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How to Find the Best Blue Mountains Lookouts

If you are heading west to check out some Blue Mountains lookouts you are in luck. Today we share details of 33 lookouts so you can decide which ones you should add to your day out.

There are more lookouts in the Blue Mountains than most visitors will be able to manage to see on a short visit, so the challenge is to work out which ones you want to visit. We have included here the lookouts in the Blue Mountains that we have visited and enjoyed. After more than 100 trips up here over the years, we have covered a few 😉

33 Blue Mountains Lookouts

Deciding on the best Blue Mountains lookouts to head to on your visit will depend on several factors;

  • Do you have a car?
  • Are you using the Hop on Hop off bus?
  • Do you need wheelchair accessible lookouts?
  • Do you want to minimise stairs?
  • Are you short on time and want very short walks
  • Is it raining? Do you want to take in the views of the Blue Mountains from the car?

We have spent considerable time whittling down all the lookouts and grading them by the factors above. They are divided by area, if you click on the Google reference on each listing it will open Google Maps and you can get directions to the lookout from wherever you are.

In a hurry? At the bottom of the page, you will find a summary of the best options for different types of visitor requirements. We have also highlighted lookouts on the Blue Mountains HOHO bus route.

We hope this helps you to find the mountain views you are looking for!

Lower Blue Mountains lookouts

Mount Portal Lookout

This wheelchair accessible walk offers beautiful views of Glenbrook Gorge and the Nepean River. You can see much of western Sydney in the distance. A very popular spot for abseiling.

Tip: This walk and the next are inside Glenbrook National Park so you will have to pay a day fee to access the park.

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Mount Portal lookout Credit: Nick Cubbin DPIE

Accessibility: Only a couple of minutes walk from the car park to the view.
Google map reference: Mount Portal Lookout

Tunnel View Lookout

This lookout in Glenbrook National Park is a little off the radar and well worth your time. There are views below to old railway cuttings which train buffs will enjoy. I love the way the Glenbrook gorge creek cuts through the thick vegetation.

Tunnel View lookout, Blue Mountains National Park
Tunnel View lookout, Blue Mountains National Park Credit:Nick-Cubbin DPIE

Tip: This area is unfenced, so not recommended for young children.

Accessibility: 500m relatively flat walk that will take less than 10 minutes
Google map reference: Tunnel View Lookout

Lincoln’s Rock Lookout

This unfenced lookout over the Kings Tableland Plateau used to be off the tourist bus radar but this last year or two it has become increasingly popular, and lots of the smaller buses stop here. Please be careful taking photos close to the edge, mainly when the wind is up. There have been several accidents here, so take lots of care.

Lincoln Rock Lookout

There is a small cave under the rock that you can reach easily, a beautiful place to sit and take in the view. You sometimes see this lookout referred to as Flat, Honeymoon, or Sunset Rock.

Tip: Arrive for sunset, and you are unlikely to be surrounded by tour buses but will share the view with keen photographers.

Accessibility: Easy flat walk from the road where you can park
Google map reference: Lincoln Rock

 

Wentworth Falls Lookouts

There is a range of lookouts at Wentworth Falls, meaning everyone can enjoy the views here whether you are looking for a short hike or travelling with those who can’t walk far.

Sadly Wentworth Falls is not on the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus route (HOHO) however local buses can get you within 500m of the Wentworth Falls car park where many of these walks begin.

Jamison Lookout

Jamison Lookout, the closest lookout to the car park, does not have a view of the waterfall. It does offer expansive views over Jamison Valley. This is possibly the most accessible lookout in the mountains.

Jamison Lookout Wentworth Falls

Accessibility: Suitable for wheelchairs, prams and those who can’t walk far
Google map reference: Jamison Lookout

Wentworth Falls Lookout

Wentworth Falls lookout is just a little further along and offers a similar view to Jamison Lookout but at a slightly different angle. A 2-minute walk from the Wentworth Falls Picnic Area.

Accessibility: Easy, at the roadside
Google map reference: Wentworth Falls Lookout

Rocket Point Lookout

In my opinion, Rocket Point lookout offers the best view of Wentworth Falls. If you are happy to do a 45-minute walk, you will be rewarded here with lovely bushland and a fantastic view.

You begin at the Wentworth Falls picnic area and head to Queens Cascades, the upper level of the waterfall. The walk is not challenging but does include quite a lot of stairs. It’s a loop walk, so you will return to the picnic ground. Check out the latest track information on the National Park site.

Rocket Point Lookout Blue Mountains
Rocket Point lookout track. Credit: Stephen-Alton-DPIE

Accessibility: 2.4km grade 3 walk,
Google map reference: Rocket Point Lookout

Fletchers Lookout

A detour off the track that leads to Rocket Point Lookout. You are looking to the top of the falls just where the water falls over the cliff.

