Located just off the Riddoch Highway near a small town called Willalooka, Christmas Rocks is a hidden gem of a lookout, approximately 45m above sea level, that gives you beautiful 360° panoramic views over green farmlands.
I had actually stayed the night in Willalooka, and had no mobile signal all night. However, I had 4G signal up on the Christmas Rocks! If anyone happens to be staying nearby, you know where to go if you'd like to upload a photo on Instagram/Facebook or browse articles on WeekendNotes. Although it does require a short 5 minute hike/climb, it was very much manageable. I found the climb up fun even! As usual, making your way down was harder than making your way up, but even then it was not challenging. My friend even managed to capture a video of me making my way down, while himself also climbing down the rocks.
Christmas Rocks is approximately 220km from Adelaide, with the closest moderately sized town from Christmas Rocks is Keith, which is about 28km away with a population of 1000. Seeing as it is quite a drive from the nearest city, it would be worth checking out some other places nearby, and make the drive more worthwhile. Although I didn't pay a visit to Keith due to time constraints, I did do some research and the Mount Monster Lookout there appear to have some pretty amazing views too.
Bordertown, just 30 minutes east of Christmas Rocks, is also another option. For those of you who don't know, Bordertown is home to Australia's only colony of white kangaroos. Contrary to popular belief, these kangaroos are not actually albino, but are in fact a white strain of the Western Grey Kangaroo. They were even cuter in real life than in photos, and I really liked how they were kept 'wild' - visitors could only see them from a safe distance away, and there was no entrance fee required.
I've been through Bordertown many times, always on the way to somewhere else. I would love to one day do the Melbourne to Adelaide trip with time to turn off at these lovely little stops along the way. Thanks for the article.
Christmas Rocks is a Conservation Park. I agree it is a great place to visit and the easy climb to top rewards you with some great views of the surrounding countryside. It is another example of DEWNR's lack of signage of parks. The brown camera sign is less than ideal to alert tourists as to the presence of this little gem of a park and natural feature.
We stopped at Christmas Rocks yesterday on our way home from a weekend on the Limestone Coast. It was worth the climb to the top (an easy climb too) but have to agree with you re the signage. We nearly didn't continue with our walk due to absolutely zero information about where we were walking or what we were going to see. The view is pretty spectacular from the top!