Govetts Leap Lookout, Blackheath


Govetts Leap is the second most popular lookout in the Blue Mountains behind Echo Point (famous for its views of the Three Sisters) but it’s no less incredible.

Govetts Leap lets you take in sights of the Grose Valley, which IMHO is the most spectacular-looking valley in the Blue Mountains for its wrap-around sandstone cliffs, punctuated with dramatic waterfalls, canyons and rock formations.

The lookout grounds are very tourist/traveller-friendly with a huge car park, toilets, picnic tables, a visitor centre and loads of vantage points from which to get your eyeful of the Grose. One big highlight is the view of Govetts Leap itself (aka Bridal Veil Falls or Govetts Leap Falls) – a beautiful avalanche of white water tumbling out from the cliff at Govetts Leap Brook. This is the highest waterfall in the Blue Mountains at 180m.

You can do plenty of really stunning short walks from Govett’s Leap Lookout too, including walks to Evans Lookout and Pulpit Rock, but keep in mind these walks are about 2–3 hours one way. If you have no transport waiting for you at the other end you must be prepared to walk back as well.

One very short walk option is to walk to Bridal Veil Falls and back – about 1hr return. From Govetts Leap Lookout head right along the fence line until you reach the falls.

There is also a sealed bush track a short way back from the cliff edge – the Fairfax Heritage Track – which is suitable for wheelchairs and prams


  • Getting there: From the Great Western Highway in Blackheath turn right on to Govetts Leap Road.
  • Parking: Parking available.

Image: Ian Sutton, Govetts Leap


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