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Published February 23rd 2021
Katoomba Lookouts you probably didn't know existed
Katoomba is home to endless natural beauty and Lookouts galore. Did you know there are awe-inspiring lookouts on the stunning Katoomba Cascades Walk?

Below are three main lookouts that are on the walk:

Duke & Duchess of York Lookout

The walking path to this lookout is very easy and is around 200 metres long. The walk is parallel to the tranquil waters of Kedumba River.

The lookout opens up to the spectacular valley and beyond. Breathtaking views include Mount Solitary, Ruined Castle, and the Narrow Neck plateau.

The beautiful views from the Duke & Duchess of York Lookout. The cable car can also be seen from here


Katoomba Falls sits somewhere below the lookout, and cannot be seen, however, the panoramic valley view's make up for not being able to see the falls.

The Duke & Duchess of York Lookout is connected to the Prince Henry Cliff Walk and leads to the Katoomba Falls Round Walk and Scenic World.

The lookout was named after The Duke of York (later to be King George VI) and the Duchess of York (Queen Mother) when they visited Echo Point in 1927.



Watchtower Lookout

Established in the 1890s, Watchtower Lookout can be found a little further past the Duke & Duchess of York Lookout.

Watchtower Lookout was given its name due to it "standing like a watchtower looking over the valley."

The Watchtower Lookout's viewing platform


This lookout was also the spot where Henry Lawson said to have written his poem "The Blue Mountains" in 1888.

From here you can retrace your steps or take the Prince Henry Cliff Walk headings towards Reids Plateau.



Cliff View Lookout

This impressive lookout offers similar views to the Duke & Duchess of York Lookout. The walk is easy and is around 250 metres long wheelchair-friendly, it also passes the Scenic World Skyway East Station.

Just like its sister lookout, it connects to the Prince Henry Cliff Walk leading towards Echo Point and The Three Sisters, with several smaller lookouts and vantage points to explore on the way.

Cliff View Lookout sits above Katoomba Falls.



All three lookouts are within easy access to the Katoomba Cascades Walk and are well-signed.

Do note that some of the lookouts feature steps and are not wheelchair or pram friendly.
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Why? Lesser known Lookouts in Katoomba
When: All year round
Where: Katoomba Falls Park, Cliff Drive, Katoomba
Cost: Free
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