Blackheath Things to Do
I’d viewed a photograph once, a lovely panorama of the Nepalese foothills, and in the caption it cautioned to always look back when you have a camera because you see things differently, which goes to explain I guess why I always like to walk a scenic trail both ways. That, and the fact that I’d lost my previous set of pictures of the Grand Canyon...more
Neates Glen is at one end of the Grand Canyon, the southern end. It's where the canyon opens up from being a slot canyon to a more wider chasm, though the river still cuts deep into it.Here you'll get a better look at the cliffs and a less intense feeling than where the canyon gets tighter. You also get to walk beneath a waterfall (if there's...more
The town’s shopping centre has an extremely relaxed atmosphere, as you'd expect of the Blue Mountains. Of particular interest is the Victory Theatre. While the building is no longer used as a theatre, it has been transformed into a spectacular antique centre which is certainly worth browsing through.On its outside is one of the town’s proudest...more
A spectacular rock in three stages and steep stairs to see all of its faces. Great views over the valley and well worth the effort.Best access is from Govetts Leap where you can do the walk around and see some spectacular views and Horseshoe Falls en route.Also, there is more than one Pulpit Rock in the Blue Mountains but this is the main one.more
If you arrive in season, it may seem that everyone in Blackheath plants rhododendrons in their garden. If you want to get your fill then the best place to head is the the Rhododendron Garden in Bacchante Street (at the northern end of Blackheath)It is open from 9.00-5.00 daily and has established a careful harmony between native flora and the...more
Evans Lookout Road extends north eastwards from the Great Western Highway at the eastern edge of Blackheath, out to Evans Lookout which offers views over Blue Mountains National Park. It is a good place to start a number of local walking tracks. One leads north to Govetts Leap Lookout (3 km one way), and another leads down and south for 1.5 km to...more
Horseshoe Falls are situated to the left of Govetts Leap and a large majority of people that visit the lookout never take the ten minutes to go and have a look at them.If you're a little more mobile and can spare half an hour then the walk to Pulpit Rock takes you over the top of the stream that feeds the falls and to a lookout across the other...more
Veils of droplets descend in delicate crystal showers from fern roots desperately clinging to niches in the sheer sandstone walls. The blipping sound of the water into the pools beneath is interspersed by the gleeful croaks of frogs happy to see the water once again returning more regularly to the ponds they call home. Lichen clings to other sites...more
Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath, 2785, Australia
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281 Great Western Highway, Blackheath, 2785, Australia
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56 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath, 2785, Australia
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Blackheath Warnings and Dangers
This is a copy of an article in the Sydney Morning Herald and indicates the importance of safety, even when you think you're smarter than the official stance:
"THREE experienced adventurers will face court after they allegedly ignored locked gates and warning signs to go canyoning in the Blue Mountains during torrential rain, forcing police and paramedics to launch a full-scale search.
Police were last night expected to charge the trio - including two from the World Horizons tour company for high school students - over allegedly setting out in the early evening on February 5 along the Grand Canyon track at Blackheath.
Police will claim Matthew Anthony Swait, 47, Rupert Pogson, 37, and Sarah Ireland, 30, all of Blackheath, scrambled around two locked gates bearing obvious "closed" signs to get access to the canyon.
It is understood they had travelled barely 100 metres down the trail when Greaves Creek rose rapidly, forcing them to climb to a ledge on the canyon walls. When the water level rose again, they sought refuge on a higher ledge, where they spent the night.
A Police Rescue unit, specialist paramedics and National Parks workers launched a search the next day when the trio were reported missing. The group was found just after midday.
''I can only describe their actions as reckless in endangering themselves and their rescuers,'' said a National Parks regional manager, Geoff Luscombe.
The three are expected to be charged with four offences under National Parks regulations, including putting others at risk, entering a closed park and disobeying park notices.
World Horizons takes students from Cranbrook and Blue Mountains Grammar on tours to countries such as Nepal and Laos.
