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Govetts Leap lookout

Important information

Alerts for Blue Mountains National Park: closed areas, fire bans

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Updated: 01/11/2014 12:01 AM

“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.

Highlights
 

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:

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

Important info

Facilities:

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

You should know:

Wheelchair access:

Medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

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- Alerts

Blue Mountains National Park

closed areas

Claustral Canyon access change
Access to Claustral canyon via the previous route across private land at Mount Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mount Tomah residents and avoid using private land. Alternative access from the west side of Mount Bell has been identified. For more information, please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877; open seven days 9am to 4.30pm or visit the NSW national parks safety page.
Mount Banks walking and cycling track
Some areas of this park are closed due to fire damage unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. For more information, please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877; open seven days 9am to 4.30pm or visit the NSW national parks safety page.
Locations affected: Mount Banks Summit walk, Mount Banks Road cycle route
Waratah Native Gardens
Some areas of this park are closed due to a major landslip event occurring across Gorge walking track. Closed areas include The Waratah Native Gardens precinct of Blue Mountains National Park.
A full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The precinct will be closed at the Valley Ridges Road Berambing entry gate (west of Bilpin). This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. For more information, please contact NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Saturday 1 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Saturday 1 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire
 

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