About this walk
The Grand Canyon at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains is not quite as grand the American version, but definitely manages to match the overwhelming visual experience.
It takes about 7 hours to complete the full 17 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
From the station, follow the signs to the Braeside Walk down the right side of the main road.
Halfway down the main road turn right following the Braeside Walk sign.
The sealed road turns into a fire trail winding through the bush.
Pass by the sign to the Braeside walk and follow the fire trail to its end.
Follow Evans Lookout road to the left, there will be a car park on the right side halfway to the lookout.
From the Grand Canyon car park a steep trail leads down into the canyon.
The path winnding through the canyon is well maintained and clearly marked.
At the end of the Canyon a junction to Rodriguez Pass leads to closeby Beauchamp Falls.
After a short stretch of canyon the view opens up to Grose Valley.
At the edge of a valley a steep trail windows down to the falls.
From the falls retrace your steps back to the junction to Rodriguez Pass and follow the steps up out of the canyon.
The climb up out of the canyon ends at Evans Lookout.
From Evans Lookout the well marked Cliff Top Track leads to Govetts Leap Lookout.
Halfway between Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap Lookout the track crosses the actual leap.
Don't be tempted to look over the edge. It is a long way down.
The Cliff Top Track ends at the popular Govetts Leap.
Continue past the lookout, following the signs to Popes Glen.
Follow Popes Glen all the way up to the swimming pool.
A small side track along the way, leads to Boyd Beach and a small cascade.
The path through Memorial Park leads back to the train station.
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.