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Perry's Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest
Time: 4 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7 km NE of Blackheath
Length: 4.3 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 4.3 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 656 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 656 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Hard

The wonderful walk from Perrys Lookdown into the Blue Gum Forest follows a clear an steep track into one of the region's bushwalking and conservation icons. Allow plenty of time to explore the majestic Blue Gum Forest, looking up the tall trees and enjoying the birds flying through the area. The track is steep and the valley tempts visitors to stay and enjoy for a long time. If you want to stay overnight, Acacia Flats campsite is only 500m from the forest. To return to the car park, retrace your steps up the hill. (open in app)

There are closed areas in Blue Mountains National Park
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  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest

Map of Walk


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Perry's Lookdown car park and camping area
Perry's Lookdown
Int. Perry's and Dockers Lookout Tracks
Int. Perry's and Dockers Lookout Tracks
Memorial Lookout
Blue Gum Forest intersection
Starting point for this hiking track: Perry's Lookdown

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

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Photo Gallery

Top of Perrys Track
Top of Perrys Track +
Perrys Lookdown
Perrys Lookdown +
View from Perrys Lookdown
View from Perrys Lookdown +

Track bellow Perrys lookdown
Track bellow Perrys lookdown +
Railed track down to Dockers Lookout
Railed track down to Dockers Lookout +
Dockers Lookout
Dockers Lookout +

View from Memorial Plaque Lookout
View from Memorial Plaque Lookout +
Track down from lookouts
Track down from lookouts +
Rock steps on Perrys Track
Rock steps on Perrys Track +

Track to Perrys Lookdown
Track to Perrys Lookdown +
Helicopter below in Grose Valley
Helicopter below in Grose Valley +
Western edge of Blue Gum Forest
Western edge of Blue Gum Forest +

Track to Acacia Flats
Track to Acacia Flats +
No Camping in Blue Gum Forest
No Camping in Blue Gum Forest +
Blue Gum Forest
Blue Gum Forest +


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 4.3km
Time 4 hrs

Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Around 1.8km of this walk is very steep, whilst the remaining 350m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 1.8km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely, whilst the remaining 350m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Around 2.1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 75m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 2.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 2.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Around 1.8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged), whilst the remaining 350m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes

Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Perry's Lookdown car park and camping area
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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Perrys Lookdown campground Alt = 926 m
Perrys Lookdown offers a simple campsite, close to some spectacular lookouts and well located as starting point for longer walks exploring the Grose Valley. There are 5 tent sites and a non-flush toilet, but no water available. This area allows fuel stoves only (no camp fires). The camping area is a short walk from the car park. Limit to one night stay (sites cannot be reserved).

(0 km) Perry's Lookdown car park and camping area to Perry's Lookdown
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 77 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -16 m
From the car park, the walk follows the sign 'Perry's Lookdown Track' down the hill to a railed lookout.

Perry's Lookdown Alt = 907 m
Perry's Lookdown, Blue Mountains NP, has views over the Grose Valley, with Blue Gum Forest nearly directly below and Lockleys Pylon to the south. The lookout is presumably named after Captain William Perry, the Deputy Surveyor General who worked under the leadership of Sir Thomas Mitchell.

(0.08 km) Perry's Lookdown to Int. Perry's and Dockers Lookout Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 41 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -15 m
Continue straight: From the Perry's Lookdown, the walk follows the railed stairs down the hill for a short time until coming to a intersection signposted 'Perrys Track' and 'Dockers Lookout'.

(0.12 km) Int. Perry's and Dockers Lookout Tracks to Dockers Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 19 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -13 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk leads for a short distance down the railed path to the visible lookout area, Docker's Lookout.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Dockers Lookout Alt = 878 m
Dockers Lookout, Blue Mountains NP, has views over the Grose Valley and Blue Gum Forest below. Mt Banks can be seen standing proudly to the north above the valley.

