Govetts Leap

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The Blue Mountains National Park boasts some of the most amazing views in all of Australia, and one of those views is a mere 10 minute walk from our front door.

At Govetts Leap, you are immediately greeted by this 180 meter tall waterfall off in the distance, and breathtaking panoramas of the Grose Valley and the basalt tops of Mt. Tomah, Mt. Banks, and Mt. Hay (old volcanoes).

Legend has it that this amazing lookout was named after Govett, the bushranger, who was escaping troopers and jumped over the cliff on his horse.  But when you dig a little deeper into the story, you soon realize that “leap” is a Scottish word for waterfall, and Govett was a surveyor who discovered the area in 1831.  However, we agree, the jumping horse story is much more intriguing!

The cliff tops at Blackheath have been a public reserve since 1881, and the area has changed very little since that time.  Thankfully they have installed sturdy railings, which we have learned were built and installed by Amber’s dad Colin.

There is a splendid walking track that winds its’ way down to the base of the falls by way of steps and stairs, past damp rock faces, and hanging swamps that are home to some specially adapted plants and “grubbies” (nickname the kids have given to them)!

A less steep walk, but equally picturesque is the ‘Cliff Top Track’ which leads to the top of Govetts Leap waterfall, and continues along to Evans Lookout, through dense heathland, past gum and banksia trees and many wildflowers.

Govetts Leap, or “Gubbutts Leaf” as Cohen refers to it, is an absolute gem of a lookout and we are fortunate to be just a horse jump away from these amazing views and bushwalks!  We look forward to exploring it more with our kids and our visitors!