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Leura Park to Gordon Falls Lookout
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3 km SE of Katoomba
Length: 3.6 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 3.6 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 380 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 380 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: Return
Track: Moderate

Starting at Leura Park, this walk passes above Leura Cascades before working its way along the route of Prince Henry's Cliff Walk. The walk winds past many lookouts with brilliant views over the Jamison Valley. The views are even more exceptional from the turn-around point at Gordon Falls 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 Leura Park to Gordon Falls Lookout

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Leura Park to Gordon Falls Lookout
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Leura Cascades Picnic Area
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Park Track
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Cascades Round Walk (NE)
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Creek Service Trail
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Cliff Drive Bush track
The Rock
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Bridal Veil Lookout Track
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Bridal Veil Lookout Track
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk Tarpeian Rock Track
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk Tarpeian Rock Track
Olympian Lookout
Elysian Lookout
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Gordon Falls Lookout Track
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Cascades Picnic Area Track

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
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Photo Gallery

 
Leura Park
 
Leura Park +
 
Following the creek
 
Following the creek +
 
Prince Henry Cliff Walk
 
Prince Henry Cliff Walk +

 
A view over the Jamison
 
A view over the Jamison +
 
Bridal Veil Falls
 
Bridal Veil Falls +
 
Prince Henry Cliff Walk
 
Prince Henry Cliff Walk +

 
View from Prince Henry Cliff Walk
 
View from Prince Henry Cliff Walk +
 
Welcome to Blue Mountains NP sign
 
Welcome to Blue Mountains NP sign +
 
The view from Gordon Falls Lookout
 
The view from Gordon Falls Lookout +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Leura Park to Gordon Falls Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Leura Park to Gordon Falls Lookout bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Leura Park to Gordon Falls Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Leura Park to Gordon Falls Lookout 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.
Length 3.6km
Time 2 hrs
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
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
1km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 610m has short steep hills. The remaining (170m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
1km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 440m follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (330m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 920m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 860m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 230m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 600m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Catch the train to Katoomba Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Katoomba 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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus to Leura Cascades Picnic Area
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 Leura Cascades Picnic Area
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|

Leura Cascades Picnic Area Alt = 899 m
Leura Cascades Picnic area is a open picnic area beside Cliff Drive, with Leura Cascades Creek running through the middle. There are a number of small cascades in the park, along with toilets and picnic tables. There are a few information signs and maps of the area. The park is well remembered for the artificial caves and arches that have been built to provide shelter and a sense of place. A small road runs through the park, providing access and parking, and garbage facilities are provided. There is also plenty of shade from some large pine trees.

(0 km) Leura Cascades Picnic Area to Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Creek Service Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,duckboard,bushtrack
Length = 258 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -12 m
From cave-like shelters in Leura Cascades Picnic Area, this walk heads along the footpath, passing under the arch. Passing the toilet block, the path comes to the information board, from where the walk follows the 'Leura Cascades Track' sign down the steps. The path soon leads to a small stone wall with a view of some cascades and Chelmsford Bridge.
From the view of Chelmsford Bridge, this walk follows track downhill, keeping the handrail and creek to the left, soon coming to an intersection with 'Prince Henry Cliff Walk' just before a footbridge.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Leura Cascades' sign across the footbridge to a 'Y' intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Prince Henry Cliff Walk To Gordon Falls' sign up the timber steps. The walk continues along the bush track that steadily climbs to the top of the gentle hill, where it comes to an intersection with the Cliff Drive bush track.

(0.26 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Creek Service Trail to The Rock
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 237 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track heading around the side of the hill, winding through the bush until it comes to the intersection of the short bush track to Cliff Drive.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track winding around the valley down to the right for a short while, before coming to 'The Rock' lookout just off the track on the right.

The Rock Alt = 898 m
The Rock is a small, partially-fenced lookout, about 10 metres from the Prince Henry Cliff Walk near Bridal Veil Falls. The old timber fence only partially covers the cliff line and the walk to the lookout can be slippery. The view from the lookout includes close-up views of the crowns of several trees. There is no view of Bridal Veil Falls, but the view does extend across to the cliffs at Bridal View Lookout.

(0.5 km) The Rock to Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Bridal Veil Lookout Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 106 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -5 m
Turn left: From the lookout, this walk follows the bush track winding around the valley, down to the right, heading under a large rock overhang and continuing steadily up the long rocky hill to the signposted intersection of the Bridal View Lookout.

