Perry's Lookdown to Lockley Pylon
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

4 h 45 min to 5 h 30 min

8.6 km
oneway

↑ 859 m
↓ -910 m

Hard track
This walk drops steeply from Perry's Lookdown, with views of Lockley Pylon on the opposite side of the valley, then climbs up to Lockley Pylon, with views back over Perry's Lookdown. The track has some fantastic views up and down the Grose Valley, and an excellent half way point, in the majestic Blue Gum Forest. 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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Top of Perrys Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rock steps on Perrys Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Helicopter below in Grose Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Mt Hay area from north. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Blue Gum in the Forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Log crossing to Lockleys Pylon. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lockleys Pylon track up spur. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Perrys Lookdown from Lockleys Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from DuFaurs Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Void on du Faur Head Trk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stairs up to Lockleys Pylon. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lockleys Pylon storm approaching. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
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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 (-33.5993447,150.3460853)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Great Western Highway, A32
  • Turn on to Hat Hill Road then drive for 7.1 km
  • Keep right onto Perrys Lookdown Road and drive for another 840 m
Finish (-33.6512612,150.371621)
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, the walk follows the sign 'Perry's Lookdown Track' down the hill to a railed lookout.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Perrys Lookdown campground (about 20 m back from the start).
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).

After 20 m pass the sign (10 m on your left).
After another 50 m turn right, to head along Perrys Track.
After another 15 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.

After another 30 m turn right, to head along Perrys Track.
After another 30 m find the "Dockers Lookout" (25 m on your left).
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.

After another 345 m head down the steps (about 1.3 km long)
Then head down the steps (about 790 m long)
After another 830 m (at the intersection of Blue Gum Forest Track & Perrys Track) continue straight, to head along Shortridge Pass.
After another 40 m pass the sign (10 m on your right).
After another 50 m find the "Blue Gum Forest" (on your left).
Blue Gum Forest
Blue Gum Forest

Blue Gum Forest, Blue Mountains NP, is a large stand of Eucalyptus deanei trees on the junction of the Grose River and Govetts Creek. The magnificent trees stand tall on the flats with low vegetation beneath. The trees of Blue Gum Forest represent the protection efforts of Myles Dunphy, who lead a group to raise the 130 pounds required to buy the Blue Gum Forest - quite a sum in 1931 during the depression - and save it from being cleared. The group were successful and the Blue Gum Forest is now protected within the Blue Mountains National Park.
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Blue Gum Forest, Blue Mountains NP, is a large stand of Eucalyptus deanei trees on the junction of the Grose River and Govetts Creek. The magnificent trees stand tall on the flats with low vegetation beneath. The trees of Blue Gum Forest represent the protection efforts of Myles Dunphy, who lead a group to raise the 130 pounds required to buy the Blue Gum Forest - quite a sum in 1931 during the depression - and save it from being cleared. The group were successful and the Blue Gum Forest is now protected within the Blue Mountains National Park.

After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Shortridge Pass.
After another 50 m turn right, to head along Shortridge Pass.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Du Faur Head. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.8 km (Shortridge Pass) veer right, to head along Shortridge Pass.
After another 710 m (at the intersection of Lockley Pylon Track & Shortridge Pass) continue straight, to head along Lockley Pylon Track.
After another 115 m pass the sign.
After another 810 m pass the "Mount Stead" (on your left).
After another 490 m continue straight, to head along Lockley Pylon Track.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Lockley Pylon Track.
After another 1.4 km pass the "The Pinnacles" (10 m on your left).
After another 230 m continue straight.
After another 180 m come to a sign.
The end.
A car park.

An optional side trip to Du Faur Head.
Turn map Directions & comments
Shortridge Pass Start (a walking track).
After another 40 m come to the end.
About 30 m past the end is "Du Faur Head".
About 30 m past the end is "Du Faur Head".
Du Faur Head
Du Faur Head

Du Faur Head, Blue Mountains NP, is situated north of Lockleys Pylon. The knoll gives spectacular views up and down the Grose Valley and River. Du Faur Head is worth a visit on your way up or down to Blue Gum Forest from Lockleys Pylon.
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Du Faur Head, Blue Mountains NP, is situated north of Lockleys Pylon. The knoll gives spectacular views up and down the Grose Valley and River. Du Faur Head is worth a visit on your way up or down to Blue Gum Forest from Lockleys Pylon.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 40 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Perry's Lookdown to Lockley Pylon


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 8.6 km
Time 4 h 45 min to 5 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
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 is one -5 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Campsite
-5 mPerrys Lookdown campground
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