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Perry's Lookdown Campground

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Published April 6th 2015
Camp and sightsee for free in the Blue Mountains
Perry's Lookdown is one of many scenic spots in Blackheath that provide views of the beautiful Grose Valley. It is also home to one of the few easily accessible free campgrounds the Blue Mountains has to offer.

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The view from Perry's Lookdown

Perry's Lookdown Campground is located at the end of the winding Hat Hill road with increasingly dense forest, and stunning mountain vistas providing views as you drive. 2 wheel-drives can easily traverse this unsealed road, but you may need to drive slowly.

When you reach the site you will find space to park, a map of the surrounds, a non-flush toilet, picnic table and 5 designated clearings where you can pitch your tent amid the trees.

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Clearings for pitching your tent

There are no taps here, so bring plenty of water for both drinking and washing. Also, open fires are not permitted, so bring your own fuel stove to cook with and provide you some warmth. It gets bitterly cold and windy here during the winter, as the camp ground is near the edge of the cliff. There are no fees for camping or parking here. However, this site is for pitching tents only, and is not suitable for caravans.

Also good to note, although the site is a few kilometers from Blackheath town centre, you won't feel isolated as there is good phone and internet connection.

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You will share the campsite with local wildlife

There are two viewing platforms from which you can see the Grose Valley and the sandstone cliffs of Mount Banks. Merely enjoy the views from here, or make your way down into the enchanting Blue Gum Forest located on the valley floor. The Perry's Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest Walking Track begins just beside the lookout itself.

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Make your way down into the valley beneath

It takes up to 4 hours to walk the 5 km into the valley - because of the very steep grade. Leave early enough so that you have time to walk there, as well as to take a rest before you make the return journey back up the side of the valley.

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A steep route down

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Often an uneven, difficult trail

This is one of those challenging walks for which you should fill out a Bushwalking & Activity Trip Intention Form and pick up a personal locator beacon - both of which will help ensure your safety while in the bush. You can do this at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre before you head out to Perry's Lookdown.

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The forest floor getting closer

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The Blue Gum Forest. Image Credit: Peter Woodard (Poyt448), Wikimedia Commons

If the walk to the Blue Gum Forest is more of a challenge than you were looking for, consider instead driving back up Hat Hill road half a kilometre and then turning right onto the signposted road that leads to the easy Anvil Rock Walk.

This is a much more relaxing venture, with a short climb up to the lookout and an even more leisurely walk to the nearby Wind Eroded Cave. There is adequate parking space here and some more stunning views of the Grose Valley.

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The majestic Wind Eroded Cave

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The lookout platform at Anvil Rock

Perry's Lookdown Campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so try to visit in slow periods like mid-week or during non-holiday periods. Also have a back-up site in mind for your journey in case the campground still happens to be full. One such option is the Old Ford Reserve in the Megalong Valley, which is another free campsite in the Blue Mountains.

If you want to remain in Blackheath however, there is the Blackheath Glen Tourist Park, which will allow you to pitch your tent on unpowered sites for a reasonable fee. Alternatively, stay at Gardners Inn, a good option for budget accommodation located on Blackheath's main street.
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Why? A free campground at one of Blackheath's best lookouts
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Where: Perry's Lookdown Campground, Hat Hill Road, Blackheath
Cost: Free
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Looks a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for finding and sharing it.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4067) 1529 days ago
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