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Range Drive, Heathcote VIC 3523

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  • Lookout
  • Picnic tables
  • Walking tracks
The Viewing Rock Lookout is a rocky outcrop atop a mountain ridge offering spectacular views over Heathcote and beyond. 

A large flat rock stands out at an angle, which is the perfect spot to climb up and look out over the countryside. This rock is also a great spot to sit for photos. There's a fairly steep drop beyond this rock, step carefully and supervise children.

The lookout lies right alongside Range Drive, a scenic (but fairly rugged) dirt road. A picnic table sits beside the parking area, and another one sits right beside the lookout itself. This is a beautiful place for a packed picnic lunch.

Picnics at Viewing Rock Lookout

The only picnic facilities at Viewing Rock Lookout are the two picnic tables. The first picnic table is set right alongside the parking area, and the second is a short walk away at the lookout itself. 

Bring a packed lunch and head over to the lookout for a relaxing picnic with a view! 

Walking track

Take a walk from here down to the historical Powder Magazine at the foot of the mountain, which can be reached by two different tracks. One is a more direct route down, the other takes you via Devils Cave. 

Both these tracks make up the (one hour return) Viewing Rock Circuit Walk, which begins down at the Powder Magazine but can also be started from here at the lookout instead. 

Signs at the parking area show the directions of the walking tracks.

Gold prospecting near Viewing Rock Lookout

Gold prospecting is permitted in the surrounding bush, click here to view the Parks Victoria map indicating areas where prospecting is permitted (the Heathcote area is located in the bottom-right inset map).


  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • There are many great places throughout the Goldfields that offer gorgeous, panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Gold prospecting is the recreational act of searching for natural gold deposits in the ground using tools such as gold detectors, gold pans and gold sluices. The Goldfields region of Victoria is a popular destination for gold prospectors, with many of the world's largest alluvial gold nuggets found in the area!


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