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Blackhealth to Blue Gum Loop
Time: 2 Days Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.2 km NNW of Blackheath
Length: 24.1 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 24.1 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 1335 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 1335 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

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. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Blue Mountains National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Blackheath to Blue Gum loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Blackheath Station
Blackheath Station pedestrian crossing East
Int. Govetts Leap Rd and Prince Edward St
Int. Boreas St and Braeside St
Int. Braeside St and McNicol St
Int. Braeside Service Trail and Braeside Picnic Area
Int. James Rd
Bush Rock Cafe
Neates Glen car park
Kinie-Ger Trail Entrance
Kinie-Ger Trail East
Braeside Powerline Trail
Int. Grand Canyon Loop car park and Neates Glen Trk
Grand Canyon Loop car park
Evans Lookout toilets
Evans Lookout car park
Evans Lookout
Int. Evans Lookout and Horse Tracks
Int. Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass Tracks
Beauchamp Falls
Waterfalls
Govetts and Greaves Flats
Int. Horse and Grose River Tracks
Junction Rock
Acacia Flats Camping Ground
Acacia Flats Camping Ground
Junction Rock
Bottom of Govetts Leap falls
Int. Williams and Govetts Tracks
Int. Govetts Leap Lookout and Grose Valley Walks
Govetts Leap Lookout
Int. Govetts Leap Lookout and Grose Valley Walks
Lower Int. Grose Valley Walks
Horseshoe Falls Lookout
Int. Popes Glen Trk and Pulpit Rock Trk
Int. Popes Glen Trk and Boyd Bch Trk
Int. Popes Glen Trk and Boyd Bch Trk
Int. Popes Glen Trk and Rodriguez Ave Trk
Int. Pope's Glen Trk and Dell St
Int. Wills St and Gipps Ln
Blackheath Station pedestrian crossing East
Starting point for this hiking track: Blackheath Station pedestrian crossing East

