The Grose Valley, in Blackheath is a stunning location with some of the most amazing views the Blue Mountains has to offer. It is home to many lookouts that are scattered along trails lining the cliff edges. However, there are also a few lookouts that are much easier to access, but which provide views that are no less breathtaking.
Perry's Lookdown gives you a view of the magnificent Blue Gum Forest below and of the cliffs of Mount Hay on the other side of the valley. There is a wonderful walk down into the valley and through the Blue Gum Forest - but the trek it is not for the faint-hearted. It takes a few hours to get there and the return journey is up a very steep and uneven trail.
Morning at the beginning of the trail, from Perry's Lookdown
Govetts Leap is a stunning waterfall named after British surveyor, William Romaine Govett, who discovered it while surveying the Old Bathurst Road. The 180 metre high waterfall is the tallest single drop waterfall in the Blue Mountains and is visible from the Govetts Leap Lookout.
You can embark on the Cliff Top Track walk from here and it will take you to the Govetts Leap Lookout. At Evan's Lookout you will also find the beginning of the Grand Canyon Track and Neates Glen. The Grand Canyon Track is in fact of historical importance as it was was the first track to be built into a Blue Mountains canyon.
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Pulpit Rock Lookout is located on the the pinnacle of Pulpit Rock - and sits out from the rest of the cliff wall. Easy access to this lookout is by car via Hat Hill road, but if you are up for it, the walk from Govetts Leap to this lookout is particularly stunning. There are numerous small lookout points that allow you to peer down into the valley far below, getting a slightly different view from each location.
Anvil Rock Lookout
Views of Mount Banks above, and glimpses of the Grose River beneath
Anvil Rock Lookout is lesser known but it is arguably the most stunning. It gives visitors an almost 360 degree view of the surrounds that include Mount Banks and the Grose Valley . There is an actual anvil at the site, originally placed on the sandstone formation in the 1940's. A direction plate sits atop the anvil and shows various locations in relation to the Anvil Rock Lookout.
Visiting these lookouts is a free, but wonderfully uplifting, experience providing a different scene of stunning beauty depending upon the time of day you chose to visit. There is reasonably priced, conveniently located accommodation in the area, and with the numerous trails to explore, Blackheath's Lookouts makes for a great weekend away.