Balanced on the edge of ‘Selwyn’s Fault’, the ‘Bay Lookout’ bestows the most amazing views to the south, west and even northern reaches of Port Phillip Bay, in Victoria. Clearly visible: are Port Phillip Heads, The Rip, Bass Strait, the western end of the Mornington Peninsula, Mud Island, the Bellarine Peninsula, and a little further in the distance, Corio Bay, the You Yangs and Melbourne . . .
For those interested in the history of the region, a fascinating information board includes a map identifying some of the significant landmarks to be seen from this viewpoint, as well as some geological history, excerpts of which read:
” . . . During the last ice age, about 75,000 years ago, shallow areas of Port Phillip Bay were exposed and the Yarra River meandered across the dry plains towards Bass Strait. Sand dunes built up behind the shoreline and formed the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas which now span the bay entrance. The indigenous people witnessed the reflooding of Port Phillip about 10,000 years ago . . . “
” . . . This lookout is perched on the edge of the Selwyn geological fault. The fault dates back 20 million years ago and is still active. Arthurs seat is made up of predominantly Granite rock . . . “
Some garden benches are positioned within the viewing area as well as within a landscaped circular rose garden, situate just near the entrance to the lookout.
– For a northerly aspect view of Port Phillip Bay try the Northern Lookout also within ‘Seawinds Gardens’
– The lookout is within ‘Seawinds Gardens’ on the Arthurs Seat Circuit Walk in ‘Arthurs Seat State Park’
– obtain Directions here
– Visible Landmarks
– Bass Strait
– Port Phillip Heads & Rip
– Point Lonsdale
– Bellarine Peninsula
– Corio Bay
– You Yangs
– Mornington Peninsula
– Rosebud Pier
. . . and so much more
– Most commonly accessed via Arthurs Seat Road & Purves Road
– Car Parking at ‘Seawinds Gardens’ Car Park
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