Govetts Leap Lookout upgrade

National Parks and Wildlife Service is improving the visitor experience at Govetts Leap, Blackheath, Blue Mountains National Park.

Govetts Leap descent, Blue Mountains National ParkGovetts Leap, in Blue Mountains National Park, is a popular visitor precinct in the upper Blue Mountains. The lookout in Blackheath is one of the best locations to check out the spectacular views down into the Grose Valley and across to the stunning cliff lines of Mount Banks, Mount Hay and Mount Wilson.

In 2020 a draft visitor precinct plan for Govetts Leap was publicly exhibited, and submission responses were incorporated into the design plan. Following this, a community information day was held in May 2021 to progress the planning and assist in finalising the landscape design. An environmental impact assessment will be undertaken of the project on the area's natural and cultural values. The project is scheduled for completion in 2023, with construction planned to begin in 2022.

What's happening at Govetts Leap?

The Govetts Leap lookout upgrade will deliver an accessible visitor precinct whilst retaining the site's unique character and protecting its world heritage significance by the:

  • provision of access for all to the lookout, amenities and carpark
  • development of a new landscaped place for visitors to relax and enjoy the view
  • redesign of car parks to maximise viewing spaces and improve pedestrian safety
  • improvements to the lookout, including new handrails to ensure everyone's safety.

The project will consider the existing values of the area, including heritage and conservation. To comply with NSW planning legislation, we will complete a rigorous environmental assessment of the site with input from relevant specialists.

These proposed works align with the specific objectives for the reserve in the Blue Mountains National Park Plan of Management (2001), which includes:

  • protection and promotion of the outstanding scenic values of the park, including protection of viewscapes from within and outside the park
  • provision of a range of high-quality visitor facilities and information to encourage awareness and appreciation of the park and maintain the regional significance of the park in providing nature-based recreation and tourism opportunities
  • provision of a range of high-quality visitor facilities and information to encourage awareness and appreciation of the park and maintain the regional significance of the park in providing nature-based recreation and tourism opportunities.

Do you have any questions?

For further information on the project, please send us your question by contacting us by email or through the feedback form.

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