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Photo Gallery

 
Service trail McNicol St
 
Service trail McNicol St +
 
Grand Canyon Loop from Neates Glen car park
 
Grand Canyon Loop from Neates Glen car park +
 
Canyon Opens up for a while
 
Canyon Opens up for a while +

 
Golden Wattle in Grand Canyon
 
Golden Wattle in Grand Canyon +
 
Grand Canyon floor
 
Grand Canyon floor +
 
Track down Rodriguez Pass
 
Track down Rodriguez Pass +

 
Waterfalls on Rodriguez Pass Track
 
Waterfalls on Rodriguez Pass Track +
 
View from Govetts and Greaves Flats
 
View from Govetts and Greaves Flats +
 
Looking down the Grose Valley
 
Looking down the Grose Valley +

 
Fungus near Junction Rock
 
Fungus near Junction Rock +
 
View from the Grose Valley floor
 
View from the Grose Valley floor +
 
Grose River track
 
Grose River track +

 
Acacia Flats Camping Area
 
Acacia Flats Camping Area +
 
Blue Gum in the Forest
 
Blue Gum in the Forest +
 
Pulpit Rock from the Grose Valley
 
Pulpit Rock from the Grose Valley +

 
Arrow signage
 
Arrow signage +
 
Track past Govetts Leap falls
 
Track past Govetts Leap falls +
 
Metal staircase
 
Metal staircase +

 
Sign post on Pope's Glen Creek
 
Sign post on Pope's Glen Creek +
 
Pope's Glen Creek
 
Pope's Glen Creek +
 
Pope's Glen Track
 
Pope's Glen Track +

 
Leaves along Pope's Glen
 
Leaves along Pope's Glen +
 
Pope's Glen Track
 
Pope's Glen Track +
 
Pope's Glen Track
 
Pope's Glen Track +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Blackheath to Blue Gum loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Blackheath to Blue Gum loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Blackheath to Blue Gum loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Blackheath to Blue Gum loop bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 24km
Time 2 Days
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
13km of this walk has short steep hills and another 4.5km is very steep. Whilst another 3.8km is flat with no steps and the remaining 2.5km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
13km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 4.9km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 4km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 1.8km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
14km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 6km is clearly signposted. The remaining (4.8km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 17km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 7km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 24km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
13km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 6km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (4.3km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Blackheath Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Blackheath Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
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Catch the bus to Blackheath Station
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
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Drive to Blackheath Station
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
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Free Beacon Hire Alt = 0 m
A Personal Locating Beacon (PLB) is a hand-held device that, when triggered, sends a message to the emergency services with your location. The emergency services staff can then look at your trip intention forms and decide how best to help you. In the Blue Mountains, you can borrow these for no charge, just complete this Trip intention form, and a borrowing form. The device can be picked up from:
NPWS Office - Govetts Leap Rd Blackheath - 9am to 4pm 7 days Ph: 02 4787 8877
Katoomba Police Station - 217 Katoomba St Katoomba - Anytime Ph: 02 4782 8199
Springwood Police Station - 4 Jerseywold Avenue Springwood - Anytime Ph: 02 4751 0299
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(0 km) Blackheath Station to Int. Braeside Service Trail and Braeside Picnic Area
Track: Moderate - footpath,road,road
Length = 2.86 km Time = 52 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -125 m
From the top of the station steps, this walk heads towards the Great Western Highway and Gardners Inn. The walk turns right down a flight of stairs, then turns left across the Great Western Highway at the pedestrian crossing.
Turn right: From the pedestrian crossing, this walk heads towards Gardners Inn, keeping the road to the right. The walk continues along the footpath, turning left opposite the Ivanhoe Hotel, onto Govetts Leap Rd. The walk continues down Govetts Leap Rd to the intersection with Prince Edward St.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads west along Govetts Leap Rd for a block, to the intersection with Boreas St. This walk turns right, down Boreas St to the intersection with Braeside St.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the green signpost to 'Braeside Walk' along the houses on the right-hand of Braeside Street. This walk turns right at the 'Braeside Walk' sign. The walk continues for approximately 70m to the intersection with another service trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the management track, to the signposted intersection after a parking area on the left.

(2.86 km) Int. Braeside Service Trail and Braeside Picnic Area to Neates Glen car park
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,road,road
Length = 1.92 km Time = 36 mins
Climb = 58 m Descent = -14 m
Veer right: From the 'Braeside Walk' signposted intersection, this walk leaves the 'Braeside Walk' sign behind on the left as it continues along the service trail towards a waterfall. The track quickly swings left, passing the waterfall (on the left of the track) and continuing up the hill for approximately 400m. The track then tends right for approximately 100m, where is passes a service trail (which heads north). This walk continues south for approximately 600m to a large intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the road, passing a house on the left. The walk continues along James Rd to then turn left onto Evans Lookout Rd. The road tends right, to then pass Victoria Rd on the right. Shortly after Victoria Rd, this walk comes to the Bush Rock Cafe (now closed) on the left.
Continue straight: From the Bush Rock Cafe(now closed), this walk heads along the road leaving the cafe behind on the left. The track continues down the road for a short time, passing Somerset Ave on the left, to then come to Neates Glen car park on the right.

(4.77 km) Neates Glen car park to Evans Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,road,bushtrack,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 1.53 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -67 m
Continue straight: From Neates Glen car park, this walk follows the gravel path with the power lines, keeping the road on the left. Soon 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 to the left. After approximately 100m, the path leads to an intersection with a management trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk continues to follow the track running parallel to the road, keeping the road on the left. Soon the track opens up to a large clearing with high tension power lines passing over the top.
Continue straight: From the clearing, the walk passes under the power lines and follows the bush track, keeping Evans Lookout Rd to the left. Soon this track comes to the exit of the Grand Canyon car park.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the road into the car park, to an 'Evans Lookout' sign.
Veer right: From the eastern corner of the Grand Canyon car park, this walk follows the the 'Evans Lookout' sign past the wooden bollards and along the clear bush track. Soon the track emerges and turns right onto Evans Lookout Rd. About 100m along the road the walk comes to the toilet at the start of the car park.
Continue straight: From the car park, the walk heads to the other end of the car park (towards the lookouts), to the intersection on the left of the information sign.
Continue straight: From the information sign at Evans Lookout car park, this walk follows the 'Evans Lookout' sign down the steps. The track passes a stone shelter on the right as it reaches the railed lookout.

Evans Lookout Alt = 951 m
Evans Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, looks over the spectacular Grose Valley, with its deep gorges, green forest and prominent cliff lines. The fenced lookout is at the end of Evans Lookout Road. There is a rock shelter hut and toilets.

