Solitary Kiosk and Restaurant to Copelands Lookout
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

20 min to 30 min

710 m
return

↑ 72 m
↓ -72 m

Moderate track
Starting from Solitary Restaurant on Cliff Drive in Leura, this track heads down to the historic Copelands Lookout, providing great views across Jamison Valley. Copelands Lookout is a fairly large lookout with a natural sandstone floor and hand-built sandstone walls. This one way of enjoying great views of the Jamison valley without the hustle and bustle of Echo Point. The walk also offers an optional side trip to the Bridal Veil Lookout, where you can see the falls by the same name. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharug & Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Solitary Point Cafe. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Monument on Cliff drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Fossil Rock lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Fossil Rock lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track to Copelands lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bridal Veil lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Copelands Lookout track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Copelands Lookout track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Just back from Copelands lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Copelands Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Copelands Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Copelands Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7214798,150.3194272)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Great Western Highway, A32
  • Turn on to Parke Street, BMD then drive for 105 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Bathurst Road, BMD and drive for another 165 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Gang Gang Street, BMD and drive for another 105 m
  • Turn right onto Lurline Street, BMD and drive for another 800 m
  • Turn left onto Merriwa Street and drive for another 530 m
  • Continue onto Cliff Drive, BMD and drive for another 225 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 9 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the top of the stairs, this walk follows Cliff Drive down the gentle hill towards the point, passing the restaurant and the sandstone pillar, to the signposted intersection of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Cliff Drive.
Leura parking (about 9 m back from the start).
After 70 m come to the "Solitary Kiosk and Restaurant".
Solitary Kiosk and Restaurant
Solitary Kiosk and Restaurant

Solitary Restaurant offers fine dining in a heritage-listed building overlooking the beautiful Jamison Valley, as well as housing a kiosk for a more casual lunch. The kiosk is open for lunch 7 days a week, from 10am to 4pm (opens 11am weekdays in winter). The kiosk provides a casual dinning experience, with breakfast foods from $10 and lunches around $15 per dish. The restaurant is open for lunch 7 days from 12-4.30pm, and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm. Light lunches start from $14, and dinners from $55 for a mouth-watering 2 course meal. Contact details - 90 Cliff Drive, Leura Falls Ph: 02 4782 1164.
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Solitary Restaurant offers fine dining in a heritage-listed building overlooking the beautiful Jamison Valley, as well as housing a kiosk for a more casual lunch. The kiosk is open for lunch 7 days a week, from 10am to 4pm (opens 11am weekdays in winter). The kiosk provides a casual dinning experience, with breakfast foods from $10 and lunches around $15 per dish. The restaurant is open for lunch 7 days from 12-4.30pm, and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm. Light lunches start from $14, and dinners from $55 for a mouth-watering 2 course meal. Contact details - 90 Cliff Drive, Leura Falls Ph: 02 4782 1164.

At the intersection of Prince Henry Cliff Walk & Cliff Drive turn right, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk (a walking track).
After another 25 m head down the steps (about 10 m long)
Turn left, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 35 m find the "Fossil Rock" (5 m on your left).
Fossil Rock
Fossil Rock

Fossil Rock is a fenced lookout along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, near Katoomba. The lookout is close to Cliff Drive and gives great views along the Jamison Valley and over Mount Solitary, and along the far end of Kings Tableland. The sandstone floor of the lookout is mostly natural and has a few steps cut in it. The rock provides some natural sculptures to enjoy.
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Fossil Rock is a fenced lookout along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, near Katoomba. The lookout is close to Cliff Drive and gives great views along the Jamison Valley and over Mount Solitary, and along the far end of Kings Tableland. The sandstone floor of the lookout is mostly natural and has a few steps cut in it. The rock provides some natural sculptures to enjoy.

The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Bridal Veil Lookout. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 15 m turn right.
(Copelands Lookout) Continue another 205 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 360 m to get back to the start.
About 30 m past the end is "Copelands Lookout".
Copelands Lookout
Copelands Lookout

Copelands Lookout is a great viewing point with a short, sandstone wall around much of it. The lookout provides fantastic views over the Jamison Valley past Sublime Point, along Kings Tableland and past Mount Solitary.
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Copelands Lookout is a great viewing point with a short, sandstone wall around much of it. The lookout provides fantastic views over the Jamison Valley past Sublime Point, along Kings Tableland and past Mount Solitary.


An optional side trip to Bridal Veil Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 15 m turn sharp right.
After another 75 m come to "Bridal Veil Lookout".
Bridal Veil Lookout
Bridal Veil Lookout

Bridal Veil Lookout provides a great views over Leura Forest and the Jamison Valley. Mount Solitary stands proudly in the distance. In keeping with its name, there are views of Bridal Veil Falls to the east. There is a small bench seat, but no shade.
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Bridal Veil Lookout provides a great views over Leura Forest and the Jamison Valley. Mount Solitary stands proudly in the distance. In keeping with its name, there are views of Bridal Veil Falls to the east. There is a small bench seat, but no shade.

Continue another 0 m to find Bridal Veil Lookout at the end.
"Bridal Veil Lookout".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 85 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Solitary Kiosk and Restaurant to Copelands Lookout


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 710 m
Time 20 min to 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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