Govetts Leap Lookout and Falls in Blackheath

The Govetts Leap Lookout near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains offers spectacular views of the Grose Valley and surrounding cliff walls.

Near the lookout are several short and long hiking trails, one leading to the Barrow Lookout, from where visitors can see the Govetts Leap Falls from very close by.

In this article, we’ll share everything you need to know about this incredible lookout, including walks to do nearby.

How to Get There

In Blackheath, turn into Govetts Leap Road, which leads straight to the Govetts Leap Lookout. There is a well-sized parking area located right behind the lookout (see map location).

You can also catch the Blue Mountains train to Blackheath and then either walk or hop on a bus to the lookout from the train station.

The best time to visit is year-round, as long as it’s not raining. Sunset and sunrise are the most spectacular. It does get cold during the winter months, so it’s best to dress up warm when visiting during that time of year.

Map of the Govetts Leap Lookout

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Govetts Leap Lookout

The lookout at Govetts Leap is arguably one of the most breathtaking lookouts in the Blue Mountains.

Grose Valley views from Govetts Leap Lookout
Grose Valley views

The panoramic views of the Grose Valley and the surrounding cliff walls are very impressive. The valley is home to several rivers and creeks, including the Grose River and Govetts Creek.

Govetts Leap was named after William Govett, a painter and surveyor, and also the first European settler to have visited this area.

Plaque at Govetts Leap Lookout
Plaque at Govetts Leap Lookout

According to the sign at the lookout, he first discovered this beautiful spot almost two centuries ago, in June 1831.

Waterfall

The Govetts Leap Falls (or simply Govetts Leap) can be seen from the lookout when looking in a southeast direction.

The original name of the waterfall was “Govett’s Leap”, as the word leap means waterfall in old Scottish dialect.

Govetts Leap waterfall
Govetts Leap waterfall

The area around the Govetts Leap lookout is also home to picnic grounds, with lots of open space and covered picnic tables.

It’s one of the better picnic spots in the Blue Mountains, so you may as well make use of it, if only for a quick snack and a drink.

Picnic area at Govetts Leap lookout
Picnic area

It’s a well-spent day, with beautiful views to soak in at the lookout, a few walks nearby, and a lunch to enjoy at the picnic ground amidst beautiful scenery.

Bridal Veil Falls or Govetts Leap?
There is some confusion around the name of the waterfall near the Govetts Leap Lookout. The signs at the lookout clearly state that it’s called the Bridal Veil Falls, but other sources say that it’s called Govetts Leap, as the word “leap” is an old Scottish dialect word for waterfall. There is, in fact, a Bridal Veil Falls in Leura. It’s all very confusing, but we prefer to call the waterfall at Govetts Leap Lookout the Govetts Leap Falls or simply Govetts Leap.
 
Walking tracks to Bridal Veil Falls (Govetts Leap) and Evans Lookout
Walking tracks to Bridal Veil Falls (Govetts Leap) and Evans Lookout

Walking Tracks Nearby

Several bushwalking trails start from or pass the Govetts Leap Lookout. Some of these are challenging, but there are also shorter and easier walks.

If you’re serious about hiking, we recommend parking your car at the lookout in the morning and exploring the whole area on foot. The various lookouts and trails make for an exciting day out in the Blue Mountains.

Before travelling to Govetts Leap to do one or more hikes, it’s always a good idea to check the National Parks website for any closures or other alerts.

1. Govetts Leap and the Barrow Lookout

Top of Govetts Leap waterfall
Top of Govetts Leap waterfall

Govetts Leap is certainly not a very wide waterfall, but the height (180 metres) and the surrounding scenery make it a beautiful sight.

A short walk leads to the top of the waterfall (crossing Govetts Leap Brook) and to the Barrow Lookout, from where the waterfall is visible.

While this may be a short walk, it is also quite steep, and walking back to the car park from Barrow Lookout can be challenging.

2. Cliff Top Walk to Evans Lookout

Evans Lookout
Evans Lookout

From the Barrow Lookout, the trail continues to the Evans Lookout, facing the beautiful sandstone cliffs of the Grose Valley.

This popular walk is known as the Cliff Top Walk. It’s not the most challenging walk in the Blue Mountains, and with the spectacular views along the way, it’s an enjoyable, family-friendly hike.

3. Fairfax Heritage Walk

George Phillips Lookout
George Phillips Lookout

The 1.8 km Fairfax Heritage Walk is a wheelchair-friendly trail between the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and the Govetts Leap lookout.

The highlight of this short and easy walk is the George Phillips Lookout, which offers fantastic views of the Grose Valley.

The Blue Mountains Heritage Centre is an interesting place to visit if you have some time to spare. They offer expert advice on the various walking tracks in the area, Aboriginal heritage, plants and animals, and local activities.

 

Govetts Leap Lookout in the Blue Mountains

 

Published: June 10, 2023
Updated: April 11, 2024

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6 Comments
    • Hello Prue,

      Assuming that you have access to a vehicle to get you there, then yes, the lookout is most certainly accessible for the elderly. The lookout is right next to the car park and is very easy to navigate.

      It’s absolutely beautiful out there, enjoy!

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  1. We visited Govetts Leap today, and walked to Bridal Veil Falls. Now, about that sign that says “15 minutes”… That’s one way down steps. It’s a lovely walk, with a fine view of the falls, after crossing the creek and walking another 90m up steps. The return walk, to the car park, took us way longer than the walk down. I would suggest that a moderate level of fitness is required.

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    • Hi John, thanks for the feedback, and yes you’re right, going back up is quite the effort. We’ve included a note in the article. Hope you had a fantastic day out in the Blue Mountains!

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