Sydney Train Walks

From Blackheath via Grose Valley 9h / 24km to Blackheath

About this walk

This walk follows part of the Blue Gum Forest walk.

It takes about 9 hours to complete the full 24 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 main road all the way down to Govetts Leap Lookout.

Consider dropping by the park office along the way for a paper map of Grose Valley.

From Govetts Leap Lookout follow the signs to Rodriguez Pass down into the valley.

The descent into the valley is steep and can be slippery because of the many streams and drips.

The descend ends at the foot of Govetts Leap. The trail starts at the far end of the pool.

From the falls a trail sets off into the dense bushland of the valley.

The trail follows the stream several and crosses it times along the way.

At junction rock follow the direction to the Blue Gum forrest and Acacia Flat.

Along the way the view across the valley opens up and the river grows wider.

At Acacia Flat the trail leaves the river for the Blue Gum forest.

At the junction further up the trail, follow the directions to Perrys Lookdown.

The ascent is long and steep, but the trail is well maintained.

The climb ends at Perrys Lookdown.

From the car park of the lookout follow the dirt road up the ridge.

At the sealed section of the road a follow the first side street to Pulpit Rock

Pulpit Rock is a spectacular lookout with several levels of safe viewing platforms.

Halfway back up to the car park from Pulpit Rock follow the Pulpit Rock Track.

The track follows the edge of the canyon back to Popen Glen and Govetts Leap.

Either Popes Glen or Govetts Leap Road can be used to return to the town centre.

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.