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Published October 30th 2017
See some of the best lookout spots in Western Australia
This is a list of interesting and sweeping lookouts overlooking various scenes in Western Australia, and many of them are breathtaking in their views!
1. KING PARK Kings Park is the first one I must mention as it is in the heart of the city and has several exquisite lookouts, even though they are not necessarily overlooking rural or bushland settings. From several vantage points in the park, you can get sweeping views of the Perth skyline, Swan River and suburbs, all the way east to the Darling Range.
One of the better lookouts here is Dryandra Lookout, which was constructed in 2003 within a bush-land setting on Law Walk on the edge of the Mt Eliza Escarpment.
There are more spots in Kings Park to get fabulous, sweeping view and you can see more here.
Bold Park has an interesting documented cultural history, dating back to the early 1800's. Located in Bold Park in Floreat, Reabold Hill is the highest natural point on the Swan Coastal Plain in the metropolitan area and at 85 metres, offers sweeping views over the Indian Ocean, Perth and beyond to the Darling Scarp, with glimpses of the Swan River.
This park is under the auspices of the Kings Park Board and is near City Beach.
3. LIONS LOOKOUT, LESMURDIE Lions Lookout is off Welshpool Road, Lesmurdie, just east of Crystal Brook Road, and this is quite a difficult walk in the Korung National Park, with some steep loose descents and climbs. However, if you can get there, there are great views over Bickley Reservoir and the city with wildflowers in abundance in the springtime. It also has great views over the city, particularly at night!
The walkway curves in harmony with the surrounding rocks and is claimed to have been the first ever observance of a Dawn Service on ANZAC Day in Australia. Padre White Lookout is accessible on foot via the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial commemorative staircase.
5. SHELLEY BEACH LOOKOUT - ALBANY
Shelley Beach Lookout is located high above Shelley Beach in West Cape Howe National Park and it has some incredible views of the eastern side of the park and across Torbay into the Great Southern Ocean, as well as a wonderful view of Shelley Beach itself. This is also part of the Bibbulmun Track.
6. THE GAP, ALBANY
This view is only of the ocean, however, it is stunning with a blowhole underneath you. It is set high above the rocks and has just recently been rebuilt after several deaths in the area.
A fascinating lookout which can be reached by car. Lookouts at both the Gap and Natural Bridge provide outstanding views of the Southern Ocean and the coast from Bald Head to West Cape Howe. Visitors to the Gap can venture onto a universally accessible new viewing platform 40 metres directly above the surging seas in all but the worst weather conditions.
7. JOHN RATE LOOKOUT - WALPOLE
Situated in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park, which is near Walpole, this lookout area has views across the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets, and the Southern Ocean. It is located 5 km west of Walpole on the South West Highway.
8. JOHN FORREST, PERENJORI
Access to the John Forrest Lookout is via a rough winding track, and the lookout has beautiful 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside. It consists of a stone cairn and a directional indicator mounted on a stone plinth. It is situated off Forrest Road, Perenjori.
10. OXER LOOKOUT - TOM PRICE
This one is up North and is in the Karijini National Park and from here, you get unsurpassed views out over the junction of Weano, Red, Hancock and Joffre gorges. You can see the tiers of banded iron formation that tower over a pool at the bottom of the gorge - fantastic!
It is a short walk from the car park from Junction Pool Lookout to Oxer, though the trail is narrow.
11. CASTLE ROCK SKYWALK - PORONGORUPS
This is a suspended walkway and it goes up and around Castle Rock in the Porongurup Range north of Albany. To get right to the top, you need to be reasonably fit, however, there are great views over the Porongurups and surrounding countryside at several levels along the Skywalk.
Start out from the picnic area at Castle Rock Road.
12. WIRELESS HILL, ARDROSS
Situated in amongst 38 hectares of bushland in Booragoon, this reserve offers a balance of open space and bush-land and with various paths through the bush-land, you can enjoy a walk to view the wildflowers and view over the river.
There are several lookouts at Wireless Hill and you can see the whole of South Perth, Perth City and even Kings Park from the top.
13. BLUFF KNOLL - STIRLING RANGES
A natural attraction in the South West, Bluff Knoll has a lookout area which provides views of the surrounding area. Located in the Stirling Range National Park, Bluff Knoll is the third highest and one of the most spectacular peaks in Western Australia.
Bush walking tracks also lead to the summit and these walking tracks require a moderate level of fitness.