The Blue Mountains are spectacular. And for hikers and those that regularly get outdoors walking, there are magnificent views to be found.
But let's face it, not everyone is up for a hike. Or even a long walk. Some of us are only just getting into walking. And other find walking a great distance impossible. And others really don't have the inclination. But if you fall into one of those categories, you don't have to miss out on enjoying the famous Blue Mountains scenic views.
In this post, I cover a number of lookouts, all that afford impressive views, and that you will be able to get to with no or little effort.
For convenience, I have listed the lookouts in order of ease to access. Whatever you do though when visiting the Blue Mountains, don’t just stop at the Three Sisters at Echo Point in Katoomba.
They are stunning, but it is just one part of this beautiful area. Other lookouts will give you an equally (if not better) experience. AND you will not have to battle the tourist crowds that flock here.
I must also point out that even on some of the easiest lookouts be aware of the shoes you are wearing.
Apart from the easiest lookouts to reach that have paved paths, some of the dirt paths can get a little muddy after rain. I would recommend comfortable, closed in shoes.
All these lookouts are accessed via sealed roads. There are many lookouts accessed via unsealed roads. A lot of them are more than safe for a standard vehicle but for the sake of this article I have kept things simple.
Information on some of those lookouts like Hargraves Lookout and Perry’s Lookdown can be found in The Blue Mountains, Australia Visitor’s Guide.
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Choosing your Walk
The wonderful thing about the Blue Mountains National Park is the choice of walks. You can literally hike for days or hours or simply walk to the easily accessible viewing platforms.
I am working up to longer walks, the only one that I have managed so far was the Popes Glen track from Blackheath to Govetts Leap.
If that was anything to go by with its surprising jaw-dropping views then I am keen to experience more. I am working up to walking the 6km Grand Canyon Loop.
But for now, I have not been disappointed at the lookouts we have explored.
Echo Point, Katoomba
By far the most popular lookout in the Blue Mountains is Echo Point in Katoomba. Echo Point gives you stunning views over the Jamison Valley and of course, the iconic Three Sisters.
Even though Echo Point has become horribly overcrowded by tourists, if you go early in the morning (before 9 am preferably) you will be able to spend some time taking in the incredible views, take photos without being jostled and enjoy some quiet time on some of the walks if you choose.
This lookout is incredibly easy. Park your car (again easier if you go early otherwise it could be a nightmare) walk a short distance and you are there.
If you want to see more, you can walk the path to the lower viewing platform or head out on one of the longer walks.
But if ease is what you want you don’t need to go far and you won’t be disappointed.
Govetts Leap, Blackheath
Located at the end of Govetts Leap Road in Blackheath Govetts Leap, in my opinion, is the best lookout in the Blue Mountains.
It shocks me every time with its beauty, vastness, wild ruggedness and panoramic views over the Grose Valley. You can embark on a number of walks from here, but for those that really want to do it the easy way you need only park the car, get out, walk a few steps and be floored by the spectacular view before you.
It really is that easy.
Each time you visit it is different. And each time it is equally stunning.
Govetts Leap is touted as one of the most famous lookouts in Australia and it's easy to see why it is popular.
I have to say that I am partial to watching the sunrise here, but this place is beautiful most times, except in fog of course, which does tend to roll in thickly in the mountains at times.
There are several viewing platforms if you want to take a small walk, but all in all, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Evans Lookout, Blackheath
Another beautiful lookout in Blackheath that overlooks the Grose Valley is Evans Lookout.
The car park here is not large and usually, you will find it rather full as this is the location that a lot of hikers embark on the Grand Canyon Walk.
But with a little bit of patience, you can usually find one. Or you can park further up the road and walk back to it.
From the carpark located at the end of Evans Lookout Road, you simply follow the paved path to the viewing area where you will have panoramic views over the Grose Valley.
Simply stunning any time of the day.
Located at the end of Falls Road, Wentworth Falls this lookout is one of the easiest to access. The carpark and picnic area can get a little busy but we went on a weekend and didn’t have to wait too long for a carpark.
The first viewing platform is only a matter of steps away from the carpark and has beautiful views out over the Jamison Valley.
Next to this is a sign outlining the walks available. But if you keep walking on the path along the road you will come to another viewing platform with views over the falls themselves.
There are many tracks leading from this area (like the rest of the Blue Mountains National Park) and each will be signposted so choose wisely. We didn’t go to the second viewing platform along the road but instead chose to do a 20-minute walk down that took us to a better vantage point of the falls. But as I always say what goes down must come up and that may not be as easy for some as others, so please be aware.
Wentworth Falls is a result of the Jamison Creek tumbling over the edge of the cliff and cascading over levels of rock before plummeting 100m to the valley floor.
Cahills Lookout, Katoomba
Located at 258-276 Cliff Drive, Katoomba Cahill’s Lookout is rarely crowded with tourists. Which in my book is a huge plus.
From the carpark, it is an easy meander down the paved path to both Boars Head Lookout and Cahills Lookout. This is a very easy lookout to experience and of course, you can choose to do some of the walks, but it isn’t necessary for the views.
The view from Cahill is out over the Megalong Valley and Narrow Neck Plateau.
I have read this is a great place to see the sunset, so I am planning on packing a picnic dinner, plonking in a bottle of wine and heading out there to enjoy the sunset soon. I will let you know how I go.
Leura Cascades is the most difficult walk in this series.
But we recently walked it and found it more than manageable. There are steps so coming back up and we were a little puffed, but we are very unfit and there were a lot of people on the path of all ages who were managing easily.
Leura Cascades is located between Leura and Katoomba. It is well signposted and easy to find. There are some lovely picnic grounds near the car parks.
Once you find a park, which was easy enough, we followed the path down walking under the arch and then just followed the path to Leura Creek and then the signs to Leura Cascades.
A lot of the paths are on boardwalks which makes walking easy. And walking beside Leura Creek as it cascades down the valley is beautiful. We had just had days of rain so the creek was flowing well.
But what really surprised me was the lookout we came to at the end above the Bridal Veil Falls where the view between the cliffs out to the Jamison Valley was stunning.
We were nestled in amongst the cliffs and it really felt like you were a part of nature.
This has become one of my new favourite lookouts here in the mountains. We even got to see a cockatoo soar in and play in the water at the top of the falls. Magic!
From here there are walks heading along the cliff line and looping back to the carpark and others onto different areas, but we choose to return the way we had come.
It took about 30 minutes to do this walk plus a bit of extra time to take in the view at the lookout. Although this is the hardest out of all the lookouts in this article (it is graded as Moderate), it still was fairly easy, and nice to get out and walk after days of rain. I highly recommend making the effort.
Enjoy the Blue Mountains
Whatever walk or lookout you choose in the Blue Mountains you will not be disappointed. The Blue Mountains in Australia are spectacular.
I hope you enjoy your visit and please take a look at my other Blue Mountains posts because I want you to get the most out of your visit.
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