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Blackheath area

Blue Mountains National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Blackheath area.

Getting there and parking

To get to the Blackheath area of Blue Mountains National Park:

From Sydney:

  • Head west on the Western Motorway (M4) and Great Western Highway.
  • Blackheath is around 12.5km beyond Katoomba. Turn right onto Govetts Leap Road and follow to the end to reach Blue Mountains Heritage Centre.
  • You can also take Bells Line of Road from Richmond, then turn south on the Darling Causeway which connects with the Great Western Highway at Mount Victoria.

From Lithgow:

  • Head east on the Great Western Highway.
  • Blackheath is around 28km from Lithgow.
  • Mount Victoria is around 9km from Lithgow.

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By bike

Visit Transport for NSW for cycling and bike transport information.

By public transport

  • Regular trains run from Sydney Central Station to Blackheath and Mount Victoria. The trip takes about 2 hours. Visit Transport for NSW to plan your trip.
  • Daily buses run between Katoomba and Blackheath, including wheelchair-accessible services. Buses run Monday to Friday from Katoomba to Mount Victoria. Visit the Blue Mountains transit website for information.

Best times to visit

Blackheath area spoils you with its diverse attractions all year. Here are some highlights.


Autumn brings crisp mountain air and clear blue skies tempting you to get back to nature. Set out on a gentle stroll, heart-pumping hike, exhilarating mountain bike ride or trail run. The steep descents and challenging climbs to Grand Canyon or Blue Gum Forest will soon warm you up. Camp under the stars and fall asleep to the whispers of the wilderness. You’ll find it hard to believe Sydney is only 2hrs away.


Spring is prime time for wildflowers and birdwatching. Spot pink boronias, heath banksia and yellow conesticks that look like ice cream cones. In November the iconic waratah flowers along Fairfax Heritage track, while grass trees flower on the escarpment. Look out for king parrots and nectar-loving honeyeaters in the trees. This is also a great time to explore on 2 wheels. Ride along Mount Hay Road surrounded by flowering heathland. If you’re lucky you might even see a giant dragonfly as they emerge in late October.


Rediscover the great outdoors on a bushwalk or try something new like an introductory canyoning tour. After a summer rain shower the waterfalls are in full flow. Mossy hanging swamps drip crystal clear water, cooling you off along Govetts Leap descent. The fine weather is perfect for evening picnics and stunning sunsets from the lookouts. Need to keep the kids entertained? Check out the heritage centre’s tours and activities during school holidays.


You may catch a dusting of snow in the upper mountains at Blackheath and Mount Victoria. Winter-blooming sunshine wattle brings splashes of yellow alongside walking tracks. If you prefer to explore from the warmth of your car, Blackheath lookouts drive is an easy way to see the area’s world-class views. Detour to Wind Eroded Cave and Anvil Rock on your way to Perrys Lookdown, and don’t miss Pulpit Rock. Council-owned Hargreaves and Mount Blackheath lookouts offer sweeping views over the Megalong and Kanimbla Valleys.


Maps and downloads

Safety messages

All Blue Mountains National Park visitors planning a long hike, off-track or overnight adventure, or visiting a remote part of the park, are recommended to fill in the trip intention form and carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Find out more about hiring a PLB and completing a trip intention form on the dedicated iPads at Blue Mountains Heritage Centre (Blackheath), Katoomba Police Station, and Springwood Police Station.

You can hire a PLB between 9am - 4pm at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath or after hours from the Police Stations at Katoomba and Springwood.

  • Keep well back from cliff edges and waterfalls at all times, especially when taking photos. Read our waterfall safety tips.
  • Please stay on tracks and be aware of your surroundings and footing.

Adventure sports

Adventure sports like climbing, caving, canyoning and abseiling offer a thrilling opportunity to explore our unique environments. Before you head out, be aware of the risks and stay safe during adventure sports.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).


Walking and cycling groups in the Grose Wilderness are limited to 8 people.

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Campfires are permitted only in the fire pits provided. Bring your own firewood. Campfires and solid fuel burners may be prohibited during high fire season.


In designated campgrounds only.



Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Blackheath area


Visitor centre

Nearby towns

Lithgow (28 km)

Hassans Walls Lookout, near Lithgow, is the highest in the Blue Mountains. Admire Mt Wilson, Mt York, Mt Tarana and Mt Blaxland as well as the pretty Hartley Valley below. To the south are the Kanimbla and Megalong valley and Mt Bindo. While there, go for a walk or ride around the lookout.

Blackheath (2.5 km)

The magnificent Govetts Leap waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. The 'ozone-laden' air of the Blue Mountains was promoted as a health tonic since the early 1800s, and when you get there, you'll realise why.

Katoomba (12.5 km)

Katoomba is at the heart of most of the stunning natural attractions that make up the Blue Mountains National Park. You can admire deep valleys, sandstone plateaus, waterfalls and native animals from the many walking trails and lookouts near Katoomba.