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Pulpit walking track

Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

The breathtaking Pulpit walking track, from Govetts Leap lookout, offers scenic valley views, lookouts, birdwatching, and wildflowers in Blue Mountains National Park near Blackheath.

Where
Blue Mountains National Park
Distance
7km return
Time suggested
2 - 3hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • It's a good idea to fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB when planning your hike. Bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS

Pulpit Rock is an isolated pinnacle standing away from the cliff-face on a massive blade of rock. You can walk to it from Govetts Leap, enjoying heathlands, swamps, waterfalls, and an ever-changing view of the Grose Valley.

The track begins to the left of Govetts Leap lookout - go down the steps into the shelter of a small creek, where black wattles grow in thick stands. From here, cross the bridge and follow the track to the cliff edge. You'll pass several small lookouts on route giving you the chance to admire a breathtaking 280-degree panorama of the Grose Valley and distant mountains. Cross Popes Glen Creek before following the steps up to a lookout above Horseshoe Falls.

The track then continues along the cliffline, around hanging swamps and open heathland - look out for wildflowers in November. Eucalypt forests then become a feature of the landscape as you near Pulpit Rock lookout. Retrace your steps back to Govetts Leap or leave a vehicle at Pulpit Rock lookout, accessed via Hat Hill Road.

Take a virtual tour of Pulpit 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
See more visitor info
Pulpit walking track hero, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/NSW Government