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Blackheath Station to Junction Rock Loop (via Grand Canyon and Popes Glen)
Time: 8 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.2 km NNW of Blackheath
Length: 18.2 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 18.2 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 1254 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 1254 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 of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

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. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Blue Mountains National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
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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
Neates Glen car park sign
Rotunda
 Waterfall Railing Bridge
Int. Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass Tracks
Beauchamp Falls
Waterfalls
Govetts and Greaves Flats
Int. Horse and Grose River Tracks
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

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

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Photo Gallery

 
Waterfall long McNicol St service trail
 
Waterfall long McNicol St service trail +
 
McNicol Service Trail
 
McNicol Service Trail +
 
Grand Canyon Loop from Neates Glen car park
 
Grand Canyon Loop from Neates Glen car park +

 
Grand Canyon cave section
 
Grand Canyon cave section +
 
Tree fern in Grand Canyon
 
Tree fern in Grand Canyon +
 
Railed Bridge infront of waterfall
 
Railed Bridge infront of waterfall +

 
Grand Canyon floor
 
Grand Canyon floor +
 
Railed boulder on Rodriguez Pass
 
Railed boulder on Rodriguez Pass +
 
Cliffs from the dark valley
 
Cliffs from the dark valley +

 
Waterfalls on Rodriguez Pass Track
 
Waterfalls on Rodriguez Pass Track +
 
Track south of Junction Rock
 
Track south of Junction Rock +
 
Pool just south of Junction Rock
 
Pool just south of Junction Rock +

 
Track up Govetts Ck
 
Track up Govetts Ck +
 
Cliff from the Grose Valley
 
Cliff from the Grose Valley +
 
Track down to Govetts Leap falls
 
Track down to Govetts Leap falls +

 
View from Govetts Leap Lookout
 
View from Govetts Leap Lookout +
 
Cliff Top Track stairs
 
Cliff Top Track stairs +
 
Pope's Glen Track
 
Pope's Glen Track +

 
Pope's Glen Track
 
Pope's Glen Track +
 
Pope's Glen Track marker
 
Pope's Glen Track marker +
 
Sign marking an end of Pope's Glen Trk
 
Sign marking an end of Pope's Glen Trk +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Blackheath Station to Junction Rock Loop (via Grand Canyon and Popes Glen) bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Blackheath Station to Junction Rock Loop (via Grand Canyon and Popes Glen) bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Blackheath Station to Junction Rock Loop (via Grand Canyon and Popes Glen) bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Blackheath Station to Junction Rock Loop (via Grand Canyon and Popes Glen) 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 18km
Time 8 hrs 30 mins
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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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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
8km of this walk has short steep hills and another 6km is very steep. Whilst another 2.8km is flat with no steps and the remaining 2.1km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 5km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 3.2km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 6km has minimal directional signs. The remaining (4.1km) is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 17km 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.

Infrastructure
7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 6km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (5km) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

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.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
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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.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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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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(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 Neates Glen car park sign
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 639 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -151 m
Veer right: From Neates Glen car park, this walk heads down the stairs following the 'Grand Canyon Track' signs. The track zigzags many times down the hillside, with the surrounding vegetation becoming more like a rainforest, before the track comes to a railing. From this railing, the track winds down more stairs to a second railing that crosses over a creek. The track continues to wind down the right side (with creek on the left) of the canyon. The track follows the creek down past a few mossy overhangs of rock to cross a boardwalk bridge before the canyon opens up. The canyon opens onto a densely vegetated area which leads the track to a creek crossing and a sign pointing back up to 'Neates Glen carpark '.

Neates Glen Alt = 931 m
Neates Glen, Blue Mountains NP, is a deep little valley with a creek running through it. Neates Glen is part of the Grand Canyon Track and offers a nice sample of rainforest before entering the Grand Canyon itself.

(5.41 km) Neates Glen car park sign to Rotunda
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 542 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -53 m
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.

