Mariners Lookout

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Mariners Lookout
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Gracie C
5 contributions
mindblowing
Aug. 2021
the view from the top of lookout is ONE OF THE BEST around...and I have been around, I promise! the walk to the top from the car park is a little challenging, but if you walk from the bottom, you wont need another walk for the day! do yourself a favour...and DO IT!

Written 16 August 2021
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gregs3071
melbourne6,055 contributions
Panoramic vista
Jun. 2021
Marriner's Lookout is not quite as easy to find as most of the attractions along The Great Ocean Road. There is a sign on The Great Ocean Road but it's not a large one. I did see it as I was entering Apollo Bay heading westward but I continued past as I wanted to reach the Apollo Bay Visitor's Information Centre before it closed for the day. The road leading to the lookout is just before the Big 4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park if you are heading West, or, if you are travelling towards the East, immediately after.

The lady at the Visitor's Information Centre recommended going there to view the sunset. It was 4.25pm when I arrived at the Visitor's Centre but it was the Winter Solstice so I wouldn't have long to wait for the sunset. It's only a couple of minutes drive from the Apollo Bay town proper, and when I arrived at the Marriner's Lookout car park it was only 4.49pm.

The sign indicating the Marriner's Lookout car park is clearly marked as you drive up the hill. The car park is small but not tiny. There were two other cars there when I arrived and about half a dozen motorcycles. I'd seen those motorcyclists at a few of the places I'd visited that day, we were more or less keeping pace with each other.

Marriner's Lookout is on private land. There is no entrance fee but there are no amenities either. There is a sign pointing to the walking path to the lookout. It says it's a 10 minute walk and, although I didn't time it, it felt about right. There is a gate and a sign requesting visitors to close the gate behind them.

A gravelly path leads up to the lookout area. It is a little steep in places and requires moderate fitness. A wire fence on either side lined with trees, shrubs and other plants separates the public path from the private property.

The lookout itself consists of a small, fence bound paddock at the top of a hill. The view from there is fantastic. It overlooks the sea, Apollo Bay township, the beach, the harbour, hills to the left, smaller hills to the right, The Great Ocean Road, and some pastures.

I didn't have to wait long for the sunset but it was chilly and it was then that I decided I'd wear a warmer jacket the next day. I took a few photos while I was waiting.

The sunset was pretty without being spectacular, the clouds had a faint, pink hue. If I had been there for the sunrise the next morning I would have been treated to a real spectacle, but I wasn't (I was down below where it was spectacular, anyway). Fortunately I remembered that my camera has a panorama function and I got a good panoramic picture of the sunset over the bay, and another standard frame picture. Unfortunately I forgot that my camera also has a sunset setting so I missed out on getting enhanced colours in my photos.

As I mentioned earlier, Marriner's Lookout is very close to the Apollo Bay township and, after taking my pretty sunset pictures and walking 10 minutes back down to the car park, it was still only 5.25 when I arrived at my accommodation.
Written 24 July 2021
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Dieter K
2 contributions
Just stunning views
Jul. 2021 • Family
Just a stunning view of Apollo Bay. Worth the hard slog up the steep track. Be very careful on the road up. Narrow and very steep.
Written 3 July 2021
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Aussietraveller
Mornington Peninsula, Australia173 contributions
Beautiful views
May 2021
This is a lovely lookout over Apollo Bay. It's a steep road but worth the drive and not far from AB.
Written 5 June 2021
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David B
5 contributions
Great views worth the climb
Apr. 2021
Within easy drive of Apollo Bay, park and walk uphill past rainforest remnants to reach open views above the coastline and Apollo Bay with Marengo further west. Take your time, it's a little steep at first but the views are spectacular and worth the effort.
Written 30 April 2021
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Cookie Colleen B
Creswick, Australia4 contributions
Great views
Mar. 2021
Great views. Just a short walk to the top. Worth checking it out. Good carpark. Short drive up the hill
Written 26 March 2021
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Chris K
Ocean Grove, Australia192 contributions
Spectacular
Mar. 2021 • Couples
It was all spectacular:
The walk in
The old trees with thick narled roots
And that view over Apollo Bay and the ocean was breathtaking
Well worth a visit
Written 12 March 2021
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Roland
Melbourne, Australia18 contributions
Must visit
Feb. 2021
Definitely worth the short uphill walk for a stunning view of Apollo Bay and the surrounding coastline. Great place to just sit on the grassy outlook and take it all in
Written 19 February 2021
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LorinE-lovestotravel
Sunbury, Australia565 contributions
Worth a look
Feb. 2021 • Family
Beautiful views of Apollo Bay and the coast. Pretty easy walk to the top, where there are some sheep and alpacas.There’s a little honesty gift shop with things made out of gum nuts and gum leaves at the carpark. I bought a lovely little gumleaf bookmark for $2.
Written 9 February 2021
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Dicky Ticker
Melbourne, Australia13 contributions
Fine view of Apollo Bay
Feb. 2021
Fine view of Apollo Bay and out to sea. There was a steepish slope from the carpark but there were no steps, which was a blessing! The access road was very steep towards the end. Definitely worth the effort.
Written 4 February 2021
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