Mr Swait is the company's managing director, while Ms Ireland is described on its website as "a registered nurse and one of Australia's most respected wilderness first aid practitioners".
As of Sunday, Police Rescue officers had conducted 53 operations across the Blue Mountains since January 1.
About 80 per cent of those were for people reported missing in the bush.
Police Blue Mountains crime manager Detective Inspector Mick Bostock said rescue operations were resource-intensive.
He encouraged all bushwalkers to carry personal locator beacons and to follow National Parks advice and rules.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Hiking and Walking
Blackheath Tourist Traps
I do not recommend staying at this camp sight. They stole our money and imploy bad buisness practices. On Jan 5th i arrived at the site and asked for a powered sight. They stated they only had unpowered. I asked if there was any chance they could charge my laptop in the office for an hour or so and Chris Tregeagle yelled "No way. And don't do it in the laundry room it'll get thrown away!! Maybe if you were here for 3 or more nights". We didnt want to drive anymore so we said ok and paid the $27.80 for the unpowered sight and the $10 key deposit. The price was ridiculous for an unpowered sight. We drove down to where they directed us to find it full of tents and other campervans with no where to park. Within 5 minutes we were back in the office asking for our money back as there was no where to park and we'd just move on. They stated "no refunds, once its in the computer we can't take it back". There was no computer, just a register and a notepad and pen. He said we could have the $10 key deposit back but not the $27 that we paid minutes earlier. I mumbled "this is bullsh*t, there's clearly no where to park down there you're just taking our money" (no proud of my laungue, i was quite upset at this point). Merv and Chris stated screaming at me "I'll have you in court for that language. I have 20 keys left for down there its not full! I have your rego get the hell out of here we're going to call every caravan park in the area". After leaving the office my friend outside pointed to the "park full" sign hidden in the lower window that had been there since our arrival. I went to the police department and they said it was a civil issue. I requested a uniformed officer to help with the volitile nature of the two camp owners but they were tied up. I've since filed a complaint with the FairTrades commission. I'm am a police office in the United States and found their behavior ridiculous and inappropriate. They clearly took my money under poor buisness management and left a bad taste in my mouth for Blackheath. Do not stay at this park. I'm sure i'm not the only one to have gotten this reaction.
Unique Suggestions: If you want to go to blackheath go. Its a cute town. Just dont stay at the caravan park
Fun Alternatives: Katoomba caravan park, or any others in the towns up the main highway there
Blackheath Off The Beaten Path
Having done the walk I can let you know a couple of things. I didn't include the fact that the walk is labelled "easy". Take it from me, it's definitely not! The zig-zag is steep and rocky and then the trail through the pass is almost indiscernable in places, sometimes overgrown with ferns. Then it gets hard as you slog up towards Ross Cave. It's...more
If you're in the Mount Victoria area, then here's a walk for you."Coming from Sydney go through the traffic lights at Mt. Victoria and take the next turn left into Kanimbla Valley Rd. Take the next turn left into Victoria St and then right into Innes Rd. Continue to the end of Innes Rd which in effect becomes Kanimbla Valley Rd. Find a parking spot...more
6 Hotels in Blackheath
Blackheath Sports & Outdoors
Love this course; I could simply walk around here with my camera and be content.
It's short if you like lots of par 5s (there are only three) but its setting more than makes up for any shortcomings.
Best in spring and autumn when colours abound it's easy to get on and has all the usual facilities at a reasonably price.
Equipment: Golf clubs and a cameraRelated to:
- Budget Travel
Childe was a noted archaeologist and philologist who specialized in European pre history. He was also a devout Marxist. Once upon a time he was both Director and Professor of European Prehistory at the Institute of Archaeology in London.In mid 1956, Childe decided to retire from his position as Director a year prematurely and gave the impression to...more
The tale of Govett and his 'leap' belongs more to mythology than to fact. It is romantically claimed that a bushranger named Govett, being chased by the police, spurred his horse on and died rather than surrender as he disappeared off the waterfall which falls 450 m into the Grose Valley. Sadly, even though the colourful story would be an...more
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