This walk takes you from Govetts Leap lookout, around the cliff tops, to Pulpit Rock lookout. The walk passes many lookouts, each giving their own unique perspective of the Grose Valley's dramatic cliff line and waterfalls. The walk down to the lower platform of Pulpit Rock is via a set of steep stairs, the view varies at each of the three levels.
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Cross sectional view of the Pulpit Rock Track bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Pulpit Rock Track bushwalking track
Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
2 hrs 30 mins
Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track
Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
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Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk. Gradient
3.6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 180m is very steep. The remaining (35m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
3.7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 70m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (35m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
3.4km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 360m is clearly signposted. The remaining (70m) has minimal directional signs.
Around 3.7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 70m requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 3.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
3.4km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 300m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (70m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
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Govetts Leap Lookout is named after the first European man to have enjoyed this view, William Govett, as an assistant surveyor in June 1831. 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. The lookout is easily accessed from the car park, there are also toilets[fac=8007] and picnic shelters[fac=8012] nearby.
Govetts Leap Lookout
Horseshoe Falls Lookout Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 336 m
Time = 11 mins
Climb = 23 m
Descent = -62 m
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 Lookout
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.
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.
Int. Popes Glen Trk and Pulpit Rock Trk
Boyd Lookout Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.21 km
Time = 46 mins
Climb = 204 m
Descent = -148 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk heads across the creek, following the signs to 'Pulpit Rock'. The track winds up the hill, reaching a railing which is followed around and under a cliff to Cripps Lookout, with views of Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls. This walk then continues along the hillside, with the valley below on the right. The track rounds into a gully and over a creek to rise out again up the hillside. It then follows the hillside for some time, leading in and out of gullys to a large railed lookout, Boyd Lookout.
Alt = 973 m
Boyd Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, looks over the Grose Valley with a spectacular view over Pulpit Rock to the east. It is an unfenced, informal lookout.
Pulpit Rock lower Lookout Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.73 km
Time = 53 mins
Climb = 134 m
Descent = -269 m
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk leads along the hillside with the valley below on the right. The track passes by views of the Grose Valley on its right, and rocky outcrops on the left. It then swings to the right, around a hill, to head into a gully. The track continues around the gully to drop into a creek to continue to a sign marked intersection. Turn right: From the intersection, this walk goes down the stairs, following the sign to 'Pulpit Rock'. The track heads down the hill to a flat area with awesome views over the Grose Valley. Veer left: From the upper lookout, this walk heads down the long set of stairs towards Pulpit Rock (a bench seat is visible from here). The walk passes a side path (which leads to a cave) and continues down to the bench seat in the middle of the platform. Continue straight: From the middle lookout seat, this walk heads to the end of the viewing area and heads down a set of stairs. The track follows a boardwalked section of track to a second similar viewing area with a seat. The walk then steeply descends a flight of metal stairs to a small viewing platform.
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Alt = 892 m
Pulpit Rock Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, looks over the Grose Valley and back towards Blackheath, with Bridal Veil Falls and the Govetts Leap cliff edge in view. The lookout has many levels with the uppermost lookout having the easiest access.
Pulpit Rock lower Lookout
Pulpit Rock car park Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 408 m
Time = 16 mins
Climb = 135 m
Descent = -10 m
Turn around: From the bottom lookout, this walk heads up the metal railing to the viewing platform above the cliffs. The track continues past a seat in the middle of the viewing area, to head over a boardwalked section of track and up the stairs to the middle lookout, where there is a seat. Continue straight: From the seat, this walk heads up the hill and away from the valley, passing a side track (which leads to a cave). The walk heads up more stairs before coming to a large viewing area on the left. Veer right: From the lookout, this walk heads up the stairs, away from the valley, for approximately 30m to a signposted intersection. Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads up the stairs, following the 'Carpark' sign. The track flattens out before heading up another set of stairs, which pass a picnic shelter on your left. The walk also passes a trail to a toilet, then continues up another set of stairs to the car park, where there is a 'Pulpit Rock Lookout' trail sign.
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 5 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.
Blue Mountains National ParkLink 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 feesCampingFacilities 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