Rotunda Alt = 848 m
The Rotunda, Blue Mountains NP, is an area on Greaves Creek where the cliff has been carved out to form an overhang, over a sand beach within the Grand Canyon. The Rotunda is a great area for a rest and a snack, especially on a hot day.

(5.96 km) Rotunda to Int. Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.58 km Time = 45 mins
Climb = 116 m Descent = -192 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Evans Lookout', winding around the side of the canyon under the rock overhangs. The track soon passes through a small rockfall tunnel, and then passes behind a waterfall to continue around the railed canyon track for approximately 500m, coming to a railing bridge in front of another waterfall.
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.

(7.54 km) Int. Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass Tracks to Beauchamp Falls
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 376 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -100 m
Turn right: 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.

(7.91 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.

(9.69 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.

(11.21 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
Turn left: 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.

Govetts Leap (falls) Alt = 894 m
Govetts Leap, is a waterfall in the Blue Mountains National Park. The fall is fed by Govetts Leap Brook which runs over the cliff into the Grose Valley. The falls are best viewed from Govetts Leap and Barrow Lookouts. Leap is a scots dialect word for cataract or waterfall.

(13.57 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.

(14.17 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.

(14.51 km) Horseshoe Falls Lookout to Int. Popes Glen Trk and Pulpit Rock Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 135 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -26 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.

(14.64 km) Int. Popes Glen Trk and Pulpit Rock Trk to Int. Popes Glen Trk and Boyd Bch Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 306 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -15 m
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.

(14.95 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.

(14.95 km) Int. Popes Glen Trk and Boyd Bch Trk to Blackheath Station
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,footpath,footpath,footpath
Length = 3.3 km Time = 1 hr 15 mins
Climb = 210 m Descent = -75 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.
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 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.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
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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.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive from Blackheath Station
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
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Getting there

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

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

Driving Directions
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Near by


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 Station to Junction Rock Loop (via Grand Canyon and Popes Glen).
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Blackheath Station to Junction Rock Loop (via Grand Canyon and Popes Glen)
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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 Central Ranges 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)
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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Troiks IP:61.14.187.xxx | 2009-03-02 12:56:10
The pass has been blocked by a landslide but I have been told it is still possible to cross over it
Damon - re: IP:121.44.129.xxx | 2009-05-07 23:37:17
Troiks wrote:
The pass has been blocked by a landslide but I have been told it is still possible to cross over it


Can this be confirmed or denied???
admin - re: landslide Super Administrator | 2009-05-08 08:55:13
Troiks wrote:
Can this be confirmed or denied???

Confirmed
NPWS closure information "In the Grose Valley, Junction Rock to Grand Canyon via Rodriguez Pass is closed due to significant landslide at Beauchamp Falls. NB: No entry/exit to Grose Valley via Grand Canyon. " the Horse track is an alternate route (although requires higher level of navigation skills and more walking time).
Walker IP:116.250.91.xxx | 2009-06-25 17:41:09
Is this still the case? There are no dates on the above entries. 25/06/09
admin - re: landslide Super Administrator | 2009-06-25 19:19:25
Walker wrote:
Is this still the case?
Still closed, an alt route via horse track still possible. There are still plenty of great walks in the area. BTW you can view park closer info in the 'weather and park info' tab on most walks.
Enjoy the walk
Matt :)
Walker - Landslide IP:58.164.18.xxx | 2010-10-01 14:56:31
What are the details of the closure? After completing the track from the grand canyon to junction rock on 1/3/09 I was wondering what changes have occured. At this time the walk was still accessible, when did the landslide happen?
admin - re: Landslide Super Administrator | 2010-10-05 00:43:11
Walker wrote:
At this time the walk was still accessible, when did the landslide happen?

