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Gerrard's Lookout

Sunshine Coast



Distance (kms):

0.1 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 15 mins

Elevation gain (m):

3 m

Max. elevation (m):

383 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 1)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A nice little lookout located on the Blackall Range, with views across farmland and forest to the Sunshine Coast coastline.

This moderately trafficked location is found on Maleny-Montville Road, about 5 kilometres from Montville.

The lookout is located on the Blackall Range, which stretches across the Sunshine Coast hinterland towns of Maleny, Mapleton, Montville and Flaxton.

The lookout provides uninterrupted panoramic views across farmland and the forest of the Mooloolah River Catchment. The Sunshine Coast coastline is also visible – from Caloundra to Noosa on a clear day.

A very short walk up a set of stairs and concrete ramp brings you to a large rotunda with two picnic tables, perched on the hill and surrounded by lush green grass, and so is a perfect place for a picnic.

The is also a memorial plaque in front of the rotunda, in memory of Charlie and Hazel Gerrard, who donated the land on which the lookout is situated. The plaque also marks the distance between the lookout and notable landmarks.

The lookout is a particularly popular spot for watching the sunrise and sunset.

Track: A set of concrete stairs followed by a concrete ramp.

Difficulty: A very accessible lookout, suitable for all fitness levels. While there is dedicated disabled parking, the stairs prevent it from being wheelchair accessible.

Direction: This is an out-and-back walk that returns the way it came.

getting there

The lookout is located on Maleny-Montville Road, about 5 kilometres from Montville, 1.5 hours drive north of Brisbane.

The car park is quite small and becomes particularly busy at sunset, but parking is typically ample at other times of the day.

best time to go

This location can be visited year-round. Sunset and sunrise are particularly popular times.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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