Hanging Rock and the Baltzer Lookout

Last updated: August 26, 2020

Hanging Rock, a large sandstone object hanging out from a cliff, is one of the most iconic lookouts and landmarks in the greater Blue Mountains region.

It is situated a few moments away from the Baltzer Lookout, which offers eye-dropping views of the Grose Valley and surrounding escarpments.

Burramoko Fire Trail to Hanging Rock
Distance:8 km (return)
Time:3.5 hours (including time spent at Hanging Rock)
Dogs:Not allowed

How to Get to Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock and the Baltzer Lookout are somewhat off the beaten track, but it’s relatively easy to get there.

From the Great Western Highway, turn into Ridgewell Rd just north of the Blackheath town centre. This road is unsealed so please be cautious as there are quite a few potholes to dodge.

Follow Ridgewell Rd for a short while until you get to a boom gate with a small car park. This is where the Burramoko Fire Trail to the Baltzer Lookout starts.

Hanging Rock and the Grose Valley


Burramoko Fire Trail

The walking track to the Baltzer Lookout is a 4km management trail that winds its way through bushland with a few viewing points along the way.

Popular with bushwalkers, runners and cyclists alike, the fire trail itself is actually not very exciting. It really is about the destination, and once you get to that destination, you will be in awe of the beauty of this place.

Hanging Rock and the Baltzer Lookout

The Baltzer Lookout stands at the very edge of Burramoko Head, the walled termination of the Burramoko Ridge above Grose Canyon.

The views from the lookout are truly captivating, some of the best you can find in the greater Blue Mountains region.

Baltzer Lookout views
Views from the Baltzer Lookout

The lookout was named after William Julius Baltzer, a conservationist who worked towards the conservation of the Grose Valley.

He was a member of a group formed in the early 1930’s with the aim to establish the Blue Mountains as a National Park.

Grose Valley
Hanging Rock overlooking the Grose Valley

Hanging Rock is not immediately visible from the Baltzer Lookout. To get up close and personal with this unique rock formation, head towards the left from the lookout and find a walking path that goes down.

It’s a short path to Hanging Rack, but it’s quite steep with a bit of rock scrambling involved, so please make sure you’re wearing proper shoes.

Burramoko Head
Burramoko Head

Hanging Rock is one of those beautiful and unique spots in the Blue Mountains where you won’t see any tourists. And depending on the time of day, you might just be the only visitor around.

This is a good thing, because the emptiness and isolation at Hanging Rock and the Baltzer Lookout create the perfect atmosphere.

Word of caution:

Hanging Rock and the Baltzer lookout are absolutely stunning but they are both un-fenced. This adds to the beauty of the area, but it also makes exploring a bit risky. Stay well back from cliff edges at all times, especially when taking photos.

It’s also not recommended to hike to the very tip of Hanging Rock. Potentially strong winds and narrow surfaces make this a dangerous undertaking. If you’re visiting the area on your own, let others know about your plans.

Hanging Rock, an iconic landmark in the Blue Mountains
Hanging Rock, an iconic landmark in the Blue Mountains


Turn into Ridgewell Rd from the Great Western Highway, just north of the Blackheath town centre.

Be mindful that this is an unsealed road, and whilst a 4WD technically isn’t required, it is recommended to drive carefully and watch out for big potholes, especially after a period of rainfall.

Blackheath itself is a lovely town in the Blue Mountains, with lots of cafes to choose from to have lunch or breakfast.


Hanging Rock and the Baltzer Lookout

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