Discover Evans Lookout Near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains

Last updated: August 19, 2020

The Blue Mountains has no shortage of amazing lookout points, but Evans Lookout near Blackheath is certainly one of the most impressive ones.

With unbeatable views of the Grose Valley and its surrounding cliff walls, a day trip to Evans Lookout and next door neighbour Valley View Lookout is very much worth the effort.

There’s more to Evans Lookout than just views though, because the lookout is also the starting point of various exciting bush walking tracks.

How to Get There

The lookout is located at the very end of Evans Lookout Rd in Blackheath. From the Great Western Highway, simply turn right into Evans Lookout Rd and follow all the way til the end.

On busy days, the small car park at the lookout fills up pretty quickly, but there are two more car parks where you should always be able to find a parking spot.

East facing views from Evans Lookout

The first option is at the Neates Glen parking area, and the second option is at the Grand Canyon car park. Both these car parks are situated along Evans Lookout Rd.

The Grand Canyon car park is probably the best option, as you can follow the short Evans Lookout Track straight to the lookout from this car park.

Evans Lookout

Evans Lookout was named after George Evans, a local solicitor and pioneer of the Blackheath area, who owned property there. A memorial was erected at the lookout in memory of George Evans.

He was supposedly the first white person to discover this beautiful viewpoint and entrance to Grose Valley in 1882. However, some say George Evans was preceded by others who found the access into the Grose Valley.

Evans Lookout

Whilst the Grose Valley views from the lookout are always stunning, sunset and sunrise on a clear day are the best times of the day to be there.

That is when the massive sandstone cliff walls have this beautiful orange glow, which makes getting up early, or leaving late, very much worthwhile.

Evans Lookout picnic area

If you’d like to organise a picnic at Evans Lookout, you can do so, but the only picnic facility available there is a very old Blackheath style shelter structure.

Since it’s the only picnic facility there, it may be challenging to find a quiet spot, but it would certainly be quite the unique experience.

Valley View Lookout

The Valley View Lookout often gets ignored by visitors to Evans Lookout, which is a pity, because the views from there are just as impressive. It’s only a short walk away from Evans Lookout, and is typically far less crowded.

Valley View Lookout
Valley View Lookout

To get to Valley View Lookout, simply follow the trail heading north-west from Evans Lookout. The scenery is absolutely beautiful, and with fewer people around, you can get a good chance of taking a bunch of great photos.

Walks at Evans Lookout

If you’d like to do more than just soaking in the beautiful views, there are some fantastic bushwalks to choose from around the lookout.

1. Evans Lookout Track

With 1.2km return, this is the easiest walk to and from the lookout. The trail runs between the Grand Canyon car park and Evans Lookout, through bushland parallel to Evans Lookout Rd.

Signpost for the Evans Lookout Track

It’s a very easy walking trail, but it’s a fun way to get to the lookout. Much more fun than parking at the actual lookout. You can find the starting point at the big signpost at the eastern end of the car park.

Evans Lookout Track
Distance:600m (one way)
Duration:20 minutes
Grade:Easy

2. Grand Canyon Walk

One of the most classic and most enjoyable hikes in the Blue Mountains is the 6km long Grand Canyon circuit walk.

This track is not for the fainthearted, as it descends deep into the valley, navigating through lush rainforest with several creek crossings, small waterfalls, huge sandstone walls and rock overhangs to conquer along the way.

Start of the Grand Canyon Walk at Evans Lookout

It’s not the most difficult walking track in the Blue Mountains though, but a reasonable level of fitness and good hiking shoes will work in your favour.

The Grand Canyon walking track has been around since as early as 1907, and it was one the first official Blue Mountains walking tracks to be opened to the public.

Grand Canyon Walk
Distance:6 km (circuit)
Duration:2.5 – 3.5 hours (depending on stops)
Grade:Moderate (some very steep sections)

3. Cliff Top Walking Track

The Cliff Top walking track is a relatively short but highly enjoyable walking trail between two of the most impressive lookouts in the Blue Mountains; Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap Lookout.

The trail follows the edge of the cliffs between these two lookouts, with incredible Grose Valley views to enjoy from start to finish.

Cliff Top Walk in the Blue Mountains

One of the highlights along this walk is the Barrow Lookout, which offers clear views of the waterfall that is known as Govett’s Leap.

From there, the trail continues crossing the top of the waterfall, eventually arriving at Govetts Leap lookout.

Cliff Top Walk
Distance:3km (one-way)
Duration:1.5 hours
Grade:Easy / moderate (some steep sections)

Map

If the car park at Evans Lookout, simply park your car at the Grand Canyon car park, and follow the Evans Lookout Track all the way to the lookout point.

 

Evans Lookout in the Blue Mountains

 
 
2 Comments
  1. Currently the Cliff Top walk (and all those north of Evans Lookout except Leap Descent) are closed until further notice due to the 2020 bushfires damaging the area. Always check NPWS site before heading out to avoid disappointment.

    Was up there doing the Grand Canyon Walk a few weeks back and it is stunning, but sad to see how badly burnt the bushland got.

    Grand Canyon is still open but regardless what direction you go the end is grueling!

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    • Thanks for the feedback, Adventurer. You’re correct, the Cliff Top walk is closed until at least the rest of 2020. Also all walks going into the Grose Valley are closed, to accommodate bushland recovery. And you’re right about the Grand Canyon walk, it’s a tough one towards the end getting out of the valley!

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