Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
1 million Australian readers every month      list your event

Lookout Reserve and Playground, Ocean Grove

Home > Bellarine Peninsula > Outdoor | Lookouts | Playgrounds
by KJ (subscribe)
Published June 16th 2017
The perfect place for having a picnic or taking in the views


Located just minutes from the Ocean Grove shopping precinct, Ocean Grove Lookout Reserve and Playground is a must-visit location for anyone visiting Ocean Grove.

The reserve incorporates a playground, picnic area, and lookout and is well-maintained with interpretive signage detailing the history of the area and it's people.

The Playground and Picnic Area
The playground is set over pine bark and includes the following play equipment:

Wooden fort with sway bridge, small climbing walls, shop front and slide
Swingset with standard swing and toddler swing; and
Balance board

Ocean Grove Lookout, Grant's Lookout, Ocean Grove, History, Bellarine, View, Beach view, Ocean View, Lookout Reserve, Wooden Fort,
The wooden fort at Lookout Reserve Playground


Ocean Grove Lookout, Grant's Lookout, Ocean Grove, History, Bellarine, View, Beach view, Ocean View, Lookout Reserve, Wooden Fort, swingset, swings,
Swingset with standard swing and toddler swing


Ocean Grove Lookout, Grant's Lookout, Ocean Grove, History, Bellarine, View, Beach view, Ocean View, Lookout Reserve, Bouncer, balance, balance equipment, wobbly,
Balance board


Ocean Grove Lookout, Grant's Lookout, Ocean Grove, History, Bellarine, Playground Equipment, climbing wall, rope climbing structure,
The climbing walls on the sides of the fort


The playground area also has seating and rubbish bins, and there is a separate picnic area with picnic tables opposite the playground, for those looking for a quiet place to sit and eat.

Ocean Grove Lookout, Grant's Lookout, Ocean Grove, History, Bellarine, where to have a picnic in ocean grove, picnic spots, picnic tables, quiet picnic spots,
The picnic spot at the reserve


One of the things I love about the reserve is the interpretive signage. Each sign provides information on the history of the area and its people. One of the interesting facts that I learned was that the lookout was previously referred to as "Bald Hill" due to its lack of vegetation (a surprising piece of information given that the site today has some beautiful native trees and plants, and the dunes are covered in dense vegetation).

Ocean Grove Lookout, Grant's Lookout, Ocean Grove, History, Bellarine, Interpretive signage, information signs, ocean grove history, historical trail,
Interpretive signage at Lookout Reserve - From Left: First Nation People; Grant's Lookout; Arrival of European Settlers.


The Lookout
Located just across the road from the playground, Ocean Grove Lookout is a great place to take some photos, get out the binoculars and do some ship-watching, or sit and eat lunch while taking in the views.

When you arrive at the lookout, there is an unmarked gravel carpark area, with rubbish bins and seats, and a pathway leading to a small grass area overlooking the beach.

Ocean Grove Lookout, Grant's Lookout, Ocean Grove, History, Bellarine, View, Beach view, Ocean View,
The carpark at Ocean Grove Lookout


The lookout provides a good view of the beach from Barwon Heads all the way along to Point Lonsdale.

Ocean Grove Lookout, Grant's Lookout, Ocean Grove, History, Bellarine, View, Beach view, Ocean View, Lookout Reserve, Barwon Heads,
The view to the right: Barwon Heads can be seen in the distance


Ocean Grove Lookout, Grant's Lookout, Ocean Grove, History, Bellarine, View, Beach view, Ocean View, Lookout Reserve, Point Lonsdale,
The view towards the left provides a view of Ocean Grove Beach and Point Lonsdale


On the grass area next to the carpark, there's a monument displaying a directional finder. The signage located near the playground outlines the history of the lookout and directional finder, describing how a local resident, Mr Thomas Grant built a wooden tower at the site in 1925.

This building was known as both "Grant's Lookout" and "The Tower", and after falling into disrepair, it was fixed and maintained by Charles Stevens, a man from Melbourne who moved to the area. Stevens installed the bronze directional finder on a platform in The Tower, and it remained there until the Bellarine Council demolished the construction in the 1990s.

The directional finder was then re-installed into its current position by the Rotary Club of Ocean Grove in 2011.

Ocean Grove Lookout, Grant's Lookout, Ocean Grove, History, Bellarine, View, Beach view, Ocean View, Lookout Reserve, Directional Finder, Historical Landmark,
The Directional Finder at Lookout Reserve


Overall, it's a beautiful reserve, and well worth a visit. I'd recommend it for those who enjoy taking photos, are interested in the history of the area, are looking for a place to have a picnic, or who just want to let the kids have a play at a playground.

Getting there: There are two ways to access Lookout Reserve:

By road: Drive along Orton Street and turn into Lookout Road (it's signposted). Keep driving a short distance, until you reach the loop at the end of the road.
On foot: From the foreshore walking track, head up the hill via the wooden steps.

Ocean Grove Lookout, Steps, Grant's Lookout, Lookout Reserve, Bellarine, Foreshore, Walking Track,
The steps from the walking track to Lookout Reserve. When I visited, there had been an overnight dew and the steps were a bit wet and slippery.


Toilets: No. The nearest toilets are located at the end of Hodgeson Street.
To get there, it's either 2 minutes by car (drive back down Lookout Drive, turn right into Orton Street, then right again into Hodgson Street), or a 250m walk (go down the wooden steps towards the beach, then head east along the walking track)

Rubbish Bins: Yes, there are bins at the playground, picnic area and lookout.

Picnic Facilities: Yes, there are picnic tables and seats. If you're looking for public barbecues, try the Surf Beach Road BBQ and Picnic Area, which is just a short distance away.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  20
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? To take in the beautiful views of Ocean Grove
When: Any time
Where: Lookout Road, Ocean Grove, VIC
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions