Bridal Veil View Lookout Leura
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

30 min to 1 h

950 m
return

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Moderate track
This short walk from Cliff Drive, Leura, heads out to pretty Bridal Veil View Lookout. At the base of a staircase, the lookout provides great views of Bridal Veil Falls. There is also an optional side trip to Tarpeian Rock, which is well worth the extra time, providing great views up the Jamison valley. 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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Tarpeian Rock signpost of Cliff drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Tarpeian Rock track near cliff drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track near Cliff Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stone wall next to track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track north of the Tarpeian Rock track int. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Tarpeian Rock intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bridal View Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Looking down on Bridal Veil View Lookout with the falls in the background. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Staircase down to Bridal Veil View Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bridal Veil View Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View left from Bridal Veil View Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bridal View Falls. | 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 At the intersection of Gordon Road & Tarpeian Rock Access Walk (-33.7223225,150.325861)
Mode Bus 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 3.9 km
  • Keep left onto Alexandra Terrace and drive for another 500 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Leura Mall, BMD and drive for another 165 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Leura Mall, BMD and drive for another 215 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Leura Mall, BMD and drive for another 1 km
  • Turn right onto Gordon Road, BMD and drive for another 245 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Cliff Drive, one house west from Olympian Parade, this walk follows the 'Tarpeian Rock' signpost along the bush track, following the sandstone wall. The track soon passes the 'Blue Mountains National Park' sign as it winds through the bush for a short while, then winds down a hill that gradually gets a little steeper as it approaches the intersection of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk at the 'Leura Cascades' sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Gordon Road & Tarpeian Rock Access Walk Start heading along Tarpeian Rock Access Walk (a walking track).
After another 120 m continue straight, to head along Tarpeian Rock Access Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Tarpeian Rock. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Prince Henry Cliff Walk & Tarpeian Rock Access Walk) turn sharp right, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 105 m continue straight.
After another 200 m come to "Bridal Veil View Lookout".
Bridal Veil View Lookout
Bridal Veil View Lookout

The Bridal Veil View is a small, fenced lookout at the base of a flight of stairs in the south-west corner of Leura. The lookout has a natural sandstone floor and provides superb, unobstructed view of the Bridal Veil Falls. The falls are about 150m away, and looking down from the top, the Bridal Veil likeness is apparent. The falls run most of the time, but are most spectacular after rain.
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The Bridal Veil View is a small, fenced lookout at the base of a flight of stairs in the south-west corner of Leura. The lookout has a natural sandstone floor and provides superb, unobstructed view of the Bridal Veil Falls. The falls are about 150m away, and looking down from the top, the Bridal Veil likeness is apparent. The falls run most of the time, but are most spectacular after rain.

Turn around here and retrace the main route for 480 m to get back to the start.

An optional side trip to Tarpeian Rock.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Prince Henry Cliff Walk & Tarpeian Rock Access Walk Start (a walking track).
After another 30 m veer left.
After another 9 m come to the end.
"Tarpeian Rock".
Tarpeian Rock
Tarpeian Rock

Tarpeian Rock is a great lookout, suspended high on a sandstone buttress, with circular patterns under foot. The view from the lookout extends from Kings Tableland on the left, to the 'back' of the Three Sisters and into Jamison Valley on the right. There are also great views across to Mount Solitary, Narrow Neck Plateau and the Ruined Castle. The name is derived from the Roman 'Tarpeian Rock', a steep cliff rocky point overlooking the Roman forum that was used as a place to execute people. Thankfully, this Tarpeian Rock has a much more peaceful feel about it.
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Tarpeian Rock is a great lookout, suspended high on a sandstone buttress, with circular patterns under foot. The view from the lookout extends from Kings Tableland on the left, to the 'back' of the Three Sisters and into Jamison Valley on the right. There are also great views across to Mount Solitary, Narrow Neck Plateau and the Ruined Castle. The name is derived from the Roman 'Tarpeian Rock', a steep cliff rocky point overlooking the Roman forum that was used as a place to execute people. Thankfully, this Tarpeian Rock has a much more peaceful feel about it.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 40 m to the main route.
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Bridal Veil View Lookout Leura


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 950 m
Time 30 min to 1 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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