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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)|
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.
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 trail follows the edge of the cliffs between these two lookouts, with incredible Grose Valley views to enjoy from start to finish.
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|
|Grade:||Easy / moderate (some steep sections)|
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.