Govetts Creek Lookout

Download & Print Map and Notes

1 hr 30 mins

2.9 km Return

115 m

Moderate track
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.

Maps for the Govetts Creek Lookout 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 Creek Lookout bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Govetts Creek Lookout

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 2.9 km
Time 1 hr 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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 740m of this walk is flat with no steps, whilst the remaining 690m has short steep hills.

Quality of track

690m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 620m follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (120m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 820m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 620m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 1.3km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 120m requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 1.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 820m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 620m 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 Creek Lookout walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Govetts Creek Lookout walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Govetts Creek Lookout walk starts and ends at the Fortress Ridge car park (gps: -33.658099, 150.3642)
Your main transport option to Fortress Ridge car park is by;
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 🙂