About this walk
This walk strings together Baltzer Lookout, Hanging Rock, Hat Hill, Pulpit Rock, and Govetts Leap.
It takes about 7 hours to complete the full 26 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops.
A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.
Getting there and back
Get the train to Blackheath using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Blackheath at transportnsw.info.
Along the way
Head left out of the station and follow the footpath along the highway.
Cross the highway at Ridgewell Road and follow it, passing several gates.
The sealed road turns into a firetrail and continues all the way to the lookout.
A warning sign indicates the upcoming cliff face at the end of the trail.
Follow the rough path past the sign to Baltzer Lookout.
To the left below Baltzer Lookout, Hanging Rock sticks out over the valley.
A rough and steep trail leads down to Hanging Rock from Baltzer Lookout.
Hanging Rock can be climbed, but requires a jump across a precarious gap.
Return most of the way back up the trail to a yellow sign pointing down Hat Hill fire trail.
Follow Hat Hill fire trail down the gully and cross Hat Hill Creek
A little way up the other side of the gully turn left where another trail intersects.
The trail ends at a waste water treatment plant.
Keep following the trail past the wate water treatment plant into the suburb.
Follow the first side street up to Godson Avenue and turn left there.
The road turns from sealed into a dirt road out of the suburb.
Turn onto the powerline service trail that branches off from the road.
Where the service trail ends, Follow Hat Hill road to the left.
The the left of the road the shape of Hat Hill will be apparent.
A sign on the side of the road indicates the rocky path up Hat Hill.
Use the trig pole on to of the hill to pick your way up.
On a clear day it is possibly to see Sydney from the top of Hat Hill
Follow Hat Hill road back to the junction to Pulpit Rock Lookout.
Take the right split at the end of the dirt road for the fastest way to the lookout.
The experience is similar to Hanging Rock, but there are safety fences here.
Halfway back to the car park on the left, take the trail towards Govetts Leap Lookout.
Follow the narrow path along the cliff towards Govetts Leap Lookout.
After crossing Popes Glen, follow the signs to the left upwards to Govetts Leap Lookout.
Govetts Leap is the main lookout of Blackheath and well connected to the town by the main road.
Beside the main road there is a walking path up to the park office.
The park office has a lot of information on other walks in the area that is worth picking up.
From the park office a foot path runs all the way back to the town centre.
The train station is on the right at the end of the main road.
What to bring
- Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
- Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
- Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
- Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
- Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
- Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
- Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.