(6.3 km) Evans Lookout to Beauchamp Falls
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.48 km Time = 54 mins
Climb = 32 m Descent = -298 m
Turn sharp right: From Evans Lookout, the walk heads down the steps, passing the 'Grand Canyon' sign. From the bottom of the cliff stairs, the walk tends left onto the spur where it continues downhill and weaves past some boulders to a signposted intersection.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads down the stairs into the gully following the Neates Glen and Grose Valley signs. The walk winds down the hill for approximately 100m to a railing. From here, the walk continues down the other side of the gully, winding down the hill for a short while. The walk then continues down the right-hand side of the gully to drop onto the creek with a signposted rock in the middle.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the signs to 'Rodriguez Pass' around the canyon side, with the creek on the left. After about 200m, the track crosses the creek. The walk follows the white arrows painted on the rocks winding down between, around and under large boulders for approximately 100m. The track then heads out of the pass, keeping close to the cliff line before winding down the hill to Beauchamp Falls.

Beauchamp Falls Alt = 683 m
Beauchamp Falls, Blue Mountains NP, is a beautiful set of falls, split by the rock in the centre of the creek. The falls are created by Greaves Creek, which comes out of the Grand Canyon, above. The falls are approximately 10m tall, with rocks at the base.

(7.78 km) Beauchamp Falls to Govetts and Greaves Flats
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.78 km Time = 58 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -309 m
Continue straight: From Beauchamp Falls, this walk heads down the hill keeping the valley on the right. The track winds through and around boulders to then meander with the hillside. The track winds for some time before descending more steeply, passing a section of rock overhangs which litter the ground with blocks of sandstone. The track passes this area and continues more steeply to a railed section of stairs which drop to a creek, which it crosses to the other side.
Continue straight: From the creek bank, this walk crosses to the other side of the creek. The track then turns left, heading downstream, following blue signposts and white arrows down the valley. The track soon passes a boulder with a large plank underneath it, set up as a seat, before passing a large mossy boulder. Approximately 300m on, the track passes another large mossy boulder with a white arrow at the bottom of the stairs. The track then continues down the hill, crossing the creek to a small clearing next to the creek, in which the track turns right and undulates across the hillside. The track drops into a few creek beds before climbing down a few stairs to an intersection at a campsite on the right.

(9.56 km) Govetts and Greaves Flats to Junction Rock
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.52 km Time = 30 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -60 m
Continue straight: From the intersection to the camp area, this walk heads downstream along the creek flats, below on the right of the track. The track then leaves the creek flats to wind and undulate higher on the hillside for approximately 600m, passing a few clearings with fireplace on the left. The track passes a brown arrow with 'Horse Track' scratched into it, and soon after comes to an intersection with a sign, with an arrow pointing back to 'Grand Canyon'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads downstream following the sign to 'Junction Rock'. The track soon passes a small clearing before climbing higher on the creek bank. After some time undulating, the track comes back onto the creek flats and continues to a section of cliffs on the left. The cliffs are passed by the track across the rockshelf next to a pool in the creek. The track soon turns left to Junction Rock, in the middle of the creek after the rock shelf.

Junction Rock Alt = 361 m
Junction Rock, Blue Mountains NP, is a rock situated in the middle of the Govetts Leap Brook and Govetts Creek junction. The rock is signposted, giving directions to Evans Lookout, Neates Glen, Acacia Flats and the Blue Gum Forest. Junction Rock is a great place for lunch and a swim in summer.

(11.08 km) Junction Rock to Acacia Flats Camping Ground
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.98 km Time = 1 hr 2 mins
Climb = 80 m Descent = -130 m
Veer right: From Junction Rock, the walk follows the 'Acacia Flat' signs to climb in and out of the creek bank to a clearing with a 'No Camping' sign. The track then turns right to follow the creek bank for approximately 1km, leading up onto a steep creek bank, where it continues for some time. The track then turns right, down the hill, to tend left around a small hill. The walk continues from here along the creek flats, to then pass a pit toilet on your left. The walk continues through the clearing for approximately 60m to Acacia Flats camping area.

Acacia Flats Camping Ground Alt = 312 m
Acacia Flats Camping Ground, Blue Mountains NP, is situated on the floor of the Grose Valley between Perrys Lookdown and Lockley Pylon. The camp ground is approximately 50m from Govetts Creek and approximately 500m upstream from Blue Gum Forest. Acacia Flats Camping Ground is appropriately named after the dense population of Acacias found in this area. Acacia Flats is a wonderful area to camp with tall shady Blue Gums and level grass clearings which make for a great place to pitch a tent. There is a pit toilet and sitting logs to make camping more comfortable, and plenty of room for large groups. Water is available from Govetts Creek (treat before drinking).

