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Evans Lookout, Blackheath NSW
EVANS LOOKOUT - GRAND CANYON WALK:
Drive to the very end of Evans Lookout Road, Blackheath (off the Great Western Highway between Blackheath and Medlow Bath). At Evans Lookout you will discover the magnificent views from the top of the escarpment overlooking the Grose Valley and Govetts Gorge.
Several Blue Mountains Walking tracks can be traversed to and from Evans Lookout -
Braeside Walk - Off the Cliff Top Track to Govetts Leap (closer access from Govetts Leap Lookout). The track descends to Govetts Leap Brook and follows it upstream to an old steam train water supply dam and a small waterfall. A lovely walk in springtime when the wild flowers are blooming and the native birds are singing.
Evans Lookout - Junction Rock - Blue Gum Forest
Blue Gum Forest can also be reached starting from Govetts Leap along the Cliff Top Track to Evans Lookout.
GRAND CANYON WALK:
Grand Canyon Loop Track - off Evans Lookout Road.
In recent years much maintenance work has been done to improve the track, making it safer and easier to follow.
The track goes from - Grand Canyon Loop Car Park at the head of Neats Glen - down through Neate's Glen rainforest to Greave's Creek then further down along narrow ledges with safety rails into the Grand Canyon - go through a tunnel meeting the creek again before climbing up to Evans Lookout - then back along the cliff track to Grand Canyon Parking area.
Before following the track back up to Evans Lookout you can take a short detour and follow the creek upstream to the 'first swim' - this will take you into the narrow sandstone canyon.
One way to shorten the walk is to have a car both at the Loop Parking area and at Evans Lookout.
As with many of the walking tracks in the Blue Mountains the views are wonderful and you will pass through vibrant rainforest areas with waterfalls, creeks, ferns, golden wattles and stunning native vegetation,
An especially good choice in summer as so much of the walk is protected by the impressive sandstone walls and rock overhangs, meaning much of the walk is through shaded areas.
A walkers paradise since 1907 - the Grand Canyon track is special - you can walk the track and see the canyon and all its wonderful scenery without the need for specialist equipment - ropes and abseiling equipment - but it is also popular as an easy entry for canyon and abseil beginners.
- a historically important walking track
Constructed over 100 years ago, and opened with great celebration in 1907, this was the first track to be built into a Blue Mountains canyon.
The terrain was so difficult that the route was at first thought to be impossible. The final construction was a remarkable achievement and involved over 1200 steps, stairs and stepping stones, built to lead visitors through the canyon.
The track has been recognised as historically important by inclusion on the NSW State Heritage Register.
GALLERY SLIDE SHOW:
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