Accessibility: 200 steps from the top of the street to the lookout
Google map reference: Fletchers Lookout

Princes Rock Lookout

A short 15-minute walk downhill will see you at Princes Rock Lookout. This is a pretty popular spot, considered one of the best lookouts in the Blue Mountains National Park. From here you look directly onto the falls – a very impressive, particularly after rain.

Wentworth Falls,
Wentworth Falls

Tip: The track starts from near the Conservation Hut car park. Anyone not up for the walk can head into the cafe here for a drink.

Accessibility: The lookout is an easy 1km return, walk but it does involve steps.
Google map reference: Prince Rock Lookout

 

Leura Lookouts

Best known by day-trippers for its pretty Edwardian main shopping street and many lovely cafes, Leura is home to several excellent lookouts. The views in this part of the mountain look over the Jamison Valley, Kings Tableland & Mount Solitary.

Sublime Point

A special lookout that is not generally on the big tour bus trail. Sublime Point offers a magnificent 270-degree view of the Jamison Valley. To the west, you can see the reverse side of the Three Sisters. Best to visit early or later in the day as can be a little busy early afternoon.

Sublime Point with low cloud

Accessibility: Short walk down a dirt path which takes about 15 minutes to return some uneven steps but not too challenging.
Google map reference: Sublime Point Lookout

Gordon Falls Lookout

This lookout is stop 18 on the HOHO bus route.

Giving a partial view of Gordon Falls from the very top revealing where it falls over the cliff. You can continue and walk further down for a better view (allow 1hr). From the lookout, you are directly in front of Mount Solidary, and I like the way the valley floor looks here.

Tip: I would only really recommend this after some rain as the view of the valley is very similar to all the others in Leura but without the steps.

Accessibility: Short walk from the car park, some steep metal steps and a few rocky ones. Suitable for almost all.
Google map reference: Gordon Falls Lookout

Elysian Rock and Olympian Rock Lookouts

These two lookouts are just a few minutes walk apart, and generally, you will have them all to yourself. Start at whichever you find parking closest to and then walk Prince Henry Cliff track between the two. The entry to the track at Elysian Rock is not well mark, but it’s easy enough to find.

When you reach the other lookout, you can walk back to the street and will only be a block or so from where you started.

A short walk and a small bridge called Buttenshaw Bridge connects the two lookouts. It’s worth stopping, particularly on cloudy days as sometimes the view of the clouds in the valley below from this height is rather magical.

Tip: You can get a great shot of the bridge looking from Elysian to Olympic Rock

Accessibility: Easy short walk from Olympic Parade along an uneven surface, not suitable for a wheelchair user
Google map reference: Elysian Rock Lookout

Bridal Veil Falls Lookout

This lookout is on the HOHO bus route.

There are two waterfalls in the Blue Mountains known as Bridal Veil Falls, one in Leura and another at Govetts Leap. This one in Leura is a ten-minute walk from the starting point to the lookout. This waterfall looks spectacular after heavy rain but is often not visible on foggy days.

Bridal Veil Falls Leura from above
Bridal Veil Falls Leura

Accessibility: 10 minutes along an unpaved track.
Google map reference: Bridal Veil Falls

Kiah Lookout

This lookout is Stop 16 on the HOHO bus route.

This is a short detour off the walk down to Bridal Veil Falls. It’s a pleasant view with very few visitors.

Accessibility: Rough track, not difficult, but watch your footing.
Google map reference: Kiah Lookout

Honeymoon Point Lookout

This lookout is stop 15 on the HOHO bus route.

Seen from the road the view from this lookout is beautiful so it’s well worth a short stop. It’s also the start of a pretty easy but rewarding walk. Very few people here every time we visit, and there is a seat to take in the view.

Accessibility: Just a few steps from the road. Not paved but flat and easy to see even from the car.
Google map reference: Honeymoon Point Lookout

Related: You can visit many of these lookouts via public transport

Katoomba Lookouts

Katoomba is home to the Blue Mountains best-known lookouts and almost all of them are related to the Three Sisters, known in Dreamtime stories as Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo.

Three Sisters from Echo Point Lookout at sunset

Echo Point / Three Sisters

This lookout is stop on the HOHO bus route.

With its expansive views over the Jamison Valley and super easy access, almost every visitor to the mountains stops here.

The key to enjoying the view from this, the most popular lookout in the Blue Mountains, is timing. Arrive early, before 10am or late, after 5pm for the best chance of having the place to yourself. The lookout is lit at night so if you are staying in the area overnight pop back after dinner to experience a different view.

