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Published June 24th 2020
These stunning Lookouts will undoubtedly leave you in awe
Nestled not far between quaint towns of Bowral and Mittagong in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Mount Gibraltar Reserve sits. It is home to four spectacular lookouts that overlook the surrounding district and beyond.
Mount Gibraltar Reserve Lookouts are a set of lookouts from a large rock outcrop, the remnant of volcanic intrusion.
The four main Lookouts include Mittagong Lookouts, Jellore Lookouts, Bowral Lookout and Oxley View Lookout.
Mittagong Lookout overlooks the township of Mittagong, the Old Hume Highway and Railway, Mount Alexandra Reserve, Nattai Wilderness, and the Sydney Water Catchment area. It looks northward, and on a clear day, views can be seen for many miles. It is quite picturesque with the surrounding hills, mountains, and the remains of the ancient volcanoes, proving a stunning view.
Mittagong Lookout sits on a large rock platform that you can walk a fair way across; it is also a gateway to many walking tracks. It not far from Jellore Lookout, and if you have parked already, you can easily access Jellore Lookout from Mittagong Lookout. Parking is available near the lookout.
Mount Jellore Lookout is regarded as the most beautiful view on the mountain. It faces towards the north-west of the area offering views of the Southern Railway Line traversing through both Mittagong and Bowral and into the distance. On a clear day, views are seen to the stunning Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and Nattai Wilderness.
The lookout also overlooks Mt Alexandria Reserve, Mount Jellore, which stands out amongst the many valley, hills, and mountains, and Kanangra Wilderness. Parking is available near the lookout, and the lookout is also within walking distance to Mittagong Lookout.
Bowral Lookout provides views to the south-west and overlooks the township of Bowral, Wingecarribee Valley passing Moss Vale and to the Capital Country of New South Wales. Mount Gingenbullen and Cookbundoon Ranges can also be seen from here.
The lookout is easily accessible and features several excellent walking tracks that pass stunning views. There are facilities located here, including toilets, plenty of parking, open grass areas, and beautiful picnic areas. Bowral Lookout is also wheelchair friendly, with a path allowing disabled access.
Oxley View Lookout views south-west to the west and is located north of Bowral Lookout. Unlike its sister Lookout, it is perched directly on the cliff without any barriers.
The lookout overlooks the original 'Wingecarribee' grant to John Oxley circa 1820 (the Oxley home circa 1840 is still with the family), and features a bushwalking track to Bowral Lookout and continues to Mount Jellore Lookout.
From the Hume Highway, take Mittagong exit, and follow the signs towards Bowral, along Mittagong Road.
Turn into Oxley Drive from Mittagong Road near the Bowral Swimming Centre, and follow the road. The road will become narrow and climbs up Mount Gibraltar.
After the tight bend to the left, keep following, and you will come to the entry to Bowral Lookout.
From Bowral Lookout, turn left out of the parking area and continue along Oxley Drive. The road turns to the right, with another road straight ahead, both are called Oxley Drive. The bend to the right is a shortcut that bypasses the next two lookouts. Continue straight ahead with Mount Jellore Lookout just off the side of the road on the left.
Mittagong Lookout is a little further along, not far from Mount Jellore Lookout.