Leura Park to Copelands Lookout
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

45 min to 1 h

1.7 km
return

↑ 133 m
↓ -133 m

Moderate track
The walk out to Copelands Lookout and back is a walk with some variety. The track winds down past some cascades, then past some views into the Jamison Valley and then another view of the cascades. This walk is capped off with the view from Copelands Lookout before returning to Leura Park. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharug & Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Sign at the start of walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The bridge across the creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Leura Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Prince Henry Cliff Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View along track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bridal Veil Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track to Copelands Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Copelands Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Copelands Lookout. | 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 At the intersection of Chelmsford Drive & path to Leura Cascades (-33.7192466,150.3222781)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
DirectionsFrom
  • Turn on to Bathurst Road, BMD then drive for 165 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Gang Gang Street, BMD and drive for another 105 m
  • Turn right onto Lurline Street, BMD and drive for another 800 m
  • Turn left onto Merriwa Street and drive for another 530 m
  • Continue onto Cliff Drive, BMD and drive for another 590 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Chelmsford Drive and drive for another 250 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
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. From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Echo Point' sign up the timber steps (away from the handrail) until the walk flattens out and gently winds around the side of the hill, steadily climbing. After passing a sandstone overhang with a bench-seat, the track comes to an intersection at a rocky outcrop.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Chelmsford Drive & path to Leura Cascades Start heading along path to Leura Cascades (a walking track).
There is a playground (about 25 m back from the start).
There is water tap (about 20 m back from the start).
After 20 m to find the car park.
After another 25 m pass the sign (6 m on your right).
Then pass the toilet (15 m on your right).
After another 105 m pass the "Upper Leura Cascades" (30 m on your left).
At the intersection of Prince Henry Cliff Walk & path to Leura Cascades turn right, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 210 m turn right, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 30 m find the "Majestic Lookout" (35 m on your left).
Majestic Lookout
Majestic Lookout

Majestic Lookout is a fenced lookout on a side track from the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, just above Leura Cascades. The lookout provides great (perhaps even majestic) views out through the top of the valley, with Mount Solitary nicely framed by the cliff line. The closest access to the lookout is from Leura Cascades Picnic Area, and is visited as part of the Leura Cascades Circuit.
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Majestic Lookout is a fenced lookout on a side track from the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, just above Leura Cascades. The lookout provides great (perhaps even majestic) views out through the top of the valley, with Mount Solitary nicely framed by the cliff line. The closest access to the lookout is from Leura Cascades Picnic Area, and is visited as part of the Leura Cascades Circuit.

At the intersection of Prince Henry Cliff Walk & path to Leura Cascades veer left, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Bridal Veil Lookout. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 265 m veer right, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 15 m turn left.
After another 80 m come to the "Fossil Rock" (25 m on your right).
(Copelands Lookout) Continue another 125 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 850 m to get back to the start.
About 30 m past the end is "Copelands Lookout".
Copelands Lookout
Copelands Lookout

Copelands Lookout is a great viewing point with a short, sandstone wall around much of it. The lookout provides fantastic views over the Jamison Valley past Sublime Point, along Kings Tableland and past Mount Solitary.
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Copelands Lookout is a great viewing point with a short, sandstone wall around much of it. The lookout provides fantastic views over the Jamison Valley past Sublime Point, along Kings Tableland and past Mount Solitary.


An optional side trip to Bridal Veil Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 45 m come to the end.
"Bridal Veil Lookout".
Bridal Veil Lookout
Bridal Veil Lookout

Bridal Veil Lookout provides a great views over Leura Forest and the Jamison Valley. Mount Solitary stands proudly in the distance. In keeping with its name, there are views of Bridal Veil Falls to the east. There is a small bench seat, but no shade.
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Bridal Veil Lookout provides a great views over Leura Forest and the Jamison Valley. Mount Solitary stands proudly in the distance. In keeping with its name, there are views of Bridal Veil Falls to the east. There is a small bench seat, but no shade.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 45 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Leura Park to Copelands Lookout


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.7 km
Time 45 min to 1 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 40 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
40 m[toilet]
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