Govetts Leap Falls (Bridal Veil Falls)

Walk Highlights

Govetts Leap Falls (Bridal Veil Falls)
  • Distance: 1.5km return
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Location:
  • Facilities: Water and information at NPWS office
  • Getting There: Blue Mountains train to Blackheath Station from Central; walk or drive to Govett's Leap Lookout
  • Highlights: Govett's Leap Lookout high above a valley of Blue Mountains

Walking Track Description

Bushy Blackheath, a few stops up the Blue Mountains train line from Katoomba, is a quieter village than the Leura/Katoomba precint. It also offers some stunning bush walks and breathtaking vistas that easily rival Echo Point‘s  Three Sisters.

If you’re coming by train, head north from Blackheath Station along Govetts Leap Road for approximately 3km until you reach Govett’s Leap Lookout.

From the lookout, the  Falls are clearly visible to the right of the lookout (unless Govett’s Leap Brook isn’t flowing, very rare).

And that’s where you’re heading. Following the fence line uphill to the the signed start of the walk, you’ll essentially climb up one hill along the side of the cliff then descend to the brook below.

Crossing the brook you’ll walk a few minutes further to Barrow Lookout, offering a different angle on the valley below.

Being a relatively short walk it’s not too taxing, however the descent has a few slippery/gravelly patches so wear decent shoes.

Walking Trail Map

(Start at red marker)

Weather Forecast (Blackheath)

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  • 4 Responses to “Govetts Leap Falls (Bridal Veil Falls)”

    1. Hike from Spit Bridge to Manly (Something to Do on SAT?) « AeroDragons Down Under 2012 | 21/01/12

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    2. steve alton | 15/01/13

      just a note to let you know the waterfall at Govetts Leap, Blackheath is just that: Govetts Leap, not Bridal Veil (despite out of date signs). It is listed in the NSW Geographic Names Index, and ‘leap’ is a Scots dialect word for cataract or waterfall. The real Bridal Veil Falls are at Leura.

    3. admin | 17/01/13

      thanks steve, have updated the entry

    4. Zollee | 17/11/14

      Hi there!

      Any idea, approximately how high this waterfall?
      I couldn’t find anywhere this information.
      My guess is around 80, max 100 meters. Am I close to the truth?

      Thank you for you answer in advance!

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