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Blackheath area

Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

Blackheath area spoils you with amazing walks, mountain biking and cliff top views in Blue Mountains National Park. Visit Govetts Leap, conquer the Grand Canyon and explore the Grose Wilderness.

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Blackheath’s natural beauty and activities attract adventurers, families, overseas visitors and Sydneysiders. Govetts Leap and Evans lookout are top of the to do list, boasting some of the best-known views in the park. Gaze across the Grose Valley with its red sandstone cliffs and deep gorges. At 180m Govetts Leap (Bridal Veil) Falls is the tallest single drop waterfall in the Blue Mountains.

Enjoy a picnic with a view or get back to nature along Cliff Top walking track. Pulpit Rock lookout will make you feel like you’re on top of the world. The challenging Govetts Leap descent takes you deep into the valley, past hanging swamps and waterfalls. Adventure seekers can get their thrills cycling Burramoko Ridge or explore a canyon without all the gear on Grand Canyon walk.

Blue Mountains Heritage Centre is a perfect introduction to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Drop in for maps and information, use the free wi-fi and check out the virtual reality canyoning tour. Nearby, the wheelchair accessible Fairfax Heritage track is a great place to spot waratahs and flowering grass trees in spring.

After a day sightseeing, pitch your tent at Perrys Lookdown campground then watch as the cliffs glow pink under the setting sun. The towering eucalypts rising from the valley floor form the historic Blue Gum Forest—the birthplace of the conservation movement in NSW. Intrepid hikers can reach this wilderness from Perrys Lookdown or Pierces Pass. It’s best combined with a night under the stars at the remote Acacia Flat campground.

Highlights in this area

Blue tongue lizard. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

Experience

Blue Mountains reptile day

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A ranger and teenagers at a NPWS activity, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Tanja Bruckner/OEH

Experience

Campfire circle for teens

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An Aboriginal Discovery ranger paints a snake in ochre on a boy's arm. Photo: Paul Watkins/OEH

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Cultural art day for teens

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Blue Mountains trip intention form

Are you planning a long hike, off-track or overnight adventure, or visiting a remote part of the Greater Blue Mountains wilderness? We recommend you fill in a trip intention form and carry a personal locator beacon (PLB) for your safety. Find out more about the trip intention form.

Mt Hay, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold

 

Download our app

The free NSW National Parks app lets you download maps and explore parks, things to do and places to stay—all without mobile reception.

Hand holding a phone with NSW National Parks app on screen. Photo: OEH
Govetts Leap waterfall, Blackheath, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/OEH