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Govetts Creek Lookout
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.1 km NNE of Leura
Length: 2.9 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 2.9 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 115 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 115 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
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

This side trail from Fortress Ridge provides access to a fantastic lookout with breathtaking views along the valley and of the amazing sandstone cliffs. The walk to the lookout is mostly along management trails through the lovely heath. The views from the lookout extend across the large valley (Govetts Creek) to the cliffs on the other side, including to Pulpit Rock. (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 Govetts Creek Lookout

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Govetts Creek Lookout
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Fortress Ridge car park
Int. Fortress Ridge Service Trail and Spur Trail
Govetts Ck Lookout Trk
Starting point for this hiking track: Fortress Ridge car park

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

 
Fortress Ridge car park
 
Fortress Ridge car park +
 
Gate at beginning of Fortress Ridge Trail
 
Gate at beginning of Fortress Ridge Trail +
 
Butterfly
 
Butterfly +

 
Fortress Ridge service trail
 
Fortress Ridge service trail +
 
Govetts Ck Trail covered by log
 
Govetts Ck Trail covered by log +
 
Govetts Ck Lookout Trail
 
Govetts Ck Lookout Trail +

 
Banksia
 
Banksia +
 
Govetts Ck Lookout Trail
 
Govetts Ck Lookout Trail +
 
Govetts Ck Lookout Trail peering into the valley
 
Govetts Ck Lookout Trail peering into the valley +

 
Puddle on Govetts Ck Lookout Trail
 
Puddle on Govetts Ck Lookout Trail +
 
View of cliffs from Govetts Ck Lookout Trail
 
View of cliffs from Govetts Ck Lookout Trail +
 
Caldasac at the bottom of Govetts Ck Lookout Trail
 
Caldasac at the bottom of Govetts Ck Lookout Trail +

 
Cliffs from Govetts Ck Lookout Trail
 
Cliffs from Govetts Ck Lookout Trail +
 
Govetts Ck Lookout Track
 
Govetts Ck Lookout Track +
 
Bushwalker on Govetts Ck Lookout Track
 
Bushwalker on Govetts Ck Lookout Track +

 
Govetts Ck Lookout view
 
Govetts Ck Lookout view +
 
Govetts Ck Lookout view
 
Govetts Ck Lookout view +
 
Govetts Ck Lookout view
 
Govetts Ck Lookout view +

 
Govetts Ck Lookout view
 
Govetts Ck Lookout view +
 
Govetts Creek from lookout
 
Govetts Creek from lookout +
 
Seed pod in heath
 
Seed pod in heath +

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 Govetts Creek Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Govetts Creek Lookout bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Govetts Creek Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Govetts Creek Lookout 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 2.9km
Time 1 hr 30 mins
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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
Around 740m of this walk is flat with no steps, whilst the remaining 690m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
690m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 620m follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (120m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 820m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 620m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.3km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 120m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 820m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 620m 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.
Drive to Fortress Ridge car park
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 --> Sorry there are no driving directions, but you can see the start of this walk on this map

(0 km) Fortress Ridge car park to Govetts Ck Lookout Trk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.31 km Time = 26 mins
Climb = 36 m Descent = -46 m
From the car park (and 'Fortress Ridge' sign), this walk heads around the gate and up the hill. The management trail swings right for approximately 50m then turns left. The trail leads to an area of low heath, then tends right (down the hill) for approximately 100m before coming to an intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection the track heads down the trail which tends off to the left. The track continues winding away from the main trail as it winds down the spur. The track soon opens into a low heath area, out of the bush, where the trakc becomes more overgrown. As the track continues down the hill it reaches a caldasac with a large bush in the centre of it. Behind the bush is the start of the bushtrack.

(1.31 km) Govetts Ck Lookout Trk to Govetts Ck Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 124 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -32 m
Continue straight: From the intersection the track heads down the hill, away from the management trail. The track heads down towards the valley, winding down the hillside and onto a rock platform overlooking the valley.

Govetts Creek View Alt = 859 m
Govetts Creek View, in the Blue Mountains National Park is high on the escarpment above Govetts Creek. This informal unfenced lookout is at the top of the cliff line forming the south east corner of the large canyon. There are stunning views across the valley, and of the surrounding sandstone cliffs. A place well worth visiting.

Drive from Fortress Ridge 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.
Plan your trip to --> Sorry there are no driving directions, but you can see the end of this walk on this map

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

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk
Since this walk starts on a low grade road
Google can't give you a route plan to the start.
View the location on a road map here --> See the start of the walk on a map
From the end of the walk
Since this walk ends on a low grade road
Google can't give you a route plan from the end.
View the location on a road map here --> See the end of the walk on a map


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 7.8 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 8.1 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 26.7 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 27.4 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 28 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Govetts Creek Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Govetts Creek Lookout
Click to re-center search
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 26 km (to the ESE)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 26 km (to the ENE)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 27 km (to the NW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
33 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 33 km (to the W)

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
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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