Accessibility: Flat, wheelchair friendly access from the car park
Google map reference: Echo Point Lookout

Queen Elizabeth Lookout

The Three Sisters from the lower lookout in the Blue Mountains
Three Sisters main lookout

Accessibility: Fully wheelchair accessible
Google map reference: Queen Elizabeth Lookout

Spooners Lookout

Named after the man who officially opened Prince Henry Cliff walk in 1938. In 2014 the path to the lookout was upgraded with fresh paving and a wider track. It provides excellent views straight down the valley and a chance to get away from the busloads of visitors above.

Accessibility: 200m wheelchair and pram friendly walk from the Visitor Information Centre
Google map reference: Spooners Lookout

Honeymoon Bridge

This lookout is out on one of the Three Sisters themselves. If your legs can handle the stairs, I highly recommend walking down to the first sister and taking in the grandeur up close.

Honeymoon Bridge links the first of the Three Sisters to the mainland.

Accessibility: Short walk from the track down some very steep stairs.
Google map reference: Honeymoon Bridge

Lady Darley Lookout

This is one I did not visit until about two years ago. There are so many lookouts close together you can quickly get lookout fatigue if you try to see them all. I am happy I finally made it here. The view is excellent, and the patterns and ridges on the rocks are awe-inspiring.

The contrast of the stone and the freedom of the forest make for some great photos. You will find the entrance to this lookout off Panorama Drive right behind Lilianfels.

Accessibility: Lots of stairs, some a little ladder-like, can be tough on anyone with a fear of heights
Google map reference: Lady Darley Lookout

 

Cliff View lookout

You will find Cliff View Lookout by the East Station of the Scenic World Skyway. This lookout offers views onto Mount Solitary and the Narrow Neck Plateau and can be reached from either the cable car or the car park in just a couple of minutes.

Aerial view of people visiting Prince Henry Cliff Walk in Katoomba over looking at the Jamison Valley in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia.
Cliff View Lookout in Katoomba

Accessibility: One set of stairs and then an easy flat walk
Google map reference: Cliff View Lookout

Eagle Hawk Lookout

The first lookout past Scenic World offers a fantastic view of the Three Sisters without the crowds. You rarely find anyone else here which is just as well because there is only parking for three cars.

Back view of the 3 Sisters from Eagle Hawk lookout
Eagle Hawk Lookout just a few steps from the road

Accessibility: A couple of steps down from the tiny car park but you can view from the road.
Google map reference: Eagle Hawk Lookout

Narrow Neck Lookout

This lookout is stop 10 on the HOHO bus route.

Narrow Neck divides Jamison and Megalong Valleys, allowing you to see both valleys, the Ruined Castle and the Katoomba Landslide. The long thin plateau, Narrow Neck is almost directly in front of you.

Narrow Neck Lookout

Tip: There is a picnic table here if you fancy stopping for lunch

Accessibility: Can be viewed from the roadside.
Google map reference: Narrow Neck

Related: 50 Things to Do in the Blue Mountains

Cahill Lookout

This lookout is pretty impressive and a great place to get your head around how vast the Blue Mountains region is. From this point, you can see the Jamison Valley to the right and the Megalong Valley to the left. The view of Narrow Neck Penisula is particularly good.

Cahill Lookout Blue Mountains National park, Australia
Cahill Lookout has a small number of steps

Tip: Public transport: Bus 686 from Katoomba stops 10 mins walk from the lookout.

Accessibility: Easy walk from the parking area – some stairs
Google map reference: Cahill Lookout

Boars Head Lookout

The halfway point on the walk down to Cahill Lookout, you walk right past it.

Boar Head Lookout

Blackheath Lookouts

The lookouts at Blackheath over the Grose Valley are some of the most spectacular in the mountains. There is no need to stop at them all; the views offer different aspects of the Grose Valley. Pick a couple or take a walk between Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap.

Tip: The National Parks and Wildlife Service have a Blackheath lookouts driving route

Evans Lookout

Evans lookout is a stunner, in my top 5 lookouts. There is a nice ledge to sit on if you want to stay awhile and drink it in. It’s lovely at sunrise and in the afternoon light.

Evans Lookout sitting area in Blackheath
The seating area at Evans Lookout

Accessibility: Easy walk with just a few stairs.
Google map reference: Evans Lookout

Check out the Google Street view of this area.

The Grose Valley from Evans Lookout
The Grose Valley from Evans Lookout

Valley View Lookout

Valley View lookout is just a short path to the right of Evans Lookout. The view is similar but feels much closer to the valley below.

Accessibility: A short flat mostly paved track.
Google map reference: Valley View Lookout

Govetts Leap

This lookout is my favourite place in the Blue Mountains to watch the sunrise. Often in the early morning, the valley is full of low cloud or fog which rather than obscuring the view, although it kind of does, is magical to watch and adds some real interest to your photos.

