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Perrys lookdown to Blue Gum Forest walking track

Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park

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

4km return
Time suggested
3 - 4hrs
Grade 4
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What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, topographic map, personal locator beacon, gps, compass

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 from Perrys lookdown, you’ll pass a large swamp before making your way down the steep cliff line. You might even be lucky enough to catch sight of 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

Also see

  • Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Craig Marshall © OEH and photographer

    Perrys lookdown

    Perrys lookdown offers scenic views over Grose Valley, Blue Gum Forest and Mount Banks, on the western edge of Blue Mountains National Park.

  • Blue Gum Forest, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Craig Marshall/NSW Government

    Blue Gum Forest

    Blue Gum Forest is a fine, historic example of closed forest, situated in Grose Valley in Blue Mountains National Park. Get to it by walking track from Perrys lookdown or Pierces Pass.

  • Acacia Flat campground, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: A Gliddon/NSW Government

    Acacia Flat campground

    Nestled deep in the Grose Valley Wilderness, Acacia Flat campground offers remote camping in the Blue Mountains. Set against impressive blue gum forest, it's a great base for birdwatching and overnight walks near Blackheath.


Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J 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

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