Govetts Leap is included as a stop on some tours of the Blue Mountains from Sydney, along with other highlights like Echo Point Lookout and the Three Sisters, and can also include a stop at the Blue Mountain Botanical Garden, Calmsley Hill Farm, or Featherdale Wildlife Park. Visitors can enjoy the sweeping views and take advantage of several walking trails, including the easy Fairfax Heritage Walking Track and the difficult Govetts Leap Descent to the base of Bridal Veil Falls.
Things to know before you go
- Bring layers and be prepared for colder temperatures, as the weather in the Blue Mountains can change quickly.
- There are restrooms, drinking water, and picnic tables on the lookout.
- Wear sturdy shoes for walks, especially on the Govetts Leap Descent, a challenging trail.
- Drones and pets are not permitted at the lookout.
How to get there
Govetts Leap is located 8.5 miles (13.7 kilometers) from Katoomba and 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the train station in Blackheath, where you can take a bus to the lookout. Take the Great Western Highway towards Blackheath and turn off at the village onto Govetts Leap Road. Continue through the park until the end of the road. There is a parking lot at the lookout.
When to get there
Govetts Leap and the Blue Mountains are open year-round, though inclement weather and summer bushfires can cause closures. Summer is an excellent time to see wildflowers. Govetts Leap is especially popular on weekends, and parking can be an issue. To avoid the crowds, visit early in the morning or around dusk. Leave yourself extra time if you plan to go on any of the walks or explore other parts of the park.
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre
Located along Govetts Leap Road just before the lookout, the center offers information about the national park, Aboriginal heritage, local flora and fauna, advice on walking tracks, and other area activities. You can also hire a PLB if you plan a long hike or visit a remote wilderness area. The center is fully accessible and open daily from 9am to 4:30pm, except on Christmas Day.