Lockey Pylon to Blackheath Station

8 h to 2 days

17 km
oneway

↑ 1389 m
↓ -1196 m

Hard track
This walk starts in the low heath and cliff views of Lockley Pylon. The pylon, and other notable features, can be seen along the track, while the descent down to the Blue Gum Forest provides plenty of photographic opportunities. After camping overnight at Acacia Flats, the walk heads out via Govetts Leap and Pope's Glen, visiting many little cascades and the awesome Bridal Falls. A great overnight walk. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Lockleys Pylon Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Most northern Pinnacle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Mt Stead's summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Landslide across the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lockley's Pylon. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from du Faur Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track to du Faur Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Grose River Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stairs along Govetts Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Cliff from the Grose Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Metal staircase. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Govetts Leap Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track down to Pope's Glen. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Pope's Glen Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Pope's Glen Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.6510678,150.3716031)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
Finish (-33.633943,150.2844665)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.) Train  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park, this walk heads past the sign for 'Lockley Pylon Track' and another sign with a map on it. The track leads up a slight hill to tend right, along the edge of a spur. The track slowly climbs to the southern pinnacle (rocky outcrop) and then continues approximately 100m to the intersection below the middle pinnacle.
From the intersection, this walk keeps the Pinnacles above to the right of the track, passing the most northern Pinnacle before coming to an intersection.
From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill away from the Pinnacles. The track then descends a further 100m into a sandy and flat saddle, until the track rises out up the next hill. The track ascends the hill to gently undulate across the plateau, through the trees. The track then opens out onto a clearing where it continues up the hill for approximately 200m to the intersection on the next rise. The intersection is marked by a rocky outcrop to the left of the track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a car park (about 25 m back from the start).
After 510 m pass the "The Pinnacles" (10 m on your right).
After another 1.3 km continue straight, to head along Lockley Pylon Track.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Lockley Pylon Track.
After another 600 m pass the "Mount Stead" (on your right).
After another 810 m (at the intersection of Shortridge Pass & Lockley Pylon Track) continue straight, to head along Shortridge Pass.
After another 25 m pass the sign.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Du Faur Head. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 690 m (Shortridge Pass) veer left, to head along Shortridge Pass.
After another 1.8 km turn left, to head along Shortridge Pass.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Shortridge Pass.
After another 130 m find the "Blue Gum Forest" (on your right).
Blue Gum Forest
Blue Gum Forest

Blue Gum Forest, Blue Mountains NP, is a large stand of Eucalyptus deanei trees on the junction of the Grose River and Govetts Creek. The magnificent trees stand tall on the flats with low vegetation beneath. The trees of Blue Gum Forest represent the protection efforts of Myles Dunphy, who lead a group to raise the 130 pounds required to buy the Blue Gum Forest - quite a sum in 1931 during the depression - and save it from being cleared. The group were successful and the Blue Gum Forest is now protected within the Blue Mountains National Park.
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Blue Gum Forest, Blue Mountains NP, is a large stand of Eucalyptus deanei trees on the junction of the Grose River and Govetts Creek. The magnificent trees stand tall on the flats with low vegetation beneath. The trees of Blue Gum Forest represent the protection efforts of Myles Dunphy, who lead a group to raise the 130 pounds required to buy the Blue Gum Forest - quite a sum in 1931 during the depression - and save it from being cleared. The group were successful and the Blue Gum Forest is now protected within the Blue Mountains National Park.

After another 35 m (at the intersection of Perrys Track & Shortridge Pass) turn left, to head along Blue Gum Forest Track.
After another 90 m pass the sign (9 m on your right).
After another 420 m come to the "Acacia Flat Campground" (15 m on your right).
This is a free campsite.
After another 170 m pass the toilet (9 m on your left).
After another 2.9 km continue straight, to head along Blue Gum Forest Track.
After another 50 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of Rodriguez Pass Walking Track & Blue Gum Forest Track turn right, to head along Rodriguez Pass Walking Track.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Blue Gum Forest Track & Rodriguez Pass Walking Track) veer left, to head along Rodriguez Pass Walking Track.
After another 50 m find the "Junction Rock" (on your left).
Junction Rock
Junction Rock

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.
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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.

