Victoria Falls and Grose Valley to Blackheath Station
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

9 h, 2 days to 3 days

23.4 km
oneway

↑ 1536 m
↓ -1433 m

Very challenging
This walk explores a fantastic section of the Grose Valley. Starting above Victoria Falls, the walk explores the cascades before dropping into the valley for the first nights rest at Burra Korain campsite. The walk then heads down through the valley to the Blue Gum Forest before camping at Acacia Flats for the night. On the last day the walk heads up Govetts Creek, past Bridal Falls and Govetts Leap, then follows Pope's Glen to the station. The distance each day allows time to stop, explore and enjoy the fantastic scenery. 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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Start of Victoria Falls Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Epicormic Buds on Eucalypt. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Walker under fern on Victoria Falls Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Grose Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Top of Victoria Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
From behind Victoria Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track along the Grose River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Banksia along the Grose River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Hanging Rock from the Grose valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Signage on Grose River Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
No Camping in Blue Gum Forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Blue Gum Forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Acacia Flats Camping Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Grose River Track view of Pulpit Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track along the Grose River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Pool just south of Junction Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Fungus near Junction Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stairs along Govetts Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stairs through the cliffs below Govetts Leap. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from cliff staircase. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bridal Veil Falls from Govetts Leap Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Pope's Glen Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign at intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Intersection of Pope's Glen Track and Dell St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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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 (-33.5736804,150.2921125)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Great Western Highway, A32
  • Turn on to then drive for 140 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Great Western Highway, A32 and drive for another 4.1 km
  • Keep right onto Camp Street and drive for another 70 m
  • Turn slight right onto Camp Street and drive for another 440 m
  • Turn slight left onto Camp Street and drive for another 440 m
  • Turn left onto Albion Street and drive for another 265 m
  • Turn right onto Great Western Highway, A32 and drive for another 15.2 km
  • Turn right onto Victoria Falls Road and drive for another 5.2 km
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 follows the sign to 'Grose Valley Lookout' down the hill. The walk then winds down some steps for approximately 50m to a lookout.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 25 m back from the start).

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Victoria Falls Car Park (about 15 m back from the start).
After another 125 m turn left, to head along Victoria Falls Walking Track.
After another 55 m find the "Victoria Falls Lookout" (on your right).
Victoria Falls Lookout
Victoria Falls Lookout

Victoria Falls Lookout, Blue Mountains NP, has an easterly aspect over the Grose Valley. Although the lookout is named after the wonderful Victoria Falls, there are no views of the falls from this lookout.
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Victoria Falls Lookout, Blue Mountains NP, has an easterly aspect over the Grose Valley. Although the lookout is named after the wonderful Victoria Falls, there are no views of the falls from this lookout.

After another 1.6 km turn sharp left, to head along Victoria Falls Walking Track.
After another 25 m pass the sign (on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Victoria Falls. To start this optional side trip turn around here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Continue straight, to head along Victoria Falls Walking Track.
After another 235 m turn sharp left.
After another 1.4 km come to the "Burra Korain Flat Camping Area".
Burra Korain Flat Camping Area
Burra Korain Flat Camping Area

Burra Korain Flat Camping Area, Blue Mountains NP, is a small clearing between the Victoria Creek and Grose River. The campsite is well signposted and has nice sitting logs and plenty of space for a few tents. Water can be accessed from either river or creek but should be treated before use.
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Burra Korain Flat Camping Area, Blue Mountains NP, is a small clearing between the Victoria Creek and Grose River. The campsite is well signposted and has nice sitting logs and plenty of space for a few tents. Water can be accessed from either river or creek but should be treated before use.

After another 120 m come to the "Burra Korain Camping Area" (15 m on your left).
After another 3.8 km turn right.
After another 1.2 km cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 1.7 km cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 880 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 600 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 580 m continue straight.
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Perrys Track & Shortridge Pass) continue straight, 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 75 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of Blue Gum Forest Track & Rodriguez Pass Walking Track continue straight, to head along Rodriguez Pass Walking Track.
After another 45 m find the "Junction Rock" (15 m 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)) continue straight, to head along Loop Track.
After another 125 m (Laws Lookout) veer left, to head along Pulpit Rock Track.
After another 10 m come to the "Laws Lookout".
After another 10 m continue straight, to head along Pulpit Rock Track.
After another 155 m turn around, 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 150 m continue straight.
After another 30 m come to the "Two Falls Lookout".
After another 25 m turn sharp left, to head along Pulpit Rock Track.
After another 20 m (Laws Lookout) turn right, to head along Pulpit Rock Track.
After another 120 m cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Loop Track & Pulpit Rock Track) turn right, 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).
Continue straight, to head along Loop Track.
After another 6 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 9 m veer right.
After another 20 m pass the sign (30 m on your left).
Then pass the water tap (15 m on your left).
After another 10 m find the "Govetts Leap Lookout" (30 m on your left).
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 toilet (8 m on your right).
After another 5 m turn left, to head along Fairfax Heritage Track.
Then find the "Toilet Accessible" (6 m on your right).
Toilet Accessible
Toilet Accessible

Signposted accessible and general use male and female toilets. Access via concrete ramp, however, the top of the ramp is accessed via loose gravel carpark with some steep eroded sections.
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Signposted accessible and general use male and female toilets. Access via concrete ramp, however, the top of the ramp is accessed via loose gravel carpark with some steep eroded sections.

