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Popes Glen, Pulpit Rock, Govetts Leap and Braeside Walk
Time: 8 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.9 km ENE of Blackheath
Length: 13.6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 13.6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 1068 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 1068 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

This large circuit walk, from Popes Glen to Pulpit Rock, Govetts leap and along the Braeside Track, passes some of the most magnificent scenery in this part of the Blue Mountains National Park. From little, hidden places, like Boyds Beach, to the stunning Bridle Veil Falls and Govetts Leap Lookout, this track covers many of the areas highlights. (open in app)


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  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Popes Glen, Pulpit Rock, Govetts Leap and Braeside Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Int. Popes Glen Trk and Dell St
Int. Popes Glen Trk and Rodriguez Ave Trk
Int. Popes Glen Trk and Boyd Bch Trk
Boyd Beach
Int. Popes Glen Trk and Boyd Bch Trk
Int. Popes Glen Trk and Pulpit Rock Trk
Boyd Lookout
Int. Pulpit Rock Trk and Pulpit Rock Lookout Trk
Pulpit Rock upper Lookout
Pulpit Rock middle Lookout
Pulpit Rock Upper Lookout
Int. Pulpit Rock Trk and Pulpit Rock Lookout Trk
Boyd Lookout
Int. Popes Glen Trk and Pulpit Rock Trk
Horseshoe Falls Lookout
Lower Int. Grose Valley Walks
Int. Govetts Leap Lookout and Grose Valley Walks
Govetts Leap Lookout
Braeside Walk North
Barrow Lookout
Braeside Walk North
Braeside Picnic Area
Int. Braeside Service Trail and Braeside Picnic Area
Int. Braeside St and McNicol St
Int. Boreas St and Braeside St
Int. Govetts Leap Rd and Prince Edward St
Int. Wills St and Gipps Ln
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. Popes Glen Trk and Rodriguez Ave Trk

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
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Photo Gallery

 
Intersection of Pope's Glen Track and Dell St
 
Intersection of Pope's Glen Track and Dell St +
 
Pope's Glen Track
 
Pope's Glen Track +
 
Boyd Beach
 
Boyd Beach +

 
Pope's Glen Track
 
Pope's Glen Track +
 
Pulpit Rock
 
Pulpit Rock +
 
Sign post on Pope's Glen Creek
 
Sign post on Pope's Glen Creek +

 
Bridal Veil Falls from Govetts Leap Lookout
 
Bridal Veil Falls from Govetts Leap Lookout +
 
Lizard on track to Barrows Lookout
 
Lizard on track to Barrows Lookout +
 
Braeside Walk
 
Braeside Walk +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Popes Glen, Pulpit Rock, Govetts Leap and Braeside Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Popes Glen, Pulpit Rock, Govetts Leap and Braeside Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Popes Glen, Pulpit Rock, Govetts Leap and Braeside Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Popes Glen, Pulpit Rock, Govetts Leap and Braeside Walk bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 14km
Time 8 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
11km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.5km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 890m is very steep and the remaining 390m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.8km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 1.2km follows a clear and well formed track or trail and the remaining 1.1km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
Around 11km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 3.1km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 14km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 14km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 11km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 2.9km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Blackheath Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Blackheath Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus to Int. Popes Glen Trk and Dell St
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Int. Popes Glen Trk and Dell St
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Int. Popes Glen Trk and Dell St to Boyd Beach
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.15 km Time = 50 mins
Climb = 48 m Descent = -148 m
From the intersection near 49 Dell St, this walk heads down the hill following the old 'Popes Glen' sign. After approximately 350m, this walk passes an intersection (with access tracks to Clarence Rd). A further 200m down the hill, the walk passes a waterfall on the right, then continues down parallel to the creek (on the right). The walk crosses two bridges, then continues to follow the creek (now on the left) to an intersection below power lines.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down a slight hill, keeping the creek on the left of the track. After some time, the walk crosses a bridge, then continues beside the creek until crossing a second bridge. The track continues for some time downhill, to a signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill following the 'Boyds Beach' sign (under the bush). The walk winds down the rocky steps for approximately 40m to Boyd Beach.

Boyd Beach Alt = 923 m
Boyd Beach, Blue Mountains National Park, is a small sandy bank on Popes Glen Creek. The beach is a quiet spot with nice ferns and shade. The beach is a short distance from the Popes Glen track.

(2.15 km) Boyd Beach to Int. Popes Glen Trk and Pulpit Rock Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 343 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -21 m
Turn around: From Boyd Beach, this walk heads up the hill away from the creek, winding up the rocky steps for approximately 40m to the signposted intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Govetts Leap' sign, climbing for approximately 50m past a rock feature (below on the left - there is a track to the top of this feature). The walk continues along the creek line, keeping the creek on the left, and passes a track (accessing the creek). This walk continues for approximately 100m, heading through a ferny area to an intersection near the creek, marked by 'Popes Glen' and 'Govetts Leap' signs.

