Best places to watch a storm roll in

Sugarloaf Rock by David Ashley Photography via FB

Each destination has in the south west has many lookouts but here are just some of the favourites.

From these vantage points you can watch a storm roll in where the Southern and Indian oceans meet, relax rugged up as the sun sets over the ocean, see vibrant green landscapes become even more beautiful as blankets of mist glide through, enjoy rushing cascades and rivers and awe at the rugged granite coastline as the waves put on a show. There’s simply too many places to mention, but each of these are so moving they call your inner photographer into action. Above image: Sugarloaf Rock by David Ashley Photography.

Great Southern 

The Gap & Natural Bridge, Torndirrup National Park, Albany
The enormous suspended rock formation named ‘Natural Bridge’ and the nearby breathtaking ‘Gap’ have been redeveloped to include impressive new lookouts.

Also spectacular in the area is The Albany Wind Farm, Stony Hill, Sharp Point and the challenging Bald Head walking track with many spots to stop and appreciate the views. 

Padre White Lookout, Albany

Padre White lookout is located behind the Desert mounted Corps War Memorial at the peak of Mt Clarence and offers 360 degree views of the city, harbour and sound.

Desert Mounted Corps Memorial from Padre White Lookout

Shelly Beach, West Cape Howe National Park, Albany/Denmark 
There are two large platforms purpose built for parasailing and hang gliding.

Ocean Beach, Denmark 
Choose from two lookouts, Wilson Head and Lions Lookout.

Ocean Beach lookout by Denmark Dayz Tom Callaghan PhotographyCourtesy Tom Callaghan Photography

Conspicuous Cliffs, near Peaceful Bay 
15km east of Walpole there is a walk from the rugged cliffs to a viewing platform. 

Mount Barker Scenic Lookout
Within the Mount Barker townsite the new Scenic Lookout takes in sprawling agricultural fields and views to the Porongurup and Stirling Range.

Granite Skywalk, Porongurup
Set in the Porongurup hamlet, the Castle Rock Granite Skywalk is a 2-3 hour moderate to high return hike through forest. View granite outcrops, forest, agricultural fields, the Stirling Range and in sun-yellow fields of canola in season from the lower lookout, or scramble rocks and climb a vertical ladder to the suspended skywalk on Castle Rock.

Granite Skywalk by Philip Schubert PhotographyCourtesy Philip Schubert Photography

Point Ann, Fitzgerald National Park, Bremer Bay
65km east of Bremer Bay, this is an important nursery for Southern Right whales.

Point Ann, Fitzgerald River National Park near Bremer Bay

Geographe Region

Marlston Lookout, Apex Drive, Bunbury
Walk from the main street, Victoria Street via a timber staircase or drive up Apex Drive. Climb the spiral staircase to the top of the tower for 360 degree views of the ocean and city.

Harvey Dam, Harvey 
Walk along the dam wall to the lookout or take the spillway path with stairs that climb the 45 metre embankment to the lookout.

Fishing Harvey Dam by Josh Taylor @joshtaylor___ (IG)Fishing Harvey Dam by @JoshTaylor___ (via IG)

Back Beach, Bunbury 
A beach in the city of Bunbury yet you'll have a stretch to yourself at sunset. View basalt rock formations of Wyalup Rocky Point from the picnic area.

Wellington Dam, Collie 
Enjoy views over the dam and Collie River Valley.

Picnic and cafe facilities. 

Wellington Dam Collie

Southern Forests and Valleys

Mount Frankland, near Walpole
Take in expansive vistas over the Walpole Wilderness area from the redeveloped universal access path. Follow the footsteps to the Mount Frankland summit for 360 degree views.

Point D’Entrecasteaux, Northcliffe 
Sealed walk trails meander around the headland with several lookout platforms.

Mt Chudalup, near Northcliffe
Found 16km south of Northcliffe on the Windy Harbour Road. See for miles with 360 degree views from the summit of distant coastline and Karri and Marri forest.

Beedalup Falls, Pemberton
Walk the suspension bridge and view the Beedalup falls dropping 100 metres over granite rock, surrounded by forest.

Beedelup Falls near Pemberton. Courtesy David Ashley PhotographyCourtesy David Ashley Photography

Big Brook Dam, Pemberton
Perfect for a picnic and to explore walking trails. Beautiful outlook of a dense forest closely bordering the still dam.

Big Brook Dam by @adianrep (via Instagram)Courtesy @adianrep (via Instagram)

Yeagarup Sand Dunes, Pemberton
Accessable by 4WD. Watch the sun set over the white inland dunes, bordered by forest.

Yeagarup Sand Dunes by Wendy Eiby

Yeagarup Lake, Pemberton
Watch the sun set over the white inland dunes, bordered by forest.

Boyup Brook Billabong, Boyup Brook.
Take the Kara Katang Langa Trail from the Railway Station to the Billabong.

Suttons Lookout, Bridgetown
Found off Phillips Street, take in 360 degree views of the town and Kangaroo Gully.

Tank 7 Lookout, Nannup
A picnic area with views across the rolling hills surrounding Nannup.

Margaret River Region

Canal Rocks, Yallingup 
Rotary Lookout over beautiful rock formations, 4km south of Yallingup.

Canal Rocks by David Ashley PhotographyCourtesy David Ashley Photography

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Flinders Bay, Augusta
Where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. Numerous vantage points along Leeuwin Rd and 360 degree views from the top of the lighthouse.

Cape Leeuwin lighthouse by Elements Margaret RiverCape Leeuwin Lighthouse by Elements Margaret River

Cape Naturaliste Lookout Platform and Lighthouse, Dunsborough 
Take the 1.3km return walk from the lighthouse car park for stunning views (with the added sights of whales and wildflowers in spring) 

Hamelin Bay Lookout, near Augusta 
Beautiful beach just 18km north of Augusta, south of the boat ramp, follow the boardwalk.

Hamelin Bay Boardwalk Lookout
The Gap and Natural Bridge by Parks and Wildlife WA

The Gap Lookout, Torndirrup National Park by Department of Parks and Wildlife.

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