Victoria Falls Lookout to Blue Gum Forest
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

6 h to 8 h 30 min

15.3 km
oneway

↑ 1001 m
↓ -1037 m

Very challenging
This long day-walk follows a remote track down from Victoria Falls Lookout, passing the waterfall, and into the Grose Valley, to the famous Blue Gum Forest, a scenic and historic highlight of this area. From the Blue Gum Forest, the walk climbs steeply to finish at Perry's Lookdown. You will need to organise a car shuttle, or a taxi for this walk. 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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Start of Victoria Falls Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track down to Victoria Falls Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Victoria Falls lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Victoria Falls Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track down to Victoria Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Walker on Victoria Falls Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Grose Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign in tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign near Top of Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Top of Victoria Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Victoria Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Signpost to Burra Korain Flat. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Walker on Grose River Trk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Burra Korain Flat Camping Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Creek crossing near Burra Korain Flat Camping Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Grose River near Burra Korain Flat. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track along the Grose River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Banksia along the Grose River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track along the Grose River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Hanging Rock from the Grose valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Signage on Grose River Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
One of many clearings along the Grose River Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Eucalypts in the Grose Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Walker north of Blue Gum Forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Blue Gum Forest sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Grose Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track to Perrys Lookdown. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track down from lookouts. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Memorial Plaque Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Memorial Plaque Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Dockers Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Perrys Lookdown. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Top of Perrys Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
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 (-33.5736804,150.2921125)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Great Western Highway, A32
  • Turn on to then drive for 175 m
  • Turn sharp left onto Station Street and drive for another 10 m
  • Turn right onto Great Western Highway, A32 and drive for another 5.9 km
  • Keep right onto Camp Street and drive for another 70 m
  • Turn slight right onto Camp Street and drive for another 440 m
  • Turn slight left onto Camp Street and drive for another 440 m
  • Turn left onto Albion Street and drive for another 270 m
  • Turn right onto Great Western Highway, A32 and drive for another 15.2 km
  • Turn right onto Victoria Falls Road and drive for another 5.2 km
Finish (-33.5994548,150.3459193)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park, this walk follows the sign to 'Grose Valley Lookout' down the hill. The walk then winds down some steps for approximately 50m to a lookout. ....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 25 m back from the start).

24/7
Victoria Falls Car Park (about 15 m back from the start).
After another 125 m turn left, to head along Victoria Falls Walking Track.
After another 55 m find the "Victoria Falls Lookout" (on your right).
Victoria Falls Lookout
Victoria Falls Lookout

Victoria Falls Lookout, Blue Mountains NP, has an easterly aspect over the Grose Valley. Although the lookout is named after the wonderful Victoria Falls, there are no views of the falls from this lookout.
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Victoria Falls Lookout, Blue Mountains NP, has an easterly aspect over the Grose Valley. Although the lookout is named after the wonderful Victoria Falls, there are no views of the falls from this lookout.

Then come to the "Grose Valley Lookout" (6 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Victoria Creek Cascades. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.6 km turn sharp left, to head along Victoria Falls Walking Track.
After another 25 m pass the sign (on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Victoria Falls. To start this optional side trip turn around here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Continue straight, to head along Victoria Falls Walking Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Top of Falls. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip veer right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 235 m turn sharp left.
After another 1.4 km come to the "Burra Korain Flat Camping Area".
Burra Korain Flat Camping Area
Burra Korain Flat Camping Area

Burra Korain Flat Camping Area, Blue Mountains NP, is a small clearing between the Victoria Creek and Grose River. The campsite is well signposted and has nice sitting logs and plenty of space for a few tents. Water can be accessed from either river or creek but should be treated before use.
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Burra Korain Flat Camping Area, Blue Mountains NP, is a small clearing between the Victoria Creek and Grose River. The campsite is well signposted and has nice sitting logs and plenty of space for a few tents. Water can be accessed from either river or creek but should be treated before use.

After another 4 km turn right.
After another 1.2 km cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 1.7 km cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 880 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 600 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 580 m continue straight.
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Perrys Track & Shortridge Pass) turn right, to head along Perrys Track.
After another 35 m pass the sign (10 m on your left).
After another 800 m head up the steps (about 1.3 km long)
Then head up the steps (about 540 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Dockers Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 380 m turn left, to head along Perrys Track.
After another 60 m come to the "Perry's Lookdown".
Perry's Lookdown
Perry's Lookdown

Perry's Lookdown, Blue Mountains NP, has views over the Grose Valley, with Blue Gum Forest nearly directly below and Lockleys Pylon to the south. The lookout is presumably named after Captain William Perry, the Deputy Surveyor General who worked under the leadership of Sir Thomas Mitchell.
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Perry's Lookdown, Blue Mountains NP, has views over the Grose Valley, with Blue Gum Forest nearly directly below and Lockleys Pylon to the south. The lookout is presumably named after Captain William Perry, the Deputy Surveyor General who worked under the leadership of Sir Thomas Mitchell.

