3 hrs 30 mins
(0km) Int. Grand Canyon Loop car park and Neates Glen Trk → Neates Glen car park
Continue straight: From the clearing, the walk follows the wide gravel path (that is about halfway between the tower and road), keeping the road on the right. After about 200m, the bush on the right thins out, and the track comes to an intersection with a service trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the gravel path, keeping the road to the right. After approximately 100m, the path comes to the signposted Kinie-Ger Bush Cabins driveway.
Continue straight: From the Kinie-Ger Bush Cabins driveway, this walk follows the gravel path, keeping the road and power lines to the left. Soon the path opens up at the Neates Glen car park.
(0.73km) Neates Glen car park → Rotunda
Continue straight: From the sign, this walk heads away from the creek and car park, following a short section of a rock shelf to round the corner of the hill. The track contours around the hill for a little while passing under a few rock overhangs, before winding steeply down the hill into the canyon. The track heads down the cliffs by stairs to a signposted intersection in front of a sandy rock overhang, the Rotunda.
(1.91km) Rotunda → Int. Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass Tracks
Continue straight: From the waterfall, this walk continues to contour around the canyon wall, keeping it on the right of the track. The track does so for quite some time before winding down deeper into the canyon after rounding a hill. The track winds down to a signposted intersection. From here, the track crosses the creek a few times before turning left at a rock overhang then crossing the creek again. The track quickly winds through the creek before passing over a bridge and continuing down the canyon. After approximately 200m, the track winds past a pool in the creek to then come to a signposted rock in a creek.
(3.49km) Int. Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass Tracks → Beauchamp Falls
(3.49km) Int. Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass Tracks → Evans Lookout
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Evans Lookout’ arrow up the hill, weaving around boulders. The track then tends left before climbing up the stairs, through a pass in the rock, to Evans Lookout.
(4.6km) Evans Lookout → Int. Grand Canyon Loop car park and Neates Glen Trk
Continue straight: From the information sign, the walk heads around Evans Lookout car park to the toilets at the opposite end (away from the cliffs).
Continue straight: From the toilets near the end of Evans Lookout Rd, this walk follows the road away from the lookout for about 100m and then follows a bush track heading off to the left. This clear track continues though the open bushland until coming to the eastern corner of the Grand Canyon car park and a sign pointing back to ‘Evans Lookout’.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the road left around the car park for approximately 100m, to a ‘Neates Glen car park’ direction sign.
Maps for the Grand Canyon Track walkYou 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|
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.
|Time||3 hrs 30 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
3.2km of this walk is very steep and another 1km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 720m has short steep hills and the remaining 400m has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
2.4km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 1.5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 830m follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 690m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
3.2km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 1.5km is clearly signposted. The remaining (640m) has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 3.4km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 4.5km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 850m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
2.8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) and another 1.5km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (1.1km) has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
The walk from Evans Lookout to Beauchamp Falls is magical journey, passing through the bottom part of the Grand Canyon. The views from Evans lookout are stunning, with the lush canyon environment providing a very different environment to enjoy. The walk then continues down the creek to Beauchamp Falls. If you don’t have the time to do the whole of the Grand Canyon walk this is a great compromise.
Total climbing: 350m
3.1 km Return
The Cliff Top Track is a breath-taking walk around the edge of the Grose Valley, between Govetts Leap and Evans lookouts. The many lookouts along this track show off the stunning Grose Valley. The track also showcases Govetts Leap from close up, at Barrows Lookout, and further away, from Govetts Leap Lookout.
Total climbing: 224m
3.2 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
This walk could also be known as the long way round to Beauchamp Falls. The Horse Track is poorly defined towards the bottom the walk and may challenge your navigation. This walk explores Govetts and Greaves Creeks and the Beauchamp Falls. The western section of track is part of the Grand Canyon walk.
Total climbing: 695m
6.4 km Circuit
Very experienced only
The Cliff Top Track is one of the longer walks near Blackheath, and has constant views. The track follows the rim of the Grose Valley, with a side trip to Boyds Beach, and passes numerous lookouts with views of the Grose Valley and it’s waterfalls. This walk is an excellent one way trip from Pulpit Rock to Evan’s Lookout car park.
Total climbing: 619m
6.6 km One way
4 hrs 15 mins
The Grand Canyon, Cliff Top and Braeside tracks are an excellent way to see the great diversity of the Blue Mountains National Park in the Blackheath area, from the Neates Glen rain forest, through the void of the Grand Canyon, to the separation of plateau and valley by the Cliff Top walk. The walk then finishes with a creek-side stroll along the Braeside Track. It truly is a wonderful walk.
Total climbing: 603m
9.3 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins
The walk from Evans Lookout takes a very scenic route down into the valley before returning along the scenic Cliff Top walk. The track takes in a wide variety of vegetation as it changes altitude. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the colourful fungi along the track, and the ferns attached to the cliff wall. If it is a hot day there is opportunity to cool off with water near junctions rock.
Total climbing: 955m
10.7 km Circuit
6 hrs 30 mins
This walk is a fantastic way to see many of the highlights of this part of the Blue Mountains National Park. The only major descent and climb on the walk is on the section through the Grand Canyon, which is an experience in itself, especially if you’ve never been in a canyon before. The track then continues along the cliff tops with excellent views over the Grose Valley and surrounding cliffs. The vegetation change along these sections is interesting, with areas of drier and wetter foliage dispersed along the track.
