Kings Tableland and 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 Blue Mountains.
With sweeping views of Jamison Valley and beyond, Lincoln’s Rock is a unique and historically important sight that is well worth a visit.
How to Get There
Visiting the Lincoln’s Rock lookout is easy. It is located at the end of Hordern Road in Wentworth Falls where you can park your car. From the Great Western Highway, turn into Tableland Rd. After 2km, make a right turn into Hordern Rd.
Alternatively, if you feel like a bit of hiking, park your car at Chester Rd (off Tableland Rd) just north of Hordern Rd. From there, follow the Chester Trail and the Little Switzerland Trail to Lincoln’s Rock. It’s a pleasant and easy 40 min walk to the lookout.
The official address of Lincoln’s Rock is 51 Little Switzerland Drive in Wentworth Falls.
The Kings Tableland is a plateau situated immediately south of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains.
The plateau forms the eastern boundary of Jamison Valley, and extends south to McMahons Point lookout and beyond, with views over Lake Burragorang.
Kings Tableland is also one of the most historically important areas in the greater Blue Mountains region.
For thousands of years, the area that we now know as Kings Tableland was a place of significance to the Aboriginal Gandangara people. Remnants of Aboriginal engravings and shelters can still be found in the area.
Lincoln’s Rock Lookout
The most popular sight on the Kings Tableland plateau is Lincoln’s Rock.
Named in honour of Lincoln Hall, a mountaineer who lived in Wentworth Falls for decades before his untimely passing in 2012, Lincoln’s Rock is one of the most scenic lookout points in the Blue Mountains.
On 25 May 2006, Lincoln Hall was left for dead at Mount Everest at an altitude of 8700m, while descending from the summit. The next morning however, Hall was found still alive by a team that was making a summit attempt, and he was rescued.
The panoramic views from Lincoln’s Rock overlooking Jamison Valley are unparalleled. It’s not just the views though that attracts visitors to this lookout.
It’s also the unique photo opportunity, sitting on the edge of a cliff, that makes this spot so popular in today’s Instagram-driven society.
The Lincoln’s Rock lookout is absolutely stunning but it is also unfenced. This adds to the beauty of the area, but it also makes exploring a bit risky. Stay well back from cliff edges at all times, especially when taking photos and selfies.
There are quite a few other interesting sights close to Lincoln’s Rock to enjoy so you can make a day of it.
Rocket Point Lookout and Wentworth Falls
One of Wentworth Falls’ best kept secrets is the Rocket Point Lookout which provides great views of the waterfall and Jamison Valley.
Most visitors to Wentworth Falls skip this lookout as it’s only accessible via a side-track away from the regular walking track above the waterfall.
To get to Rocket Point Lookout from Lincoln’s Rock, follow Little Switzerland Trail heading north. It’s an easy walk and takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Once you’re there, you may as well head down to have a closer look at the amazing waterfall that is Wentworth Falls.
McMahons Point lookout
Whilst the famous McMahons Point Lookout is not very close to Lincoln’s Rock, the unsealed 4WD and cycle trail to McMahons Point follows Tableland Road from Wentworth Falls passes Lincoln’s Rock.
The distance to McMahons Point from Lincoln’s Rock is about 20 km and is only accessible to 4WD vehicles and mountain bikes. It’s a remote area in the Blue Mountains with limited to no reception, so make sure you come well-prepared.
From McMahons Point, you can enjoy sweeping views of Lake Burragorang and the Greater Blue Mountains wilderness. With a reservoir capacity of more than 2,000 gigalitres of water, Lake Burragorang has a surface area covering 75 square kilometres and is four times larger than Sydney Harbour.
The lake is formed by the Warragamba Dam, Australia’s largest concrete dam, and is Sydney’s primary reservoir for water supply. Well worth a visit!
Lincoln’s Rock is located at the end of Hordern Road in Wentworth Falls.
From the Great Western Highway, turn into Tableland Rd. After about 2km, make a right turn into Hordern Rd.