Govetts Creek Lookout
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

1 h to 1 h 30 min

2.8 km
return

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Moderate track
This side trail from Fortress Ridge provides access to a fantastic lookout with breathtaking views along the valley and of the amazing sandstone cliffs. The walk to the lookout is mostly along management trails through the lovely heath. The views from the lookout extend across the large valley (Govetts Creek) to the cliffs on the other side, including to Pulpit Rock. 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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Fortress Ridge car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Gate at beginning of Fortress Ridge Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Butterfly. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Fortress Ridge service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Govetts Ck Trail covered by log. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Govetts Ck Lookout Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Banksia. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Govetts Ck Lookout Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Govetts Ck Lookout Trail peering into the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Puddle on Govetts Ck Lookout Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View of cliffs from Govetts Ck Lookout Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Caldasac at the bottom of Govetts Ck Lookout Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Cliffs from Govetts Ck Lookout Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Govetts Ck Lookout Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bushwalker on Govetts Ck Lookout Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Govetts Ck Lookout view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Govetts Ck Lookout view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Govetts Ck Lookout view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Govetts Ck Lookout view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Govetts Creek from lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Seed pod in heath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.6581604,150.3641076)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Leura Mall
  • Turn on to Victory Lane then drive for 115 m
  • Keep right onto Churchill Street and drive for another 265 m
  • Turn left onto Mount Hay Road and drive for another 760 m
  • Turn right onto Mount Hay Road and drive for another 6.8 km
  • Keep left onto Mount Hay Road and drive for another 920 m
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Track Notes
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Getting started
From the car park (and 'Fortress Ridge' sign), this walk heads around the gate and up the hill. The management trail swings right for approximately 50m then turns left. The trail leads to an area of low heath, then tends right (down the hill) for approximately 100m before coming to an intersection.
From the intersection the track heads down the trail which tends off to the left. The track continues winding away from the main trail as it winds down the spur. The track soon opens into a low heath area, out of the bush, where the track becomes more overgrown. As the track continues down the hill it reaches a cul de sac with a large bush in the centre of it. Behind the bush is the start of the bushtrack.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 65 m head through/around the gate.
After another 610 m veer left.
After another 360 m continue straight.
(Fortress Rock Lookout) Continue another 390 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.4 km to get back to the start.
"Govetts Creek View".
Govetts Creek View
Govetts Creek View

Govetts Creek View, in the Blue Mountains National Park is high on the escarpment above Govetts Creek. This informal unfenced lookout is at the top of the cliff line forming the south east corner of the large canyon. There are stunning views across the valley, and of the surrounding sandstone cliffs. A place well worth visiting.
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Govetts Creek View, in the Blue Mountains National Park is high on the escarpment above Govetts Creek. This informal unfenced lookout is at the top of the cliff line forming the south east corner of the large canyon. There are stunning views across the valley, and of the surrounding sandstone cliffs. A place well worth visiting.

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Govetts Creek Lookout


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2.8 km
Time 1 h to 1 h 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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