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Govetts Leap lookout

Important information

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

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Updated: 22/11/2014 02:46 PM

“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.
Lower Blue Mountains closures
Some areas of this park are closed due to dangerous fire weather conditions. Areas included are:

  • Murphys Glen
  • The Oaks trail beyond the helipad turnoff affecting:
    • The Oaks Picnic Area
    • Red Hands Cave Trail and picnic area (Red Hands Cave Walking Track remains open at the Causeway)
    • Pisgah Rock Track
    • Jack Evans Track
    • Machins Crater
    • Nepean Lookout
Woodford Oaks Trail remains open for cyclists/walkers unless otherwise advised. This closure will remain until at least 8am Monday 24th November and may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: Jack Evans walking track, Murphys Glen campground, Glenbrook - Nepean lookout, Red Hands Cave
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
Three Sisters walking track closure - Three Sisters - Honeymoon Bridge
Three Sisters track will be closed from Echo Point to the start of the Giant Stairway for major upgrade works to improve facilities for visitors. Works will commence from Monday 24 November 2014 and will be ongoing for the next 6 months. Access to the Giant Stairway, and Prince Henry Cliff walk to Leura is open. For more information, please contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
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.
Warrimoo area
Some areas of this park are closed due to a bushfire in the Warrimoo area. The Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass walking tracks are currently closed. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

upcoming fire bans

Fire ban (Sunday 23 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 Sunday 23 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