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Pulpit Rock, Boyd Beach to Govetts Leap Lookout
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.5 km ENE of Blackheath
Length: 4.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 445 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 445 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
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This section of the Cliff Top Track takes in the beautiful scenery east of Blackheath. The track leaves Pulpit Rock car park and drops into many lookouts with views over waterfalls and the Grose Valley. The track heads out to the secluded creek bank of Boyd Beach, and then continues, back along the track, and climbs to the magnificent views from Govetts Leap Lookout. (open in app)


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  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Pulpit Rock, Boyd Beach to Govetts Leap Lookout

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Pulpit Rock, Boyd Beach to Govetts Leap Lookout
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Pulpit Rock car park
Int. Pulpit Rock Trk and Pulpit Rock Lookout Trk
Int. Pulpit Rock Trk and Pulpit Rock Lookout Trk
Boyd Lookout
Int. Popes Glen Trk and Pulpit Rock 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
Horseshoe Falls Lookout
Lower Int. Grose Valley Walks
Int. Govetts Leap Lookout and Grose Valley Walks
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. Pulpit Rock Trk and Pulpit Rock Lookout 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
 Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301S 
 Mount Wilson 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301N 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
Pulpit Rock car park
 
Pulpit Rock car park +
 
Stairs from Pulpit Rock car park
 
Stairs from Pulpit Rock car park +
 
Track down to Lower Pulpit Rock Lookout
 
Track down to Lower Pulpit Rock Lookout +

 
Bugs on leaf
 
Bugs on leaf +
 
Burnt tree trunk on Cliff Top Track
 
Burnt tree trunk on Cliff Top Track +
 
Cliff Top Track
 
Cliff Top Track +

 
Pope's Glen Creek
 
Pope's Glen Creek +
 
Sign post on Pope's Glen Creek
 
Sign post on Pope's Glen Creek +
 
Boyd Beach
 
Boyd Beach +

 
Bridal Veil Falls from Govetts Leap Lookout
 
Bridal Veil Falls from Govetts Leap Lookout +
 
Grose Valley from Govetts Leap Lookout
 
Grose Valley from Govetts Leap Lookout +
 
Govetts Leap car park
 
Govetts Leap car park +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Pulpit Rock, Boyd Beach to Govetts Leap Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Pulpit Rock, Boyd Beach to Govetts Leap Lookout bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Pulpit Rock, Boyd Beach to Govetts Leap Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Pulpit Rock, Boyd Beach to Govetts Leap Lookout 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 4.2km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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
4.1km of this walk has short steep hills and another 110m is very steep. The remaining (35m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 4.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 35m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 4.1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 150m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 4.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 4.2km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 3.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 300m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Pulpit Rock car park
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 Pulpit Rock car park
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) Pulpit Rock car park to Int. Pulpit Rock Trk and Pulpit Rock Lookout Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 267 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -36 m
From the car park, the walk follows the sign to 'Pulpit Rock Lookout'[1], down the stairs from the car park. The track continues down to a shelter and toilet, and then steeply heads down another flight of stairs, before flattening out and then descending more stairs to the signposted intersection.

(0.27 km) Int. Pulpit Rock Trk and Pulpit Rock Lookout Trk to Pulpit Rock Upper Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 48 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: 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.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

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.

(0.27 km) Int. Pulpit Rock Trk and Pulpit Rock Lookout Trk to Int. Popes Glen Trk and Pulpit Rock Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.8 km Time = 1 hr 31 mins
Climb = 318 m Descent = -328 m
Turn right: 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.

Boyd Lookout Alt = 973 m
Boyd Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, looks over the Grose Valley with a spectacular view over Pulpit Rock to the east. It is an unfenced, informal lookout.

(3.06 km) Int. Popes Glen Trk and Pulpit Rock Trk to Boyd Beach
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 343 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -18 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Popes Glen' keeping the creek below on the right. The track continues for approximately 100m, rising to the left of a prominent rock feature. The walk passes another track on the right (with access to the creek), then continues to rise past the rock feature (on the right - The rock feature has a trail to its top.) This walk continues from the rock feature, heading down the hill to a signposted intersection.
Turn right: 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.

(3.41 km) Boyd Beach to Horseshoe Falls Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 478 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 44 m Descent = -31 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.
Continue straight: 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.

Horseshoe Falls Alt = 894 m
Horseshoe Falls, Blue Mountains National Park, are sourced by Popes Glen Creek which runs over the cliff into the Grose Valley. The Horseshoe Falls seem to be named after the shape of the valley into which they drop.

(3.88 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.

Catch the bus from Govetts Leap Lookout
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 Govetts Leap Lookout
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

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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
Map Car Shuffle
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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 10.6 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 11.1 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 21.9 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 22.5 km
Richmond Camping Supplies 340 Windsor St , Richmond (02) 4578 3004 39 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Pulpit Rock, Boyd Beach to Govetts Leap Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Pulpit Rock, Boyd Beach to Govetts Leap Lookout
Click to re-center search
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 21 km (to the NW)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 28 km (to the ENE)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
30 km (to the WSW)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 30 km (to the WSW)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 31 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
Mostly clear.
Mostly clear.
6.7°C (feels like 5.7°)
0 km/h from the NE
93% humidity     (as at 21/11:34pm)
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 Sunday 21st of September 2014 11:00 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
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:
  • Mt Banks walking and cycling 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
Katoomba/Leura Walking Track - CLOSED 25-26th September for Helicopter operation - Prince Henry Cliff walk
There will be a temporary closure of the Prince Henry Cliff walk - from below Cliff Drive to Round walking track junction next week on 25-26th September whilst Helicopter operations take place (Weather dependant).
 


 



 
The Waratah Native Gardens
The Waratah Native Gardens precinct of Blue Mountains National Park will be closed to the public until Spring 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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