Although Echo Point attracts the bus groups, the Blue Gum Forest has long been referred to as the centrepiece of the Blue Mountains. This walk is a classic overnight walk (although a 1 day walk that will take you to the Blue Gum Forest is possible). The walk takes you from Blackheath, through the Grand Canyon to the campsite of Acacia Flat, through the Blue Gum Forest, and then back up along the ridgetop to Govett’s Leap. The walk offers stunning views of the Grose Valley, the forest itself.
Car – Start and finish at Neates Glen carpark.
Transport – Catch the train to Blackheath Station, and walk to the starting point.
Start at the Neates Glen car park, which is off Evans Lookout Road.
Hike down through a narrow gully, and into the Grand Canyon.
At a junction near the creek, stay on the right bank of the creek, following the sign to Rodriguez Pass and Beauchamp Falls. After about 30 mins walking you should reach the falls.
At the falls, take care to find the right path across the boulders – look for steps in the rocks and an old metal railing – the route should bring you out to a small plateau in the cascades.
Cross the creek and turn left – the opposite direction to a white arrow painted on the rock.
Follow the track down to junction rock.
The walk to Acacia Flat should be about one hour from Junction Rock along the left bank of Govetts Creek.
Camp the night here at Acacia Flat. If you have time and energy, after setting up camp head down the track another 500m to explore the Blue Gum Forest.
Get an early start for the harder part of the hike. Continue down the path towards to the Blue Gum Forest. Take the track to the left up Dockers Buttress – a steep climb up to Dockers Head and Perrys Lookdown
From the car park at Perrys Lookdown, follow Hat Hill Road for 4km.
Take the left turn down Pulpit Rock Road to the lookout.
The path from here is easy to follow as it follows the cliff top to Horseshoe Falls, to Govetts Leap Lookout, and on to Evans Lookout and Neates Glen.
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath on (02) 4787 8877. 9am-4:30pm, 7 days.
National Parks Website: http:// http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
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