(0.12 km) Int. Perry's and Dockers Lookout Tracks to Blue Gum Forest intersection
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.02 km Time = 1 hr 31 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -603 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Perry's Lookdown Track' sign down the hill. The track cuts across the hill to a bridge, where the track turns left and contours around the hill, before descending onto a lookout with memorial plaque and fire box.
Continue straight: From the lookout, the walk keeps the valley below on the left and heads down the steep stairs, through the gap in the cliffs. The stairs and handrail climb down through the cliffs, descending away from the main cliff before coming onto the top of a spur. The track tends right, over and down the spurline, and winds sharply down the spurline as it steeply descends for some time. The track heads down the spur, flattening out a few times before coming onto the relative flats of the Blue Gum Forest. The track heads down through the forest for a short time to a signposted intersection.

Blue Gum Forest Alt = 311 m
Blue Gum Forest, Blue Mountains NP, is a large stand of Eucalyptus deanei trees on the junction of the Grose River and Govetts Creek. The magnificent trees stand tall on the flats with low vegetation beneath. The trees of Blue Gum Forest represent the protection efforts of Myles Dunphy, who lead a group to raise the 130 pounds required to buy the Blue Gum Forest - quite a sum in 1931 during the depression - and save it from being cleared. The group were successful and the Blue Gum Forest is now protected within the Blue Mountains National Park. More info

(2.14 km) Blue Gum Forest intersection to Acacia Flats Camping Ground
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 606 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -4 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign 'Camping only at Acacia Flats', heading downstream. The track tends right, away from the Grose River and towards the hills on the right. The walk then heads downhill and across a small creek, after which it meanders for approximately 100m before arriving at Acacia Flats camping area.

Acacia Flats Camping Ground Alt = 312 m
Acacia Flats Camping Ground, Blue Mountains NP, is situated on the floor of the Grose Valley between Perrys Lookdown and Lockley Pylon. The camp ground is approximately 50m from Govetts Creek and approximately 500m upstream from Blue Gum Forest. Acacia Flats Camping Ground is appropriately named after the dense population of Acacias found in this area. Acacia Flats is a wonderful area to camp with tall shady Blue Gums and level grass clearings which make for a great place to pitch a tent. There is a pit toilet and sitting logs to make camping more comfortable, and plenty of room for large groups. Water is available from Govetts Creek (treat before drinking).

Drive from Perry's Lookdown car park and camping area
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Driving Directions
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Near by

Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge

Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 13 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 13.4 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 21.7 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 22.5 km
Richmond Camping Supplies 340 Windsor St , Richmond (02) 4578 3004 37.3 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest
Click to re-center search
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 21 km (to the WNW)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 26 km (to the ENE)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 30 km (to the ESE)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
32 km (to the WSW)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 32 km (to the WSW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
Please Note: Each 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Becoming windy. Partly cloudy.
Becoming windy. Partly cloudy.
5.9°C (feels like -2.7°)
37 km/h from the WSW (gusting 43)
79% humidity     (as at 17/05:04am)
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Blue Mountains National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park
Closure information last downloaded Wednesday 17th of September 2014 05:00 AM
Claustral Canyon access change
Access to Claustral Canyon via the previous route across private land at Mt Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mt Tomah residents and avoid using private land.
Alternative access from the west side of Mt Bell has been identified. For details please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre, phone 02 4787 8877; open seven days 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.
Fire affected areas remain closed
NPWS is conducting risk assessments of fire affected areas in an effort to re-open sites to the public as soon as possible. Until assessments and/or required work is completed, the following areas remain closed:
  • Mt Banks walking and cycling track
 Please continue to check the website for further updates, as re-openings will be posted on a regular basis.

