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Aim high! The best viewing platforms in Australia

This Townsville, QLD vantage point is an absolute beauty. Credit: Megan MacKinnon

Australia abounds with bedazzling beauty.

This rich contrast of eye-catching landscapes can be admired in many ways, but it’s hard to beat an elevated, uninterrupted vantage point.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best viewing platforms in the country, including Australia’s tall towers, mountain peaks, lookouts, and more.

Feast your eyes on spectacular scenery from these spots at least once in your lifetime.

The sight of Wineglass Bay in TAS is breathtaking. Credit: Jason Charles Hill.

Q1 SkyPoint Observation Deck, Surfers Paradise, QLD

One for list tickers – Q1 is the tallest building in Australia. From the observation deck, witness pretty panoramas that take in sand, surf, hinterland, and the bustling Gold Coast activity among more. An open-air climb is available for the more adventurous.

Book now: BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park.

Viewtiful: Q1 SkyPoint Observation Deck. Credit: Matt Glastonbury/Tourism & Events Queensland.

Wineglass Bay Lookout, Freycinet National Park, TAS

Get your hiking boots on. A 1-1.5hr return walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout reveals glorious views of this famous white sand beach as well as craggy rock formations and wondrous water views.

Book now: BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park.

Cheers to these vistas: Wineglass Bay Lookout. Credit: Matt Donovan.

The Gap lookout, Torndirrup National Park, Albany, WA

Marvel at the wild ocean’s power and fury and rugged, windswept rocky features from a raised viewing platform. Torndirrup is filled with funky formations that make it an essential Albany attraction.

Book now: BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park or BIG4 Middleton Beach Holiday Park.

Ocean outlook: The Gap. Credit: Tourism Western Australia.

Big Bend cliffs, Murray River, SA

The Murray River bursts with sparkling views but staring at the vividly colourful limestone cliffs of Big Bend is hard to top. A lookout near the small township of Nildottie is the perfect place to soak it all up.

Book now: BIG4 Blanchetown Riverside Holiday Park.

Mind-bending beauty: Big Bend cliffs. Credit: Ben Goode.

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, VIC

One of Australia’s most iconic views and a must for any Great Ocean Road drive. Dedicated viewing platforms gift breathtaking views just like those on a tourist brochure…at least on a sunny day! Don’t miss a stop at neighbouring Loch Ard Gorge as it’s arguably just as impressive as the Apostles.

Book now: BIG4 parks in the Great Ocean Road region.

Dozen delight: Twelve Apostles.

Tongue Point lookout, Whitsunday Island, QLD

Google ‘pictures of Australia’ and images like the one below are sure to feature prominently. The lookout reveals the dazzling sight of Hill Inlet, found at the northern end of famous Whitehaven Beach. This spot is best reached on a boat tour from Airlie Beach.

Book now: BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort or BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort.

Lap it up: Tongue Point lookout. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Mt Wellington summit, Hobart, TAS

One of the best Hobart attractions, and it’s free. A drive to the summit of Mt Wellington rewards with an incredible outlook of majestic, diverse scenery as far as the eyes can see. Alternative: The quirky Shot Tower in nearby Taroona.

Book now: BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.

Magic mountain: Mt Wellington summit.

Echo Point, Blue Mountains National Park, NSW

Another of Australia’s most photographed attractions. The Three Sisters formation is the headliner within star-studded Blue Mountains National Park. A dedicated platform at Echo Point, near Katoomba, illuminates the feature nightly via floodlights.

Iconic: Echo Point. Credit: Destination NSW.

Bunda Cliffs, Great Australian Bight, SA

These are among the most mesmerising sea cliffs on the planet, and the longest stretch of them. Extending for roughly 100km from the Great Australian Bight to the Western Australia border, the huge limestone cliffs can be admired from various lookouts. In season, the sight of whales adds to the magic of this experience.

Book now: Day trip from BIG4 Ceduna Tourist Park.

Astounding: Bunda Cliffs. Credit: Greg Snell.

Ubirr lookout, Kakadu National Park, NT

An icon within an icon. Ubirr consists of various bold rock outcrops – complete with ancient Aboriginal rock art – and its popular lookout reveals enchanting vistas that extend over Nadab floodplain. A visit here is truly special, spiritual even, which no words or photographs can simply do justice to.

Book now: BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park.

Riding high: Ubirr lookout.

Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne, VIC

If we’re being technical, Eureka is Australia’s tallest building, at least from bottom to roof (omitting spires). Whatever the case, this leading Melbourne attraction delivers an amazing perspective of the Victorian capital, its many landmarks, coastline, and so much more. Day or night, a visit is among the best things to do in Melbourne.

Book now: BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park or BIG4 Dandenong Tourist Park.

Striking gold: Eureka Skydeck.

Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast, QLD

The various peaks that protrude from the surrounding greenery are ripe for climbing and make this one of the best destinations for hiking in Australia. Reach the Mt Beerburrum and Mt Ngungun summits for superb panoramas, or for an easier climb that still rewards plant your feet along the Mt Beerwah view trail.

Book now: BIG4 Caloundra Holiday Park.

Smashing views: Glass House Mountains.

Mt Kosciuszko summit, NSW

A climb to the pinnacle of Australia’s tallest mountain has to be included here. The Mt Kosciuszko Summit walk (18.6km/6-8hr return) passes gorgeous scenery, including the iconic Snowy River. But it’s from the 2228m-high summit that the sight of the famous Australian Alps and the Bogong Peaks is truly breathtaking.

Height of Australia: Mt Kosciuszko summit. Credit: Tourism Snowy Mountains

Cape Hauy Track, Tasman National Park, TAS

Prepare for visual delights of jaw-dropping proportions: Cloud-piercing dolerite sea stacks, spectacular cliff faces, and rugged sea views. It’s backed by a feeling as though you are literally a million miles from anywhere. While it’s a testing path – four hours return – the views make it one of the best things to do in Tasmania.

Book now: Day trip from BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.

Tassie treat: Cape Hauy. Credit: Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.

Castle Hill summit, Townsville, QLD

Enjoy sensational panoramas atop this imposing granite monolith, which is a striking backdrop to Townsville’s heart. Views incorporate the city centre, sparkling coastline, and Magnetic Island. Castle Hill is central and easily reachable via vehicle or on foot.

Book now: BIG4 Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park or BIG4 Townsville Woodlands Holiday Park.

Views fit for a king or queen: Castle Hill. Credit: Megan MacKinnon.

Grampians National Park, VIC

The Grampians is an absolute gem, dotted with jagged sandstone mountain ranges that tower above the gorgeous landscapes below. It’s a clear hotspot for hiking in Victoria where a feast of trails and lookouts gifts sweeping variable views. Some are just a stone’s throw from various car parks.

Book now: BIG4 NRMA Halls Gap Holiday Park.

Stellar: Mt Sturgeon, Grampians National Park.

Kings Park, Perth, WA

Easily reached. Expansive. Enthralling. Kings Park delivers magnificent CBD and river vistas from its raised positioning. Increase the elevation with a stroll along the Federation Walkway complete with an arched bridge. Among the plentiful parks in Perth, this one is not to be missed.

Book now: BIG4 Perth Midland Tourist Park.

Crowning glory: Kings Park.

Towers Hill Lookout, Charters Towers, QLD

There is plenty to indulge in here, including classic country Queensland surrounds, playful wildlife during early morning, and a whole new perspective of the town centre’s charming heritage buildings. The hill is rich in history, too and is even home to World War II bunkers.

Book now: BIG4 Aussie Outback Oasis Holiday Park.

Top of the tower: Towers Hill Lookout.

Dove Lake Circuit, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, TAS

Think Australia pics, think Cradle Mountain. This natural wonder and its accompanying lakes are absolutely captivating, and the Dove Lake Circuit is the perfect path to revel in the gobsmacking beauty. It’s boardwalk covered for much of the way and is among the many action-packed Cradle Mountain walks.

Book now: BIG4 parks in Tasmania.

So peaceful: Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain. Credit: Jason Charles Hill.

Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park, NT

The soaring sandstone walls of Kings Canyon are astounding, and their sheer height cannot be fully comprehended without a first-hand visit. These vivid, colourful walls contrast ruggedness with smoothness, which is best admired on the 6km rim walk. Smaller paths still dish up plenty of rewards.

Grand: Kings Canyon. Credit: Tourism NT/Mitchell Cox.

Great Barrier Reef Drive, Tropical North QLD

This 140km-long path easily ranks among Australia's best coastal drives. Linking Cairns with Cape Tribulation, the drive mixes glistening beaches and Coral Sea views with towering rainforest and plenty of places that demand a stop-off along the way. Big tip: Take your time.

Book now: BIG4 Cairns Crystal Cascades Holiday Park, BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut Resort, or BIG4 Port Douglas Glengarry Holiday Park.

Greatness: Great Barrier Reef Drive. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

RoofClimb Adelaide Oval, SA

This experience delivers the best positioning for absorbing elevated Adelaide views that stretch far and wide. It also showcases the iconic stadium from a completely different perspective both day and night. It’s even better when the climb coincides with a footy match.

Book now: BIG4 Adelaide Caravan Park or BIG4 West Beach Parks.

Rad: RoofClimb Adelaide Oval. Credit: Che Chorley Photography.

Nature’s Window, Kalbarri National Park, WA

Kalbarri abounds with engrossing scenery and this quirky creation is among its most eye-catching attractions. The quirky reddish-brown feature, so named for its wind-battered opening, can be reached on a 1km return walk. Alternatively, check out the Z-Bend lookout, which overlooks the epic Murchison River Gorge.

