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Spectacular lookouts of the Goldfields

Posted 13/04/2018 in Things to do

There are many excellent lookouts throughout the Victorian Goldfields which offer spectacular views of the surrounding forests, farmlands, lakes and mountains. Gorgeous views over waterfalls, mine sites and townships are plentiful throughout the goldfields. 

Many lookouts have information boards indicating the distance and directions of the numerous visible landmarks. Some have impressive lookout platforms, others utilize natural high points and hillsides for their views.

Take a look through the following list of fantastic lookouts throughout the Victorian Goldfields:


1. Mt Moliagul Lookout, Moliagul VIC

A steep but well formed gravel road leads you to the top of Mt Moliagul where you will find spectacular views of the surrounding bushland and fields. Read more...



2. Black Hill Reserve, Ballarat VIC

An impressive patch of parkland just minutes from the Ballarat CBD which offers amazing views over Ballarat, remnants of open cut and shaft mining, incredible scenery, beautiful (but steep) walking tracks, picnic tables, and an excellent Mountain Bike Park. Read more...




3. Melville Caves, Brenahah VIC

Within Kooyoora State Park in Brenanah, Victoria lie the spectacular Melville Caves, named after notorious bushranger Captain Melville who supposedly used the caves as a hiding place in the mid 1800s. The walk to the caves from the top car park takes roughly 20 minutes and takes you alongside gorgeous, gigantic rock formations and a well structured lookout, which offers incredible views and a monument showing the names/directions of many visible landmarks. Read more...




The Mt Tarrengower Lookout Tower was constructed in 1923 using the poppet head from the Comet Mine in Bendigo. A fascinating direction-board on the first viewing platform shows the directions and distances for many interesting visible landmarks, including Cairn Curran Reservoir, Mt Alexander, Mt Macedon, Mt Franklin and the Grampians. Read more...




A walking track heads off from the picnic area to the lookout tower, a tall platform with steel steps and railing which offers spectacular views of hills, bushland and farmland. Read more...




6. Governor Rock, Percydale VIC

This rock is located close to the previously mentioned Governor Rock Lookout Tower, and extends out over the edge of a steep drop off beside the road. Governor Rock offers spectacular views down the mountainside. Sir Rohan Delacombe, Governor of Victoria, stood on this rock on the 4th December 1964, on his visit to commemorate the centenary of Avoca Shire. Read more... 



7. One Tree Hill Lookout, Ararat VIC

One Tree Hill is a lookout point at the edge of Ararat Hills Regional Park, which offers spectacular panoramic views over the town of Ararat and surrounding areas. A narrow road climbs One Tree Hill and opens up at the top as a large gravel parking area. A circular shelter has four signs indicating the directions of many visible landmarks in the surrounding area. Read more...



8. Moorabool Falls, Lal Lal VIC

The Moorabool Falls waterfall is a gorgeous stream of water dropping into a tranquil pool surrounded by rocks, moss and ferns. You can see the top of the waterfall from a viewing platform as you descend down towards the creek, and you will find the best view of the waterfall from a bench seat downstream of Moorabool Falls. Read more... 



9. Laanecoorie Reservoir Weir, Laanecoorie VIC

This side of the Laanecoorie Reservoir Weir offers spectacular views out over the Laanecoorie Reservoir. The reservoir and adjacent Loddon River are great for fishing, swimming and boating. Read more...




10. Bristol Hill Memorial Tower, Maryborough VIC

The Bristol Hill Pioneer Memorial Tower was built in 1933 during the Great Depression. It was constructed largely of material from the old Maryborough Gaol. It's located at the edge of Bristol Hill Reserve and offers amazing views of the town and surrounding bushland. Bristol Hill is based upon and named for Bristol Reef, which was mined for gold from the late 1850's. Old tailings are visible to the west of the memorial tower. Read more...



11. Sailors Falls, Daylesford VIC

Sailors Falls are spectacular with or without water flow due to the impressive rock face and beautiful ferns lining the creek. The falls are worth visiting all year round, but water is most reliably flowing in winter/spring. An attractive feature of this waterfall is that it is practically roadside, with a lookout right alongside the picnic area, then it only takes a few minutes to descend the stairs to reach the lower lookout, and a further few minutes to cross the creek and approach the base of the falls. Read more...



12. Jackson's Lookout, Hepburn Springs VIC

Jackson's lookout is a tall tower which offers excellent views out over Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve. A sturdy staircase takes you to the viewing platform at the top. Read more...





The sturdy viewing platform is accessed via a short but steep set of stairs then a quick stroll down a gravel track. This lookout point offers excellent views of the current mine operations at the Union Hill Gold Mine in Maldon. Read more...



14. Guildford Lookout, Guildford VIC

This stone lookout platform overlooks the beautiful town of Guildford and its surrounding countryside. From the lookout you can see the Guildford plateau surrounding the town, and an information board at the lookout indicates the names and directions of various other landmarks and towns. Read more...



15. Rock of Ages, Maldon VIC

Rock of Ages is a spectacular rocky outcrop atop Mount Mooral, overlooking Maldon, Victoria's first notable town. Enormous boulders (strikingly similar to those of Melville Caves) are staggered across the top of the mount and offer breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Read more...


What's your favourite lookout in the Victorian Goldfields? Let us know in the comments below.




 

 

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