Mount Abrupt (Mud-Dadjug) Walk is a steep track that winds its way through bushland and up sandstone rocks to the summit rewarding hikers with a spectacular view from the top. Allow 90 minutes for the hike to the summit. However, the views from 60 minutes in are just as special with Mt Signal to the north visible above the horizon (as opposed to looking down on Mt Signal from the very summit). For those feeling particularly adventurous, make the hike before sunrise to experience golden rays shining in from the east.
The unusual rock formations that stick out of the mountain make this spot particularly unique. Use a telephoto lens to isolate the ridges and formations to the south of the lookout. I’ve only visited The Balconies on sunset, with the golden light striking the slopes, but it would also be quite special on a summer sunrise with the sun rising to the south-east behind the serrated peaks.
West of the iconic Balconies is Reed Lookout—a great, easy-access sunset location. Explore the surrounding area for rocks and trees that might help to frame your image. This particular vantage point is best viewed on sunset, however late in the day the wind often rushes up the slopes so be sure your tripod is securely placed to avoid any camera movement between shots.
Like Reed Lookout, Boroka Lookout is a great, easy-access location. While a wide-angle lens may be the go-to for sweeping vistas, consider a telephoto to capture a unique perspective by focusing on a particular summit or rock formation. And because it’s easy-access, look to experience the scene as the light changes throughout the day. This image was taken in the mid-afternoon about two hours before sunset.
The Pinnacle Walk takes you over striking rock formations and down through narrow canyons, presenting you with grand easterly views overlooking Halls Gap and beyond. While the sunrise view from the main lookout is great, it’s the rock formations just before the Pinnacle Lookout that continue to catch my eye as a photographer. It’s a cracking plateau to explore for astrophotography under the stars. Arrive early to scope around the rocks and consider how a wide-angle lens could help to frame the scene and emphasise the formations.