(14.06 km) Acacia Flats Camping Ground to Blue Gum Forest intersection
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 606 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From Acacia Flats camping area, this walk keeps the Grose River far on its right, and the majority of the camping areas to the left of the track. The track soon passes a burnt 'Welcome to Acacia Flats Camping Area' sign before continuing approximately 100m to a creek bed. The walk passes through the creek bed and then skirts around the base of the hill on the left and then continues to meander across the flats to the numerously signposted intersection with the Blue Gum Forest.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Blue Gum Forest Alt = 311 m
Blue Gum Forest, Blue Mountains NP, is a large stand of Eucalyptus deanei trees on the junction of the Grose River and Govetts Creek. The magnificent trees stand tall on the flats with low vegetation beneath. The trees of Blue Gum Forest represent the protection efforts of Myles Dunphy, who lead a group to raise the 130 pounds required to buy the Blue Gum Forest - quite a sum in 1931 during the depression - and save it from being cleared. The group were successful and the Blue Gum Forest is now protected within the Blue Mountains National Park. More info

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Day 2


(14.06 km) Acacia Flats Camping Ground to Junction Rock
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.98 km Time = 1 hr 2 mins
Climb = 130 m Descent = -80 m
Turn around: From Acacia Flats camping area, the walk leaves the camping area with the Grose River far to the left and the majority of the camping areas to the right of the track. The walk passes a pit toilet on the right after approximately 100m. Continuing along the creek flats before climbing up a small hill, the track contours and undulates for approximately 600m to round a hill which gives views of Pulpit Rock above on the cliffs. The track turns right to climb up the hill, and then left to contour for some time. As the slope lessens, the track descends to the creek bank, which is on the the right. The track continues to contour for approximately 1km just above the creek, on a steep bank which has minor undulations, until it comes across a clearing with a 'No Camping' sign. The track turns left here and descends to the creek bank at a signposted intersection of Junction Rock. Junction Rock 'intersection' sits in the middle of the creek.

(17.04 km) Junction Rock to Bottom of Govetts Leap falls
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.35 km Time = 1 hr 15 mins
Climb = 390 m Descent = -22 m
Veer right: From Junction Rock, the walk follows the 'Govetts Leap' sign, soon crossing the brook. The track then follows the brook for approximately 150m, to another creek crossing. The track continues, with the creek now on its left, for approximately 60m, before crossing back to the other bank. The track continues for approximately 1km with the creek to the right, and undulates steeply in sections between magnificent waterfalls. A section of track traverses a rock shelf for a short stretch, before continuing to wind up and down (with the creek to the right) to a few sets of steeply-cut stairs. From these, the walk continues to wind over hills to a creek crossing. The track then heads up the spur, winding between views of waterfalls, before tending left further up the hill. The walk leads up the winding steps for some time, until crossing the creek at the bottom of a waterfall cascading off the large cliffs - Govetts Leap falls.

(19.39 km) Bottom of Govetts Leap falls to Govetts Leap Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 606 m Time = 42 mins
Climb = 305 m Descent = -61 m
Continue straight: From the bottom of Govetts Leap Falls, this walk heads north-west, following the blue signs up the hill. The track zigzags its way steeply up to a wall of rock covered by moss, ferns and grasses. The track passes along the base of this cliff to a metal staircase, passing through the rock. The track continues to wind steeply below the cliffline, passing two lookouts before coming to the signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Govetts Leap carpark' up the stairs. The walk zigzags up the hill before tending left to the signposted intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads across the grassed area towards a platform structure. The walk climbs some stairs onto Govetts Leap Lookout, with its great views and sandstone monuments.

Govetts Leap Lookout Alt = 975 m
Govetts Leap Lookout is named after the first European man to have enjoyed this view, William Govett, as an assistant surveyor in June 1831[1]. Govetts Leap Lookout offers wonderful views over the Grose Valley and the spectacular Bridal Falls. The word `leap` is an old Scottish word meaning waterfall[2]. The lookout is easily accessed from the car park[3], there are also toilets[4][fac=8007] and picnic shelters[5][fac=8012] nearby.

(20 km) Govetts Leap Lookout to Horseshoe Falls Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 336 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -62 m
Turn around: From Govetts Leap Lookout, this walk heads down the stairs at the edge of the lookout, keeping the valley to the right. The walk then crosses a grassed area to a well-signposted intersection on the edge of the tree line.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads down some stairs, keeping the valley to the right. The walk turns right over a bridge, continuing around the hillside to drop down onto a viewing area and intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads down steep stairs, keeping the valley to the right. The track then winds along the cliff top until coming to an intersection, near Horseshoe Falls Lookout.