(0.6 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Bridal Veil Lookout Track to Bridal Veil View lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 196 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -14 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Bridal View Lookout' sign along the track, heading out towards the cliffs for a short while before winding down a set of metal stairs to the signposted 'Bridal Veil View' lookout.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Bridal Veil View Lookout Alt = 898 m
The Bridal Veil View is a small, fenced lookout at the base of a flight of stairs in the south-west corner of Leura. The lookout has a natural sandstone floor and provides superb, unobstructed view of the Bridal Veil Falls. The falls are about 150m away, and looking down from the top, the Bridal Veil likeness is apparent. The falls run most of the time, but are most spectacular after rain.

(0.6 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Bridal Veil Lookout Track to Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Tarpeian Rock Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 113 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -8 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Gordon Falls' sign along the bush track, winding through the dense bush for a short while before gradually climbing up a gentle hill to the signposted intersection of the Tarpeian Rock track.

(0.71 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk Tarpeian Rock Track to Tarpeian Rock
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 48 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -7 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Tarpeian Rock' sign along the bush track, heading through the dense scrub for a short distance before coming to the Tarpeian Rock lookout.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Tarpeian Rock Alt = 903 m
Tarpeian Rock is a great lookout, suspended high on a sandstone buttress, with circular patterns under foot. The view from the lookout extends from Kings Tableland on the left, to the 'back' of the Three Sisters and into Jamison Valley on the right. There are also great views across to Mount Solitary, Narrow Neck Plateau and the Ruined Castle. The name is derived from the Roman 'Tarpeian Rock', a steep cliff rocky point overlooking the Roman forum that was used as a place to execute people. Thankfully, this Tarpeian Rock has a much more peaceful feel about it. More info

(0.71 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk Tarpeian Rock Track to Olympian Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 516 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 44 m Descent = -62 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Gordon Falls' sign down the wooden steps and along the track. Notice the environment change to rainforest as the track winds around the valley down to the right. The walk follows the base of some tall rock overhangs, then climbs up a long set of wooden steps that continue on to rock steps, coming to 'Olympian Rock' lookout.

Olympian Lookout Alt = 885 m
Olympian Lookout is a fenced lookout, just off the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, near Olympian Pde in Leura. The lookout is on a sloped, natural sandstone surface and has some steps cut to help improve access. The lookout is right at the edge of the cliff and provides a great view across the Jamison Valley, out to Mount Solitary. The 'back' of the Three Sisters, and also Narrow Neck, are both visible on the right, and Sublime Point on the left.

(1.23 km) Olympian Lookout to Elysian Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 234 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 75 m Descent = -50 m
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk follows the bush track past the "Welcome to the Blue Mountains National Park" sign, keeping the valley down the hill to the right as it winds through the bush. The walk comes to a lookout just before the Buttenshaw Bridge, which it then crosses, continuing up the steps to the Elysian Rock Lookout on the other side.

Elysian Rock Alt = 916 m
Elysian Rock is a fenced, small, narrow lookout on a rock buttress. The floor is mostly uneven, natural sandstone and there is a bench seat with no shade. The lookout is right at the edge of the cliff and gives a great view straight across the Jamison Valley and out to Mount Solitary. Narrow Neck and the 'back' of the Three Sisters are visible on the right-hand side, and Sublime Point on the left. The lookout is along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, just west of a concrete bridge spanning a chasm and near the end of Elysian Place, Leura.

(1.46 km) Elysian Lookout to Gordon Falls Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 317 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = -47 m
Veer right: From Elysian Lookout, keeping the valley down to the right, this walk follows the bush track winding through the dense scrub-like forest as it heads up a few wooden steps onto a small platform and continues up the hill to the top, at the intersection of the Gordon Falls Lookout track.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the hardened dirt path winding down towards the cliffs, dropping down a few sets of wooden steps and one steep metal staircase as it winds down through the bush to the cliffs edge at the Gordon Falls Lookout.

Gordon Falls Lookout Alt = 890 m
Gordon Falls Lookout is a fenced lookout near the end of Lone Pine Rd, Leura. As the name suggests, there is a good view of Gordon Falls to the left. There is also a wonderful view along the escarpment to Sublime Point. The lookout is right at the edge of the cliff and also has a great view across the Jamison Valley, out to Mount Solitary. Narrow Neck and the 'back' of the Three Sisters are visible on the right-hand side.

Catch the train from Katoomba Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Katoomba Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus from Leura Cascades Picnic Area
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)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Leura Cascades Picnic Area
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.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

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)
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 1.1 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 1.3 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 28.2 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 32.8 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 30.6 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Leura Park to Gordon Falls Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Leura Park to Gordon Falls Lookout
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4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 28 km (to the E)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 29 km (to the NNW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
29 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 29 km (to the W)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 33 km (to the NE)

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
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      27°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu16°|26°Shower or two.
Fri15°|28°Mostly sunny.
Sat12°|22°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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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