Govetts Leap descent Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 1.8km

  • Duration: 1.5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: 264 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath

  • End: 264 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath

  • Location: Blue Mountains National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 115 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -33.62836281

  • Longitude: 150.3111484

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Govetts Leap descent is a 1.8km, grade 4 return hike, located in the Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

From its outset at Govetts Leap lookout, this hard track is bound to impress and delight adventurous walkers. Rest assured that 'leap' is not a suggestion but a Scottish word for waterfall; and that's what you'll see, from every angle on Govetts Leap descent into the wilderness of Grose Valley in Blue Mountains National Park.
You'll be refreshed on the steep walk down by nature's own spritzer. Crystal clear droplets will fall from the moist moss clinging to the cliff walls above. These cliffs are covered by spectacular hanging swamps, and the ecologically endangered isopogon fletchers, known as drumsticks, are what make this walk so unique.
Stop to rest those knees as you gaze across the spectacular valley views, taking in the clear mountain air. And remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.
When you make it to the bottom, enjoy leisurely picnic at the base of the falls. Once you're well rested, take the heart pumping track back up towards Blue Mountains Heritage Centre for a browse of the souvenirs, maps, and guidebooks available.
Take a virtual tour of Govetts Leap descent captured with Google Street View Trekker.

About the region

Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and Country NSW regions
Blue Mountains National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. Some parts of the park close overnight; details are provided for specific attractions.
9am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.

Getting there

To Govetts Leap carpark. Govetts Leap descent starts at Govetts Leap lookout in the Blackheath area of Blue Mountains National Park.To get there from Sydney:Turn right off Great Western Highway, at Blackheath traffic lights, into Govetts Leap Road.Drive for 2.5km. After passing through the park entrance, follow the signs to Govetts Leap lookout. Park entry points Govetts Leap carpark See on map Parking There's a car park at Govetts Leap lookout, but it can be a busy place on weekends and parking might be limited. You can also park at Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, only 500m from Govetts Leap lookout.


There are no creeks or rivers within Blue Mountains National Park where clean drinking water can be guaranteed.
Please be aware the track continues on beyond the waterfalls, and there are other walks you can choose. All tracks in this area are steep and a map is essential.
It's a good idea to fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB when planning your hike. Bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS

Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.

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