Horseshoe Falls Lookout Alt = 901 m
Horseshoe Falls Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, is a small fenced lookout. There are views down to Horseshoe Falls and across the Grose Valley.

Horseshoe Falls Alt = 894 m
Horseshoe Falls, Blue Mountains National Park, are sourced by Popes Glen Creek which runs over the cliff into the Grose Valley. The Horseshoe Falls seem to be named after the shape of the valley into which they drop.

(20.34 km) Horseshoe Falls Lookout to Int. Popes Glen Trk and Boyd Bch Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 441 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -41 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the cliff top towards Horseshoe Falls, with the valley below to the right. The track winds for some time around the hillside, to a lookout on the right, before continuing around to a railing some steep stairs. The stairs lead to Popes Glen Creek, where the track continues through the ferns to meet a street sign.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Popes Glen' keeping the creek below on the right. The track continues for approximately 100m, rising to the left of a prominent rock feature. The walk passes another track on the right (with access to the creek), then continues to rise past the rock feature (on the right - The rock feature has a trail to its top.) This walk continues from the rock feature, heading down the hill to a signposted intersection.

(20.78 km) Int. Popes Glen Trk and Boyd Bch Trk to Boyd Beach
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 37 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill following the 'Boyds Beach' sign (under the bush). The walk winds down the rocky steps for approximately 40m to Boyd Beach.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Boyd Beach Alt = 923 m
Boyd Beach, Blue Mountains National Park, is a small sandy bank on Popes Glen Creek. The beach is a quiet spot with nice ferns and shade. The beach is a short distance from the Popes Glen track.

(20.78 km) Int. Popes Glen Trk and Boyd Bch Trk to Int. Popes Glen Trk and Dell St
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.12 km Time = 49 mins
Climb = 145 m Descent = -48 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, following the arrow on the sign pointing to 'Blackheath'. The track continues above the creek (on the right) for some time, then crosses a bridge so that the creek is now on the left. The walk crosses a second bridge, then continues for some time up a rocky hill to an intersection below power lines, with a bridge below on the right.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, keeping the creek below on the right. The walk soon crosses the creek at a bridge, continuing along the other side to a small waterfall (on the left). The track then continues up the hill for for a short time, passing an intersection (with access tracks to Clarence Rd). The track continues to head up the hill for approximately 300m to the intersection with Dell St.

(22.89 km) Int. Pope's Glen Trk and Dell St to Blackheath Station
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 1.18 km Time = 26 mins
Climb = 65 m Descent = -27 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads down Dell St, keeping the bush to the left of the road and houses to the right. The walk soon passes Cleopatra St on the right and continues along Dell St to the intersection with Gipps Lane, on the right (where Dell St changes name to Wills St).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads along Gipps Lane, passing a large wooden house to the right of the road. The road tends left onto Robertson Lane which then becomes Wills St. The walk follows Wills Street for sometime to turn left onto Inconstant St and then right onto Gardiner Cres. Gardiner Cres is followed to the Great Western Highway, where there is a petrol station on the left. From here, this walk turns left to follow the Great Western Highway, keeping the petrol station on the left, as the walk heads towards the Gardners Inn pub. This walk continues to the pedestrian crossing, opposite Blackheath Station steps.
Turn right: From the pedestrian crossing, this walk crosses the Great Western Highway to turn right up the covered station steps. The walk follows the railway bridge to the top of the station staircase.

Catch the train from Blackheath Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Blackheath Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
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Catch the bus from Blackheath Station
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
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Drive from Blackheath Station
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

