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Fairfax Heritage walking track

Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

Family and wheelchair friendly, Fairfax Heritage walking track offers summer wildflowers, and scenic lookouts with waterfall views over Grose Valley, in Blue Mountains National Park.

Where
Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park
Accessibility
Easy
Distance
1.8km one-way
Time suggested
30 - 45min
Grade
Grade 1
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water

Fairfax Heritage walking track meanders from the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre to the dramatic cliffs and lookouts of Govetts Leap, at Blackheath. This easy walk is perfect for families or if you're short on time, and want to experience the Blue Mountains' diverse vegetation and spectacular views.

The wheelchair-accessible path winds over gentle slopes, skirting the edge of a unique hanging swamp. The path then opens up to forest of peppermint and scribbly gums, dotted with grass trees. In early summer, you may see the vibrant red flowers of waratahs, as well as many other colourful wildflowers.

Nearing the cliffs at George Phillips lookout and Govetts Leap lookout, you'll enjoy expansive views of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, including the Grose Valley, Govetts Gorge and Jungle Falls. There are picnic shelters at both lookouts.

Return the same way, or follow the unsealed 500m track alongside Govetts Leap Road to loop back to the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre. Drop in for information, maps, books and souvenirs of your Blue Mountains escape.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Things to do:

Blue Mountains Heritage Centre

Visit Blue Mountains Heritage Centre to get expert advice on walking tracks, Aboriginal heritage, plants and animals and activities. There are maps, books, art, gifts, wifi, coffee and a great virtual reality experience.

A visitor talks to staff at Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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
Waratah in bloom, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Simone Cottrell/OEH.