8 hrs 30 mins
(0km) Blackheath Station → Int. Braeside Service Trail and Braeside Picnic Area
Turn right: From the pedestrian crossing, this walk heads towards Gardners Inn, keeping the road to the right. The walk continues along the footpath, turning left opposite the Ivanhoe Hotel, onto Govetts Leap Rd. The walk continues down Govetts Leap Rd to the intersection with Prince Edward St.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads west along Govetts Leap Rd for a block, to the intersection with Boreas St. This walk turns right, down Boreas St to the intersection with Braeside St.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the green signpost to ‘Braeside Walk’ along the houses on the right-hand of Braeside Street. This walk turns right at the ‘Braeside Walk’ sign. The walk continues for approximately 70m to the intersection with another service trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the management track, to the signposted intersection after a parking area on the left.
(2.86km) Int. Braeside Service Trail and Braeside Picnic Area → Neates Glen car park
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the road, passing a house on the left. The walk continues along James Rd to then turn left onto Evans Lookout Rd. The road tends right, to then pass Victoria Rd on the right. Shortly after Victoria Rd, this walk comes to the Bush Rock Cafe (now closed) on the left.
Continue straight: From the Bush Rock Cafe(now closed), this walk heads along the road leaving the cafe behind on the left. The track continues down the road for a short time, passing Somerset Ave on the left, to then come to Neates Glen car park on the right.
(4.77km) Neates Glen car park → Neates Glen car park sign
(5.41km) Neates Glen car park sign → Rotunda
(5.96km) Rotunda → Int. Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass Tracks
Continue straight: From the waterfall, this walk continues to contour around the canyon wall, keeping it on the right of the track. The track does so for quite some time before winding down deeper into the canyon after rounding a hill. The track winds down to a signposted intersection. From here, the track crosses the creek a few times before turning left at a rock overhang then crossing the creek again. The track quickly winds through the creek before passing over a bridge and continuing down the canyon. After approximately 200m, the track winds past a pool in the creek to then come to a signposted rock in a creek.
(7.54km) Int. Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass Tracks → Beauchamp Falls
(7.91km) Beauchamp Falls → Govetts and Greaves Flats
Continue straight: From the creek bank, this walk crosses to the other side of the creek. The track then turns left, heading downstream, following blue signposts and white arrows down the valley. The track soon passes a boulder with a large plank underneath it, set up as a seat, before passing a large mossy boulder. Approximately 300m on, the track passes another large mossy boulder with a white arrow at the bottom of the stairs. The track then continues down the hill, crossing the creek to a small clearing next to the creek, in which the track turns right and undulates across the hillside. The track drops into a few creek beds before climbing down a few stairs to an intersection at a campsite on the right.
(9.69km) Govetts and Greaves Flats → Junction Rock
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads downstream following the sign to ‘Junction Rock’. The track soon passes a small clearing before climbing higher on the creek bank. After some time undulating, the track comes back onto the creek flats and continues to a section of cliffs on the left. The cliffs are passed by the track across the rockshelf next to a pool in the creek. The track soon turns left to Junction Rock, in the middle of the creek after the rock shelf.
(11.21km) Junction Rock → Bottom of Govetts Leap falls
1 hr 15 mins
Govetts Leap (falls)
(13.57km) Bottom of Govetts Leap falls → Govetts Leap Lookout
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to ‘Govetts Leap carpark’ up the stairs. The walk zigzags up the hill before tending left to the signposted intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads across the grassed area towards a platform structure. The walk climbs some stairs onto Govetts Leap Lookout, with its great views and sandstone monuments.
Govetts Leap Lookout
(14.17km) Govetts Leap Lookout → Horseshoe Falls Lookout
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads down some stairs, keeping the valley to the right. The walk turns right over a bridge, continuing around the hillside to drop down onto a viewing area and intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads down steep stairs, keeping the valley to the right. The track then winds along the cliff top until coming to an intersection, near Horseshoe Falls Lookout.
Horseshoe Falls Lookout
(14.51km) Horseshoe Falls Lookout → Int. Popes Glen Trk and Pulpit Rock Trk
(14.64km) Int. Popes Glen Trk and Pulpit Rock Trk → Int. Popes Glen Trk and Boyd Bch Trk
(14.95km) Int. Popes Glen Trk and Boyd Bch Trk → Boyd Beach
(14.95km) Int. Popes Glen Trk and Boyd Bch Trk → Blackheath Station
1 hr 15 mins
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, keeping the creek below on the right. The walk soon crosses the creek at a bridge, continuing along the other side to a small waterfall (on the left). The track then continues up the hill for for a short time, passing an intersection (with access tracks to Clarence Rd). The track continues to head up the hill for approximately 300m to the intersection with Dell St.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads down Dell St, keeping the bush to the left of the road and houses to the right. The walk soon passes Cleopatra St on the right and continues along Dell St to the intersection with Gipps Lane, on the right (where Dell St changes name to Wills St).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads along Gipps Lane, passing a large wooden house to the right of the road. The road tends left onto Robertson Lane which then becomes Wills St. The walk follows Wills Street for sometime to turn left onto Inconstant St and then right onto Gardiner Cres. Gardiner Cres is followed to the Great Western Highway, where there is a petrol station on the left. From here, this walk turns left to follow the Great Western Highway, keeping the petrol station on the left, as the walk heads towards the Gardners Inn pub. This walk continues to the pedestrian crossing, opposite Blackheath Station steps.
Turn right: From the pedestrian crossing, this walk crosses the Great Western Highway to turn right up the covered station steps. The walk follows the railway bridge to the top of the station staircase.
Maps for the Blackheath Station to Junction Rock Loop (via Grand Canyon and Popes Glen) walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Katoomba||1:25 000 Map Series||89301S KATOOMBA||NSW-89301S|
|Mount Wilson||1:25 000 Map Series||89301N MOUNT WILSON||NSW-89301N|
|Katoomba||1:100 000 Map Series||8930 KATOOMBA||8930|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||8 hrs 30 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
8km of this walk has short steep hills and another 6km is very steep. Whilst another 2.8km is flat with no steps and the remaining 2.1km has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 5km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 3.2km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 6km has minimal directional signs. The remaining (4.1km) is clearly signposted.
Around 9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 17km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 850m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 6km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (5km) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
Starting with spectacular views of Govetts Leap from Govetts Leap Lookout, this walk sweeps down to the base of the falls. The walk down is showered by drips from the moist moss hanging off the cliffs above. A spectacular track with equally awesome views across the Grose Valley, the walk is steep and gives a great sense of the height of surrounding cliffs. (‘leap’ is a Scots dialect word for cataract or waterfall)
Total climbing: 366m
1.2 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
The walk from Evans Lookout to Beauchamp Falls is magical journey, passing through the bottom part of the Grand Canyon. The views from Evans lookout are stunning, with the lush canyon environment providing a very different environment to enjoy. The walk then continues down the creek to Beauchamp Falls. If you don’t have the time to do the whole of the Grand Canyon walk this is a great compromise.
Total climbing: 350m
3.1 km Return
This walk takes you from Govetts Leap lookout, around the cliff tops, to Pulpit Rock lookout. The walk passes many lookouts, each giving their own unique perspective of the Grose Valley’s dramatic cliff line and waterfalls. The walk down to the lower platform of Pulpit Rock is via a set of steep stairs, the view varies at each of the three levels.
Total climbing: 506m
3.8 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This section of the Cliff Top Track takes in the beautiful scenery east of Blackheath. The track leaves Pulpit Rock car park and drops into many lookouts with views over waterfalls and the Grose Valley. The track heads out to the secluded creek bank of Boyd Beach, and then continues, back along the track, and climbs to the magnificent views from Govetts Leap Lookout.
Total climbing: 445m
4.2 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This classic walk was first established in 1907, taking walkers along the path of a canyon. In places, the track follows a path cut halfway up the cliff, keeping you out of the most dangerous section of the canyon. The creek does flood after heavy rain, so check with the National Parks office before heading into this walk. The cool temperatures in the canyon make this walk particularly special on warmer days.
Total climbing: 425m
5.4 km Circuit
3 hrs 30 mins
This walk could also be known as the long way round to Beauchamp Falls. The Horse Track is poorly defined towards the bottom the walk and may challenge your navigation. This walk explores Govetts and Greaves Creeks and the Beauchamp Falls. The western section of track is part of the Grand Canyon walk.
Total climbing: 695m
6.4 km Circuit
Very experienced only
The Cliff Top Track is one of the longer walks near Blackheath, and has constant views. The track follows the rim of the Grose Valley, with a side trip to Boyds Beach, and passes numerous lookouts with views of the Grose Valley and it’s waterfalls. This walk is an excellent one way trip from Pulpit Rock to Evan’s Lookout car park.
Total climbing: 619m
6.6 km One way
4 hrs 15 mins
This walk is an excellent way to see some of Blackheath’s best views, without the big climbs in and out of the Grose Valley. The round trip from the station shows off Bridal Falls, and other cascades along the cliffs. A large part of this walk is near the cliff edge, with stunning views spanning out across the Grose Valley.
Total climbing: 375m
8.7 km Circuit
3 hrs 30 mins
This walk, from Blackheath Train Station, is a fantastic way to see some of the iconic areas of the Blue Mountains in the Blackheath area. The walk heads through Pope’s Glen to Govetts Leap via a wonderful stroll along the creek, before breaking out to the views of the Grose Valley. The stunning views over the valley, waterfalls and bush make this a great walk with public transport access.
Total climbing: 380m
8.7 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins
The Grand Canyon, Cliff Top and Braeside tracks are an excellent way to see the great diversity of the Blue Mountains National Park in the Blackheath area, from the Neates Glen rain forest, through the void of the Grand Canyon, to the separation of plateau and valley by the Cliff Top walk. The walk then finishes with a creek-side stroll along the Braeside Track. It truly is a wonderful walk.
Total climbing: 603m
9.3 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins
The walk from Evans Lookout takes a very scenic route down into the valley before returning along the scenic Cliff Top walk. The track takes in a wide variety of vegetation as it changes altitude. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the colourful fungi along the track, and the ferns attached to the cliff wall. If it is a hot day there is opportunity to cool off with water near junctions rock.
Total climbing: 955m
10.7 km Circuit
6 hrs 30 mins
The walk descends from Perry’s Lookdown into the famous Blue Gum Forest. The overnight stay in the nearby Acacia Flats allows time for some exploring in the Grose River and the surrounding areas. After some steady climbing, the walk passes the base of the magnificent Bridal Falls and climbs steeply to Govetts Leap Lookout. This walk tests out the knees and fitness and is great way to access the valley.
Total climbing: 1128m
12.8 km One way
This large circuit walk, from Popes Glen to Pulpit Rock, Govetts leap and along the Braeside Track, passes some of the most magnificent scenery in this part of the Blue Mountains National Park. From little, hidden places, like Boyds Beach, to the stunning Bridle Veil Falls and Govetts Leap Lookout, this track covers many of the areas highlights.
Total climbing: 1068m
13.6 km Circuit
This walk is a fantastic way to see many of the highlights of this part of the Blue Mountains National Park. The only major descent and climb on the walk is on the section through the Grand Canyon, which is an experience in itself, especially if you’ve never been in a canyon before. The track then continues along the cliff tops with excellent views over the Grose Valley and surrounding cliffs. The vegetation change along these sections is interesting, with areas of drier and wetter foliage dispersed along the track.
Total climbing: 913m
15.6 km Circuit
7 hrs 30 mins
This walk starts in the low heath and cliff views of Lockley Pylon. The pylon, and other notable features, can be seen along the track, while the descent down to the Blue Gum Forest provides plenty of photographic opportunities. After camping overnight at Acacia Flats, the walk heads out via Govetts Leap and Pope’s Glen, visiting many little cascades and the awesome Bridal Falls. A great overnight walk.
Total climbing: 1295m
16.5 km One way
This walk explores a section of the Grose River and the flats around the superb Blue Gum Forest. The track then climbs up to Govetts Leap Lookout and along Pope’s Glen to Blackheath. The hard yakka will be rewarded by some superb views of blue gums, the gorge, waterfalls and cliffs. This walk is one where you’ll want to have a friend with a car (they can enjoy some shorter walks or the great cafes in the area) or hail a taxi.
Total climbing: 1225m
17.6 km One way
This is a fantastic overnight walk with a sleep in Acacia Flats camping area. The Grose Valley, with its views of the Grose River and surrounding cliffs, gives a dramatic backdrop during most of this walk. The climbs up and down the valley give an appreciation of the scale of it all. Public transport options are available at the end of the walk, but you will need a lift to the start.
Total climbing: 1561m
22.2 km One way
This walk explores a fantastic section of the Grose Valley. Starting above Victoria Falls, the walk explores the cascades before dropping into the valley for the first nights rest at Burra Korain campsite. The walk then heads down through the valley to the Blue Gum Forest before camping at Acacia Flats for the night. On the last day the walk heads up Govetts Creek, past Bridal Falls and Govetts Leap, then follows Pope’s Glen to the station. The distance each day allows time to stop, explore and enjoy the fantastic scenery.
