Victoria is full of incredible national parks, and one of them is about to get some new upgrades for even more sensational views. Port Campbell National Park, home of some incredible sights along the Great Ocean Road, will have new lookouts near the famous Twelve Apostles and near the Loch Ard Gorge Precinct. Construction of Saddle Lookout, near the Twelve Apostles, is expected to be complete in late summer. Meanwhile, works on the Blowhole Lookout will start after the busy Christmas and New Year visitor period.
Lookouts at Port Campbell National Park
The Blowhole near Loch Ard Gorge is a cutting in the land, that fills with water from the Southern Ocean. There used to be a lookout point so that you could check out this natural formation, however, this was removed several years ago due to risks posed by the national erosion of the limestone rock.
The Victorian Government is investing $8 million to build a new lookout at The Blowhole. This will provide a new experience, safely nestled amongst native vegetation. It will protect the fragile environment of the area, and provide spectacular views for visitors.
The design of the lookout has been led by the Eastern Maar community, to ensure that it reflects significant environmental and cultural values of the area. It will be included naturally into the landscape, and curve around the edge of the blowhole, without impeding on the symbolic breathing of the whale.
Construction is expected to start in early 2024, and finish in 2025. Find out more here.
Can’t get enough of the Twelve Apostles? The new Saddle Lookout is almost complete. This stunning spot is replacing infrastructure that could no longer cater for visitor numbers. It will also improve accessibility and safety at this dramatic destination.
Located on Kirrae Wurrung Country, the design of Saddle Lookout symbolises the resilience of the broader Eastern Maar Nation. The two “clapsticks” of the structure are the colours of Ngayook (sulphur crested cockatoo) and Ponponpoorramook (red tailed black cockatoo), which are primary totemic species to the Eastern Maar peoples.
It’s made up of two rectangular sections, with one resting on the terrain’s ‘saddle’ and the other extended towards the horizon. This lookout will also be connected to existing paths and the Visitor Centre.
Saddle Lookout is expected to be complete in late summer. Find out more here.