South Gippsland - Victoria - Australia
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When I was searching for a spot to park and go for a walk along the Great Southern Rail Trail, between Foster and Fish Creek, I stumbled upon this mountain peak and lookout at Mount Nicoll. I have lived in South Gippsland for over 5 years and didn't even know it existed until today.
At 305 meters above sea level, the views are phenomenal and extend up to 97 kilometers into the distance.
An informative plaque has been erected at the top of the mountain by the Fish Creek Jaycees in 1979, and was donated by Hugh Nicoll in memory of his parents and other early pioneers in the district.
It gives the directions and distances of many landmarks and Australian Cities.
How To Get To Mount Nicoll - From Melbourne, take the South Gippsland Highway through Korumburra, Leongatha, Koonwarra and Meeniyan. Turn right 500 meters past the Meeniyan township and follow the signs to Fish Creek. Continue straight through Fish Creek toward Foster until you come to a gravel road called Nicoll Road which will be on your right just several kilometers past Fish Creek township.
Easy Access - Mount Nicoll is easy to access, being only a short 2 kilometer drive off the Foster to Fish Creek Road, then a relatively easy 200 meter walk from the car park to the Mount Nicoll Lookout itself.
The roads and tracks are quiet and provide a great place for horse riding also and The Great Southern Rail Trail is only two kilometers away toward the main road.
Expansive Views -The 360 degree views extend an amazing distance out to Glennie Group of Islands (42 kilometers away), Shallow Inlet and Waratah Bay in the South, Mount Liptrap and Currie King Island in the South West, Inverloch, Cape Paterson and Venus Bay in the West, Mount Baw Baw (97 kilometers away) in the North, Mount Squaretop and Mount Fatigue in the North East, Snake Island, Port Welshpool, Port Franklin and Barry Beach to the East, Mount Hunter, Mount Latrobe and Yanakie Beach in the South East.
Bushwalking At Mount Nicoll - You will find one bush walking track here called the Loader Walk.
It is steep in parts and would be somewhat slippery in wet weather, but it is only a 45 minute return trip.
I am incredibly grateful to other walkers who have used it and kept it accessible - it would become overgrown if not for regular use. I am also appreciative of the effort someone has made to put up simple arrows to guide the way along the better tack, even though it would be difficult to get lost. Steps have been erected in several spots as well as sturdy ones over the barbed wire fence.
About The Landscape - The Australian native flora is abundant with banksias, bottlebrush, correas, heather and grass trees (Xanthorea species). I even spotted a really tall grass tree in one place, signifying that this area of bushland has remained untouched for a long time. There are some colourful rock formations and great views from almost every section of the track. But take a look at the photographs below and see for yourself.
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