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It might be considered silly to try and determine the must-see sights for Blue Mountains NSW when in fact the whole Blue Mountains is one big must-see. There are plenty of lookouts where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Blue Mountains a day trip from Sydney These amazing lookouts spread from the lower region to the upper region. Therefore, if you are not local or maybe travelling to Sydney for only a few days, it won’t be easy to choose what are the best lookouts must-see in Blue Mountains NSW. Here are our recommendations for enjoying breath-taking views of the upper and lower Blue Mountains region.
Don’t miss most amazing Blue Mountains lookouts including Echo Point, Govetts leap, Cahills, Evans, Pulpit Rock, Gordon Falls, and Lincoln Rock. Why not try Tunnel View and Mount Portal lookouts if you can access them.
Best Lookouts Blue Mountains – upper region
Echo Point lookout (Three Sisters) – the best Blue Mountains lookout
The most spectacular lookout in the Blue Mountains region – Echo point. The famous Three Sisters rock formation is located at Echo Point. And situated at just 992 metres above, this is the grand lookout of Blue Mountains. There are many Aboriginal-dream time legends behinds the rock formation of Three Sisters. And the famous one relates to three sisters, Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo lived in the Katoomba tribe.
How to get there – use 33, Echo Point Rd, Katoomba NSW 2780 in your GPS.
Car parking – Meter parking is available on Cliff drive and it is 4$ per hour.
The most spectacular element of the Govetts Leap lookout is the Bridal Veil waterfall towards the right-hand side when you face the lookout. A couple of famous Blue Mountains bushwalks of Pulpit and Cliff Top track begins from this spectacular lookout located in the upper region. Blue Mountains Heritage Centre is just 500m away from this lookout if you need further info about the area.
Geographical facts – The Bridal Veil falls has a single drop of 590ft.
How to get there – After you visit Echo point, enter the Great Western Hwy and drive towards Blackheath. Take the right turn from the first traffic lights at the Blackheath town to Govetts Leap Rd and drive 2.8km where the end of the road you will get to the lookout.
Car parking – Parking is free at the lookout point.
Just a few minutes away from Three Sisters lookout, Cahill’s Lookout is another amazing lookout in Blue Mountains region. Use navigation of 258-276, 248A Cliff Drive, Katoomba if you drive. This lookout was officially named on Saturday 6th June 1959 after the visit of Honourable J.J. Cahill MLA. The view from the top is truly spectacular, taking in the Megalong Valley from distance, Peckman’s Plateau to right, and Boars Head on the left. As an added bonus, entry to this lookout is a perfect picnic spot for the summer months.
Overlooking the sandstone cliffs of the Grose River Valley, Evans lookout is our 4th pick of most amazing lookouts in Blue Mountains. Situated in the Blackheath, 30 mins drive from famous Three Sisters lookout. Our suggestion is to visit this incredible lookout at the sunset. However, if you are on a bus tour to the Blue Mountains, the chances of seeking this lookout are zero. The large bus Blue Mountains day trips from Sydney usually cover the Three Sisters lookout only. Therefore, our suggestion is to book a private tour from Sydney to cover these amazing lookouts.
Pulpit Rock Lookout
The most spectacular element of the Pulpit Rock lookout is that it gives unobtrusive 240-degree views into Govetts Gorge and the Grose Valley. The three levels of lookout give all the opportunities to capture perfect Instagram worthy photos to get many hits. The access route for this lookout from Hat Hill Rd is not a sealed road. And you will struggle if you have a low ground clearance vehicle. In addition, we do not suggest this route if you are on a day trip from Sydney with the family and kids. The lookout access route is uneven with shale rocks.
Car parking – There is no designated car park as such. However, you can park where the lookout entrance begins.
Gordon Falls lookout
Get an unobstructed glimpse of the Blue Mountains from Gordon Falls lookout near Leura. If you are seeking an area with a family friend and picnic facilities, this is our recommendation. This is an isolated lookout from tour buses that give you peace of mind and more time to enjoy the sweeping beauty of the valley. Birdwatching is popular in this area and Lyrebird is an easy spot bird in the bush on a quiet day.
Lincoln Rock lookout offers scenic views over the Jamison Valley nature reserves, as well as a great spot for an amazing Instagram photo opportunity. Located at the end of Little Switzerland Dr, this lookout doesn’t have a safety barrier on the edge. So, avoid getting closer to the edge of the lookout.
History – Initially this lookout was called the Flat Rock, however, it was renamed in 2013 to the honour of a great Australian mountaineer who lived in Wentworth falls by the name of Lincoln Hall.
Best Lookouts Blue Mountains – lower region
Mount Portal Lookout
This lookout affords panoramic views of the Nepean River to the Penrith area. If the stunning views of Mount Portal lookout aren’t enough, enjoy a hike to the Blue Mountains National park. Mount Portal is also a popular spot among adventure tourists for abseiling activities. To access this lookout, you have to pay $8 at the gate entrance of the national park and it’s not a sealed road. On a rainy day, the hill climb could be slippery and dangerous to tackle.
Our article of amazing lookouts of Blue Mountains is over now. Perhaps you want to book a private tour from Sydney to Blue Mountains to explore these lookouts? Head to Sydney Top Tours page and book your favourite Sydney day tour OR contact us @ +61 498507873 or [email protected] if you want to book any Sydney tours. If you want to avoid large bus crowds at the Blue Mountains, it is recommended to book a Blue Mountains sunset tour that leaves during the mi-day from Sydney.