Govetts Leap Descent
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

2 h 15 min to 2 h 45 min

1.8 km
return

↑ 778 m
↓ -778 m

Hard track
Starting with spectacular views of Govetts Leap from Govetts Leap Lookout, this walk sweeps down to the base of the falls. The walk down is showered by drips from the moist moss hanging off the cliffs above. A spectacular track with equally awesome views across the Grose Valley, the walk is steep and gives a great sense of the height of surrounding cliffs. ('leap' is a Scots dialect word for cataract or waterfall) 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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Bridal Veil Falls from Govetts Leap Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Govetts Leap Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Govetts Leap Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stairs down from Govetts Leap Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Signposted track away from Govetts Leap lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walker heading below Govetts Leap Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stairs below Govetts Leap Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Signpost beneath Govetts Leap Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Burnt signpost. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track towards Bridal Veil Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lookout with cliffs in distance. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Walkers beneath cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walker enjoying the view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grass off the cliffs next to track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walkers on the lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Cliffs above the shaded Grose Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Metal staircase. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Walker on top of lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Railing below cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track down through the cliff. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Banksia. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Dragonfly. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Moss on cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Moss on cliff walls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Ferns. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track to Bridal Veil Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from track beneath Govetts Leap lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Govetts Leap falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Govetts Leap from the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Base of Govetts Leap falls. | 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 Govetts Leap Road & Loop Track (-33.6282013,150.311302)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Great Western Highway, A32
  • Turn on to Govetts Leap Road then drive for 2.3 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Govetts Leap Road and drive for another 560 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Govetts Leap Lookout, this walk heads down the stairs at the edge of the lookout, keeping the valley to the right. The walk then crosses a grassed area to a well-signposted intersection on the edge of the tree line.
From the intersection, this walk winds down the hill, tending right at first. The walk then zigzags down to a sign-marked intersection.
From the intersection, this walk heads down the stairs towards Govetts Leap Falls. The track soon passes two lookouts as it winds steeply down the cliff line, passing through the rock on a metal staircase. The walk zigzags its way steeply down the walls of rock covered in moss, ferns and grasses as it follows the railed paths and steps down to the base of Govetts Leap Falls.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Govetts Leap Road & Loop Track Start heading along Loop Track (a walking track).
Find the car park at the start.
After 30 m find the "Govetts Leap Lookout" (15 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.

After another 10 m pass the sign (15 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass the water tap (5 m on your right).
Then pass the toilet (25 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Loop Track.
After another 20 m come to the "Govetts Leap Lookout" (15 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 6 m come to the viewpoint (6 m on your right).
At the intersection of Govetts Leap Track (Williams Track) & Loop Track turn right, to head along Govetts Leap Track (Williams Track).
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Govetts Leap Track (Williams Track) & Loop Track) turn sharp right, to head along Govetts Leap Track (Williams Track).
After another 45 m come to the "Breakfast Rock Lookout".
After another 30 m come to the "Williams Lookout".
After another 270 m come to the viewpoint (30 m on your left).
After another 235 m (at the intersection of Govetts Leap Track (Williams Track) & Jungle Circuit) continue straight, to head along Govetts Leap Track (Williams Track).
After another 145 m come to "Govetts Leap (falls)".
Govetts Leap (falls)
Govetts Leap (falls)

Govetts Leap, is a waterfall in the Blue Mountains National Park. The fall is fed by Govetts Leap Brook which runs over the cliff into the Grose Valley. The falls are best viewed from Govetts Leap and Barrow Lookouts. Leap is a scots dialect word for cataract or waterfall.
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Govetts Leap, is a waterfall in the Blue Mountains National Park. The fall is fed by Govetts Leap Brook which runs over the cliff into the Grose Valley. The falls are best viewed from Govetts Leap and Barrow Lookouts. Leap is a scots dialect word for cataract or waterfall.

About 95 m past the end is "Bridal Veil Falls".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 890 m to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Govetts Leap Descent


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 1.8 km
Time 2 h 15 min to 2 h 45 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
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 45 m from the start.


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