Amazing Blue Mountains Lookouts are not in short supply. There are many, many incredible sights to savour on your Blue Mountains visit. This is your ultimate guide to lookouts in the Blue Mountains, including our exclusive Top 10 lookouts and Blue Mountains Mums’ award winning lookouts.
Blue Mountains Lookouts
If you are visiting the Blue Mountains for a day trip, a week or if you are a long term resident, there is a Blue Mountains lookout for you and for every purpose. If you’re seeking a scenic picnic spot, a lookout near a playground, a romantic location or simply want to cast your eyes on a stunning Blue Mountains vista, we have the insight you need to make your trip even more sensational.
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Leura is a quaint and pretty village in the upper Blue Mountains that hosts charming heritage homes, beautiful Spring blossoms, unique gift stores and an array of the best Blue Mountains lookouts.
Sublime Lookout, Leura – TOP 10!
Sublime Lookout is a fitting name for this most glorious Blue Mountains lookout. It truly is one of the most sensational lookouts in the Blue Mountains. If you would like to view the Three Sisters without the crowds of Echo Point in Katoomba, then head to Sublime Point in Leura and see them from another angle.
Gordon Falls Lookout
Located near a playground and picnic area, the short walk to Gordon Falls Lookout makes your visit to Leura even more special. With panoramic views across the Jamison Valley, you will see Mount Solitary straight ahead and Kinds Tableland to your left.
Combine your day trip with one of the walks in the area, including Lyrebird Dell – Pool of Siloam.
Olympian Rock Lookout
Olympian Rock Lookout is another sensational lookout along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk that provides outstanding views across the Jamison Valley. The 10 minute return walk to Olympian Rock Lookout has many steps down to it and a seat to sit and enjoy the serenity.
Elysian Lookout – TOP 10!
Expect awesome views no matter the time of day at Elysian Rock Lookout. This fabulous Blue Mountains lookout is divided into two lookouts, connected by Buttenshaw Bridge. There is a seat on each lookout to enjoy the sunrise or sunset with a friend or loved one.
The advantage of this spot is that you are close to other beautiful lookouts and locations very close by as it is part of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk. It is probably one of the most romantic Blue Mountains lookouts around too.
Tarpeian Rock Lookout
Tarpeian Rock Lookout is also a stunning lookout with an interesting sandstone floor. Access it as part of your Prince Henry Cliff Walk (some parts currently closed in Leura) or from the short access track off Cliff Drive. You will behold more amazing views of the Jamison Valley, Mount Solitude and Kings Tableland.
Bridal Veil Falls Lookout
Wow! Bridal Veil Falls Lookout is amazing. This is the best spot to see the pretty Bridal Veil Falls. You can access this lookout from Cliff Drive or as part of your Prince Henry Cliff Walk (some parts are currently closed so Cliff Drive is the best way). There are steep stairs and stunning views of the amphitheatre rock face with the waterfall. Combine this lookout with Tarpeian Rock Lookout which is about a 10 minute walk from here.
Wentworth Falls Lookouts
Wentworth Falls Lookout
Wentworth Falls Lookout is one of the most popular lookouts in the upper Blue Mountains and sits amongst many other beautiful lookouts within walking distance at Wentworth Falls Picnic Area. This sensational spot is an absolute must if you are visiting the Blue Mountains.
Jamison Lookout is the first fabulous lookout that you see when you reach Wentworth Falls Picnic Area, from Sir H Burrell Drive, Wentworth Falls. There is free parking (that fills up quickly) and many incredible walks and lookouts to explore from here. Pack a picnic and savour all that Jamison Lookout and the surrounding area has to offer, including the variety of birdlife. This lookout is not to be missed!
Fletcher’s Lookout is a spectacular lookout on route Wentworth Falls lookout track, via a short track. There are two parts to Fletcher’s Lookout for a spectacular view of Jamison Valley and good views of Wentworth Falls waterfall. It’s one to check out when you visit the other lookouts in this area.
Rocket Point Lookout
Rocket Point Lookout is often missed by visitors to the Wentworth Falls picnic area because it is slightly off the beaten track and requires a slight uphill rocky climb. It is only a short 15 – 20 minute round walk and worth the effort for another unique perspective of Wentworth Falls waterfall and the Jamison Valley. (Hint: make sure you take the left hand path on your return visit from the lookout).
Lincoln’s Rock Lookout – TOP 10!
Be sure to make a stop at Lincoln’s Rock Lookout at Wentworth Falls. Lincoln’s Rock lookout, also known as Flat Rock, is a sensational sandstone creation in the upper Blue Mountains to witness stunning views over the Jamison Valley, especially at sunset.
Lincoln’s Rock is a popular Blue Mountains lookout for family photography, weddings and the section of the rock for the illusion of ‘sitting on the edge of a cliff’ photo (when in fact, there is only a small drop at this particular section).
Princes Rock Lookout – TOP 10!
The view from Princes Rock Lookout is breathtaking! Be sure to take the time to see the best view of Wentworth Falls waterfall. There are many steps down the 20 minute Hippocrene Falls Walking Track to Princes Rock Lookout but be assured that the view is one of the best Blue Mountains lookouts that you’ll find.
Den Fenella Lookout
Den Fenella Lookout is yet another beautiful Wentworth Falls lookout! To get here, you will need to walk a moderate (Grade 3) 1km return walk from the Wentworth Falls picnic area carpark. So it is a great lookout to visit if you want to combine a short bushwalk, that features a luscious forest, waterfall and a quaint bridge as you pass over Den Fenella River, with a wonderful lookout.
You will find many stairs as you descend, therefore expect a good workout on your return journey as you ascend the stairs back up to the picnic area. It is well worth the effort. It is also possible to continue on to the spectacular Breakfast Point lookout from this vacinity too.
Queen Victoria Lookout
Visit the idyllic Empress Falls with the breathtaking Queen Victoria Lookout along the way. The famous Empress Falls is a swimming waterhole, waterfall and canyon with beautiful views along the way. Combine a visit to Queen Victoria Lookout with a walk to see the unforgettable Empress Falls.
Echo Point – TOP 10!
Echo Point Lookout is undoubtedly the most famous and visited Blue Mountains lookout in Blue Mountains National Park, and for good reason. Echo Point Lookout and the whole precinct is a wonderful experience.
Blue Mountains City Council have recently upgraded Echo Point, adding an amphitheatre, night lit boardwalks that connect the lookouts and even a new lookout, called Prince Henry Lookout. Check out this wonderful new upgrade from a bird’s eye perspective.
Additionally, around Echo Point, significant Aboriginal symbols have been created to honour the Dharug and Gundungurra Peoples who were the original custodians of the Blue Mountains region.
Named after local Liberal Blue Mountains Politician, Eric Spooner, Spooner Lookout should be included on your visit to Echo Point, Katoomba. It is wheelchair and pram friendly and offers majestic views over the Jamison Valley.
After you have checked out Katoomba Falls Lookout, continue your Katoomba Falls Night Lit Walk or Katoomba Falls Round Walk along to Solitary Lookout, where you will see, you guessed it, Mount Solitary staring right at you. A visit here will give you a bunch of amazing Blue Mountains lookouts to explore within a short distance of one another. As a bonus, along this easy walking track you will also get to see the very pretty Katoomba cascades.
Katoomba Falls Lookout – TOP 10!
Katoomba Falls Lookout is part of the world class Katoomba Night Lit Walk. Visit this gorgeous waterfall during the day for scenic views over the Jamison Valley or at night for a unique (and romantic) experience with soft lighting lining the tracks and powerful lights illuminating Katoomba Falls. Visiting Katoomba Falls at night is a rare opportunity to see a very special sight (but it can get windy and chilly, even in Summer!).
