Often regarded as the most impressive walking trail in the Blue Mountains, the Grand Canyon Walk will leave you in awe as you hike through lush rainforest with several creek crossings, waterfalls, huge sandstone walls and rock overhangs.
Constructed and opened to the public in 1907, the 6km long Grand Canyon walking track was the first of its kind and has since been challenged by thousands of hiking enthusiasts each year.
|Grand Canyon Walk|
|Distance:||6 km (circuit)|
|Time:||2.5 – 3.5 hours (depending on stops)|
|Grade:||Moderate (some very steep sections)|
How to Get to the Grand Canyon Walk
Because the Grand Canyon track is a circuit walk, you can start at several different places. From the Great Western Highway, turn into Evans Lookout Rd just south of Blackheath.
There are three parking areas along this road that are all on the circuit walk, so it doesn’t really matter much where you choose to park your car.
The first parking option is the Neates Glen car park. If you choose to park here, it’s best to follow the circuit walk anti-clockwise.
Follow the “Grand Canyon Track” signs and make your way down into the valley via a zigzag style path. Before you know it, you’re in the middle of thick rainforest.
The second parking option is the actual Grand Canyon loop car park. If you decide to park here, it’s best to head north towards Evans Lookout and continue the Grand Canyon walk from there in a clockwise manner.
The third car park is right at the Evans Lookout point. This car park is usually the busiest because of the attraction. You can find these parking areas marked on the map further below.
Grand Canyon Walking Track
Just over 6km long, the Grand Canyon Walk is a true bushwalking adventure. Wonderful views, vibrant rainforest, pretty waterfalls, creek crossings, impressive sandstone walls and massive rock overhangs, this walking track has something for everyone.
While it does have some very steep sections, the track can be conquered by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness, as long as you bring enough water with you.
The cooler temperatures in the valley make this walk a pleasant adventure during warm summer months too.
The track has undergone several upgrades over the years and is considered to be safe with a well marked path and lots of useful railings where necessary. A set of hiking poles can still be very useful during this track though, especially for the steeper parts.
Here are some of the highlights along the way:
1. Evans Lookout
Named after George Evans, a local solicitor who was supposedly the first to discover this point in 1882, the Evans Lookout offers breathtaking views across the immense Grose Valley.
The views are best at sunset and sunrise on a clear day when the huge sandstone cliff walls have a beautiful orange glow.
Don’t forget to have a look at the Valley View lookout. Only a short stroll away, the views are just as impressive.
From the Evans Lookout, the Grand Canyon walking track quickly descends into the valley towards Greaves Creek.
2. Beauchamp Falls
While not officially part of the Grand Canyon walking track, it’s worth doing a little detour to visit Beauchamp Falls, a very pretty 10m high waterfall on Greaves Creek.
To get to Beachamp Falls, you will need to do a small section of the Rodriguez Pass that is clearly signposted at one of the creek crossings.
Although short, this path to Beauchamp Falls is rather challenging with steep parts and lots of huge boulders along the way.
The Rodriguez Pass itself is a very long bushwalk that connects with Govetts Leap through the valley rather than via the cliff edge.
3. The Rotunda
If you brought lunch with you, the Rotunda is the best spot to have a break and fuel up. You can recognise the Rotunda as a massive overhanging rock, created as a result of the flowing creek carving out the cliff. There’s even a little sandy beach underneath.
From the Rotunda it’s another half hour or so back to Evans Lookout Rd via the Neates Glen car park.
The last part of the Grand Canyon Track is a steep zigzag style path that slowly guides you out of the rainforest back to higher grounds.
Cliff Top Track
If you’re in for a longer walking track, you can also connect with the Grand Canyon Walk from the Govetts Leap Lookout via the Cliff Top Track.
This 6km return track around the edge of the Grose Valley offers some of the most spectacular views you can experience in the Blue Mountains.
If you do decide to include this track, simply park at the Govetts Leap Lookout and head south towards the Barrow Lookout and the Evans Lookout.
Be sure to bring lots of water and wear proper hiking shoes.
Turn into Evans Lookout Rd from the Great Western Highway and choose one of the three car parks. If you choose the first car park, it’s recommended to follow the Grand Canyon Walk anti-clockwise.
If you park your car at one of the two other car parks, it’s best to do the walk clock-wise starting at the Evans Lookout.