Get ready to feel on top of the world. Australia is home to some of the best of all lookouts, from viewing platforms over the iconic Great Ocean Road to sweeping coastal views in NSW and dramatic landmarks in Western Australia. So make your getaway extra memorable by discovering some of the best lookout spots in the country.

Twelve Apostles – Great Ocean Road, Vic  

Lookout to the gorgeous Twelve Apostles. Image from Visit Victoria.

No list of Australian lookouts would be complete without mentioning the iconic 12 Apostles Lookout. Located on the spectacular Great Ocean Road in Victoria, the towering Apostle landmarks are a world-renowned natural wonder. Stroll along the viewing boardwalk – the views are breathtaking. During sunrise or sunset, these wonders are bathed in warm, golden hues. The platforms along the coastline provide multiple vantage points to view this majestic spectacle.

Where to stay

Located opposite the idyllic coastal town of Apollo Bay, The Comfort Inn The International is close to the beach, pubs, restaurants and shops – and a short scenic drive to the best lookouts in Victoria, including the 12 Apostles. 

Minnamurra Lookout – Kiama Coast, NSW

The stunning Minnamurra Lookout. Image from Destination NSW.

Situated above Kiama’s glittering Pacific coastline, the Minnamurra Lookout is a perfect example of why this luscious region remains a traveller’s must-do. This spot offers breathtaking vistas of Stack Island, the ocean, and Minnamurra River. Stroll along the Kiama Coast Walk around the headland’s curves, and soak in unparalleled coastal views. Cycling is another way to enjoy this headland’s exceptional natural beauty.

Where to stay

For a relaxed seaside getaway close to some of the best lookouts New South Wales has to offer, Comfort Inn Towradgi is a great option. The Quality Suites Pioneer Sands is another great choice close to restaurants, bars and cafes. 

Crack Neck Lookout – Forresters Beach, NSW

Crack Neck lookout is a place you cannot miss!

For those seeking a coastal experience near Forresters Beach, the Crack Neck Lookout is one of the best lookouts in New South Wales. Perched on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, this lookout provides uninterrupted vistas of Shelly Beach that stretch along the Central Coast, encompassing Norah Head, Tuggerah Lake, and The Entrance. Explore the nearby Coast walking track for a stroll to Bateau Bay Beach picnic area or Forresters Beach, which is about 1.5km away. Plenty of picnic options!

Where to stay

For a unique and memorable experience, The Quarters Ascend Hotel Collection is a bespoke venue with views, garden and pool. It’s also close to the beach, walking trails and shops – and of course, some of the best beach lookouts Sydney side.

The Gap Lookout – Albany, Western Australia

The Gap, Torndirrup National Park. Image from Tourism Western Australia

The Gap Lookout in Western Australia’s Torndirrup National Park overlooks a dramatic landmark of unique beauty. Marvel at this natural bridge formation, that has been carved out over millions of years, and witness the sheer power of nature as waves pound against the rugged cliffs. A viewing platform allows you to peer down into the waters 40 metres below, providing an exhilarating experience.

Where to stay 

Close to the heart of Albany, Quality Apartments Banksia Albany is a comfortable and convenient base to explore the incredible nearby lookouts and national parks. 

Red Hill – Canberra, ACT

At Red Hill, look out over many of the national icons south of the city centre for a great view. Image from Visit Canberra

Set on one of Canberra’s most famous hills, the view from Red Hill gazes across to the city to take in some of the star attractions of the capital city. With a sweeping vista covering Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin, Mount Ainslie and Telstra Tower Canberra proudly puts on display its charms from this great vantage point. There’s also an easy 5 km walking trail you can do from this point, also great for cycling. 

Where to stay

Surrounded by shops, cafes and restaurants, and home to The Dickson Tradies and multiple bars the Quality Hotel Dickson is a great place to stay.

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