Carrington Park to Bridal Veil Lookout
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

30 min to 40 min

1.1 km
return

↑ 76 m
↓ -76 m

Moderate track
This short walk starts from, and returns to, the Carrington park track head and takes you to the Bridal Veil Lookout, on the western side of the Leura Cascades. This lookout provides you with a spectacular view, just a short stroll from Katoomba. This is a great walk for those keen to start bushwalking. There are a couple of other possible side trips to lookouts along the way. 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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Carington Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Coming down from Carington Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Prince Henry cliff walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Steps near Solitary cafe. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Monument on Cliff drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Solitary Point Cafe. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Copelands Lookout track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Copelands Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bridal Veil lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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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 (-33.7203399,150.3174495)
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
  • Turn sharp right onto Cliff Drive, BMD and drive for another 30 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Carrington Park, the walk crosses Cliff Drive and goes down the stairs and past the sign for 'Blue Mountains National Park'. The walk continues down the stairs until reaching an intersection signposted with the way to 'Echo Point' or 'Leura Cascades'.
From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Leura Cascades 1km' sign down the wooden steps and along the bush track, winding through the forest until coming to the signposted intersection of the 'Leura Forest' Track.
From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Leura Cascades' sign along the well-defined bush track, winding through the bush to the signposted intersection of the Echo Tree track at the bottom of the short set of stairs.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a picnic table (about 25 m back from the start).
Carrington Park (about 7 m back from the start).
Carrington Park
Carrington Park

Carrington Park is a medium-sized park on a traffic island, at the junction of Cliff Road and Merriwa St, Katoomba. The park is partially fenced and has a picnic shelter, picnic tables, garbage bins and children's play equipment.
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Carrington Park is a medium-sized park on a traffic island, at the junction of Cliff Road and Merriwa St, Katoomba. The park is partially fenced and has a picnic shelter, picnic tables, garbage bins and children's play equipment.

After another 40 m turn sharp left, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 50 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 135 m pass the "Federal Pass" (25 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 85 m pass the "Leura parking" (20 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Echo Tree Lookout. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Veer left, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 6 m head down the steps (about 8 m long)
At the intersection of Cliff Drive & Prince Henry Cliff Walk turn right, to head along Cliff Drive (a highway|tertiary).
After another 60 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 30 m come to the "Kiah Lookout" (10 m on your right).
Then 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 Copelands Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 15 m turn sharp right.
After another 60 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.

Turn around here and retrace the main route for 540 m to get back to the start.

An optional side trip to Echo Tree Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 5 m continue straight.
About 20 m past the end is "Echo Tree Lookout".
Continue another 0 m to find Flat Top Lookout at the end.
"Flat Top Lookout".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 20 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Copelands Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Continue another 205 m to find Copelands Lookout at the end.
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.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 205 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Carrington Park to Bridal Veil Lookout


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.1 km
Time 30 min to 40 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
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)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 105 m from the start.


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