Orphan Rock Lookout
Orphan Rock Lookout is located in close walking proximity to Katoomba Falls Lookout, so be sure to check out this unique rock formation as part of your Katoomba Falls Night Lit Walk or Katoomba Round Walk.
Queen Elizabeth Lookout
Queen Elizabeth Lookout is located just below Echo Point Lookout, to the left, and offers even closer view of the Three Sisters. Blue Mountains City Council have made a significant upgrade around this lookout, with accessible ramps and seating.
Prince Of Wales Lookout
Prince of Wales Lookout, Katoomba, is one of the best views of the Three Sisters out of all of the Blue Mountains lookouts. A new night lit boardwalk, amphitheatre and Prince of Wales lookout experience has been added to Echo Point, and it is wonderful.
Discover the new visitor experience at Echo Point and Prince of Wales Lookout, Katoomba and be sure to view the beautiful waratahs planted in the area.
Cahill’s Lookout offers stunning 360 degree views over the breathtaking Megalong Valley. It is surrounded by Megalong Head and Narrowneck Peninsula. While visiting Cahill’s Lookout, head over to nearby Boar’s Head Lookout too, where you will see a unique rock formation that resembles a wild pig.
Honeymoon Bridge – TOP 10!
Get up close with Meehni, sister number 1, the tallest sister at 922 metres, as you descend the short but very steep set of stairs at the top of the Giant Stairway that leads to Honeymoon Bridge. Access Honeymoon Bridge from Echo Point Information Centre and follow the paths all the way down to this wonderful bridge that connects to the first sister.
Amazingly, from the bottom of the Giant Staircase, it is 888 stairs up to Oreades Lookout. If you have trekked up the stairs, from Dardenelle’s Pass, you definitely deserve to take a good rest at this magnificent view.
Pulpit Rock Lookout – TOP 10! (Temporarily closed)
Just Wow. This lookout is phenomenal. Pulpit Rock Lookout is one of the most incredible lookouts in the Blue Mountains and is made unique in its three tiered 360 degree panoramic viewing levels that jut out on rock amidst the Grose Valley. It is sadly closed at the moment due to bushfire damage, but get a sense of this extraordinary lookout here.
Evan’s Lookout – TOP 10!
Evan’s Lookout, Blackheath, is one of the most magnificent views over the Grose Valley and is connected to one of the most beautiful Blue Mountains bushwalks, the Grand Canyon track. Another worthwhile walk will take you between two sensational Blue Mountains lookouts – the Cliff Top walking track connects Govett’s Leap lookout and Evan’s lookout. Swing by for a picnic or for a good dose of adventure with one of the local famous walks.
Govett’s Leap Lookout – TOP 10!
Govett’s Leap Lookout is one of the most famous Blue Mountains lookouts, overlooking the deep canyons of the Grose Valley and the tallest Blue Mountains single drop waterfall in the distance. It is easily accessible and a free parking area is very close by. The family friendly and most pram friendly walk in the Blue Mountains, the Fairfax Heritage Track is close by, on the left, and the Cliff Top walk to your right.
George Phillip’s Lookout
As you enjoy the Fairfax Heritage Track, George Phillip’s Lookout is on your way, approximately 15 minutes and 600 metres into the walk. It is a lovely spot for a picnic, as there is a picnic shelter here and toilet facilities nearby too. The path is wheelchair and pram accessible and because it is off the beaten track a little, you are not likely to experience crowds here.
Perry’s Lookdown is the best spot to see the impressive Banks Wall, with Mount Hay in the distance. Perry’s Lookdown is more than a great lookout though – it is the starting point for a couple of fabulous Blue Mountains walking tracks.
A multiday hike through Blue Gum Forest to Govett’s Leap starts from Perry’s Lookdown walking track. Alternatively, take a shorter day hike through Blue Gum Forest to Acacia Flat Campground and back again. These are both graded as difficult (but rewarding) walks.
Whilst in the area, be sure to check out Docker’s Lookout. It is just a short walk from Perry’s Lookdown.