Locations affected: Mount Banks Summit walk, Mount Banks Road cycle route
Katoomba/Leura Walking Track Closures for Safety Repairs Monday 15th September - Until further notice - Prince Henry Cliff walk
The following tracks will be closed from Monday, 15 September due to safety repairs:
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk - from below Cliff Drive to Round walking track junction
  • MacKillops lookout
Lookouts and the following walks will remain open:
  • Federal Pass from Cliff Drive
  • Amphitheatre Track
  • Round walking track
  • Leura Cascades
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk to Three Sisters
  • Copelands lookout
  • Fern Bower
  • Linda falls

The Waratah Native Gardens
The Waratah Native Gardens precinct of Blue Mountains National Park will be closed to the public until Spring 2014 due to major landslip event occurring across the Gorge Walking Track – a full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The precinct will be closed at the Valley Ridges Road Berambing entry gate (west of Bilpin).

Walker Feedback

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Phil Youdale - Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Fo IP:122.106.181.xxx | 2008-08-03 18:11:34
We did the walk yesterday - 02 August - the road to Perrys Lookdown is currently closed at a point 2.5 km from Perrys Lookdown due to road maintenance/road works. There is plenty of room to park your car at the gate. This is probably a bit of a turn off for many people - we only saw 4 other people the whole day
Trevor Fowler - Blue Gum Forest IP:125.255.41.xxx | 2009-04-14 13:32:39
Awesome walk - just did it for the 12th time and my 8 year old son for the 2nd time - its a sacred place! :D
admin - walking time updated Super Administrator | 2010-01-14 05:56:50
I have just updated the walking time here from 3 to 4 hours. the original time was a mistake I made, sorry if it caused anyone any problems (but looking at the feedback, I guess not). Remember the walking times do not consider rest time, or time to explore the area, so do allow extra time to explore.
Matt :)
frank IP:153.107.97.xxx | 2010-03-08 01:23:42
the walk is awesome..... i like trees
admin - comment delete Super Administrator | 2010-03-11 23:02:50
"jack loves Jill" comment was removed because it added no valuable information for walkers and used unhelpful language.
Christine - Camping at Acacia Flat IP:110.175.153.xxx | 2010-04-04 22:41:46
We stayed overnight at Acacia Flat, Easter 2010. Two things I wanted to mention. The mosquitos were ferocious-please take insect repellant on any walk. Also, we heard a large dog howling from up in the bush behind Acacia Flat-at sunset and again at midnight. Later through the night, we heard it much further down the valley. It was a little alarming but we saw no sight of the dog over the two days, whatever it was. We walked down Perrys Lookdown and up again the next day-the walk DOWN was harder for a first timer like me. The BlueGum Forest is a magnificent experience and I cant wait to go again.
Jess - The dog IP:110.174.54.xxx | 2010-12-28 13:12:24
I was camping at Acacia Flat in January 2010 and a dog came into our camp area. It wasn't tame but not totally shy either. It looked mostly a domestic breed but could have had a bit of dingo in it. It was very independent and we saw it a couple of nights in a row, just passing through.
Anonymous - must do it again...... IP:58.166.105.xxx | 2011-01-15 23:47:26
we did this camp for school and it was really good and lots of frun..... want to do it again some time soon.
Andrew - Doing laps for the Matterhorn IP:121.45.163.xxx | 2011-08-12 09:17:32
This walk is great, long enough and steep! A few spots are very rough but overall in good cond'n.
I had 5 - 10 min stops at top and bottom.
From the Car park to B G Forrest 35min
From B G Forrest back to Car Park 45 min
From the Car Park to B G Forrest 40min
From B G Forrest to Car Park 55 min

That'll do! Up and down twice in 3:25

Was nice to see the wattle starting to come out and other out enjoying the bush
Joli - Decent walk IP:122.106.76.xxx | 2011-12-11 11:53:32
Did the walk today - difficult if you are unfit, particularly descent, but still managed to do the return trip in 3.5hrs

Plenty of small lizards and birds about, also biting flies and leeches.

River was icy cold, but still able to take a quick dip.

Worth the trek for the stunning views and beautiful blue gum forest.
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