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Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
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Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 9.1 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 9.5 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 20.6 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 21 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 34.6 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Blackheath to Blue Gum loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Blackheath to Blue Gum loop
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6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 19 km (to the NW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
26 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 26 km (to the W)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 32 km (to the ENE)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 34 km (to the ESE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: 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 and Climate
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Blue Mountains National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Grand Canyon walking track
The Grand Canyon walking track will be closed from Wednesday 14 October 2015 to mid-June 2016. The closure is necessary to allow work to continue on improving the walking track. Access for canyoners will be on weekends only. Access from Evans Lookout via Beauchamp Falls to the Grose Valley will remain open. Evans Lookout carpark, Loop carpark, and Neates Glen carpark will remain open. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 47878877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens
Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge Walking track. No access to the area is permitted.Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Prince Henry cliff walk, Leura
Blue Mountains City Council wishes to advise that Prince Henry cliff walk between Majestic lookout and the junction with the Leura Cascades walk is currently closed due to a landslip. Detours will be in place and clearly signposted around the affected area. Access from the Leura picnic area to the cascades is unaffected. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Tourism on 1300 653 408 or Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Butterbox Swamp track
The traditional access to Butterbox Canyon via the endangered swamp is now closed and rehabilitated. No access permitted. Canyoners should use the new track provided. Temporary signage is in place.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Claustral canyon access change
Access to Claustral canyon via the previous route across private land at Mount Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mount Tomah residents and avoid using private land. Alternative access from the west side of Mount Bell has been identified. For more information, please contact the Blue Moauntains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Cahills lookout - Katoomba
As a result of a recent bushfire, Cahills lookout remains closed until further notice. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Council on (02) 4780 5000.

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens
Waratah Native Gardens Some areas of this park are closed due to a major landslip event occurring across The Gorge Walking Track. Closed areas include The Gorge Walking Track in the Blue Mountains National Park. A full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The Gorge Walking Track is closed at the entry trackhead however the Waratah Native Gardens Day Use and Picnic Area located off Valley Ridges Road Berambing (west of Bilpin) has now been reopened. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. For more information, please contact NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines


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katie IP:124.170.88.xxx | 2009-04-26 19:08:04
Really nice walk but definitely for the fitter as the steep climbs are very steep and long. Pretty easy to navigate with the signs and the wild walks instructions. I recommend phoning blackheath information to check the paths are open as we had do quite a detour due to a landslide. We went in April and once you get away from the car parks the route is pretty quiet :D
Laura - Student IP:202.5.181.xxx | 2009-05-22 20:29:41
This walk sounds so great! I'm in year 9, doing a sport assignment on a recreational activity and this particular bush hike caught my eye. Doin my research, I've figured it would be a very worthwhile experience to walk the track. Thanks :D
Douglas IP:124.168.146.xxx | 2010-07-26 19:34:22
The Evans Lookout to Beauchamp Falls trail is closed due to a landslide. We bypassed it by taking the hold horse trail that goes to the left a short way below Evans Lookout. This walk needs to be updated to reflect the trail conditions that have been out there for several years. The park service has no plans of reopening the trail with the landslide.
sue Booth - Mrs IP:110.140.247.xxx | 2011-04-02 04:36:50
HI , Im hoping to contact Matt. We would like to do this walk in a couple of weeks but we are concerned about the landslide and wether the detour is clearly marked.
sue IP:120.155.200.xxx | 2011-04-20 09:05:17
The section fom evans lookout to beuchamp falls is closed, and NPW have marked it in red on the map and the path is barricaded. We chose to walk from govetts leap to bluegum forest and back as it was wet and slippery and did not want to go on a closed track. Perhaps this walk should be removed from the site until the path is re-opened.
Tim IP:192.250.153.xxx | 2011-05-16 03:46:04
Did this track over the weekend, still closed @ Evans lookout end and Junction rock end. We did it anyway and took a few detours.. Brilliant track to do if you don't mind navigationg the overgrown tracks. the scenery at the end of day 2 is something else. might write to the Parks to find out if this will ever be re opened..
Rob IP:120.88.132.xxx | 2011-08-19 01:04:21
Planning to do this walk this weekend, just confirmed with NWPS that Evans lookout to Junction rock is now open.

Looks like it might be a wet one though.
Mike IP:143.119.162.xxx | 2012-03-19 00:14:26
We did this walk last weekend. It was beatifull but very challenging as the rain has brought the rivers and creeks up. Leeches weren't much of a problem but the mosquitos at Acacia Flat were unbelievable, bring loads in industrial grade repellent.
Sissy - Great walk IP:120.20.219.xxx | 2012-05-05 04:02:08
I just had this trip, it is definite for fit people, and I lost a hiking stick on the track:(
Rodos IP:58.173.138.xxx | 2012-07-25 11:35:01
Did this track this previous weekend. There were a few doing it. It is hard going. I was not smart enough to use some sticks so my legs took it hard with the weight of my pack.

All the people go from Beauchamp Falls struggled to find the track. There is a landslide just as you hit the falls and the way onwards is a little unclear. The trick is that there is a path between to rocks that looks like a cave. Inside the cave bit is a white arrow, but you can't see it from the outside and their is no markers outside. You sort of loose the track and then wonder which way to go, its only until to stick your head into the cave opening that you see the way.