Anvil Rock Lookout
Anvil Rock Lookout is worth a visit if you are exploring Blue Mountains lookouts in the Blackheath region. It is a little off the beaten track (with about 8km of dirt road which is generally okay for any car).
You will feel like you are a million miles away from civilisation as you are treated to panoramic 360 degree views of the Grose Gorge and Mount Banks. The unique Wind Eroded Cave is also just a short walk from the car park. Be sure to visit the amazing Pulpit Rock on your way here (when it reopens).
Baltzer Lookout & Hanging Rock
Baltzer Lookout is a moderate, mostly flat walk to the unfenced lookout that is located along the Barramoko Ridge trail. Reaching Baltzer lookout requires some easy walking to reach your destination, so expect to walk approximately a 7.6km return walk to view the iconic Hanging Rock. In the Spring, keep an eye out for fabulous looking wild waratahs.
As it is all unfenced around Baltzer Lookout and Hanging Rock, you do need to take great care in this vicinity and stay well back from cliff edges.
Hargrave’s Lookout (temporarily closed until approx. 29 November 2021)
Hargraves Lookout offers extensive views from Shipley Plateau, Kanimbla Valley and the Megalong Valley. If you find Mount Blackheath (located at the end of Shipley Road), you might be lucky enough to see hang gliders launch off the cliff.
Hargrave’s Lookout is currently receiving an upgrade by Blue Mountains City Council, that will transform this popular lookout to be more accessible for wheelchairs and visitor friendly.
Mount Victoria Lookouts and Beyond
Victoria Falls / Grose Valley Lookout
From Grose Valley Lookout, also known as Victoria Falls Lookout, you will see stunning views over the Grose Valley, minus the waterfall, unfortunately. If you would like to see the waterfall, it is a hard and very steep descent walk to get there. To get there from the carpark, walk only about 100 metres through the bush to reach Grose Valley / Victoria Falls Lookout.
Lower Blue Mountains Lookouts
Chalmers Lookout, Glenbrook
Chalmers Lookout is a beautiful lookout in Glenbrook that overlooks Glenbrook Gorge. It is easy to access from the small carpark at the end of Emu Road, Glenbrook. Chalmers Lookout is near the easy 1km family friendly Bluff Reserve walking trail and is worth exploring if you are in the area. It is one of the loveliest Blue Mountains lookouts for a sunset picnic.
Bluff Reserve Lookout, Glenbrook
Bluff Reserve Lookout (this may not be its official name because it is not an official Blue Mountains City Council lookout) is an unfenced cliff lookout that is not for the faint hearted. It overlooks the Glenbrook train line and delivers expansive views across Glenbrook Gorge and Penrith Valley.
Bluff Reserve Lookout is located near Ross Lookout and is not recommended for children, as there are significant cliff edges. You must take great care in this area and enjoy the view by staying well back from the edge.
Portal Lookout is another great wheelchair friendly Blue Mountains lookout presenting magnificent views of the junction between Glenbrook Gorge and the mighty Nepean River.
The Lapstone Zig Zag Walking Track to Siding Lookout will receive an upgrade to make this track one of the most wheelchair friendly Blue Mountains lookouts and bushwalks, providing vistas of the Nepean River and across the Cumberland Plain.
Marge’s & Elizabeth Lookouts
Marge’s Lookout and Elizabeth Lookout in Glenbrook are highly recommended if you are new to bushwalking in the Blue Mountains or if you are after a relatively flat, easy and scenic bushwalk.
Marge’s and Elizabeth Lookouts are a wonderful way for beginner bushwalkers to explore the Blue Mountains for the first time and get a taste for the beauty of the bush, without needing too much endurance.
Martin’s Lookout, Springwood
Martins Lookout is a great short walk in Springwood if you are in the area. There are a few options for parking, from Batman Park, Springwood, making a longer walk for you, to a parking area about 180 metres from the lookout. Take care driving on this trail as it is shared with bushwalkers, including children and cyclists.
Ideally located on the drive between the Hawkesbury region and the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury Lookout offers beautiful scenic views and is a great picnic spot.
Blue Mountains Mums’ Lookout Winners
Most Outstanding Lookout In The Blue Mountains
1st Place – Echo Point, Katoomba
Best Blue Mountains Lookout To View At Night
1st Place – Katoomba Falls Lookout. Night Lit Walk.
Children’s Favourite Lookout
1st Place – Gordon Falls Lookout, Leura
A coffee and drinks van is often parked here too so you can make a nice family outing at Gordon Falls, Leura. The Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum and gardens are close by too (which is a museum, not a playground :))
Best Blue Mountains Lookouts To Combine With A Bushwalk
1st Place – Evan’s Lookout & Grand Canyon Walk.
Runner Up – Govett’s Leap & George Phillips Lookouts and Fairfax Heritage Track and Cliff Top Walking Track
Local’s Favourite Blue Mountains Bushwalk
1st Place – Pulpit Rock Lookout, Blackheath
Most Outstanding Pram Friendly Lookout
1st Place – Echo Point, Katoomba
Runner Ups – Jamison & Wentworth Falls Lookouts
Most Wheelchair Accessible Lookouts
1st Place – Echo Point to Oreades Lookout, Along The Three Sister’s Walk, Katoomba
The Three Sister’s Walk, Katoomba,
Most Unique Blue Mountains Lookout
1st Place – Baltzer Lookout overlooking Hanging Rock and the Grose Valley.
Best Blue Mountains Lookouts To See The Sunset
1st Place – Lincoln’s Rock Lookout, Wentworth Falls
Runner Up – Jamison Lookout, Wentworth Falls
Runner Up – Sublime Point, Leura
Runner Up – Princes Rock, Wentworth Falls
Best Lookout To Have a Picnic
1st Place – Lincoln’s Rock Lookout
Best Blue Mountains Lookouts To See A Stunning Sunrise
1st Place – Elysian Rock Lookout, Leura
Most Romantic Blue Mountains Lookouts
1st Place – Elysian Rock Lookout, Leura
Runner Up – Olympian Rock, Leura
Runner Up – Pulpit Rock, Blackheath
Best Lower Blue Mountains Lookout For A Picnic With A Friend At Sunset
1st Place – Chalmer’s Lookout
Best Lookout For Train Spotting
1st Place – Bluff Reserve Lookout, Glenbrook
Most Amazing Lookout After Rain
1st Place – Princes Rock Lookout
Best Kept Secret Lookout In The Blue Mountains
1st Place – Anvil Rock Lookout, Blackheath. Combined with a visit to Wind Eroded Rock.
Runner Up – Cahill’s Lookout, Katoomba
This is a sensational Lookout to see 360 degree views of the Megalong Valley, which makes it somewhat different because most other lookouts overlook the Jamison Valley. The crowds are a bit oblivious to this awesome spot.
The Most Ignored Lookout That’s Worth Visiting
1st Place – Rocket Point Lookout, Wentworth Falls
Best Lookout For Views Of The Three Sisters
1st Place – Echo Point, Katoomba
Runner Up – Katoomba Falls Lookout
Best Lookout For Views Of The Three Sisters Without The Crowds
1st Place – Sublime Point, Leura
Best Lookout Near A Playground
1st Place – Gordon Falls Lookout, Leura
Most Unexpected Amazing Lookout
1st Place – Bridal Veil Falls Lookout, Leura
Blue Mountains lookouts are sensational. They are world famous for good reason and invite us to enjoy this very special World Heritage site. Some are very easy to access and others require a longer walk. Some lookouts in the Blue Mountains are perfect for a picnic and others are perfect to show your friend from out of town.
There is a lookout to suit everyone and we hope that we have inspired you to discover the beauty and majesty that the Blue Mountains has to offer. Life is great in the Blue Mountains!