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Govetts Leap lookout

“Govetts Leap was my first introduction to the Blue Mountains and I was blown away by such beauty in Sydney’s backyard. I’ve been coming back ever since.”

Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. The ‘ozone-laden’ air of the Blue Mountains was promoted as a health tonic since the early 1800s, and when you get there, you’ll realise why.

If you’re not mesmerised by the dancing waves of water spray, you’ll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness. Early bushwalkers saved this rare patch of majestic mountain blue gums for future generations. Keep your eyes peeled for the vibrant king parrot and listen for the ‘weela weela’ cry of the yellow tailed black cockatoo.

If you’re inspired to explore the park further, try one of the nearby walks or head to Blue Mountains Heritage Centre.


Getting there

Getting there:

Govetts Leap lookout is in the northern precinct of Blue Mountains National Park.

To get there:

  • Turn right off Great Western Highway, at Blackheath traffic lights, into Govetts Leap Road.
  • Drive for 2.5km. After passing through the park entrance, follow the signs to Govetts Leap lookout.

Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at Govetts Leap lookout, including several designated spots.

Important info


  • Carpark
  • Drinking water
  • Lookout
  • Picnic tables
  • Non-flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point

You should know:

Wheelchair access:


Assistance may be required to access this area

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Govetts Leap Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton