Discover Cahill’s Lookout near Katoomba in the Blue Mountains

Last updated: December 18, 2023

Overlooking the Megalong Valley, Cahill’s Lookout is one of the most impressive lookouts in the Blue Mountains, but without the big tourist crowds.

Quietly tucked away on the westernmost point of Cliff Drive, the lookout offers breathtaking views of the valley, Megalong Head, Boars Head Rock, and the Narrow Neck Peninsula.

A paved 500-metre long walking path leads to this lookout with multiple viewing platforms to explore. Keep reading to find out more!

Cahill’s Lookout Walk
Distance: 500 m (one way)
Duration: 15 minutes
Grade: Easy
Wheel-friendly: No (steps)

Watch this short video of the Cahill’s Lookout:

How to Get There

The Cahill’s Lookout is very easy to drive to, either via Cliff Drive or Narrow Neck Road in Katoomba.

There is a small car park at the walking trail that leads to the lookout (see map location). Additional street parking is available nearby should you need it.

The nearest bus stops are on Narrow Neck Rd and Cliff Dr, within walking distance from the lookout.

The official address of Cahill’s Lookout:

258-276 Cliff Drive
Katoomba NSW 2780

Map of Cahill's Lookout

About Cahill’s Lookout

The Cahill’s Lookout was named after John Joseph Cahill, Premier of New South Wales in the 1950s who was also responsible for the commissioning of the Sydney Opera House and construction of the Cahill Expressway.

Walking path to Cahill's Lookout
Walking path to Cahill’s Lookout

A short and pleasant 500-metre walking path brings visitors to this beautiful lookout, which consists of one large viewing platform and two smaller ones on lower levels.

Boars Head Lookout
Boars Head Lookout

The walk also passes the Boars Head Lookout, from where you can enjoy views of a unique rock formation that resembles, you guessed it, a boar’s head. And it actually does, with a healthy dose of imagination.

Views of Boars Head Rock
Views of Boars Head Rock

There are two things that make Cahill’s Lookout unique compared to most other lookout points in the area.

Firstly, even though this lookout is one of the prettiest in the Blue Mountains, the big crowds haven’t yet discovered this magnificent spot. That’s a good thing because it allows visitors to enjoy the serenity of the area.

Megalong Valley views from Cahill's Lookout
Megalong Valley views from Cahill’s Lookout

Secondly, unlike lookouts such as Echo Point and Lincoln’s Rock that face the Jamison Valley, Cahill’s Lookout faces the Megalong Valley, which offers a very different scenery.

The Narrow Neck Peninsula, clearly visible from the viewing platform, is the plateau in the middle that divides these two major valleys.

Cahill's Lookout
Cahill’s Lookout

Nearby Cahill’s Lookout

Besides the popular tourist attractions in the Katoomba area, there are a few other interesting sights and walking tracks close to Cahill’s Lookout that are worth visiting.

1. Boars Head Rock

Boars Head Rock
Boars Head Rock

About a hundred metres away from the entrance to the Cahill’s Lookout is the starting point of a short walking track to Boars Head Rock.

Look for a small sign that says Boars Head climbing area. This is a popular spot for abseiling and rock climbing, where climbers can descend up to 200 metres into the valley.

Be mindful that there is no fencing at Boars Head, so it’s strongly recommended to stay well away from the cliff edges.

2. Narrow Neck Lookout

Narrow Neck Lookout
Narrow Neck Lookout

The Narrow Neck Lookout offers scenic views of the Narrow Neck Peninsula, a large plateau that separates the Megalong Valley from the Jamison Valley.

This lookout is located right in front of the peninsula, only a short drive from Cahill’s Lookout, along Cliff Drive.

From the Narrow Neck Lookout, you can hike all the way to Castle Head via the Castle Head walking trail.

This walking trail used to be accessible via Glenraphael Drive, but that road is currently closed due to a landslide.

Are you keen to find more great viewing points? Check out our guide to the most impressive lookouts in the Blue Mountains for a healthy dose of inspiration.
 
 

Cahill's Lookout in Katoomba

 

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