Total climbing: 913m
15.6 km Circuit
7 hrs 30 mins
This circuit starts in Blackheath and heads down into the Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass. The track goes through a wide variety of ecosystems and changing views along the way. An interesting part of this walk is the change in mood of the cliffs that surround the Grose Valley as the light conditions change throughout the day.
Total climbing: 1254m
18.2 km Circuit
8 hrs 30 mins
This walk is great for fit people getting into overnight walking, with its fantastic scenery and nostalgia as a classic overnighter. The change from being on the plateau, to in the valley is a dramatic one as the track passes through the bush, canyon and rainforest. Staying the night near Blue Gum Forest in Acacia Flats also adds to the experience. With the public transport options, access to this walk is made easier.
Total climbing: 1335m
24.1 km Circuit
Other Nearby walks
The Braeside Walk is an excellent connecting trail to the Cliff Top walk, between Evans and Govetts Lookouts. The track has its own quiet picnic area, which could make a nice spot for lunch along this creekside walk. The track builds up to its climax at Barrows Lookout, overlooking the Grose Valley and Bridal Veil Falls, before returning along the same track.
Total climbing: 72m
2.5 km Return
The Fairfax Track is an easy circuit walk that wanders through the forests behind the cliffs of the Grose Valley. The track passes George Phillips lookout, with its magnificent views over the Grose Valley. There are also similar views from the more popular Govetts Leap Lookout. The track has many bench seats for walkers to stop and enjoy the surrounding bush.
Total climbing: 65m
2.4 km Circuit
The Fairfax Heritage Track is an easy stroll, and wheelchair accessible walk, through the a lovely open forest. The walk leads from the NPWS visitor information centre downhill to the stunning views from George Phillips and Govetts Leap lookouts. There are bench seats to rest on and wonderful sheltered picnic areas at the lookouts. Parking and toilets at the start and end.
Total climbing: 17m
1.9 km One way
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)
Total climbing: 366m
1.2 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
This walk takes you from Govetts Leap lookout, around the cliff tops, to Pulpit Rock lookout. The walk passes many lookouts, each giving their own unique perspective of the Grose Valley’s dramatic cliff line and waterfalls. The walk down to the lower platform of Pulpit Rock is via a set of steep stairs, the view varies at each of the three levels.
Total climbing: 506m
3.8 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This walks starts from the spectacular Govetts Leap Lookout and wanders along the cliff tops, before dropping through a creek, to reach the much smaller Barrow lookout, with equally spectacular views. Barrow lookout provides the bonus of clear views of Bridal Veil falls (Govetts Leap brook). You can also see the face of the cliffs below the Leap from this lookout.
Total climbing: 106m
1.4 km Return
The walk to the summit of Flat Top is a very short climb. A treat awaits at the summit, with a near-360 degree view of the surrounding valleys, including the Grose Valley. There are also great views to other features including Mt Hay and Lockley Pylon. The walk and mountain itself may be short, but the views are spectacular and well worth exploring.
Total climbing: 46m
1 km Return
Lockley Pylon Track is an outstanding walk, offering some amazing views and interesting side trips. From Mt Hay Rd, the walk passes the prominent features of the Pinnacles (with an optional side trip exploring these) and climbs to Lockley Pylon, which gives 360-degree views of the Mt Hay area and Grose Valley. Another optional side trip to Fortress Canyon Waterfall is well worth the walk, with its contrasting plateau, cliff and valley features creating some breath-taking scenery.
Total climbing: 338m
6.8 km Return
3 hrs 15 mins
This walk starts in the low heath and cliff views of Lockley Pylon. The pylon, and other notable features, can be seen along the track, while the descent down to the Blue Gum Forest provides plenty of photographic opportunities. After camping overnight at Acacia Flats, the walk heads out via Govetts Leap and Pope’s Glen, visiting many little cascades and the awesome Bridal Falls. A great overnight walk.
Total climbing: 1295m
16.5 km One way
This large circuit walk, from Popes Glen to Pulpit Rock, Govetts leap and along the Braeside Track, passes some of the most magnificent scenery in this part of the Blue Mountains National Park. From little, hidden places, like Boyds Beach, to the stunning Bridle Veil Falls and Govetts Leap Lookout, this track covers many of the areas highlights.
Total climbing: 1068m
13.6 km Circuit
A fantastic return walk with stunning views, this track leads along the Fortress Ridge, out to the cliffs above the Grose Valley. The views from the lookout and along the trail are superb, with the sheer cliffs and a deep valley to put it all in perspective. The track is popular with canyoners, who use it to access Fortress Canyon.
Total climbing: 244m
7.4 km Return
This side trail from Fortress Ridge provides access to a fantastic lookout with breathtaking views along the valley and of the amazing sandstone cliffs. The walk to the lookout is mostly along management trails through the lovely heath. The views from the lookout extend across the large valley (Govetts Creek) to the cliffs on the other side, including to Pulpit Rock.
Total climbing: 115m
2.9 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/gcw
There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* 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.