Hi Walker, if you did the walk in 2009 then this was since the landslide that closed the track. Although it is physically possible to complete the walk, NPWS have closed the track not only for the safety of visitors, but to protect the environement.
Matt :)
Molly - Landslide update IP:129.78.32.xxx | 2011-06-05 22:10:55
The landslide is still there (June 2011) and work is being done on track reconstruction. It's possible to get over and around the landslide bit (when the workers aren't there), but the next km or two of the trail are a bit rough - overgrown, with many downed trees. It might be good to make it clear in the notes that the track is officially closed even if passable, and that the Horse Track is the best alternative.
Trevor - landslide/horse track navigati IP:58.108.162.xxx | 2011-08-30 05:29:19
Hi, I was curious what the difficulty, if any, was of navigating the horse track (out of 10).
Admin stated, "the Horse track is an alternate route (although requires higher level of navigation skills and more walking time)."
admin - re: landslide/horse track navi Super Administrator | 2011-08-30 20:58:49
Trevor wrote:
Hi, I was curious what the difficulty, if any, was of navigating the horse track (out of 10).
Admin stated, "the Horse track is an alternate route (although requires higher level of navigation skills and more walking time)."

Hi Trevor
The main track down through Rodriguez Pass is open again (just a few weeks ago). If you are ok with a map and compass, and happy walking on a faint track that disappears for short sections then you will be fine to navigate this area. At times the track is very clear, and at other time less so. The horse track is more faint, and more difficult to pick the turn off.
This is a fairly remote area with very little mobile phone reception, worth carrying a PLB, you can hire then for free from NPWS and the Police in the area.
Matt :)
Strider - Is the track open ? IP:203.206.236.xxx | 2013-02-15 22:55:13
Does anyone have any updated information regarding the original track ? is it open?

Thanks !
admin - re: Is the track open ? Super Administrator | 2013-02-17 23:16:28
Strider wrote:
Does anyone have any updated information regarding the original track ? is it open?
Thanks !

Hi Strider
yep it is open again - the route has changed a bit but is basically the same.
Enjoy
Matt :)
Naj - Can I do camp IP:49.0.12.xxx | 2013-05-29 22:26:35
Hi,

I like to go for this walk "junction Rock Loop" via grand canyon and popes, and i like to do overnight camp as well, any advice pls.
admin - re: Can I do camp Super Administrator | 2013-05-29 22:47:46
Naj wrote:
Hi,

I like to go for this walk "junction Rock Loop" via grand canyon and popes, and i like to do overnight camp as well, any advice pls.

There are no formal campsite on this walk, although there are a few small clearing on Govetts creek. I think the best bet is to extend the walk up to Blue Gum Forest and camp at Acacia Flats.

Hope that helps.

Matt :)
Naj - Can I do camp IP:49.0.8.xxx | 2013-05-30 22:17:18
Hi Matt,

Thanks for prompt response, please can you give me some more hints like start/end point of walk and from where I should follow the "Blu Gum Forest" walk please.
admin - Acacia Flats access Super Administrator | 2013-05-30 23:30:00
Hi Naj
No worries --- Look at this walk and merge them how you want.
http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/blue-mountains-blackheath-/blackhealth-to-blue-gum-loop.html

Happy walking
Matt :)
mercer - Quad Killer Registered | 2015-01-19 22:15:38
Completed this walk yesterday. Track notes were excellent and easy to follow though the rain made it challenging.
Rodriguez Pass near where the landslide happened was a little tricky but the white arrows and tape on the trees helped a lot.
I missed the signs mentioned in section Govetts and Greaves Flats to Junction Rock but found my way. The climb out was a quad killer and took me twice as long as planned due to cramping and wet conditions.
I had no reception (vodafone) for the majority of the hike and as I was alone I should have taken a PLB.
Excellent hike though.
Matt - Govetts Leap is terrific IP:121.217.158.xxx | 2015-10-08 10:33:28
Did this walk the other day with no major problems. Loved Govetts Leap. Charles Darwin once make the trek there and I can see why.

I've used this website a few times now and just want to say how terrific it is.
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