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Perrys lookdown to Blue Gum Forest walking track

Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Fire affected area

Some areas of this park were affected by fire in 2019/2020. You’ll notice some changes to the landscape, as well as signs of recovery. Some areas may remain closed for longer to allow habitat to recover or because we’re repairing park infrastructure. Stay safe with these after-fire tips for visitors.

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.

Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park
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.

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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.

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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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