Victoria Falls to Blackheath Station
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

8 h 30 min, 13 h to 2 days

23.3 km
oneway

↑ 1442 m
↓ -1339 m

Very challenging
This is a fantastic overnight walk with a sleep in Acacia Flats camping area. The Grose Valley, with its views of the Grose River and surrounding cliffs, gives a dramatic backdrop during most of this walk. The climbs up and down the valley give an appreciation of the scale of it all. Public transport options are available at the end of the walk, but you will need a lift to the start. 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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Track down to Victoria Falls Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign in tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Victoria Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Behind Victoria Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Walker on Grose River Trk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Cliffs above Grose River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track along the Grose River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Blue Gum in the Forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Acacia in Acacia Flats. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Grose River Track view of Pulpit Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Cascade on Govetts Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track up Govetts Ck. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Grose Valley from Govetts Leap Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Pope's Glen Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign marking an end of Pope's Glen Trk. | 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
  • Turn on to Great Western Highway, A32 then drive for 160 m
  • Turn right onto Victoria Falls Road and drive for another 5.2 km
Finish (-33.6340635,150.2847534)
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).

24/7
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.

Then come to the "Grose Valley Lookout" (6 m on your right).
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).
Continue straight, to head along Victoria Falls Walking Track.
After another 15 m pass the sign (on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Victoria Falls. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip veer right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 220 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 690 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 50 m find the "Acacia Flats Camping Ground" (45 m on your left).
Acacia Flats Camping Ground
Acacia Flats Camping Ground

Acacia Flats Camping Ground, Blue Mountains NP, is situated on the floor of the Grose Valley between Perrys Lookdown and Lockley Pylon. The camp ground is approximately 50m from Govetts Creek and approximately 500m upstream from Blue Gum Forest. Acacia Flats Camping Ground is appropriately named after the dense population of Acacias found in this area. Acacia Flats is a wonderful area to camp with tall shady Blue Gums and level grass clearings which make for a great place to pitch a tent. There is a pit toilet and sitting logs to make camping more comfortable, and plenty of room for large groups. Water is available from Govetts Creek (treat before drinking).
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Acacia Flats Camping Ground, Blue Mountains NP, is situated on the floor of the Grose Valley between Perrys Lookdown and Lockley Pylon. The camp ground is approximately 50m from Govetts Creek and approximately 500m upstream from Blue Gum Forest. Acacia Flats Camping Ground is appropriately named after the dense population of Acacias found in this area. Acacia Flats is a wonderful area to camp with tall shady Blue Gums and level grass clearings which make for a great place to pitch a tent. There is a pit toilet and sitting logs to make camping more comfortable, and plenty of room for large groups. Water is available from Govetts Creek (treat before drinking).

After another 125 m pass the toilet (9 m on your left).
After another 110 m pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
After another 2.8 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 10 m pass the "Trinity Falls" (35 m on your right).
After another 155 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 continue straight, to head along Pulpit Rock Track.
After another 8 m 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.
After another 305 m 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 turn right here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
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 30 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 come to the end.

An optional side trip to Victoria Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 35 m come to the end.
About 60 m past the end is "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 35 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Boyd Beach.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
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 50 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Victoria Falls to Blackheath Station


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 23.3 km
Time 8 h 30 min, 13 h to 2 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 5 on route, on average they are 3.9 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
Campsite
13.1 kmAcacia Flats Camping Ground
Toilet
13.3 km[toilet]
Toilet
13.4 km[toilet]
Camp site
16.9 km[camp site]
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