(2.5 km) Int. Popes Glen Trk and Pulpit Rock Trk to Pulpit Rock middle Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.9 km Time = 1 hr 36 mins
Climb = 338 m Descent = -368 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads across the creek, following the signs to 'Pulpit Rock'. The track winds up the hill, reaching a railing which is followed around and under a cliff to Cripps Lookout, with views of Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls. This walk then continues along the hillside, with the valley below on the right. The track rounds into a gully and over a creek to rise out again up the hillside. It then follows the hillside for some time, leading in and out of gullys to a large railed lookout, Boyd Lookout.
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk leads along the hillside with the valley below on the right. The track passes by views of the Grose Valley on its right, and rocky outcrops on the left. It then swings to the right, around a hill, to head into a gully. The track continues around the gully to drop into a creek to continue to a sign marked intersection.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk goes down the stairs, following the sign to 'Pulpit Rock'. The track heads down the hill to a flat area with awesome views over the Grose Valley.
Veer left: From the upper lookout, this walk heads down the long set of stairs towards Pulpit Rock (a bench seat is visible from here). The walk passes a side path (which leads to a cave) and continues down to the bench seat in the middle of the platform.

Pulpit Rock Lookout Alt = 892 m
Pulpit Rock Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, looks over the Grose Valley and back towards Blackheath, with Bridal Veil Falls and the Govetts Leap cliff edge in view. The lookout has many levels with the uppermost lookout having the easiest access.

(5.4 km) Pulpit Rock middle Lookout to Horseshoe Falls Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 3.04 km Time = 1 hr 40 mins
Climb = 394 m Descent = -348 m
Turn around: From the seat, this walk heads up the hill and away from the valley, passing a side track (which leads to a cave). The walk heads up more stairs before coming to a large viewing area on the left.
Veer right: From the lookout, this walk heads up the stairs, away from the valley, for approximately 30m to a signposted intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk does not follow the signs to the 'Carpark' or 'Pulpit Rock', but instead leads away from the stairs and into a gully. The track rounds the gully, dropping into a creek before it heading uphill to the cliff tops again. The track continues to undulate along the clifftops, with the views of the valley to the left. The track winds in and out of gullys for approximately 1km to the fenced viewing area of Boyd Lookout.
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk heads along the hillside with the valley below to the left. The track leads along the hillside for some time, in and out of gullys, to then head down into a gully facing Horseshoe Falls. The track rounds the gully, passing across a creek to a railed lookout on the left. The track then heads under a cliffline to a railed section of track, which winds down the hill steeply to the street-signposted intersection after Popes Glen Creek.
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Govetts Leap' sign through the ferns, with the creek to the left of the track, and comes to a set of stairs. The walk climbs the steep stairs to follow the railing around a rocky outcrop. The track then winds along the hillside for some time heading to pass a lookout on the left, as the track continues to the intersection near the Horseshoe Falls Lookout.

(8.44 km) Horseshoe Falls Lookout to Govetts Leap Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 336 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 62 m Descent = -23 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk winds along the cliff top with the valley below to the left. The walk then leads steeply up the stairs to the intersection at the viewing area.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the stairs, keeping the valley to the left. The walk heads up and around the hillside to cross over a bridge, then up more stairs to the intersection.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads across the grassed area towards a platform structure. The walk climbs some stairs onto Govetts Leap Lookout, with its great views and sandstone monuments.

Govetts Leap Lookout Alt = 975 m
Govetts Leap Lookout is named after the first white man to have come to the spot, William Govett, as an assistant surveyor in June 1831. Govetts Leap Lookout offers scenic views over the Grose Valley and the spectacular Bridal Falls. The lookout is easily accessed from the car park, which has toilets and picnic facilities.

(8.77 km) Govetts Leap Lookout to Braeside Walk North
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 621 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -82 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill, following the sign to 'Evans Lookout' and keeping the Grose Valley below on the left. The track rises for approximately 400m and then heads down the hillside. The walk zigzags down the hill, with stairs, and then crosses a creek with cement steppingstones, coming to a signposted intersection on the other side.

Govetts Leap (falls) Alt = 894 m
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.

(9.39 km) Braeside Walk North to Barrow Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 79 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the winding stairs towards the cliffs. The soon comes to the railed Barrow Lookout, where there is a bench seat.

Barrow Lookout Alt = 910 m
Barrow Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, looks down to Govetts Leap falls and across the Grose Valley. The lookout is fenced and has a bench seat to rest.