Also the toilets at Acacia Flats were a real mess. Rubbish thrown everywhere along with what should have been down the toilet. No idea how people could treat a shared facility like this.

Thanks for the great track notes.
Tim IP:153.107.33.xxx | 2012-08-27 01:52:21
is there any water source along the track if so were abouts? or do we have to bring our own water what is the recommended amount. thanks
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2012-08-27 01:57:42
Tim wrote:
is there any water source along the track if so were abouts

Hi Tim
Plenty of water in the main valley. The creeks that the track follow just before waypoint 7.79 till a bit after 17.1 have water. Do sterilise the water before drinking.
Happy walking
Matt :)
Stacey - Campground IP:60.240.33.xxx | 2012-09-28 04:04:45
What is the campground like? Can you light your own fire etc.?
admin - re: Campground Super Administrator | 2012-09-28 09:28:28
Stacey wrote:
What is the campground like? Can you light your own fire etc.?

Hi Stacey
Nice basic campsite beside the creek. It is a fuel stove only area (no campfires) and there is a pit toilet.
Nice short walk to the main Blue Gum Forest, creek is nice to cool off in.
Matt :)
Matthew - re: Campground IP:124.187.137.xxx | 2012-11-14 06:43:02
admin wrote:
Nice basic campsite beside the creek. It is a fuel stove only area (no campfires


Is it possible to find a list that shows Blue Mountains tracks that do allow camp fires?
I want to go out with a younger brother and teach him how to do it without leaving marks.
Alisa - Heat IP:60.240.33.xxx | 2012-11-28 01:37:11
Supposed to be in the 30's this weekend in Sydney, do you think it will be too hot to do this walk?
Anthony - Heat IP:60.228.48.xxx | 2012-11-28 09:28:34
I am doing this track on the weekend. I am hoping it will get cooler as you go through the valley areas. And it looks cooler on the Sunday when you have to do the hard hike up and out (but I haven't done it before).
admin - re: Heat Super Administrator | 2012-11-28 10:01:19
Anthony wrote:
I am doing this track on the weekend. I am hoping it will get cooler as you go through the valley areas. And it looks cooler on the Sunday when you have to do the hard hike up and out (but I haven't done it before).

I like your theory Anthony. It will still be hot, but the valley will be the cooler and a dip in the creek welcome. Do keep an eye on the Fire danger to see if there are any nearby fires before make the decision to head in. Drink plenty of water and take your time. Happy walking.
Matt :)
Brodie IP:203.39.58.xxx | 2013-01-03 01:52:00
Did this walk over New Years, however chose to walk the Grand Canyon track instead of Evans lookout. It's a great walk but challenging, especially from Junction rock to Govetts Leap Lookout but well worth it once you get to the top and see where you've come from. Highly recommend.
Nick IP:122.106.237.xxx | 2013-03-18 07:13:07
Does the camp ground have a water source? Or does all water have to be carried or sourced from a creek? Thanks
Dawid and Kim - Awesome! IP:14.200.150.xxx | 2013-03-24 08:39:10
We did this hike on the weekend. Great hike, beautiful views, great swimming holes, plenty of water. We struggled to find the 'tunnel' at Beauchamp Falls, look out for the red ribbons... very easy to miss.

One negative... the mosquitoes at Acacia Flat campground were absolutely crazy... I have never experienced anything like it, 1000's of them(not sure if they are breeding or something). Take lots of spray! Other than that, great hike. Loved the walk up to Govetts Leap, despite being challenging, it really is beautiful.
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2013-03-24 21:49:28
Nick wrote:
Does the camp ground have a water source? Or does all water have to be carried or sourced from a creek? Thanks

Hi Nick -- there is a creek with water a short distance away -- please steralise it before drinking it.
Matt :)
Anonymous - re: Awesome! IP:115.146.66.xxx | 2013-07-15 01:39:02
Dawid and Kim wrote:
We struggled to find the 'tunnel' at Beauchamp Falls, look out for the red ribbons...


Did this track for the 3rd time this last weekend as enjoy the challenge of climbing out on the stairs to Govetts leap. I did note that the tunnel at Beauchamp falls has been covered in rock from a landslide so there is now an alternate route to the left, follow the the red and white ribbons down an alternate path which has been cleared of under growth.

