Stanthorpe’s Mt Marlay lookout’s $3.2 million upgrade was completed on Monday, 29 May.

The Mt Marlay Scenic Lookout Upgrade saw nearby roads re-sealed, the car park revamped with line markings, landscaping included around the amenities, and the addition of new signage, fencing, picnic shelters, and bench seats.

Already a major draw for tourists visiting the Southern Downs, these changes will help both visitors and locals better enjoy the picturesque lookout point.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracie Dobie said that she welcomed the completion of the major project and the improvements made on the site.

“Mt Marlay is a popular stop for tourists travelling through the region, as it gives visitors a fabulous way to appreciate the layout of Stanthorpe and surrounds, and it’s equally popular with locals as a regular walking spot,” said Dobie.

“Although the upgrade works have only just been completed, I have it on good authority that locals and visitors have already been enjoying the new facilities, picnicking under-cover, and sitting back on the new bench seats taking in the extensive views.”

“Another great addition to the lookout are the telescope viewers. Council staff were able to negotiate a two-for-one deal on these viewers which is terrific. And even better, they are non-coin operated, so visitors and locals can enjoy the wonderful vista at no charge,” she said.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey added that the program’s aim has been to spruce up scenic lookouts throughout the state.

“We established the Scenic Lookout Upgrade Program to help local councils revitalize existing lookouts across Queensland,” said Bailey.

“This program is about encouraging tourists to stop and take in our spectacular scenery in regional areas.”

These upgrades to Mt Marlay, alongside the locals cafes, restaurants, and accommodation on offer, are shaping Stanthorpe as the burgeoning gateway connecting attractions from both north and south of the district.

Read about the new Stanthorpe walking track here.