After another 560 m come to the camp site (5 m on your left).
After another 1.2 km cross the ford.
After another 165 m cross the ford.
After another 380 m cross the ford.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Jungle Circuit & Govetts Leap Track (Williams Track)) continue straight, to head along Govetts Leap Track (Williams Track).
After another 380 m come to the viewpoint (30 m on your right).
After another 150 m come to the "Williams Lookout".
After another 30 m come to the "Breakfast Rock Lookout".
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Loop Track & Govetts Leap Track (Williams Track)) turn sharp left, to head along Govetts Leap Track (Williams Track).
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Pulpit Rock Track & Govetts Leap Track (Williams Track)) turn left, to head along Loop Track.
After another 8 m veer right, to head along Loop Track.
After another 20 m come to the viewpoint (6 m on your left).
Veer left.
After another 6 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 9 m turn around.
After another 15 m pass the water tap (7 m on your right).
Then come to the "Govetts Leap Lookout" (9 m on your left).
Then find the "Govetts Leap Lookout" (20 m on your right).
Govetts Leap Lookout
Govetts Leap Lookout

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 and picnic shelters nearby.
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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 and picnic shelters nearby.

Then pass the sign (15 m on your right).
Veer right, to head along Loop Track.
After another 15 m veer left, to head along Loop Track.
After another 8 m (at the intersection of Govetts Leap Track (Williams Track) & Loop Track) turn left, to head along Pulpit Rock Track.
After another 40 m cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 120 m (Laws Lookout) turn left, to head along Pulpit Rock Track.
After another 8 m come to the "Laws Lookout".
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Pulpit Rock Track.
After another 155 m continue straight, to head along Pulpit Rock Track.
After another 6 m come to the "Horseshoe Falls Lookout" (10 m on your right).
Then find the "Horseshoe Falls Lookout" (25 m on your right).
Horseshoe Falls Lookout
Horseshoe Falls Lookout

Horseshoe Falls Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, is a small fenced lookout. There are views down to Horseshoe Falls and across the Grose Valley.
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Horseshoe Falls Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, is a small fenced lookout. There are views down to Horseshoe Falls and across the Grose Valley.

After another 60 m come to the "Rodriguez Lookout".
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Popes Glen Track & Pulpit Rock Track) continue straight, to head along Popes Glen Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Boyd Beach. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 305 m continue straight, to head along Popes Glen Track.
After another 15 m turn sharp left, to head along Popes Glen Track.
After another 170 m cross the bridge (about 9 m long)
After another 380 m cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 660 m continue straight, to head along Popes Glen Track.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Popes Glen Track.
After another 170 m cross the bridge (about 9 m long)
After another 265 m continue straight, to head along Popes Glen Track.
After another 410 m (at the intersection of Dell Street & Popes Glen Track) veer left, to head along Dell Street (a residential road).
After another 280 m (at the intersection of Gipps Lane & Wills Street) turn right, to head along Gipps Lane.
After another 450 m (at the intersection of Wills Street & Inconstant Street) continue straight, to head along Wills Street.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Gardiner Crescent & Wills Street) turn right, to head along Gardiner Crescent.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Gardiner Crescent & Wentworth Street) continue straight, to head along Gardiner Crescent.
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Gardiner Crescent.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Great Western Highway & Gardiner Crescent) turn left, to head along Great Western Highway (a highway|trunk).
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Great Western Highway.
After another 45 m turn right.
After another 30 m continue straight.
About 30 m past the end is a car park.
The end.

An optional side trip to Du Faur Head.
Turn map Directions & comments
Shortridge Pass Start (a walking track).
After another 35 m come to the end.
About 35 m past the end is "Du Faur Head".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 35 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Boyd Beach.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Popes Glen Track.
After another 15 m turn right.
After another 50 m come to the end.
"Boyd Beach".
Boyd Beach
Boyd Beach

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.
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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.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 65 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Lockey Pylon to Blackheath Station


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 17 km
Time 8 h to 2 days
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 5.7 km apart with the largest gap of 6.7 km.

Toilet: There is one 6.6 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
6.5 kmAcacia Flat Campground
Toilet
6.6 km[toilet]
Camp site
10.2 km[camp site]
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