The rest of the track especially on the rivers edge is subject to flood damage so be sure to check weather reports prior to going out as I could also see the waterline for alot of the track beside the creek will cover the track in flood.

Other than that go out on a great walk when the weather permits, some great scenery on the way in and out.... the river bed has it's moments but nothing can beat climbing out to Govetts leap
Eileen - Re- cool IP:153.107.33.xxx | 2013-09-02 02:38:11
I am doing this walk for an assmessnt task for school this is a good walk
Eileen - Student IP:153.107.97.xxx | 2013-09-03 04:38:12
i am in yr11 and i have to do a bushwalk for an overnight camp. Blackheath to Blue Gum Loop is a good overnight camp to go on. i would go on this camp one day
Eileen - re: Student IP:153.107.33.xxx | 2013-09-05 02:37:04
Laura wrote:
This walk sounds so great! I'm in year 9, doing a sport assignment on a recreational activity and this particular bush hike caught my eye. Doin my research, I've figured it would be a very worthwhile experience to walk the track. Thanks :D
Hey laura me too but im in yr11 at school and i have got an assement task due so i choose to do Blackheath to Blue Gum Loop
charles - Is this track still open IP:202.177.218.xxx | 2014-01-06 23:15:15
Hi,

Is this track still open? has it been affected by October bush fires?
John IP:101.170.42.xxx | 2014-02-18 05:35:30
Did this track in under a day, easy for a fit guy needed only a 2L camel pack and food.
Tom IP:180.214.168.xxx | 2014-06-29 04:36:26
I did this hike just a few days ago. I would highly recommend it.

We did it slightly different to these direction as we started at the Blackheath Visitors Centre and walked south across the cliff. The tracks were all clear and we had no problem navigating it (we didn't end up using the directions at all). You can buy maps at the visitors centre.

We had 3 litres of water each but you can always fill up in the creeks (which you come across regularly in the walk) assuming you boil your water. First day is relatively easy as it's mainly downhill but coming back up on the second day is challenging but fine for anyone who is fit.

Great walk though, really beautiful and spans a few climates.
Jay - No go IP:124.149.188.xxx | 2015-01-03 11:19:45
Is it possible to have updated track notes for this one? I am getting conflicting information on walker's posts, the latest ones saying no directions needed. Just attempted this one today and the Beauchamp Falls landslide white markers point to a tunnel that has been covered with rocks and wood. Going around this there is a track that has broken away at the waterfall making this impassable and there are no other markers. The other side of the waterfall is a cliff face. I will probably try again doing this track from Govetts Leap to get to the campground but really think this should be updated or removed like other people have mentioned. Thanks!
Melissa IP:110.20.231.xxx | 2015-03-24 21:08:13
Did this walk last week. We followed the red and white markers tied in the trees to get around the landslide just near the falls, but it is a bit unclear, and definitely a scramble. We were a little unsure of where the track went once we got to the rock shelf, but did find our way. Definitely clearer markers would be good. The track to Blue Gum forest was easy to find, but rough in parts. I agree with the post above, the mosquitoes were incredible, but still, a beautiful place to camp. The pit toilet wasn't great, but with so many people camping there, it's essential (two large duke of ed/scout groups also camping there).
cass IP:110.147.200.xxx | 2015-04-09 11:17:42
Did this walk this week.
I am not a terribly fit person so god knows why I thought this was a good idea.
Don't do it if you don't like stairs.
the landslide was easy to navigate though, there's plenty of markers.
the stairs at the end nearly killed me, but great views :)
David - Nice walk IP:49.2.3.xxx | 2015-04-13 02:58:17
Did this walk on easter weakend. The path was very well marked and easy to find, we only took some short looks at OSM to verify our way.
Some long clothes at the camp to protect against mosquitoes could turn out usefil but they haven't been that agressive.
It's a very nice walk and I can recommand it to everyone who is not totally unfit.
Jin - Got a bit lost on day 1 IP:124.149.52.xxx | 2015-05-19 14:32:48
Did this walk on weekend. Was carrying 16kg to practice for a longer walk, and found some sections challenging with this weight (such as landslide).

Got a bit lost at end of day 1 (junction rock to acacia flats). Instructions say that you climb up a steep creek bank, but I would describe it more as a mountain than just a creek bank (went pretty high and far from river). The track then diverges, with one path going down towards the river. You need to take the left fork. The track also then passes over a couple of small streams (which are not mentioned).

Lots of beautiful waterfalls - want to go back in summer so I can swim!
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