Govett’s Leap Falls
Waterfall on Govetts Leap Brook where the falls plummet about 180 metres onto the broken rocks at the base of the cliff. Formerly known as Bridal Veil Falls this is the tallest single drop waterfall in the Blue Mountains.

The very popular Govetts Leap Lookout is the start or finish to a number of bushwalks around the Falls and the Grose Valley. The lookout provides a picnic ground, toilets and access to the Fairfax Heritage Track which is suitable for wheelchairs and prams.

The Grose River has cut a deep gorge through the area as it makes its way east towards the Hawkesbury River. Sheer sandstone cliffs standing hundreds of metres above the river make for spectacular scenery and can be viewed extensively from Govett’s Leap Lookout,

Charles Darwin described the Grose Valley as "stupendous … magnificent" when he visited in 1836. In 1859 some of the first photographs in Australia were taken in the valley. At various times there were proposals for rail lines and dams but these have not proceeded. In 1931, the valley was the subject of one of Australia's first forest conservation battles.

Within the valley, the Blue Gum Forest is one place that stands out from the rest of the valley. It consists predominantly of towering Blue Gum trees (Eucalyptus deanei, also known as Deane's Gums, or Broad-leafed gums), with a thin understorey because the tall trees inhibit the growth of ground cover by blocking most of the sunlight. Protected by the Blue Mountains National Park, the forest can be accessed only on foot, with several trails from different parts of the Grose Valley and adjacent canyons meeting in the forest.
Blue Mountains National Park - New South Wales
Loading...
© 2011 - Holiday Hunter - Australia
Govett’s Leap Road, Blackheath