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Rip View Lookout

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by KJ (subscribe)
Published May 28th 2017
The perfect place for boat-spotting or taking in the views
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A panorama view from the lookout. Shortlands Bluff can be seen at the left, Point Nepean in the centre, and a ship is also visible on the right.


Located in Point Lonsdale, Rip View Lookout is a well-known lookout that offers a fantastic view of the bay, including the rough stretch of water between Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean and Shortlands Bluff, known as The Rip.

The Rip is approximately 3.5km wide (between Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean), and is the shipping entrance into Port Phillip Bay, making it a great spot for watching the ships and boats as they enter and exit the bay.

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Shortlands Bluff at Queenscliff is visible from the lookout


As well as providing a great view of The Rip, the lookout offers a great view of Lonsdale Bay, including the beach and pier.

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Point Lonsdale Pier can be seen from the lookout


Rip View Lookout also has a number of monuments, including a monument dedicated to Douglas Trevor Mew, the first person on record to swim across The Rip - an achievement which was completed on the 13th of June, 1971.

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A monument for Douglas Trevor Mew - the first person to swim across The Rip


Further along, there is a brass sign with a section of writing in both English and Braille.

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A sign in Braille, titled 'Discover the Soundscape of Rip View'


The writing is a bit worn, but is still readable. It reads:


Discover the Soundscape of Rip View

The sounds you hear are a musical wonderland of the various aspects of our marine and coastal environment.

The South-Westerly winds are an ever-present feature of this unique coastline. Strong gusts cause only a slight rustle in the dense, low, native vegetation, which is well-adapted to this windy environment.

The vegetation leans inland and hugs the dunes and cliffs providing protection for the birds and other animals from the prevailing winds. The seabirds can be heard calling as they hover on the up draughts.

The waves crash loudly as they tumble across the rocky platforms. With the changing tide, the water trickles over small rock pools as they empty and fill. The immense tidal movements of water creates a choppy swirl known as "The Rip" between Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean. In foggy conditions, the foghorn located at the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse sounds to assist mariners navigating this treacherous waterway.

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CAUTION
Impassible Cliffs

At certain high tides, water levels rise to the cliff face. Beach crossings should not be attempted at this time.



At the end of the carpark, there's a set of stairs, leading to a seat and a monument commemorating the service of Borough of Queenscliffe Councillor, Alex Laker. The monument - a cairn - has compass points and lists the direction and distance to a number of Australian places.

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The steps leading to an area with a seat and cairn commemorating the service of Councillor Alex Laker


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A cairn at the lookout, to commemorate the service of Alex Laker, a councillor for the Borough of Queenscliffe


From here, there's a walking track which leads towards the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse area. Beach access is also available from the lookout, with wooden steps leading down to Point Lonsdale 'East' beach.

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Beach access is available via these wooden stairs


If you're planning on visiting the beach, it's a lovely beach with plenty to explore, however please note that the conditions can often be very rough, particularly around the corner at the Steps Beach and Surf Beach.

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A sign providing information on the hazards, life-saving services and regulations.


In terms of parking, there is plenty available in a carpark located next to the Lookout walkway. Access is via a one-way entrance from Point Lonsdale Road.

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The Rip View Lookout car park


Overall, it's a place that's definitely worth a look if you enjoy photography, boat-spotting, or if you're already in the area, visiting the lighthouse or nearby beaches.


Toilets: The nearest toilets are just a short distance away, at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve.

Other Notes: Due to its location, Point Lonsdale can get very windy, so I'd recommend either visiting when the weather conditions are good, or else packing some warm clothes.

Shade/Shelter: None

Parking: Free Parking is available in a designated carpark.

Rubbish Bins: Yes

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Why? To admire the views, take some photos, or do some boat-spotting
When: Any time
Where: Rip View Lookout, Point Lonsdale Road, Point Lonsdale, VIC
Cost: Free
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Why? To close one's eyes and experience what a person dependent on Braille will experience at such a wonderful spot!
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