Other beautiful vistas and famous walking tracks are ten minutes away in either direction at -
Katoomba with the Three Sisters, Echo Point, The Giant Stairway, Narrow Neck, Scenic World and the Jamison Valley.
Mount Victoria a heritage listed village with Victoria Falls Lookout, Mt York Promontory, Sunset Rock and Mount Piddington Lookouts.
Then just a little further on you have the -
Hartley area with the 19th century Hartley historic village and the old convict built roads that are now walking tracks - Berghoffers Pass, Lawsons Long Alley and Lockyers Road.
Blackheath is a beautiful Blue Mountains village located near the top (1065 metres) of the Blue Mountains in NSW, Australia. With it's lovely misty days when the clouds sit low over the mountains, Blackheath is mindful of a beautiful Scottish village.
Some of the most awe-inspiring scenery and the best walking tracks in the Blue Mountains are to be found near this pretty village - the highest village in the mountains. As the highest town in the Blue Mountains, Blackheath often has snow in winter - usually only 1 -2 falls during the winter season.
Situated between Blackheath and Katoomba is Medlow Bath the home of the renown Hydro Majestic Hotel that sits on the edge of the escarpment looking down into the beautiful Megalong Valley.
As well as The Hydro, Medlow Bath has other fine accommodation and dining facilities and walking tracks which were constructed in the early 1900s.
From Evans Lookout you can take the Grand Canyon Walk - a historically important and beautiful walking track constructed over 100 years ago, and opened with great celebration in 1907
There are many walking tracks around the edges of the Grose Valley, including the Cliff Top Track between Evans Lookout, Govetts Leap Lookout and Pulpit Rock lookout
Other walking tracks can be found in both Megalong Valley and Centennial Glen, Kanimbla Valley. The historic Six Foot track travels through the Megalong Valley.
Blackheath has a busy shopping centre that provides everything you might need - cafes, restaurants and hotels as well as art galleries, antique & collectable shops and book shops. It offers extensive automotive services and the surrounding Megalong Valley and Centennial Glen offer a choice of Horse Riding and other adventure activities such as rock climbing bushwalking and hang gliding.
Many of the accommodation choices in Blackheath are in idyllic mountain settings - B & B's, Guest Houses, Cottages, Motels, Romantic & Executive Retreats, Self contained accommodation, caravan parks and hotels.
The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens are located in Bachante Street, Blackheath, just a short distance from the town centre.
Created in 1970 on 18.5 hectares (45 acres) of mountain bushland the garden is unique as it comprises both exotic plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas, maples and other deciduous trees and pristine native bushland.
There is a Lookout especially constructed for visitors with mobility problems that gives them stunning views of the Gardens, down to the valley and the lake, and across the valley to the banks of Rhododendrons with the native bushland behind.
The Blue Mountains Rhododendron Society of NSW - maintain the gardens. - rhodogarden.org.au
Always tranquil and enjoyable it is open every day of the year but with 3 peak periods that are the most colourful times.
April-May: Autumn - deciduous trees followed by camellias.
September-October: spring blossoms and massed bulbs displays.
October-November: peak time for rhododendrons and azaleas.
Each year on a weekend in November Blackheath has the Rhododendron Festival.
It starts on the Saturday with the fabulous Rhododendron Festival Street Parade with much varied entertainment to follow throughout the weekend.
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BALTZER LOOKOUT - HANGING ROCK
Baltzer Lookout and Hanging Rock are at the end of Ridgewell Road, Blackheath.
Hanging Rock is a much photographed and featured sandstone rock about 100m high, separated from the cliff by a roughly 80cm gap with the nose hanging over the Grose Valley below.
You drive for approximately 2.5K on Ridgewell Road (dirt) until you come to a locked gate then you walk following a fire trail that takes you to Baltzer Lookout (3.5k).
From the lookout there outstanding views over the the Grose Valley and down to Hanging Rock.
There is a track down the hill (for experienced, equipped hikers) which takes you closer to Hanging Rock and even more breathtaking views.