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Cliff Top Track
Time: 1 hr 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.6 km ENE of Blackheath
Length: 3.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 3.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 224 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 224 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 of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

The Cliff Top Track is a breath-taking walk around the edge of the Grose Valley, between Govetts Leap and Evans lookouts. The many lookouts along this track show off the stunning Grose Valley. The track also showcases Govetts Leap from close up, at Barrows Lookout, and further away, from Govetts Leap Lookout. (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 Cliff Top Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Cliff Top Track
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Govetts Leap Lookout
Braeside Walk North
Barrow Lookout
Cliff Top Service Trk
Evans Lookout toilets
Evans Lookout car park
Int. Valley View Lookout Trk and Evans Lookout Trk
Valley View Lookout
Int. Valley View Lookout Trk and Evans Lookout Trk
Evans Lookout
Starting point for this hiking track: Govetts Leap Lookout

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)

Print a map and track notes here
 Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301S 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
Bridal Veil Falls from Govetts Leap Lookout
 
Bridal Veil Falls from Govetts Leap Lookout +
 
Track to Braeside Walk from Govetts Leap Lookout
 
Track to Braeside Walk from Govetts Leap Lookout +
 
Cliff Top Track
 
Cliff Top Track +

 
Cliff Top track across Govetts Leap Brook
 
Cliff Top track across Govetts Leap Brook +
 
Govetts Leap Falls from Barrows Lookout
 
Govetts Leap Falls from Barrows Lookout +
 
Lizard on track to Barrows Lookout
 
Lizard on track to Barrows Lookout +

 
Grose Valley from Cliff Top Walk
 
Grose Valley from Cliff Top Walk +
 
Evans Lookout car park
 
Evans Lookout car park +
 
View from Evan's Lookout
 
View from Evan's Lookout +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Cliff Top Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Cliff Top Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Cliff Top Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Cliff Top Track 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 3.2km
Time 1 hr 45 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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
2.3km of this walk has short steep hills and another 700m is very steep. The remaining (180m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 2.8km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 340m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 2.8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 390m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 3.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3.2km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 2.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 300m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Govetts Leap Lookout
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)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Govetts Leap Lookout
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
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

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.

(0 km) Govetts Leap Lookout to Barrow Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 700 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -84 m
From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill, following the sign to 'Evans Lookout' and keeping the Grose Valley below on the left. The track rises for approximately 400m and then heads down the hillside. The walk zigzags down the hill, with stairs, and then crosses a creek with cement steppingstones, coming to a signposted intersection on the other side.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the winding stairs towards the cliffs. The soon comes to the railed Barrow Lookout, where there is a bench seat.

Barrow Lookout Alt = 910 m
Barrow Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, looks down to Govetts Leap falls and across the Grose Valley. The lookout is fenced and has a bench seat to rest.

(0.7 km) Barrow Lookout to Evans Lookout toilets
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.1 km Time = 53 mins
Climb = 165 m Descent = -104 m
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk heads up the stairs, keeping the valley below on the left. The walk winds up the stairs for quite some time, then flattens out along the cliff top. This walk continues along the flat for approximately 100m before climbing up more stairs for approximately 200m, to a bench seat at the intersection. If the track begins to descend after the bench seat, then you have gone too far.
Veer left: From the intersection at the bench seat, this walk heads down the hill, with the valley on the left. The track flattens out for approximately 100m before swinging right, into a gully. The track climbs out of the gully and continues to undulate around the hillside for approximately 500m. The track then descends steeply into 'Haywards Gully' which has a boardwalk bridge. This walk follows the wooden boardwalk for approximately 30m, then continues along a flat, dirt track for approximately 60m. The track then climbs up the hill for approximately 100m to Evans Lookout car park.

Hayward Gully Alt = 931 m
Hayward Gully, Blue Mountains National Park, is named after the first white man, William Hayward, to reach the floor of Govetts Gorge, in 1847. The area is a small gully along the Cliff Top Walk between Evans Lookout and Barrows Lookout. The gully is a quiet place, with a bench seat to enjoy the flora and fauna, and views through the trees into the Grose Valley.

(2.8 km) Evans Lookout toilets to Evans Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 274 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -38 m
Turn left: 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.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill for approximately 30m to the intersection (on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill to the railed lookout approximately 20m down, towards the cliff edge.
Turn around: From Valley View Lookout, this walk heads up the hill approximately 20m to the sign marked intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Evans Lookout' sign along the hillside, keeping the cliffs to the left of the track. The walk heads along the flat track for approximately 100m to the tarmac surface of Evans 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.

(3.07 km) Evans Lookout to Evans Lookout car park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 82 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = 0 m
Turn sharp right: From the lookout, this walk heads up the hill towards a stone shelter. The track continues past the stone shelter and away from the cliff line, to soon arrive at the car park.

Drive from Evans Lookout car park
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
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
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

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public transport options
from the end of this walk

Driving Directions
Map Car Shuffle
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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 9.4 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 9.8 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 21.6 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 22.2 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 32.6 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Cliff Top Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Cliff Top Track
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6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 21 km (to the NW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
29 km (to the WSW)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 29 km (to the WSW)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 30 km (to the ENE)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 32 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
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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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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satori - steve alton Registered | 2008-03-14 11:32:55
Hi Matt
i just wanted to compliment you on the site!
Its great, and a lesson to us all on how to give info on walks.

I work for Parks, so i know how valuable accurate info is. Get in touch if you like home email is satori108@gmail.com :wink:
Sarah Thompson IP:115.128.37.xxx | 2011-02-26 08:53:57
My husband and I walked this track this morning and it was a really good walk. Track was well maintained and had beautiful views.
Return from Govetts Leap to Evan Lookout it took us just under 2 hours.
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