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Blackheath area

Blue Mountains National Park

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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 Area World Heritage Property. 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

Wide view of swamp  and the start of the drop into Butterbox Canyon. with Grose River Valley in the background, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo © Dr Ian Baird


Butterbox Canyon

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View across forest-clad canyons topped by steep cliff bands along Lockleys Pylon walking track in Blue Mountains National Park. Photo © Aine Gliddon


Fortress Canyon

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Creek waters and lush vegetation along Grand Canyon track in Blue Mountains National Park. Photo credit: John Spencer © DPIE


Grand Canyon

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View of sky, canyon flanks and river from Grand Canyon walking track in Blue Mountains National Park near Blackheath.  Photo: Christina Bullivant © DPIE


Jugglers Canyon

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Think Before You TREK

Are you planning a bushwalk, going somewhere remote or where the weather is extreme? Stay safe by planning your trip for all conditions and telling someone about it.

Bushwalkers in Wollemi National Park. Photo: Daniel Tran/DPIE


See fire-recovery timelapse in this park

NSW National Parks placed a timelapse camera in this park to learn more about bush recovery after the devastating 2019-2020 fires. Learn more.

Fire-affected bush showing regrowth, near Blackheath in Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: DPE