Turn left, to head along Perrys Track.
After another 85 m come to a sign.
The end.
About 10 m past the end is "Perrys Lookdown campground".
Perrys Lookdown campground
Perrys Lookdown campground

Perrys Lookdown offers a simple campsite, close to some spectacular lookouts and well located as starting point for longer walks exploring the Grose Valley. There are 5 tent sites and a non-flush toilet, but no water available. This area allows fuel stoves only (no camp fires). The camping area is a short walk from the car park. Limit to one night stay (sites cannot be reserved).
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Perrys Lookdown offers a simple campsite, close to some spectacular lookouts and well located as starting point for longer walks exploring the Grose Valley. There are 5 tent sites and a non-flush toilet, but no water available. This area allows fuel stoves only (no camp fires). The camping area is a short walk from the car park. Limit to one night stay (sites cannot be reserved).


An optional side trip to Victoria Creek Cascades.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 70 m come to the end.
About 10 m past the end is "Victoria Cascades".
Victoria Cascades
Victoria Cascades

Victoria Cascades, Blue Mountains NP, is a shorter run of water than the larger Victoria Falls. These cascades rush over a slope of rock to continue down to Victoria Falls. The cascades, made by Victoria Creek, are worth a look on your way down to Victoria Falls. However, on a a trip up from Victoria Falls, these smaller cascades may be somewhat overshadowed by the larger falls.
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Victoria Cascades, Blue Mountains NP, is a shorter run of water than the larger Victoria Falls. These cascades rush over a slope of rock to continue down to Victoria Falls. The cascades, made by Victoria Creek, are worth a look on your way down to Victoria Falls. However, on a a trip up from Victoria Falls, these smaller cascades may be somewhat overshadowed by the larger falls.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 70 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Top of Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 35 m come to the end.
About 60 m past the end is "Victoria Falls".
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Blue Mountains NP, is a large waterfall dropping over a grey rock overhang. The cascade is produced by Victoria Creek dropping over the approximately-15m cliffs. A scree slope leads up behind the falls, and below the falls the rocks are very slippery. These falls are well worth a visit, with the great views from the top of the falls, and the accessibility of the bottom of the falls, making a great trip.
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Victoria Falls, Blue Mountains NP, is a large waterfall dropping over a grey rock overhang. The cascade is produced by Victoria Creek dropping over the approximately-15m cliffs. A scree slope leads up behind the falls, and below the falls the rocks are very slippery. These falls are well worth a visit, with the great views from the top of the falls, and the accessibility of the bottom of the falls, making a great trip.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 35 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Victoria Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Victoria Falls Walking Track.
After another 25 m turn sharp right.
After another 60 m come to the end.
"Victoria Falls".
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Blue Mountains NP, is a large waterfall dropping over a grey rock overhang. The cascade is produced by Victoria Creek dropping over the approximately-15m cliffs. A scree slope leads up behind the falls, and below the falls the rocks are very slippery. These falls are well worth a visit, with the great views from the top of the falls, and the accessibility of the bottom of the falls, making a great trip.
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Victoria Falls, Blue Mountains NP, is a large waterfall dropping over a grey rock overhang. The cascade is produced by Victoria Creek dropping over the approximately-15m cliffs. A scree slope leads up behind the falls, and below the falls the rocks are very slippery. These falls are well worth a visit, with the great views from the top of the falls, and the accessibility of the bottom of the falls, making a great trip.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 85 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Dockers Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Continue another 20 m to find Dockers Lookout at the end.
"Dockers Lookout".
"Dockers Lookout".
Dockers Lookout
Dockers Lookout

Dockers Lookout, Blue Mountains NP, has views over the Grose Valley and Blue Gum Forest below. Mt Banks can be seen standing proudly to the north above the valley.
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Dockers Lookout, Blue Mountains NP, has views over the Grose Valley and Blue Gum Forest below. Mt Banks can be seen standing proudly to the north above the valley.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 20 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Victoria Falls Lookout to Blue Gum Forest


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 15.3 km
Time 6 h to 8 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite: There are 2 on route, on average they are 5.1 km apart with the largest gap of 11.9 km.

Toilet: There is one -7 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-7 m[toilet]
Campsite
3.4 kmBurra Korain Flat Camping Area
Campsite
15.3 kmPerrys Lookdown campground
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