Govetts Leap Lookout and Bridal Veil Falls
The Govetts Leap Lookout in the Blue Mountains offers spectacular views across the Grose Valley. Around the lookout are several short and long hiking trails, one of them leading to the Barrow Lookout from where you can see the Bridal Veil Falls from close by.
Govetts Leap Lookout
The lookout at Govetts Leap is arguably one of the most impressive lookouts in the Blue Mountains. The incredible panoramic views across the immense Grose Valley, surrounded by huge, vertical sandstone cliffs and waterfalls. The Grose Valley is home to several rivers and creeks, such as the Grose River and Govetts Creek.
Govetts Leap is named after William Govett, a painter and surveyor, and also the first European settler to have visited this area. As the sign at the lookout says, he first discovered this beautiful spot in June 1831, almost two centuries ago.
The Bridal Veil Falls (or simply Govett’s Leap) can clearly be seen from the lookout looking in a south-west direction. The original name of the waterfall was “Govett’s Leap”, as the word leap means waterfall in old Scottish dialect.
Walking Trails and Sights around Govetts Leap Lookout
Several bushwalking trails exist around the Govetts Leap Lookout, some of them long and some of them much shorter.
If you’re serious about hiking, it’s a good idea to park your car at the lookout in the morning and explore the whole area by foot. The various lookouts and sights will make this a very exciting day out in the Blue Mountains.
From the lookout, you can go north and do the Pulpit Rock Walk (via Horseshoe Falls) and the Popes Glen Walk. Or you can venture south to the Bridal Veil Falls and the Barrow Lookout, or even further to the Evans Lookout. The walking trail between Govetts Leap and Evans Lookout is also known as the Cliff Top Track. At Evans Lookout, you can do the famous Grand Canyon Walk, a popular and challenging 6km circuit bushwalk through lush rainforest.
Pulpit Rock Walk
The relatively easy 6km Pulpit Rock Walk is one of the most scenic walking trails in the Blue Mountains. The trail offers excellent views across the very impressive cliff-lines that surround the Grose Valley.
From the Govetts Leap Lookout, the first part of this walking trail takes you to the Horseshoe Falls which is only 15 minutes away. The trail ultimately leads to the Pulpit Rock Lookout from where you can enjoy sweeping views across the valley.
Popes Glen Walk
The Popes Glen Walk starts from an intersection with the Pulpit Rock Walk and takes you to Popes Glen Reserve in Blackheath. It’s an easy bushwalk that takes around 1 hour to complete.
Bridal Veil Falls and The Barrow Lookout
Bridal Veil Falls is certainly not a very wide waterfall, but it’s the height (180 metres) and the impressive surrounding scenery that make it such a beautiful place on earth.
There are two walking trails that lead to the Bridal Veil Falls: a short walking track to the top of the cliffs, and a longer track that takes you to the foot of the waterfall.The easy 15 minutes bushwalking trail guides you all the way to the top of the waterfall (crossing Govetts Leap Brook) and to the Barrow Lookout, from where you can see the waterfall very clearly.
From the Barrow Lookout, you can either follow the Braeside bushwalking trail back into Blackheath along the Govetts Leap Brook, or you can keep following the main track to the Evans Lookout, overlooking the beautiful sandstone cliffs of the Grose Valley.
The other walking trail, the Rodriguez Pass, is much harder and takes you to the foot of the waterfall. The stretch between the lookout and the foot of the waterfall is also known as the Govetts Leap descent.
The Rodriguez Pass ultimately connects with the Junction Rock walking trail and brings you back up the cliffs to Evans Lookout and Barrow Lookout. This is a huge 10km circuit trail so be well-prepared if you’re planning on undertaking this massive hike.
Lots of free parking is available right at the Govetts Leap Lookout. From the lookout simply follow the walking trail to the Barrow Lookout and the Bridal Veil Falls.