After another 9 m (at the intersection of Govetts Leap Road & Fairfax Heritage Track) turn right, to head along Govetts Leap Road (a vehicle track).
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 35 m find the "Picnic Shelter" (8 m on your right).
Picnic Shelter
Picnic Shelter

Picnic shelters at the end of Govetts Leap Road. Seats are ~45cm high and benches 75cm high. Most shelters have an entrance ~1.2m wide with, and similar gap between table and wall. The largest shelter has an entrance wider than 4m, bench seating but no tables.
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Picnic shelters at the end of Govetts Leap Road. Seats are ~45cm high and benches 75cm high. Most shelters have an entrance ~1.2m wide with, and similar gap between table and wall. The largest shelter has an entrance wider than 4m, bench seating but no tables.

After another 35 m find the "Wheelchair Rough" (15 m on your right).
Wheelchair Rough
Wheelchair Rough

This walk leads through a gravel carpark for about 60m. The surface in unevean and erroded in places. The gravel is mostly compressed but the surface may soften after prolonged rain.
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This walk leads through a gravel carpark for about 60m. The surface in unevean and erroded in places. The gravel is mostly compressed but the surface may soften after prolonged rain.

After another 310 m continue straight.
After another 25 m turn right.
Then pass the car park (on your left).
After another 25 m turn right.
After another 6 m turn left.
After another 120 m pass the sign (6 m on your right).
After another 15 m come to the "NPWS Heritage Centre".
NPWS Heritage Centre
NPWS Heritage Centre

National Parks and Wildlife Service Heritage Centre, Blackhealth, is a hub for the Blue Mountains National Park. It is signposted on Govetts Leap Road (past McLean Cr). Drop into the Heritage Centre to get advice and learn about the history of the park. You will also find information displays about the traditional owners, thing to do and the local flora and fauna. The heritage centre also has 2 signposted accessible car parks, a shop with souvenirs, toilets and snack food. There is a picnic area out the back and plenty of general parking.
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National Parks and Wildlife Service Heritage Centre, Blackhealth, is a hub for the Blue Mountains National Park. It is signposted on Govetts Leap Road (past McLean Cr). Drop into the Heritage Centre to get advice and learn about the history of the park. You will also find information displays about the traditional owners, thing to do and the local flora and fauna. The heritage centre also has 2 signposted accessible car parks, a shop with souvenirs, toilets and snack food. There is a picnic area out the back and plenty of general parking.

After another 15 m find the "Toilet Accessible" (30 m on your right).
Toilet Accessible
Toilet Accessible

Signposted accessible and general use male and female toilets inside the National Parks Visitor Center. Access (whilst the center is open) via concerete ramp.
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Signposted accessible and general use male and female toilets inside the National Parks Visitor Center. Access (whilst the center is open) via concerete ramp.

Continue straight.
After another 150 m continue straight.
After another 100 m turn right, to head along Connaught Road.
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Connaught Road & Hillier Avenue) turn left, to head along Hillier Avenue.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Pittendrigh Avenue & Hillier Avenue) continue straight, to head along Hillier Avenue.
After another 280 m (at the intersection of Clarence Road & Hillier Avenue) turn right, to head along Clarence Road.
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Clarence Road & Second Street) continue straight, to head along Clarence Road.
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Clarence Road & Third Street) continue straight, to head along Clarence Road.
After another 160 m (at the intersection of Clarence Road & Fourth Street) continue straight (a walking track).
After another 205 m pass the "Rolnor Park" (15 m on your left).
Turn left, 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 65 m (at the intersection of Gardiner Crescent & Hydora Lane) continue straight, to head along Gardiner Crescent.
After another 70 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 Victoria Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Victoria Falls Walking Track.
After another 25 m turn sharp right.
After another 60 m come to the end.
"Victoria Falls".
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Blue Mountains NP, is a large waterfall dropping over a grey rock overhang. The cascade is produced by Victoria Creek dropping over the approximately-15m cliffs. A scree slope leads up behind the falls, and below the falls the rocks are very slippery. These falls are well worth a visit, with the great views from the top of the falls, and the accessibility of the bottom of the falls, making a great trip.
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Victoria Falls, Blue Mountains NP, is a large waterfall dropping over a grey rock overhang. The cascade is produced by Victoria Creek dropping over the approximately-15m cliffs. A scree slope leads up behind the falls, and below the falls the rocks are very slippery. These falls are well worth a visit, with the great views from the top of the falls, and the accessibility of the bottom of the falls, making a great trip.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 85 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Victoria Falls and Grose Valley to Blackheath Station


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 23.4 km
Time 9 h, 2 days to 3 days
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
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 4 on route, on average they are 4.7 km apart with the largest gap of 9.5 km.

Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 5.8 km apart with the largest gap of 13.3 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-7 m[toilet]
Campsite
3.4 kmBurra Korain Flat Camping Area
Camp site
3.5 kmBurra Korain Camping Area
Camp site
13.1 kmAcacia Flat Campground
Toilet
13.3 km[toilet]
Camp site
16.9 km[camp site]
Toilet
20.1 km[toilet]
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