Soaking Up the Views at Crawford’s Lookout

colo riverSet in the highland region of northern Australia on the outskirts of Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands unfold in a diverse mixture of landscapes. Here, you can see a collection of rainforests and wetlands that meet savannas home to native bird species and fascinating wildlife, like tree kangaroos and cute wallabies.

The region is home to the famous Waterfalls Circuit, which is a 17km long driving loop that takes in several picturesque waterfalls in the region.

As well as waterfalls and an eclectic collection of scenery, the Atherton Tablelands are also home to some stunning viewpoints, including Crawfords Lookout, one of the best vantage points in the area.

It looks out over the point where the Colo River and the Capertree Rivers meet, spreading from east to west across the pretty scenery of the Wollemi National Park.

When you get to the lookout point, which is reachable by driving, you can pull over at the side of the road and soak in the breath-taking panoramas. Position yourself so you can see between the trees, which will let you see right down onto the Johnstone River.

Getting to Crawfords Lookoutcrawford lookout

Getting to Crawfords Lookout is an experience in itself. Set in the heart of the tablelands, you pass beautiful scenery as you venture towards this excellent viewpoint.

To get there, you need to drive north for around 17 kilometres after the Ampol service station at Colo Heights. On the way, you’ll pass the well signposted Grassy Hill Fire Trail, continuing on until you spot the Culoul Range Fire Trail, which appears on the left. Turn into the fire trail and follow the road as it sweeps through the landscape for 13 kilometres until you get to the designated parking area. There, you can park your car and easily walk to the lookout point. Don’t forget your camera to capture the mesmerising views!

crawford lookout to dooli creekExploring the Atherton Tablelands and everything they have to offer is a pivotal part of getting to know Cairns and its surrounding landscape. Not only will you get to experience some of the most diverse scenery in Australia, including rainforests and wetlands that rub shoulders with sprawling savannas, but you’ll also get to learn about the fascinating history and wildlife that characterise the area.

When it comes to lookout points and enjoying the views, Crawfords Lookout is one of the best. Promising excellent panoramas over three pretty rivers, it’s the perfect place to soak up the scenery and marvel at the ancient landscape.