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Blackheath lookouts driving route

Blue Mountains National Park


This driving tour of Blackheath lookouts, including Govetts Leap and Perrys Lookdown, highlights some of the best scenic views and waterfalls in Blue Mountains National Park.

Blue Mountains National Park
30km one-way
Time suggested
What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • It's a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS. For more ideas on driving trips, visit Greater Blue Mountains Drive
  • Check the weather before you set out and ensure you're well prepared. Weather can be unpredictable and extreme in this area and the drive can become boggy when it rains.
  • There is limited mobile phone reception in some areas of this park

For some of the most awe-inspiring mountain, valley and waterfall views in the state, you can’t miss this driving route, taking in an amazing cluster of Blackheath lookouts. A brilliant introduction to the spectacular western region of Blue Mountains National Park, it’s a hassle-free driving tour for keen photography buffs and visitors of all ages.

From Anvil Rock lookout and Wind Eroded Cave, you can gaze across to Grose Gorge and Mount Banks, while Perrys lookdown offers impressive views of Bank's Walls and Mount Hay. At accessible Govetts Leap, admire the tallest single drop waterfall in the park, while Evans lookout and Pulpit Rock lookout offer big valley views.

On the western side of Blackheath, Hargraves and Mount Blackheath lookouts (both managed by Blue Mountains City Council) offer extensive views from Shipley Plateau. You might even see hang gliders gracefully surfing the skies on the westerlies.

Choose your spot to unpack the picnic hamper and enjoy a relaxing lunch with million dollar views from any one of the vantage points. For more information, drop into Blue Mountains Heritage Centre.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

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
    • Richmond
      (02) 4588 2400
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4588 5335
    • Oberon
      (02) 6336 1972
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW
See more visitor info
Mount Blackheath Hanggliding Launch Pad, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton