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Published August 17th 2013
Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Gerrard's Lookout, known to some as simply 'Gerrard Lookout', is located in the hilly heart of the Blackall Range, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The Blackall Range is a large mountain range in South East Queensland that dominates the Sunshine Coast Hinterland areas of Maleny, Mapleton, Montville and Flaxton; small country-style settlements that attract a large influx of tourists.
Gerrard's Lookout is a small rest-spot facility for locals, tourists and visitors of the Blackall Range and Sunshine Coast Hinterland areas. On the left-hand side of (the steeply ascending and descending) Maleny-Montville Road, heading from Montville towards Maleny, is where you'll find the lookout – with plenty of signage to prepare you for the turn-off.
Gerrard's Lookout provides great panoramic views of the Mooloolah River Catchment; surveying the Nambour, Mooloolaba, Mudjimba Island and Maroochydore areas, and even out as far as the Mt Tinbeerwah and Noosa Heads areas. Although the view from Gerrard's Lookout is superb, there are other lookouts along the Blackall Range that are just as good, if not better.
To give a general description, Gerrard's Lookout comprises of a small marked car park, lush grass, a decent-sized rotunda with seats, two picnic tables and an erect memorial plaque. There are car parks dedicated for use by the disabled; and as well as a set of concrete stairs in which to access the lookout, a ramp is also available to one side. The memorial is located in front of the rotunda.
The memorial stands in memory of Charlie and Hazel Gerrard, who donated the land on which Gerrard's Lookout is situated so that it could be enjoyed by the public. The plaque was donated to the lookout by the MacIntyre family, and marks the distance between Gerrard's Lookout and landmark places such as Brisbane (82kms), Kenilworth (25kms), Caloundra (24kms) and Nambour (13kms). These pointers are marked spherically around the outside of the plaque.
Gerrard's Lookout would be a great little place to have a small family picnic, quick snack-attack or even a bit of a romantic lunch for two. Make use of the rotunda, tables and seating, or spread out a blanket off to the side and dig-in. With the crisp fresh air, blue skies, lush green grass and the view, it's a great setting for a little lunch-time layout. It's also a splendid scenic stop-off if you're heading into/out of either Montville or Maleny. My partner and I spent four nights in Montville and stopped off at Gerrard's Lookout when it was time for us to leave; to relax, reminisce, laugh and 'say our goodbyes' to the beautiful area.
Next time you're in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland or Blackall Range areas, or even anywhere within the Sunshine Coast region, take the time to find your way along the tourist drives and discover the multitude of lookouts – including Gerrard's Lookout. The air is pure, the towns are quaint and the views are truly stunning.