(9.47 km) Barrow Lookout to Int. Braeside Service Trail and Braeside Picnic Area
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.27 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 62 m Descent = -10 m
Turn around: From Barrow Lookout, this walk heads down the stairs towards Bridal Veil Falls and the creek in the valley. The walk soon comes to a signposted intersection, above cement stepping stones in the creek.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Braeside Walk' sign, up the stream, along the rocky track. The walk leads approximately 100m, to then go down to the creek. The stepping stones are followed up stream to a set of stairs. This walk climbs the stairs and continues south-west for approximately 100m to find some overhead power lines.
The walk continues upstream, passing an overgrown track on the left (which heads underneath power lines on the left to join up with a management trail above on the hill). This track is passed, as the brook is followed for approximately 100m, passing some large boulders on the right as the track continues approximately 500m to the Braeside Picnic Area.
Continue straight: From the weir and the barbeque, this walk heads up the hill, keeping the weir on the right of the track, soon reaching the stepping stones. The track tends right across the creek via the stepping stones. From the creek, this walk heads up the steps to the signposted intersection on the management trail.

Braeside Picnic Area Alt = 956 m
Braeside Picnic Area, Blue Mountains National Park, is a small picnic area on the southern end of the Braeside walking track. The picnic area has a bench table and stone barbeque. The picnic area is situated next to a small weir and waterfall amongst the ferns.

(10.74 km) Int. Braeside Service Trail and Braeside Picnic Area to Int. Pope's Glen Trk and Dell St
Track: Moderate - road,footpath,footpath,footpath
Length = 2.84 km Time = 53 mins
Climb = 124 m Descent = -62 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill past a car park area on the right, and up to the intersection of the management trails.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill passing a driveway on the left. The walk heads up the hill towards the white house at the top of the hill, to turn left (west) onto Braeside St, keeping the white house behind to the right. This walk continues up the street to the intersection with Boreas St.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads north up Boreas St to turn left onto Govetts Leap Road. This walk continues along Govetts Leap Rd to the intersection with Prince Edward St.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Prince Edward St' and caravan (symbol) signs, past the pink cottage on the left. The walk continues along the road, passing Memorial Park and Swimming Pool on the left before tending right to the intersection with Gipps Lane (which is on the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the road, leaving Gipps St behind on the left and passing a wooden house (also on the left). The walk passes Cleopatra St on the left before coming to the signposted intersection with the Pope's Glen track on the right, near 49 Dell St.

Catch the train from Blackheath Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Blackheath Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus from Int. Pope's Glen Trk and Dell St
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Int. Pope's Glen Trk and Dell St
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
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Near by


Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 9.1 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 9.5 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 21 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 21.5 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 33.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Popes Glen, Pulpit Rock, Govetts Leap and Braeside Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Popes Glen, Pulpit Rock, Govetts Leap and Braeside Walk
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6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 20 km (to the NW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
27 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 27 km (to the W)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 31 km (to the ENE)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 33 km (to the ESE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Shower or two.
Shower or two.
9.4°C (feels like 4.1°)
24 km/h from the W (gusting 28)
85% humidity     (as at 25/06:35pm)
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Blue Mountains National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park
Closure information last downloaded Friday 25th of July 2014 06:00 PM
CLOSED AREAS
Claustral Canyon access change
Access to Claustral Canyon via the previous route across private land at Mt Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mt Tomah residents and avoid using private land.
Alternative access from the west side of Mt Bell has been identified. For details please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre, phone 02 4787 8877; open seven days 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.
Fire affected areas remain closed
Canyons previously closed after last summer’s wildfires are now open
NPWS is conducting risk assessments of fire affected areas in an effort to re-open sites to the public as soon as possible. Until assessments and/or required work is completed, the following areas remain closed:
  • Pierces Pass walking track (picnic area and road open)
  • Mt Banks walking and cycling track
  • Track to Victoria Falls (picnic area and road open)
  • Victoria Falls to Burra Korrain and Blue Gum walking track
 Please continue to check the website for further updates, as re-openings will be posted on a regular basis.

Locations affected: Mount Banks Summit walk, Mount Banks Road cycle route, Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest walking track
Oaks Firetrail will be closed 2nd and 3rd August 2014 (Ends Sunday 3 August)

The Oaks Fire Trail will be closed to bicycles and vehicles from the turn off to Euroka on 2nd and 3rd August 2014 due to the Maximum Adventure event being held in the park.
The road to Red Hands Cave, and Nepean Lookout will  also be closed.
 
Locations affected: Jack Evans walking track, Glenbrook - Nepean lookout, Woodford – Oaks trail
Overcliff track - Wentworth Falls - Overcliff-Undercliff track
The Overcliff Track between Lyrebird and Breakfast Point lookouts remains closed due to storm damage.
The Waratah Native Gardens
The Waratah Native Gardens precinct of Blue Mountains National Park will be closed to the public from Monday 30 June until Tuesday 4 August 2014 due to major landslip event occurring across the Gorge Walking Track – a full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The precinct will be closed at the Valley Ridges Road Berambing entry gate (west of Bilpin).
 

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