Discover the Walls Lookout in the Blue Mountains

Last updated: October 30, 2021

If you’re looking for an easy hike that feels like an adventure in the remote wilderness, the walking track to Walls Lookout is a great option.

This hike is located in the Mount Wilson area of the Blue Mountains, which is typically much quieter than the Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls regions.

The views from Walls Lookout over the Grose Valley and its surrounding cliffs are absolutely stunning, with lots of space to explore and wander around.

Walls Lookout Walking Track
Distance: 2 km (return)
Time: 1.5 hours (including stops)
Grade: Easy / moderate (rough surface)
Dogs: Not allowed

How to Get There

The start of the walking track to Walls Lookout is located on Bells Line of Road. Turn into Pierces Pass Road, at the large “Pierces Pass Picnic Area” sign.

Pierces Pass Rd is located approximately 1.5 km west of Mount Banks Rd and 2.5 km south-east of Mount Wilson Rd.

Refer to this map for the exact location.

Map and route of the Walls Lookout walking track

Straight after turning into Pierces Pass Rd, turn left into the little parking area for the walking track to Walls Lookout.

If you stay on Pierces Pass Rd, you will end up at the Pierces Pass picnic area, which is the starting point of the challenging Pierces Pass.

The start of the walking track to Walls Lookout is located right at the car park. A large information board contains more interesting details about this beautiful part of the Blue Mountains.

Walls Lookout Walking Track

The Walls Lookout walking track is a relatively easy 2 km return hike, suitable for all skill and fitness levels. It is important though to wear proper shoes, as the surface is a bit rough at times.

Also note that there are a few steep sections, but overall this hike isn’t hard at all, and can be completed within one hour.

Start of the walking track to Walls Lookout
Start of the walking track to Walls Lookout

The first section of the walking track is through the bush on an easy to follow and reasonably well-maintained path.

Path to the Walls Lookout

As soon as you come out of that bushland, you will start seeing glimpses of the lookout and the massive cliff walls surrounding the valley.

100m sign to Walls Lookout

Once the walking track arrives at the cute little 100m sign, there is only a short stretch left before arriving at the lookout.

Incredible Views

Note that Walls Lookout is not a purpose-built lookout platform. It’s essentially a large area on top of a cliff where you can wander around and enjoy the views.

This also means that there is no fencing, and visitors must be careful at all times when walking close to the cliff edges. If you bring children with you, please do keep an eye on them when exploring this beautiful area.

Walls Lookout

What’s good about the Walls Lookout is that the views are quite literally 360 degrees. One could spend hours here and not get tired of those views.

To give you some perspective, the massive cliff wall right in front of the Walls Lookout is an area that is often referred to as the Blackheath Walls.

Views to the east from Walls Lookout

The Anvil Rock Lookout and Perrys Lookdown are located towards the left of that wall, and the Baltzer Lookout and Hanging Rock towards the right.

Further away, looking towards the east, you might be able to see Mount Banks, the cliff wall of Du Faur Head, and Lockleys Pylon right behind it.

Views to the west from Walls Lookout

Before you go and visit Walls Lookout, it’s a good idea to have a look at Google Maps (satellite view) to identify those spots in the Blue Mountains.

That makes it easier to understand where Walls Lookout is located in relation to other landmarks in this beautiful part of the world.

Waterfall on Hungerfords Gully

Depending on recent rainfall, you may be able to spot a rather tall waterfall, if you look carefully.

This is a waterfall on the Hungerfords Gully, which eventually flows into the Grose River in the valley below.

Waterfall on the Hungerfords Gully as seen from Walls Lookout
Waterfall on the Hungerfords Gully

As far as we know, this waterfall does not have an official name, which goes to show that this area of the Blue Mountains is still a bit off the beaten track.

You can find this waterfall on the western side of Walls Lookout. Be careful though, because there is no fencing and the surface is quite rough with lots of rocks.

Nearby Walks and Lookouts

There are more hikes to undertake that are close to the Walls Lookout walking track, if you’d like to do more exploring in this area.

1. Rigby Hill Track

The Rigby Hill walking track is very similar to the Walls Lookout walking track, albeit slightly shorter and a little bit easier. Rigby Hill is essentially located next to Walls Lookout, and as such the views are also quite similar.

The starting point of this 1.5 km track is at the picnic area on Pierces Pass Rd, the same road you turn into to get to the Walls Lookout walking track.

Read more about the Rigby Hill track here.

2. Pierces Pass

The Pierces Pass is a challenging walking track into the Grose Valley to Blue Gum Forest along the Grose River.

Starting point of the Pierces Pass

The start of this track is also at the picnic area on Pierces Pass Rd. Note that this is a somewhat steep dirt road, but it can certainly be done with a 2wd vehicle.

Read more about the Pierces Pass here.

3. Mount Banks Summit Walk

The hike up to Mount Banks is a moderately challenging walking track to the summit of one of the most iconic mountain peaks in the Blue Mountains.

The summit walk starts at the Mount Banks picnic area, which can be accessed via Mount Banks Rd, approximately 1.5 km east of Pierces Pass Rd.

Read more about the Mount Banks Summit Walk here.

Also read:
Our list of the best lookouts in the Blue Mountains.

Walls Lookout in the Blue Mountains


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