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Perrys lookdown to Blue Gum Forest walking track

Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

For scenic views of the famous Blue Gum Forest, try this challenging walk through World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park through the famous Grose Valley.

Where
Blue Mountains National Park
Distance
5km
Time suggested
4hrs
Grade
Hard
Price
Free
Please note

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and take plenty of water.
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • The Think Before You Trek initiative operates in this park. Please check out the website when planning your hike.

Taking in the air at the Blue Mountains is almost a national pastime, and your best chance to do that is on this challenging and rewarding walk. From Perrys lookdown, take a moment to gaze across the beautiful valley.

Descending the steep track of the Perrys lookdown to Blue Gum Forest walking track, you’ll pass a large swamp before making your way down the steep cliff line. With one eye on the ladder and one on the sky, watch for the red headed gang gang and yellow tailed black cockatoo; this is a great walk for birdwatching.

Follow the track to the edge of the spectacular Blue Gum Forest where tall gums rise out of the fertile ground. Lean against the trunk of a deanes blue gum for a bite to eat and listen for the tinkling call of the bell miner. From here return up the cliffs or pitch your tent at the nearby Acacia Flat campground.

Take a virtual tour of Perrys lookdown to Blue Gum Forest walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Google Trekker, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Conservation program:

Bush Trackers

Bush Trackers was created to encourage children to engage with the environment in and around the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area. This program highlights the natural and cultural splendour of the greater Blue Mountains through education initiatives and bushwalks.

Charles Darwin walk, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton

Park info

  • in Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and Country NSW regions
  • Blue Mountains National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. Some parts of the park close overnight; details are provided for specific attractions.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies only at attractions in the Glenbrook area.

    Buy an annual pass.
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    • Blue Mountains (Glenbrook)
      (02) 4720 6200 (Infoline)
      Contact hours: Entry station is open weekends, public holidays and school holidays only.
    • Blue Mountains National Park, Bruce Road, Glenbrook NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4739 6665
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    • Richmond
      (02) 4588 2400
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4588 5335
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    • Oberon
      (02) 6336 1972
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW
    More
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Hanging rock, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: David Finnegan