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Mt Cooper Scenic Drive

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Published January 7th 2013
Breathtaking views not far from the city
You don't need to go all the way to the mountains for a superb view of Melbourne. At 137 metres above sea level, Mt Cooper in Bundoora Park is the highest point in the metropolitan area.

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Mt Cooper is the highest peak in metropolitan Melbourne.

The hill is named for Horatio Cooper, a little known pioneer who bought up land in Bundoora in the 1800s.

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Colonialist Horatio Cooper owned parts of Bundoora in the nineteenth century. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

For the first few minutes of the journey, it didn't seem to be particularly scenic for what was meant to be a scenic drive. Just as I was starting to bemoan the lack of anything to look at other than some trees close by, the view of the suburbs totally opened up.

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The first hint of a view on the Mount Cooper scenic drive.

The one-way driving path is narrow enough to only accommodate one car, although with nobody else in sight there was nothing stopping me from pausing on the path every now and then to admire the view.

At the peak is a place to stop and look out over the city and suburbs. On one side is the city skyline, while on the other side a string of powerlines dominate the view of the suburbs. With the city appearing grey and difficult to discern, the view of endless houses in the suburbs is more impressive.

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Powerlines and the suburbs.

With two transmission towers located close to the lookout point, you can hear the electricity buzzing through.

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Transmission towers atop Mt Cooper.

At the very peak of the Mt Cooper is a stout, fenced-off tower with an antenna on top of it. There is no explanation given as to what the structure is for.

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Mystery structure on Mt Cooper.

The scenic drive is fairly short, taking under ten minutes not including stopping time at the lookout.

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The way back down from the lookout.
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Why? For a breathtaking view of suburbia without having to venture far from the city.
When: Gates to Bundoora Park open at sunrise and close at sunset daily.
Where: Mt Cooper Scenic Drive, Bundoora Park, 1069 Plenty Rd, Bundoora 3083.
Cost: Free.
Your Comment
Hi Natasha, you should have gone and had a light meal at the Bundoora Homestead, which is in the immediate area, it's a lovely old building, once a horse stud, but more recently it was used as a hospital for people returning from the second world war. It's open from Wednesday to Sunday, they have a little cafe which serves light meals, in the beautiful old dining room. There is also an art Gallery upstairs, and it's free to enter. Next time you are in the area, it's well worth a visit.
by janef (score: 2|105) 2475 days ago
10 minutes to drive but I'm sure if you walked up, the views would feel even more rewarding!
by spbeef (score: 1|35) 2473 days ago
Mt Cooper in Bundoora Park CLAIMS to be the highest point in the metropolitan area. The police academy in Glen Waverley is about 155m.
by none (score: 0|2) 2354 days ago
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