Want the best views in the whole of the Grampians? Then you need to check out Reeds Lookout & The Balconies.
Sunset at the famed Reeds Lookout & The Balconies is a sight not to be missed, so it was top of the list of places to visit during our trip to the Grampians. These two lookouts are located walking distance from each other and share a car park, and are the most magical vistas you're likely to see for a long time. Whilst I'm sure they'd be lovely to see at sunrise (and you will no doubt have smaller crowds), sunset is really the time to see these places in all their glory.
Again, like many other places within the Grampians, this place is incredibly popular with tourists and sightseers, so make sure to get there a bit early before sunset to find a good spot. Additionally, the car parking situation can be challenging so be prepared to do a bit of hunting and stalking!
Reeds Lookout is the first lookout and is located on the right hand side of the car park. It's quite a small area, but the views are magnificent! We were actually incredibly naughty and jumped the fence to take a quick pic on the little rocky ledge. It was very naughty but the photo op was just too good to pass up...
After you get your fill of the views from Reeds Lookout, it's time to head up the trail to The Balconies. Now this is a bit of a walk, so keep that in mind if you're wanting to see both lookouts. The sun goes down quite quickly and this is a 2km walk (although it's an easy walk), so make sure you allow yourself enough time. When you get there, you'll see a tonne of people and a majority of them will have jumped the various fences to get some really amazing positions! Below is a pic of what you're likely to see...
Note: Keep in mind that you're going to see the sun set, meaning you'll be walking back in the dark to the car park. The trail is clear and even, but it goes through the bush so there's almost no light. You'll need to make sure you have a flashlight or a phone with a light so you can make your way back safely.
The views from The Balconies are stunning though, so I highly recommend you take the time to check out both Reeds Lookout from the car park, and then walk up the track to The Balconies. It's the perfect way to finish up your day.
Until next time,