Total climbing: 1580m
22.5 km One way
This walk is great for fit people getting into overnight walking, with its fantastic scenery and nostalgia as a classic overnighter. The change from being on the plateau, to in the valley is a dramatic one as the track passes through the bush, canyon and rainforest. Staying the night near Blue Gum Forest in Acacia Flats also adds to the experience. With the public transport options, access to this walk is made easier.
Total climbing: 1335m
24.1 km Circuit
Other Nearby walks
Collier’s Causeway is a fantastic walk with many views of the Kanimbla Valley and varied scenery. The track mostly travels under the imposing cliffs between Centennial Glen and Porters Pass, with waterfalls, ferny glens and heath flowers along the way. The track is a great one-way trip from Bundarra St to Burton Ave with access to many climbing areas along the way.
Total climbing: 380m
3.1 km One way
The track to Fort Rock is a short walk and gives a taste of what lies beneath the cliff line. The walk is a return journey from the end of Bundarra St, directly to Fort Rock. From the top of the rock you can see into the Kanimbla Valley, and, by taking the side trip out to the cliff line west of Fort Rock, you get even better views over the valley and the cliffs around Porters Pass.
Total climbing: 117m
1.6 km Return
This extended version of the Walls Ledge Track begins at Bundarra St and continues down past a side trip to Fort Rock. The track sports a small waterfall and some cliff-base walking. It also rises above to follow the same cliffs back to Centennial Rd car park. The track takes in awesome scenes of the sheer cliffs to the west of Blackheath.
Total climbing: 128m
2.3 km One way
1 hr 15 mins
1.4 km Circuit
This circuit walk covers many of the tracks just to the west of Blackheath. The walk follows the cliff lines, both above and below, with amazing views of the Kanimbla Valley, rock features and waterfalls. The walk takes in a cross section of plants, with defined changes through the cliff passes.
Total climbing: 473m
5.4 km Circuit
3 hrs 30 mins
The Fairfax Track is an easy circuit walk that wanders through the forests behind the cliffs of the Grose Valley. The track passes George Phillips lookout, with its magnificent views over the Grose Valley. There are also similar views from the more popular Govetts Leap Lookout. The track has many bench seats for walkers to stop and enjoy the surrounding bush.
Total climbing: 65m
2.4 km Circuit
The Fairfax Heritage Track is an easy stroll, and wheelchair accessible walk, through the a lovely open forest. The walk leads from the NPWS visitor information centre downhill to the stunning views from George Phillips and Govetts Leap lookouts. There are bench seats to rest on and wonderful sheltered picnic areas at the lookouts. Parking and toilets at the start and end.
Total climbing: 17m
1.9 km One way
The Braeside Walk is an excellent connecting trail to the Cliff Top walk, between Evans and Govetts Lookouts. The track has its own quiet picnic area, which could make a nice spot for lunch along this creekside walk. The track builds up to its climax at Barrows Lookout, overlooking the Grose Valley and Bridal Veil Falls, before returning along the same track.
Total climbing: 72m
2.5 km Return
The Cliff Top Track is a breath-taking walk around the edge of the Grose Valley, between Govetts Leap and Evans lookouts. The many lookouts along this track show off the stunning Grose Valley. The track also showcases Govetts Leap from close up, at Barrows Lookout, and further away, from Govetts Leap Lookout.
Total climbing: 224m
3.2 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
This walks starts from the spectacular Govetts Leap Lookout and wanders along the cliff tops, before dropping through a creek, to reach the much smaller Barrow lookout, with equally spectacular views. Barrow lookout provides the bonus of clear views of Bridal Veil falls (Govetts Leap brook). You can also see the face of the cliffs below the Leap from this lookout.
Total climbing: 106m
1.4 km Return
This walk to Baltzer Lookout rewards you with excellent scenery and a view over the stunning Hanging Rock (aka the Finger). The track is mainly management trail, and would be great on a mountain bike (to the end of the management trail). The large cliff edges are unfenced and quite exposed, so do take care. Although short and relatively unchanging in scenery, the walk to Baltzer Lookout is well worth it.
Total climbing: 266m
7.6 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
This walk takes in the fabulous views across the Grose Valley. It covers the combination of the upper lookout, providing the easiest access, the middle lookout, and the lower lookout, which involves many more stairs. The upper lookout gives the best views across the valley, while the middle lookout gives similar scenic views. The lower lookout, however, has great views of the cliffs around the Grose Valley from a unique perspective.
Total climbing: 145m
816 m Return
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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