Nothing much beats a view with a hue. Wander regional Victoria to see the sun set over mountains, ocean, plains and parks. Pack a rug and a picnic, a thermos and a camp chair, go it alone or take the moment to share. On Instagram.
Our top spots to look west and be the envy of all of your Insta-friends:
Boroka Lookout, Grampians National Park
One of the best lookouts in the Grampians, with 180-degree views of Western Victoria, looking out over Halls Gap and Lake Bellfield.
Reed Lookout and the Balconies, Grampians National Park
Two lookouts offering stunning, panoramic views of Victoria Range, Lake Wartook and Mount Difficult.
SkyHigh Mount Dandenong & Scenic Lookout, Mount Dandenong
On the uppermost reach of the Dandenong Ranges, with views stretching from the Mornington Peninsula to the You Yangs.
Mount Macedon Cross, Macedon Regional Park
At the summit of Mount Macedon, one of the highest peaks of Victoria's Great Dividing Range, with views across the southern plain towards Port Philip Bay.
You Yangs Regional Park, Werribee
Distinctive granite peaks with views over the flat volcanic plains between Melbourne and Geelong.
Red Rock Volcanic Reserve, Colac
Explosive views over the world's third-largest volcanic plain and 25,000-hectare Lake Corangamite.
Extinct volcano 15 kilometres southeast of Ballarat, with sweeping views of the surrounding area from its 745-metre summit. Keep an eye out for koalas.
Melville Caves, Kingower
Huge granite boulders in Kooyoora State Park, with a directional disc atop pointing out the park's features and landmarks.
Mount Alexander, Harcourt
Rising 350 metres above the surrounding area, offers panoramic views of the surrounding area from Dog Rocks and Shepherd's Flat.
Those limestone stacks, that coastline, those colours.
Point Addis lookout, Anglesea
Sandy beach and sandstone cliffs, accessed from the Koorie Cultural Walk, part of the Surf Coast Walk.
Point Danger, Torquay
Gateway to the Great Ocean Road, the easily accessible headland is home to a war memorial and affords views over the beach and Point Danger Marine Sanctuary.
Teddy's Lookout, Lorne
Hilltop viewing platform with stunning vistas high above the coast where the St George River empties into a small cove.
Bay of Islands, Nullawarre
Just west of Peterborough, two different viewing areas here offer vistas over the Southern Ocean and the bay's towering limestone stacks.
Cape Bridgewater, Portland
Striking clifftop views across Cape Bridgewater, over rock platforms and fur seal colony.
Mutton Bird Island Lookout, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell
Stunning views of blowholes, offshore limestone stacks and towering cliffs. Get there at dusk to watch the short-tailed shearwaters (mutton birds) fly home.
Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island
Against a backdrop of ancient pink granite, breathtaking beachy views of the Pinnacles and over Bass Strait.
San Remo foreshore, Phillip Island
Gateway to Phillip Island and anglers' haven, a top spot to watch fishing boats return home each day with a fresh load of seafood.
Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove
Perfect for beach sunsets, looking back towards the bluff in Barwon Heads.
Norman Bay, Wilsons Promontory
Close to Tidal River campground, flanked by Norman Point and Pillar Point, with stunning views of Mt Oberon.
Lake Wendouree, Ballarat
Ideal spot for sunset picnics, barbecues, walks and bird watching, complete with playground for little sunsetters.
Lake Mulwala, Yarrawonga-Mulwala
Picturesque lake dotted with the remains of a red gum forest. Popular with anglers and sunset snappers.
Up the garden path
Rosalind Park, Bendigo
Beautiful old gardens with conservatory, fernery and Poppet Head lookout tower offering the best view over Bendigo.
Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, Daylesford
Perched high on the summit of an extinct volcano, offering panoramic views of Daylesford and surrounds.
Mungo National Park, Mungo
Ancient, heritage listed national park with rugged, desert lunar-like landscapes and the spectacular Great Walls of China.
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