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Cliff Drive Lookouts - Blue Mountains

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To truly experience the Blue Mountains you must visit Cliff Drive
Without a doubt, the Blue Mountains are one of the most spectacular natural attractions in the world and it is popular with walkers and hikers. But let's face it, not everyone is up for a full day or several day hike and why should the rest of us miss out on breathtaking views?

The list below features some of, if not the best, Lookouts Katoomba has to offer and each Lookout offers its own unique and breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys across the Blue Mountains and beyond.

Some of the Lookouts are less-known, secluded or difficult to find, making them even more special and allowing you to enjoy the tranquillity and beauty without tourists and crowds.

1. Cahills Lookout
What makes Cahills Lookout quite special is not the fact that it is one of the less known Lookouts in the Blue Mountains or the unparalleled views; it is one of the few Lookouts in the Blue Mountains that offer breathtaking views of the Megalong Valley on the side of the Narrow Neck Plateau (most overlook the Jamison Valley).

Views also include farmland and the Great Divide on the horizon. There is an easy walk to the Lookout and there are viewing platforms passing Boars Head Lookout. Click here for more information.

What makes Cahills Lookout special is that it faces the beautiful Megalong Valley, making it different from most Lookouts in the Blue Mountains that face the Jamison Valley.

2. Boars Head Lookout
This lookout is absolutely mesmerising with the distinctive and unique rock formation that resembles a boars head! This natural rock formation is one to see and it is described in the Katoomba and Leura Illustrated Guide of 1940 as "The perfect presentation of the head of a great boar, the beetling snout, the slavering jaws, the curved tusks; they are all there to excite men and show the wonderment at the vagaries of nature". It is truly magical to see this formation along with admiring the breathtaking views that surround the mighty Boars Head. Click here for more information.

Boar Head Lookout got its name from the natural rock formation that resembles a boars head!

3. Narrow Neck Lookout
This lookout is the least well-known and offers views of unique clifftops and valleys as far as the eye can see with a breathtaking view of two very different Blue Mountains landscapes: The Jamison Valley on the left and farmland of the Megalong Valley to the right. You can also see the fascinating Narrow Neck Plateau. Click here for more information.

Narrow Neck Lookout is surrounded with lush and spectacular Australian bushland.

4. Landslide Lookout
With a controversial and much-debated past, this lookout is loaded with breathtaking views that steal your breath away. You will truly feel insignificant standing on the boulders overlooking the endless mountains, cliffs and valley views. There is a walk that leads to the adventure wonderland of the Blue Mountains, Scenic World. Click here for more information.

Discover the interesting past at the magnificent Landslide Lookout

5. Cyclorama Point
This lookout offered extensive views around the horizon with the Jamison Valley, Narrow Neck and Mt Solitary, well back in the 1930's. Today the view is largely obstructed by trees and whatever appeal the lookout might once have had has now been lost. However, what is still remaining is the original brass direction indicator that remains intact. Very few people know about this lookout, but the tracks can be easily seen from the road and are well signposted. It is still worth checking out as it makes a wonderful pit stop to stretch the legs and enjoy some tranquillity on the short bushwalk.

The original direction indicator from the 1930s still remains at the Cyclorama Point Lookout

6. Malaita Lookout
This best-kept secret and easy-to-miss lookout is one that will steal your breath away with its stunning beauty! There is no sign, only a gap in the safety railing to indicate the beginning of the short bushwalk to the lookout. The view from here is spectacular and includes a rare view of the back of Orphan Rock. This lookout is popular with rock climbers and is a reasonably straightforward abseil trip.

Can you find the spectacular and hidden Malaita Lookout on Cliff Drive?

7. Eagle Hawk Lookout
This lookout is the perfect lookout to enjoy views of the spectacular Three Sisters without the crowds and tourists! Eagle Hawk Lookout faces Katoomba Falls gorge and overlooks directly at the western escarpment of Echo Point and The Three Sisters. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to experience this lookout.

Eagle Hawk Lookout offers uninterrupted views of the stunning Three Sisters.
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Why? Be in awe with the magnificent Lookouts at Cliff Drive, Blue Mountains
When: All year round
Where: Cliff Drive, Katoomba
Cost: Free
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