From Govetts Leap lookout to your right-hand side is Bridal Veil waterfall. For the last few years, the waterfall has been all but dry thanks to the drought.

The view from Govetts Leap Lookout over the Grose Valley

The nearby Blue Mountains Heritage Centre is a worthwhile stop, particularly if you are thinking of doing one of the nearby walks. Some are short and not too challenging.

Public transport: Blackheath Station to Govetts Leap is about 3.5 kilometres. The 698 bus gets you fairly close, just let the driver know where you are heading.

Accessibility: Just a couple of steps from the car
Google map reference: Govetts Leap

Barrow Lookout

This lookout just a 750m walk from Govetts Leap, will get you up close to the 180m high waterfall you can see from the Govetts Leap viewing platform.

Accessibility: Rough stone steps and lots of them but fine for anyone with good fitness.
Google map reference: Barrow Lookout

If you have seen this and want something different for your next visit, check out George Phillips Lookout, also in Blackheath.

Pulpit Rock

This one is very impressive. After walking about 500m down quite a lot of stairs, you will be greeted with this spectacular sight. The 240-degree views down to Govetts Gorge and the Grose Valley are breathtaking.

Pulpit Rock Lookout Blackheath
This narrow rock juts out over the Grose Valley. giving 270-degree views.

On my last visit, I was with a friend who had a real fear of heights, so we only walked to the first level, the metal stairs that lead to the bottom lookout were a little too much. Even from the first platform, the views are spectacular.

It’s one of those spots you will find hard to leave, the view is mesmerising and the thought of all the stairs you have to walk back up not exactly something you want to rush to 😉

Accessibility: 10-minute walk down to the lookout. The walk back up gets the heart pumping.
Google map reference: Pulpit Rock

Anvil Rock Lookout

From Anvil Rock you really do feel like you are on top of the world. A bonus is I have never seen another person here when I visited so you will likely have it to yourself.

It can get pretty windy up here, so make sure you dress appropriately.

Anvil Rock Blackheath Credit: Elinor-Sheargold-DPIE

Tip: Detour to Wind Eroded Cave – you will see a sign from the car park – only 400m or so walk and a fascinating cave where you can see up close the patterns in the sandstone caused by exposure to the weather.

Accessibility: A dirt track to the car park, but we had no trouble in our two-wheel drive, a short rough road to the lookout.
Google map reference: Anvil Rock Lookout

Baltzer Lookout and Hanging Rock

One of the most rewarding but also one of the most challenging of the lookouts here.

Hanging Rock Blackheath
Hanging Rock is detached from the main cliff

Accessibility: An 11.3km walk that requires a high level of fitness and care.
Google map reference: Baltzer Lookout

Sometimes the best views are the ones you discover by chance like these two.

Mount Piddington

Not an official signed lookout but one we found looking for a sunset view at Blackheath over Megalong

Unknown lookout off Bells Line of Road.

Lookout bells line of road
A secret lookout that Jason from Gourmet Getaways showed me

Related: Check out Blue Mountains Self-Drive Itineraries

Best Blue Mountains lookouts for every situation

Indoor and Outdoor Accessible lookouts for wheelchairs

  • Jamison Lookout Wentworth Falls
  • Echo Point Katoomba
  • Spooners Lookout Katoomba
  • Narrow Neck Lookout
  • Katoomba Library
  • Conservation Hut
  • Hydro Majestic Hotel
  • Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens

Blue Mountains Lookout Points You Can Reach Without Much Walking

The ones above and the following are all very short walks from the road.

  • Elysian Rock and Olympian Lookout
  • Eagle Hawk Lookout
  • Echo Point
  • Evans Lookout
  • Goverts Leap lookout

Best Sunrise Lookouts

  • Sublime Point
  • Olympian and Elysian Rock
  • Goverts Leap
  • Pulpit Rock

Best Sunset Lookouts

  • Sublime Point
  • Echo Point
  • Cahill Lookout – Beautiful light on Narrow Neck Plateau

Lookouts you need to hike to

  • Pulpit Rock
  • Baltzer Lookout

The epic feature photo on this article was taken by Bakhos Moussa who just happens to be our nephew. Bakhos spent a weekend in the Blackheath with us last year trying to teach us to take better photos. Check out his Instagram feed for more of his work.

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3 thoughts on “How to Find the Best Blue Mountains Lookouts”

  1. So many stunning places to take in amazing views. Definitely worth having handy when visiting the area. It’s these types of places that we love to go to, off the beaten path, and not as busy as the main tourist’s areas. Thanks for sharing your tips on when to go and the safety of each place, definitely important and useful information.

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  2. I visited these mountains when I was 18 years old and didn’t realise how any there actually were. Perhaps it’s time for a return visit.

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