Want to see the best views of our beautiful region? Head to these spots to enjoy the great outdoors and see the best vantage points of the Pyrenees. From ‘top of the world’ mountain summits to vineyard lined landscapes. Everywhere you go in the Pyrenees there is a view to enjoy. Have the camera ready for breathtaking vistas. You’ll find the journey there is just as spectacular as the view!
Mount Cole State Forest delivers in spades when it comes to beautiful outlooks over the surrounding hillsides and vegetation. Ben Nevis is a striking mountain within the Mount Cole State Forest which offers incredible views over the surrounding peaks, bushland and fields. The summit can be accessed via car there is then an easy 200m short walk to the lookout from the carpark. The carpark is equipped with a picnic hut, tables, water tank and toilet so be sure to pack a picnic.
If you are up for a challenge, park your car at Chinamans campground and take the 5km walk up to the Ben Nevis Summit. The Borella trail is steep in sections and it is rated as a hard hike, so be prepared!
Dalwhinnie has arguably some if the best views in the Pyrenees from their cellar door. Dalwhinnie Winery has been growing grapes for nearly 50 years and is now a fully mature vineyard, producing ultra-premium wines that are distinctive, elegant and reflect the benefit of a dry-grown vineyard.
The serene bushland of the Pyrenees State Forest grants visitors a spectacular viewpoint of our beautiful region from the Governors Rock Lookout. A picturesque drive from Avoca to the Governors Rock carpark summit offers plenty of opportunities for taking in nature’s most delightful sights. From the carpark, take a short 200m walk to the observation tower where you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. If you continue along the walking track it will meet up again with the main road which you can follow back up to the carpark.
Along the main track on your way back to the carpark you will find Governor Rock, a platform-like rock extending out over the cliff beside the road. 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.
Come for the wine, stay for the views! Bigibila Winery showcase their outstanding selection of wine and olive oil in the cellar door, which offers amazing views of the vineyard and the picturesque Pyrenees mountains. Indulge in the Bigibila Grazing Platters while you sip a glorious Bigibila Shiraz and bask in the serenity of the Pyrenees. The wonderful outdoor area is the perfect location to drink the estate grown wine whilst also drinking in the breathtaking views.
Hike the Mount Sugarloaf circuit in the Mount Buangor State Park offers plenty of opportunities for taking in nature’s most delightful sights. The hike takes you past a number of lookouts including Mount Sugarloaf lookout, Snowgums lookout and Grevillea Lookout. The valley unfolds before your very eyes along this delightful walk, offering panoramic views of Langi Ghiran and the Grampians Major Mitchell Plateau in the distance.