To those who have been there, the lookout at Govett's Leap in Blackheath is the best alternative to Echo Point lookout, where the famous Three Sisters is. It has the same majestic views without the busloads of tourists.
Govett's Leap apparently earned its name from a man named William Romaine Govett. Govett was working on the old Bathurst Road under the NSW Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell when he discovered Govett's Leap. Leap is Scottish for waterfall. Local legend, however, tells of a story of Bushranger Govett who robbed a bank in Blackheath. He was chased to the end of the ridge and he rode over with the gold. Neither he nor the gold was never found.
Govett's Leap and Grose River Valley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales 1873, oil on canvas, by Eugene von Guerard. Part of the Ocean to Outback Australian landscape painting 1850-1950, The National Gallery of Australia's 25th Anniversary Travelling Exhibition
Govett's Leap leads to many walking tracks. One will take you to Bridal Veil Falls and the Luchetti Lookout. Another leads to either Trinity Falls or Horseshoe Falls. The Pulpit Rock Walk leads to Cripps Lookout and Pulpit Rock, while Popes Glen Walk takes you back towards the centre of Blackheath.
Govett's Leap in Blackheath. Photo from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website.
Govett's Leap lookout is in the northern region of the Blue Mountains. To get there, turn right into Govetts Leap Road off the Great Western Highway at the Blackheath traffic lights. Drive for approximately 2.5 kilometres, and follow the signs to Govett's Leap lookout after passing through the park entrance. Parking is available at Govett's Leap lookout.