Pulpit Rock, Boyd Beach to Govetts Leap Lookout
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

2 h 45 min to 3 h 15 min

3.9 km
oneway

↑ 712 m
↓ -711 m

Hard track
This section of the Cliff Top Track takes in the beautiful scenery east of Blackheath. The track leaves Pulpit Rock car park and drops into many lookouts with views over waterfalls and the Grose Valley. The track heads out to the secluded creek bank of Boyd Beach, and then continues, back along the track, and climbs to the magnificent views from Govetts Leap Lookout. 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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Pulpit Rock car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stairs from Pulpit Rock car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track down to Lower Pulpit Rock Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bugs on leaf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Burnt tree trunk on Cliff Top Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Cliff Top Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Pope's Glen Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign post on Pope's Glen Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Boyd Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bridal Veil Falls from Govetts Leap Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Grose Valley from Govetts Leap Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Govetts Leap car park. | 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 Pulpit Rock Track & Pulpit Rock Road (-33.6180083,150.3283835)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Great Western Highway, A32
  • Turn on to Hat Hill Road then drive for 4.7 km
  • Turn right onto Pulpit Rock Road and drive for another 940 m
Finish Govetts Leap Lookout (-33.6279732,150.3114915)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   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 to 'Pulpit Rock Lookout', down the stairs from the car park. The track continues down to a shelter and toilet, and then steeply heads down another flight of stairs, before flattening out and then descending more stairs to the signposted intersection.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Pulpit Rock Track & Pulpit Rock Road Start heading along Pulpit Rock Track (a walking track).
After 70 m pass the toilet (25 m on your right).
Then pass the shelter (7 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Pulpit Rock Upper Lookout. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 210 m turn right, to head along Pulpit Rock Track.
After another 1.7 km find the "Boyd Lookout" (15 m on your left).
Boyd Lookout
Boyd Lookout

Boyd Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, looks over the Grose Valley with a spectacular view over Pulpit Rock to the east. It is an unfenced, informal lookout.
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Boyd Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, looks over the Grose Valley with a spectacular view over Pulpit Rock to the east. It is an unfenced, informal lookout.

After another 1 km come to the "Cripps Lookout" (9 m on your left).
After another 280 m come to the "Bradleys Lookout".
After another 15 m find the "Horseshoe Falls" (20 m on your left).
Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls, Blue Mountains National Park, are sourced by Popes Glen Creek which runs over the cliff into the Grose Valley. The Horseshoe Falls seem to be named after the shape of the valley into which they drop.
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Horseshoe Falls, Blue Mountains National Park, are sourced by Popes Glen Creek which runs over the cliff into the Grose Valley. The Horseshoe Falls seem to be named after the shape of the valley into which they drop.

After another 20 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of Popes Glen Track & Pulpit Rock Track turn sharp left, to head along Pulpit Rock Track.
After another 140 m come to the "Rodriguez Lookout".
After another 20 m find the "Horseshoe Falls Lookout" (25 m on your left).
Horseshoe Falls Lookout
Horseshoe Falls Lookout

Horseshoe Falls Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, is a small fenced lookout. There are views down to Horseshoe Falls and across the Grose Valley.
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Horseshoe Falls Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, is a small fenced lookout. There are views down to Horseshoe Falls and across the Grose Valley.

Then come to the "Horseshoe Falls Lookout" (10 m on your left).
After another 150 m continue straight.
After another 30 m come to the "Two Falls Lookout".
After another 25 m turn sharp left, to head along Pulpit Rock Track.
After another 20 m (Laws Lookout) turn right, to head along Pulpit Rock Track.
After another 25 m come to the "Laws Lookout".
After another 95 m cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 10 m pass the toilet (40 m on your right).
Then pass the water tap (45 m on your right).
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Loop Track & Pulpit Rock Track) turn right, to head along Loop Track.
After another 8 m veer right, to head along Loop Track.
After another 20 m come to the viewpoint (6 m on your left).
Veer left.
After another 6 m pass the sign (on your right).
About 45 m past the end is "Toilet Accessible".
Toilet Accessible
Toilet Accessible

Signposted accessible and general use male and female toilets. Access via concrete ramp, however, the top of the ramp is accessed via loose gravel carpark with some steep eroded sections.
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Signposted accessible and general use male and female toilets. Access via concrete ramp, however, the top of the ramp is accessed via loose gravel carpark with some steep eroded sections.

Turn left.
After another 7 m come to a water tap.
About 65 m past the end is "Picnic Shelter".
Picnic Shelter
Picnic Shelter

Picnic shelters at the end of Govetts Leap Road. Seats are ~45cm high and benches 75cm high. Most shelters have an entrance ~1.2m wide with, and similar gap between table and wall. The largest shelter has an entrance wider than 4m, bench seating but no tables.
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Picnic shelters at the end of Govetts Leap Road. Seats are ~45cm high and benches 75cm high. Most shelters have an entrance ~1.2m wide with, and similar gap between table and wall. The largest shelter has an entrance wider than 4m, bench seating but no tables.

About 20 m past the end is "Govetts Leap Lookout".
Govetts Leap Lookout
Govetts Leap Lookout

Govetts Leap Lookout is named after the first European man to have enjoyed this view, William Govett, as an assistant surveyor in June 1831. Govetts Leap Lookout offers wonderful views over the Grose Valley and the spectacular Bridal Falls. The word `leap` is an old Scottish word meaning waterfall. The lookout is easily accessed from the car park, there are also toilets and picnic shelters nearby.
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Govetts Leap Lookout is named after the first European man to have enjoyed this view, William Govett, as an assistant surveyor in June 1831. Govetts Leap Lookout offers wonderful views over the Grose Valley and the spectacular Bridal Falls. The word `leap` is an old Scottish word meaning waterfall. The lookout is easily accessed from the car park, there are also toilets and picnic shelters nearby.

Continue another 0 m to find Govetts Leap Lookout at the end.

An optional side trip to Pulpit Rock Upper Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 60 m come to the end.
About 35 m past the end is "Pulpit Rock Lookout".
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Pulpit Rock Lookout

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, looks over the Grose Valley and back towards Blackheath, with Bridal Veil Falls and the Govetts Leap cliff edge in view. The lookout has many levels with the uppermost lookout having the easiest access.
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Pulpit Rock Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, looks over the Grose Valley and back towards Blackheath, with Bridal Veil Falls and the Govetts Leap cliff edge in view. The lookout has many levels with the uppermost lookout having the easiest access.

About 45 m past the end is a seat.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 60 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Pulpit Rock, Boyd Beach to Govetts Leap Lookout


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 3.9 km
Time 2 h 45 min to 3 h 15 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
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)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 70 m from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.3 km apart with the largest gap of 3.8 km.

Seat: There is one 280 m (plus an extra 155 m along side route) from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
70 m[shelter]
Toilet
70 m[toilet]
Toilet
3.8 km[toilet]
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