Are These Tasmania's Most Beautiful Lookouts?
Posted by Sarah Thomson on Monday, March 26, 2018
It is no secret Tasmania is home to astoundingly beautiful scenery, and included in that blessing are incredible opportunities to see parts of the island usually reserved to birds.
And we're not talking about taking to the air. Rather, get to know the Tasmanian landscape from the heights of some spectacular lookouts, where you will enjoy views spanning bays, oceans, rugged mountain ranges, man-made creations and other wonders. Having a visual reward in the form of a stunning panorama may spur on walkers to trek circuits and scale summits, however, there are other hikes that allow walkers the option of bypassing certain obstacles in order to make reaching that lookout point even easier. On your next getaway to Tasmania, give your eyes a treat by taking in the vistas from one of the spots below. All lookouts guarantee awe-inspiring scenery not to miss.
The steep views from Cape Hauy, in the Tasman National Park, will literally take your breath away when the wind whips over the tip of the jagged clifftops. The natural rock formations shooting up from the water below make an impressive sight that is worth the four-hour trek from Fortescue Bay. A boardwalk path guides walkers along the trail to the lookout point, with the option to continue along the coast as part of the Three Capes Track.
Image: Three Capes Track, Cape Raoul, Tasman National Park. Sean Scott Photography.
The Neck Lookout
Having the vast Southern Ocean on your left and Simpson's Bay to your right is a postcard-perfect scene as you descend the steps at the Neck Lookout on Bruny Island. Take a photo at the top of the boardwalk then follow the path down to the beach, before choosing which body of water you will dip your toes into first. When you're ready to swap, simply cross the shrubby dune to the rival shoreline.
Iron Blow Lookout
Follow the winding path on Iron Blow Road, six kilometres outside Queenstown, to reach the lookout delivering views across a man-made geosite landscape and the mountains of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The open pit, once mined for iron ore, provides a glimpse into the region's illustrious mining history, but nature is slowly reclaiming stations of human activity.
Image: Iron Blow Lookout. Shuttles, Flickr.
Gordon River Dam
Hot dam, that's a scene! Definitely not for the faint of heart; the Gordon Dam lookout boasts views higher than those from atop Sydney Harbour Bridge - a 140-metre sheer drop, to be exact. Adrenaline junkies will love the opportunity to abseil down the concrete arch, while visitors content with less heart-pumping pursuits can simply gaze out across the surrounding countryside.
Image: Gordon Dam lookout. Graham Freeman, Tourism Australia.
Devil's Gullet Lookout
Ignore the not so charming name because Devil's Gullet Lookout is in fact devilishly good-looking, with sweeping views of Mount Ossa, Cradle Mountain and other thickly forested slopes in the Fisher River valley. The landscape offers dramatic scenery of Tasmanian wilderness and is a part of the Central Plateau Conversation Area. Well-signed roads lead visitors to the peak, however there is also plenty of hiking opportunity for intrepid wanderers.
Image: View from Devil's Gullet Lookout. Peter Boer, Flickr.
There are dozens of self-guided walking tracks in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park that cater for some incredible photos, but it's Marion's Lookout that piques our interest (pun intended). It might not be the highest point on the ridge, but it provides extensive views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. Walkers will need a reasonable level of fitness as the round trip takes about three hours and includes a few sharp inclines.
Image: View from Marion's Lookout. Graham Freeman, Tourism Australia.
Rosny Hill Lookout
For one of Hobart's best views, the Rosny Hill Lookout requires a short wander along the hill's walking circuit and delivers a classic outlook of the Derwent River. For added effect, capture the sparkling lights of the Tasman Bridge at night, over the Kangaroo Bay with the city glow in the distance. Allow two hours to complete the walk and pets are allowed, so take your canine companion out on your next expedition.
Reaching the top of the Nut State Reserve plateau can be done the hard way, or the easy way. Challenge yourself to hike to the summit or opt for the effortless route via the chairlift. Both options result in a 360-degree view of the North West Tasmania coastline. Have your camera ready at every stage of the incline, and prepare to circumnavigate the flat top for roughly an hour. The ancient volcanic plug dominates the farming country and township of Stanley, which makes The Nut hard to miss!
Image: The Nut State Reserve, Stanley. Tourism Australia.
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Wineglass Bay is one of the most frequented destinations on our list and is a must on a Tasmania getaway. Trekking up to the lookout provides an extraordinary vantage point for views covering the bay and hills beyond. The three-kilometre track is a well-constructed part the Freycinet National Park and will certainly get the heart pumping, but it's hard to deny a reason for not making the hike when enticing visuals of translucent blue waters and fine quartz sand await. Just try to fight the temptation of taking a photo for your Instagram feed.
Image: Wineglass Bay from Mt Amos on the Wineglass Bay Track, Freycinet National Park. Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett.
The Summit of Mt Wellington
Make the climb up Mt Wellington - the unmissable peak looming over the west of Hobart - from the comfort of your car and reward yourself with a coffee from Lost Freight café when you reach the crest. The reserve is open year-round without entry fees, and visitors can hop inside pinnacle observation shelter on chilly days to admire the views without playing tug-of-war with the wind.
Image: Hobart from Mt Wellington. Tourism Tasmania.
Alexandra Suspension Bridge
While it may not be quite as risky as navigating the roped overpass in Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom, the feeling of crossing Alexandra Suspension Bridge is an adventure, if not just for the incredible panoramas of Cataract Gorge river and beyond. The bridge crossing is an easy walk for all ages, or visitors can pay a small fee to take the chairlift and see alternate views of the gorge. The reserve's continuous scope of Victorian-style gardens throughout the cliff grounds is hard to dismiss, and this destination makes a great excursion within a 15-minute walk from central Launceston.
Image: Cataract Gorge with the Alexandra Bridge in the background. Graham Freeman, Tourism Australia.
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Hero image: Hobart from Mt Wellington. Tourism Tasmania.