One of the most popular day trip destinations from Sydney is the famous Blue Mountains, a World Heritage listed area an hour away from Sydney.
Suitable to visit during all four seasons, the Greater Blue Mountains region consists of seven National Park areas and a conservation reserve. The Blue Mountains is home to a large number of impressive lookouts, some very popular, others not so well-known.
Although several theories exist around the blue haze that always seems to hover over the mountains, it is commonly believed that this is caused by rays of light reflecting on dust particles, water vapour and organic chemicals emitted by the many eucalyptus trees.
The dense eucalyptus vegetation was one of the reasons the area was officially listed as a World Heritage site in the year 2000 by UNESCO.
10 Best Blue Mountains Lookouts
Blessed with numerous walking tracks, enormous cliff walls, deep valleys, never-ending creeks, scenic waterfalls and various lookout points that offer breathtaking views, the Blue Mountains is the perfect place to rejuvenate and appreciate nature at its best.
Here is our top 10 best lookouts in the Blue Mountains.
1. Govetts Leap Lookout
Located at the end of Govetts Leap Road in Blackheath, Govetts Leap Lookout offers stunning views across the Grose River Valley.
Around Govetts Leap are several great hiking trails to choose from, one of them leading to the Barrow Lookout from where you can have great views of the 180 metres high waterfall.
2. Evans Lookout
Overlooking the immense sandstone cliffs of the Grose Valley, Evans Lookout is one of the most popular vantage points in the Blue Mountains.
It’s also a starting point for several walking tracks nearby that take you down to the valley floor.
The popular 6km long Grand Canyon Walk starts at the lookout and takes you into the valley through lush rainforest.
Another famous walking track nearby, the Cliff Top Walk, runs between Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap Lookout along the cliff edge.
3. Echo Point Lookout
The most popular lookout point for tourists is the Echo Point Lookout from where you can enjoy the best views of the famous Three Sisters.
While this lookout is definitely awesome, there are many more beautiful lookout points in the Blue Mountains without the big crowds.
Echo Point looks out over Jamison Valley, densely populated with eucalyptus trees and surrounded by massive sandstone cliffs.
Make sure you venture out to the Spooners Lookout and the Giant Stairway that takes you to the rock formations of the Three Sisters and beyond.
4. Victoria Falls Lookout
Perched on a cliff edge high above the Grose Valley, the Victoria Falls lookout is the starting point of a short but very steep bushwalk to one of the prettiest waterfalls in the Blue Mountains.
Interestingly enough, the waterfall isn’t actually visible from the lookout. In other words, to see the waterfalls, you’re going to have to head down into the valley!
From the lookout, the track zigzags its way down into the valley. It’s an easy to follow path, first through an area of rocky outcrops and slowly turning into a greener, rainforest-like environment.
Victoria Falls is a stunning waterfall on the Victoria Creek that drops 20m from a rock overhang, with the nearby cascades further upstream also worth a visit.
5. Cahills Lookout
Overlooking the gigantic Megalong Valley, Cahills’s Lookout is one of the most impressive lookouts in the Blue Mountains, but without the big tourist crowds.
Quietly tucked away along the westernmost point of Cliff Drive, the lookout offers breathtaking views of the valley, Megalong Head, Boars Head Rock and the Narrow Neck Peninsula.
Unlike other popular lookouts in the area, such as Echo Point and Lincoln’s Rock that overlook the Jamison Valley, Cahills’s Lookout faces the Megalong Valley.
The Narrow Neck Peninsula, clearly visible from the viewing platform, is the plateau in the middle that divides the two large valleys.
6. Lake Burragorang Lookout
Created by the Warragamba Dam, Lake Burragorang is a huge water reservoir four times the size of Sydney Harbour, responsible for the supply of drinking water to a large part of the Sydney population.
Located just 40km south of the dam, the Burragorang Lookout offers the most amazing views of the lake and the lower Blue Mountains.
7. Lincoln’s Rock Lookout
Located south of Wentworth Falls on the Kings Tableland plateau, Lincoln’s Rock is one of the most impressive lookout points in the greater Blue Mountains region.
The Kings Tableland plateau forms the eastern boundary of Jamison Valley, and extends south to McMahons Point lookout and beyond, with views over Lake Burragorang.
For thousands of years, the area that we now know as Kings Tableland was a place of significance to the Aboriginal Gandangara people.
With sweeping views of Jamison Valley and beyond, Lincoln’s Rock is a unique and historically important sight that is a must-visit.
8. Pulpit Rock Lookout
Pulpit Rock near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains is a large cliff edge with three lookout points spread across different levels.
A walking path with stairs connects the platforms, with each platform offering a different perspective of the Grose Valley.
The Pulpit Rock lookout was first opened to the public in 1935 by Ernest Buttenshaw, the Minister for Lands in the New South Wales government.
It’s not difficult to spend a few hours at Pulpit Rock to take in the panoramic views of the valley and mountain tops on the other side. And without the big crowds, there is more opportunity to make beautiful photos.
9. Olympian Rock Lookout
The Olympian Rock Lookout is a 30 minute walk away from Gordon Falls Lookout, following the Prince Henry Cliff Walk that connects with Echo Point and the Three Sisters.
This short walk also takes you past Elysian Rock Lookout, another pretty lookout point that is very much worth your visit.
Alternatively you can park your car on Olympic Drive at Olympian Place in Leura and follow the short trail to the fenced lookout point.
10. Baltzer Lookout
A 4km firetrail near Blackheath leads to a lookout where not many tourists go.
The Baltzer Lookout stands at the very edge of Burramoko Head, the walled termination of the Burramoko Ridge above Grose Canyon, offering eye-dropping views of the valley and surrounding escarpments.
Nearby Hanging Rock, a large sandstone object that hangs out from a cliff, is one of the most iconic landmarks in the greater Blue Mountains region.
The emptiness and isolation at Hanging Rock and the Baltzer Lookout create the perfect atmosphere. A must-visit!