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Govetts Leap descent

Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

A challenging walk from Govetts Leap lookout, Govetts Leap descent will delight hikers who enjoy a harder walking track, with scenic waterfall views across Grose Valley in Blue Mountains National Park.

Where
Blue Mountains National Park
Distance
1.8km return
Time suggested
1 - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note

  • There are no creeks or rivers within Blue Mountains National Park where clean drinking water can be guaranteed.
  • Please be aware the track continues on beyond the waterfalls, and there are other walks you can choose. All tracks in this area are steep and a map is essential.
  • The Think Before You Trek initiative operates in this park, so please check out the website when planning your hike.

From its outset at Govetts Leap lookout, this hard track is bound to impress and delight adventurous walkers. Rest assured that ‘leap’ is not a suggestion but a Scottish word for waterfall; and that’s what you’ll see, from every angle on Govetts Leap descent into the wilderness of Grose Valley in Blue Mountains National Park.

You’ll be refreshed on the steep walk down by nature’s own spritzer. Crystal clear droplets will fall from the moist moss clinging to the cliff walls above. These cliffs are covered by spectacular hanging swamps, and the ecologically endangered isopogon fletchers, known as drumsticks, are what make this walk so unique.

Stop to rest those knees as you gaze across the spectacular valley views, taking in the clear mountain air. And remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.

When you make it to the bottom, enjoy leisurely picnic at the base of the falls. Once you're well rested, take the heart pumping track back up towards Blue Mountains Heritage Centre for a browse of the souvenirs, maps, and guidebooks available.

Take a virtual tour of Govetts Leap descent 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.
  • More
    • 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
    More
    • Richmond
      (02) 4588 2400
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4588 5335
    More
    • Oberon
      (02) 6336 1972
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW
    More
See more visitor info
Govetts Leap descent, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton