Just 6kms from St Marys, visitors can climb to an elevation of 832m at South Sister Lookout for magnificent panoramic views over east coast Tasmania and the Fingal Valley. On a clear day, the scene stretches north as far as St Helens and the Bay of Fires. Look west to Ben Lomond National Park and south to Bicheno and Freycinet National Park.
Easy Does It: South Sisters Lookout
South Sister Lookout is billed as an “easier” version than some other peak-climbing options in the Fingal Valley region, but don’t be fooled by the promised 10-minute “walk” from the car park. We found this hike to be a very good cardio workout, with some rugged steps to negotiate. Much of the track was accompanied by a rather rickety metal handrail. Despite the effort required, it was worth every step for the amazing views. If you’re up for the challenge, drive north from the town’s Main Street (Esk Main Road) into Franks Street near the library. That town street evolves into German Town Road on the outskirts; then watch for the blue tourism sign (marked South Sisters Lookout) to the left.
NB We’re under the impression that the official title is South Sister Lookout (so just ONE female sibling). However, the sign points to South Sisters Lookout – plural? Hopefully this doesn’t confuse anyone!
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