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Grose Valley is a 21km, grade 3 return hike, located in the Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take 1-3 days to complete depending on your itinerary.
Note: While this itinerary has been prepared for a 3 day hike it could easily be completed in 1 or 2 days.
Day 1: Govett’s Leap to Perry’s Lookdown via Pulpit Rock 8km
Drive to Govett’s Leap about 2 hours from Sydney. Park at Govett’s Leap then walk to Perry’s Lookdown via Pulpit Rock, Wallaces Lookout and Anvil Rock (as an alternative, see day 2 regarding Anvil Rock). Pulpit Rock is a great place to stop for lunch. Alternatively, you can catch a train to Blackheath Station and walk the extra 3km. There is no water at Perry’s Lookdown. You will need to take enough, or continue down to Acacia Flats.
Day 2: Morning hike to Anvil Rock 4km, afternoon walk down to Acacia Flats, 4km steep down.
Morning hike to Anvil Rock 4km return, a great place to have morning tea with views of the City. You can also explore the wind cave which is an interesting geological feature. In the afternoon, when your tent has dried, return to camp for lunch, then walk down to Acacia Flats, 4km steep down. Check out the Blue Gum Forrest at night. There are no open fires allowed here.
Day 3: Acacia Flats to Govett’s Leap via Junction Rock 6km steep up
Junction Rock is a good place to stop for a break before the big climb up. There are lots of stairs so take it slow. Blackheath is up the top so a great place for lunch and to recover. Even better, drive to the Hydro Majestic at Medlow Bath for afternoon tea.
Drive to Govett’s Leap or Train to Blackheath Station 3.5km
- No water at Perry’s Lookdown.
- No open fires at Acaia Flats.
Contributed by Ian Thomas
Max elevation: 1002 m
Min elevation: 576 m
Total climbing: 1047 m
Total descent: -1047 m