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Cahills Lookout

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Published September 18th 2017
Voted one of the best lookouts in the Blue Mountains
It is no wonder that Cahills Lookout was voted one of the best lookouts in the spectacular and World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains. With its undeniably spectacular views of wilderness and lush forest, this not-so-popular lookout is the ultimate serenity away from tourist bus crowds and overall crowds. It also offers something different from most of the Blue Mountain lookouts.

Views from Cahills Lookout will certainly leave you breathless...


What makes Cahills Lookout quite special is that it is one of the very few lookouts in the Blue Mountains that offers views of the Megalong Valley, as most lookouts in the region overlook the Jamison Valley.

The beginning of the spectacular walk to the Lookout...


Views of bush, farmland and the Great Divide on the horizon can be seen from here. Close by is the ironstone-fretted formation of Boars Head Rock and the cliff-bound Narrow Neck Peninsula reaching into the southern wilderness of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

The pathway to the stunning Boars Head Rock Lookout & Cahills Lookout


This unique lookout is also home to Boars Head Rock Lookout, which also offers stunning panoramic views of the Megalong Valley as well as the stunning rock formations.

Picnics can be enjoyed with the tranquil surrounding mountains and bushland...


The Lookout offers views towards Narrow Neck and the Six Foot Track to the Jenolan Caves. The track can be spotted snaking through the lush forest below after it descends Nellie's Glen.

Breathtaking views can be seen from all viewing platforms across the Lookout...


The Lookout is located at the western end of Cliff Drive, Katoomba and features a pergola with sandstone piers and concrete beams which mark the beginning of the track that leads down to the lookout.

Boars Head Rock Lookout is the first stop, before heading to Cahills Lookout and its three viewing platforms...


The short and easy 500-metre walk from the carpark features a few steep stairs and is a gateway to the Narrow Neck Plateau and Peckmans Plateau walk (40-minute return walk).

The stairs leading down to one of the viewing platforms at Cahills Lookout...


In 1959, Cahills Lookout was first opened by the Honourable J.J Cahill MLA who was the premier of New South Wales at the time. A plaque was placed on the Lookout to commemorate the opening event. The plaque has survived, although the plate which probably contained the usual information about what could be seen from this spot has been removed.

The Plaque from the 1959 opening of the spectacular Cahills Lookout


Sadly in 2014 Cahills Lookout suffered damage from the severe bushfires and there are still some remnants from the fire visible on the western side. Since the bushfires, this magnificent piece of nature has reconstructed to its full glory with its spectacular thick lush forest, proving to us, that nature is truly indestructible and marvellous!

You will truly feel like you a million miles away from civilisation at Cahills Lookout


This less popular lookout is the perfect way to escape the crowds and tourist buses as you will, at most times, be almost alone and have this piece of haven to yourself.

You cannot help but feel so small being surrounding with endless lush surrounding mountains, cliffs and bushland...


Picnic tables are available as well as a small sealed carpark.

Cahills Lookout and Boars Head Rock Lookout are popular with rock climbers too.

Check out the well-informed sign for great walks and cycle trails that can be enjoyed from Cahills Lookout...
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Why? Breathtaking views of valleys & mountains
When: All year round
Where: Cliff Drive, Katoomba (Blue Mountains)
Cost: Free
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