Out and about in Blackheath Part 1

By | January 15, 2022

Updated 15th January 2022

In this “Out & About in Blackheath” were looking at 5 very different and unique places for you to enjoy and all are available close to each other. All are family-friendly and within the National Park, so no dogs.

HEADS UP: There are no shops, no toilets and no water supply so you need to carry everything in and out. Blackheath shops and toilets are only 10 minutes away.


The starting place for the first two place to explore is in the small carpark at the end of the tarred on Perrys Lookdown Road. Here: https://w3w.co/sailors.redefined.lender

Old Mans Hat ~ Hen and Chicken Rock ~ The Rooster ~ Hat Hill to Aboriginal engravings, loop walk. It is the highest point on the Blackheath Plateau at an elevation 1035.17m. From the top, there are GREAT views over Govett Gorge and the Grose Valley.

Walk up Hat Hill and enjoy the view. From there you can return the same way or walk on for about 15 minutes until you get to a right turn. Take that. It heads back to the road. Just before you get to the road you’ll see some rock formations on the right.

Check out the faint Aboriginal engravings. Here: https://what3words.com/dipper.negotiates.soon

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• Distance: About 2km
• Time: 1-hour return PLUS browsing time
• Best time of the day: Any time
• Kid-safe: Yes with supervision, but not little ones
• Dogs on-leash: No
• Steps: Many
• Accessible: No
• Heights: There are a few high spots
• Must do rating out of 10: 8.5

Hen and Chicken Blackheath

Wallace Lookout and Wallace Steam Engine, Blackheath. This is an easy adventure walk for the family with a bit of history thrown in.
We have prepared a DETAILED guide to get there. Click here for more photos, information, 360° Virtual Tours and exact directions: https://www.askroz.com.au/…/wallace-brothers-traction…

• Distance: 2.4km return
• Time: 2-hour return PLUS browsing time
• Best time of the day: Any time
• Kid-safe: Yes with supervision
• Dogs on-leash: No
• Steps: None
• Accessible: No
• Heights: None, except for Wallace Lookout
• Must do rating out of 10: 8.5

ACCESS: Click the link above for access details. Incredibly, the engine lies within the bush, but you have to know where it is to find it, as there are no tracks to it. The first 900m of the track is easy and without any steps. The last 200m is a bushbash. Follow the detailed guide in the weblink.

Wallace Brothers Steam Engine


Continue driving down Perrys Lockdown Road to the Anvil Rock carpark, about 3km. Both spots are accessible from the same carpark.

Anvil Rock Lookout and Wind Eroded Cave, Blackheath. This is a wonderful short walk that offers breathtaking views. Here: https://w3w.co/deducted.blinds.intro

This area was hit pretty hard by the January 2020 bushfires, but it coming back and it’s well worth visit, the views are amazing. The last part of the road is dirt, but good quality.

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• Time: Allow 20 mins return PLUS browsing time for each spot
• Best time of the day: Any time
• Kid-safe: Yes with supervision, but not little ones
• Dogs on-leash: No
• Steps: Many to Anvil Rock, few to Wind Eroded Cave
• Accessible: No
• Heights: The lookout is high, but there are safety rails
• Must do rating out of 10: 10
PICNIC: There is only one picnic table and there is a total fire ban within the National Park.
Anvil Rock Lookout
Wind Eroded Cave


Hop back in your car and drive a short distance back until you see the sign to Perry’s Lookdown, Blackheath.

This is a short walk that offers commanding views. There is a small unofficial lookout just before Perrys Lookdown that’s great for a picnic.

MORE info, photos and 360° Virtual tours: https://www.askroz.com.au/…/perrys-lookout-a-stunning…/

From the lookout, you’ll see the imposing sandstone cliffs of Mount Banks, while the towering stand of eucalypts rising from the valley floor is the historic Blue Gum Forest, saved by bushwalkers almost a hundred years ago. While you’re relishing the expansive views, look for yellow-tailed cockatoos and wedge-tailed eagles in the sky above.

Perrys Lookdown
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