The road to the Governor Rock Lookout Tower is a scenic windy, unsealed road. A road in wet conditions you’d need to take extra care. As we wound our way up the windy road we were surrounded by the scenic Pyrenees State Forest. With trees surrounding us on both sides of the unsealed road we enjoyed the road trip to the lookout point. The views from the lookout tower were definitely worth the drive.
Whilst the road we took to reach the lookout tower was accessible for us in our 2wd Toyota Hiace Camper Van there were areas we explored further along the road which would be a lot better to drive along if we had a 4wd. If you are exploring this area in a 2wd our tip would be to stay on the main roads which are unsealed and drive carefully.
Prior to reaching the Governor Rock Lookout Tower there is a lovely picnic spot within a couple of hundred metres. This is a great spot to unwind and take in the natural settings as you recharge your batteries.
Whilst it’s an easy short walk to the lookout point it is a little steep at the start with an uneven track it is well worth the walk.
You must climb the Governor Rock Lookout Tower to obtain the best view. Once you climb the tower you will be rewarded with gorgeous views of the Pyrenees State Forest and the wineries below. It was springtime when we visited so we were fortunate to witness the brightly coloured yellow canola fields.
Governor Rock Lookout Tower Location
- Approximately 7.4km, 13mins drive to Valley Walk, Percydale
- Approximately 7.4km, 13mins drive to Waterfall Campground, Percydale
- Approximately 12km, 18min drive to Avoca
- Approximately 74km, 59min drive to Ararat
Places we explored on our weekend getaway
Exploring the Pyrenees State Forest was part of a weekend road trip for us. Leaving the hustle and bustle of Melbourne behind we spent a night at Ararat, the day exploring Ararat before heading to Avoca then back to Melbourne. If you would like to read up more on our weekend trip and places we explored click on the below links:
- Historical town of Ararat
- Alexandra Gardens Park
- Green Hill Lake Reserve
- J Ward Asylum
- Avoca Chinese Gardens
- Valley Walk, Percydale
Nearby free campgrounds
You can also follow our 3 day itinerary Melbourne – Ararat – Avoca – Melbourne by clicking on the link.
Another great place and what we consider a must go to place to explore is Halls Gap, Grampians. Check out our following link to see how we have spent 3 nights at Halls Gap, Grampians which is approximately 115km, 1hr 28mins from Governor Rock Lookout Tower.
We also enjoyed our 3 day escape at Mt Franklin reserve which is a free campground situated on an extinct volcanic crater and is within an easy drive to the popular tourist destination, Daylesford. This would be a great place to stop on your way back from Avoca to Melbourne if you have more than 3 days.
Whilst we don’t have a 4wd, instead we have a Toyota Hiace Camper van we’d love to explore more of what the Pyrenees State Forest has to offer. If you have any suggestions or tips where we should explore we’d love to hear from you.