Govetts Leap Descent

1 hr 45 mins

1.2 km Return

366 m

Hard track
Starting with spectacular views of Govetts Leap from Govetts Leap Lookout, this walk sweeps down to the base of the falls. The walk down is showered by drips from the moist moss hanging off the cliffs above. A spectacular track with equally awesome views across the Grose Valley, the walk is steep and gives a great sense of the height of surrounding cliffs. (‘leap’ is a Scots dialect word for cataract or waterfall)

Maps for the Govetts Leap Descent walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series 89301S KATOOMBA NSW-89301S
Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 KATOOMBA 8930

Cross sectional view of the Govetts Leap Descent bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Govetts Leap Descent

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 1.2 km
Time 1 hr 45 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


Around 570m of this walk is very steep, whilst the remaining 35m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

430m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 140m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (35m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 570m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 35m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 430m of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 180m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 610m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 430m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 180m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Govetts Leap Descent walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Govetts Leap Descent walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Govetts Leap Descent walk starts and ends at the Govetts Leap Lookout (gps: -33.627976, 150.31134)
Your transport options to Govetts Leap Lookout are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt :)