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.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is upgrading the Govetts Leap lookout over the next two years under the NSW Government's Improving Access to National Parks program. The program is the largest ever investment in visitor infrastructure within NSW's national parks. This is well-timed for Blue Mountains National Park, which receives over 8 million visits each year. Across the Blue Mountains, the program is also funding improvements to existing walking tracks, upgrades to popular visitor precincts, and developing new accessible sites for people with special needs, families, seniors and international visitors.

What's happening at Govetts?

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.

We welcome your feedback about this project. You can submit your comments via the online form below.

The plan of management for Blue Mountains National Park requires an amendment and public exhibition of any visitor precinct plans with major redevelopments. A draft visitor precinct plan for Govetts Leap was publicly exhibited from 26 June to 24 August 2020. The submissions received as a result of the public exhibition have been incorporated into the current planning stage and lookout design. The project is scheduled for completion by 2023, with construction planned to begin in 2022.

This webpage will be updated in the coming months with the updated visitor precinct plans. To receive notification of the update, please complete the online form below.

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.

Stakeholders, visitors and the local community will be kept informed of this project through regular updates on this webpage, community information sessions and local media.

Community Information Sessions

Where: Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath
Date: Sunday 30 May 2021
When: from 10am to 3pm
Bookings: Essential Govetts Leap lookout Community Info Sessions

After a short presentation (10am, 12pm, 2pm), there will be time to talk to NPWS staff and then make your way down to the lookout. If you have any more questions, NPWS staff will be on site with our specialist walking track team, who will be showcasing the stonework we are doing to improve the heritage listed Blue Mountains walking tracks.

Do you have any questions?

If we've missed anything, please send us your question and the project team will provide updates via this webpage.

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