Eden, New South Wales

Be in awe and absorb the stunning coastal vistas at this easy-to-reach vantage point. It is one of the many alluring lookouts in Eden and its surrounds. Be sure to come to the lookout during mid-September to mid-November to witness the majestic humpback whales on their migration. Click here for the website.



16. Barron Falls Lookout, Queensland

This lookout can be accessed from the Barron Falls Lookout Track at the spectacular upper section of Barron Gorge National Park. The lookout offers not only breathtaking views of lush rainforest, eucalypt forest canopy; it also offers awe-inspiring views of the mighty waterfalls and its roars as its tumbles endlessly over water-sculpted rocks of the narrow gorge walls. Click here for the website.



17. Telstra Tower, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Canberra's iconic telecommunication tower rises 195.2 metres above the summit of Black Mountain. It offers a number of panoramic views of Canberra city and its spectacular surrounding countryside from an indoor observation deck and two outdoor viewing platforms. Click here for the website.



18. Bar Rock Lookout, Narooma, New South Wales

Bar Rock and Australia Rock capture mighty awe-inspiring views of unique rock formations, clear turquoise waters, and beyond. Australia Rock is a natural rock formation that resulted in thousands of years of erosion of ancient chert and shale headland. Click here for the website.



19. Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Perched above the sea in the breathtaking Flinders Chase National Park, the impressive Remarkable Rocks are created from erosive forces of wind, sea spray and rain over some 500 million years. The viewing platform provides a spectacular vantage point to admire these impressive rock formations. Click here for the website.

20. Mount Ainslie Lookout, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

For picture-perfect views of Canberra and beyond, Mount Ainslie Lookout is the perfect spot to admire the impressive scenery and explore the surrounding natural wonderland. Click here for the website.

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Why? The best views across Australia
When: All year round
Where: Australia-wide- see above
Cost: Free (some lookouts/national parks might require a fee-see website)
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