Book now: BIG4 parks in the Coral Coast region.

Quirky: Nature’s Window.

Gold Coast hinterland, QLD

This spectacularly enchanting area is home to mass swathes of World Heritage rainforest, much of it planted within much-loved national parks like Lamington and Springbrook. The Best Of All Lookout in Springbrook thoroughly deserves its name and is one of many excellent viewing spots in the wider area.

Book now: BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park or BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park.

Sparkling: Gold Coast hinterland.

Cape Byron, NSW

Just minutes from Byron Bay is the easternmost point of mainland Australia. Cape Byron affords astounding coastal vistas and the chance to glimpse whales in season. It also reveals a brilliant perspective of Tallow Beach.

Book now: Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay or BIG4 Ballina Headlands Holiday Park.

Escape to the cape: Cape Byron. Credit: Destination NSW.

The Horn summit, Mt Buffalo National Park, VIC

Bring your hiking shoes to tackle this gem-rich national park and its highest point along the 1.5 km/45min return Horn Track. From the summit of this distinctive 1723m-high feature, panoramic views incorporate the iconic peaks of Mt Hotham, Feathertop, and Buller and take in the exquisite beauty of the Australian Alps.

Book now: Day trip from BIG4 Bright Holiday Park or BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park.

Epic: The Horn summit.

Sea Cliff Bridge, near Stanwell Park, NSW

This coast-hugging 665m-long bridge is an attention-stealer, making frequent appearances on Instagram accounts. Snaking between Sydney and Wollongong, the structure is a vantage point for sparkling coastline on one side and huge cliff faces on the other. Better yet, it comes complete with a dedicated walking path.

Book now: Day trip from BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park, Kiama.

Worth seeing: Sea Cliff Bridge. Credit: Destination NSW.

Walking tracks of Phillip Island, VIC

Phillip Island is ablaze with stunning coastal scenery, best served up on its network of walking tracks: Clifftop walks, beachside paths, and even trails through wetlands. The island’s highest point is Cape Woolamai, and there are several enticing routes within this area, including the popular Pinnacles walk.

Book now: BIG4 Phillip Island Caravan Park.

Dazzling coastline: Phillip Island.

Tomaree Head summit, Port Stephens, NSW

Allow a couple of hours to tackle the Tomaree Head Summit return walk, which exposes the immense aesthetic appeal of Port Stephens. Brilliant beaches and turquoise and aqua waters contrast with hilly, tree-clad surrounds.

Book now: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Soldiers PointBIG4 Karuah Jetty Holiday Park, or BIG4 Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park.

Vibrant vistas: Tomaree Head summit.

Bay of Fires, TAS

Not quite fitting the elevated theme but this area’s astonishing beauty makes it a must for this list. Extending from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point, Bay of Fires is dominated by the powerful combination of enchanting orange lichen-covered granite boulders, shimmering white sand, and enticing turquoise waters. Cameras essential.

Book now: BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park.

Hot views: Bay of Fires. Credit: Lisa Kuilenburg.

BridgeClimb Sydney, NSW

There are plenty of sensational Sydney walks but the one atop its world-famous harbour bridge is unbeatable. The views of this extremely picturesque city are astonishing, and the experience is unforgettable. For something more sedate, reach the top of the city’s tallest structure: Sydney Tower Eye.

Book now: NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park or Ingenia Holidays Nepean River.

World famous: BridgeClimb Sydney. Credit: Destination NSW.

Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston, TAS

Dedicated pathways and Kings Bridge allow for ample views of this striking river gorge. There are various attractions within this popular reserve, which has increased appeal considering it’s mere minutes from Launceston’s CBD and BIG4 Launceston.

Book now: BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park.

Simply gorgeous: Cataract Gorge. Credit: Jarrad Seng.

Eden Lookout and Rotary Park, NSW

Absorb astonishing coastal vistas from this easy-to-reach vantage point, one of several alluring lookouts in Eden and its surrounds. This South Coast NSW town is one of the best places in Australia for whale watching (mid-September until mid-November) and the lookout is a prime place to gaze at these marine giants.

Book now: BIG4 Eden Beachfront Holiday Park.

Whale of a time: Eden Lookout and Rotary Park.

Ormiston Gorge, Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park, NT

The West Macs are sprinkled with spectacular natural attractions, and Ormiston Gorge is one of its chart toppers. The 40min return Ghost Gum Lookout Walk leads to an elevated position that showcases the gorge’s rich beauty as well as that of the surrounding landscapes. A day-trip must from Alice Springs.

Book now: BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park in Alice Springs.

Standout: Ormiston Gorge. Credit: Tourism NT/ Jackson Groves.

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