Tarpeian Rock
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

15 min to 30 min

410 m
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Easy track
This short walk starts from Cliff Rd in Leura and heads out to Tarpeian Rock Lookout, crossing over Prince Henry Cliff Walk. The lookout provides breathtaking views down the Jamison Valley and along the Kings Tableland to Mount Solitary. The floor of the lookout is interesting in it's own right, with fascinating circular pattens. 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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Tarpeian Rock signpost of Cliff drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Tarpeian Rock track near cliff drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track near Cliff Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stone wall next to track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track north of the Tarpeian Rock track int. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Prince Henry Cliff Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Tarpeian Rock intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Tarpeian Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Tarpeian Rock. | 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 Gordon Road & Tarpeian Rock Access Walk (-33.7223225,150.325861)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Great Western Highway, A32
  • Turn on to then drive for 175 m
  • Turn sharp left onto Station Street and drive for another 10 m
  • Turn right onto Great Western Highway, A32 and drive for another 3.9 km
  • Keep left onto Alexandra Terrace and drive for another 500 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Leura Mall, BMD and drive for another 165 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Leura Mall, BMD and drive for another 215 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Leura Mall, BMD and drive for another 1 km
  • Turn right onto Gordon Road, BMD and drive for another 245 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Cliff Drive, one house west from Olympian Parade, this walk follows the 'Tarpeian Rock' signpost along the bush track, following the sandstone wall. The track soon passes the 'Blue Mountains National Park' sign as it winds through the bush for a short while, then winds down a hill that gradually gets a little steeper as it approaches the intersection of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk at the 'Leura Cascades' sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Gordon Road & Tarpeian Rock Access Walk Start heading along Tarpeian Rock Access Walk (a walking track).
After another 120 m continue straight, to head along Tarpeian Rock Access Walk.
After another 85 m turn left.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 205 m to get back to the start.
About 10 m past the end is "Tarpeian Rock".
Tarpeian Rock
Tarpeian Rock

Tarpeian Rock is a great lookout, suspended high on a sandstone buttress, with circular patterns under foot. The view from the lookout extends from Kings Tableland on the left, to the 'back' of the Three Sisters and into Jamison Valley on the right. There are also great views across to Mount Solitary, Narrow Neck Plateau and the Ruined Castle. The name is derived from the Roman 'Tarpeian Rock', a steep cliff rocky point overlooking the Roman forum that was used as a place to execute people. Thankfully, this Tarpeian Rock has a much more peaceful feel about it.
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Tarpeian Rock is a great lookout, suspended high on a sandstone buttress, with circular patterns under foot. The view from the lookout extends from Kings Tableland on the left, to the 'back' of the Three Sisters and into Jamison Valley on the right. There are also great views across to Mount Solitary, Narrow Neck Plateau and the Ruined Castle. The name is derived from the Roman 'Tarpeian Rock', a steep cliff rocky point overlooking the Roman forum that was used as a place to execute people. Thankfully, this Tarpeian Rock has a much more peaceful feel about it.

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Terrain
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Tarpeian Rock


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 410 m
Time 15 min to 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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