Powers Lookout

Powers Lookout , North East Victoria, Australia

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Part of the well known Victorian wine trail, the road that will get you here runs through Whitfield. It also takes you through some of the surrounding small country towns and the well known King Valley, depending which way you arrive.

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The drive to the turn off for the lookout is nothing short of beautiful. You will be taken through the masses of rolling green mountains and hills. Cows scatter the farmlands and native wildlife is abundant with glimpses of most available from the car.

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Keep this in mind as you approach the winding hills leading you to Whitfield. Many innocent tourists and locals alike find kangaroos and wombats on or around the road. Both will cause considerable damage to your car and its not nice to feel responsible for hitting one.

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When you arrive at Powers you will head down a typical bush track. Though this one is regularly graded and kept in good nick so all cars are suitable to take.

The lookout literally pops out of the thick Aussie scrub revealing as stunning before you leave the car. There are toilets here but be warned they are the old longdrop toilets so pretty rough but useable if clean. There is also a great little fire and cooking hut up here. (check local fire restrictions)

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Powers is open to the public year round and its free!!!!(as is most of the amazing outdoors).

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Now a little secret about Powers Lookout. I’ve grown up fairly local to the region most of my life and happen to have gone up there for an added thrill. This area is well known for its associations with notorious bushranger, many in fact. Powers himself was known as “The Gentleman Bushranger”. But its his student of crime and teen prodigy that not so many knew spent most of his life under the wing of this so called gent that really had us here. That man’s name is Ned Kelly. Probably the most widely known bushranger to grace the Australian early settlement days.

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As you can see he has become an Aussie icon and full back tattoos of this man are almost commonplace in Australia. His “such is life” famous quote were the last words Ned spoke before his hanging in Melbourne gaol at a tender young age.

 

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Sympathy coming from the common Australian viewed Ned was a man wronged by the system. One of few who stood his ground and fought back.

The story of the Kelly gang spreads far and wide, its a fantastic story and I’ve included a link to the story here for you if interested.

Not too far from the lookout down a short track there is a well worn but tricky to spot path that leads up through a few trees and rocks. When you know where to look this hole is obvious, unknowingly you could fall in it before you saw it. After a brief crawl and climb. (One the kids and I managed very easily) you come out into the opening of a cave.

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This is the exact place Powers hid from police and spent a deal of time, along with Kelly whom he remained friends with through all their adventures. Until the police arrested Powers whilst he prepared his breakfast, it was believed Powers blamed Kelly for “ratting out” his position. Though much research can be done on these wild old boys. An interesting note on the story was that the police arresting Powers, famished by their lengthy manhunt, felt obliged to dine on powers breakfast in front of him before carting him away.

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I have to say it was exciting to sit where so many years ago these blokes of legend sat. Pondering, plotting against their hunters, maybe just trying to stay alive a little longer hidden in the bush. But to gaze from the same spot in the cave down the valley  that they would have so many years ago it was an appreciated bonus to the already amazing views and drive to the lookout. A rare treat, ask a local from Wangaratta town on while traveling and if you get lucky you may meet a local that knows it.

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There are many walking and hiking tracks around the hill itself and easy to spend five minutes or a day exploring. For all ages.

 

 

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