Sunrises are special. You don’t accidentally stumble upon a great sunrise like you do a sunset. You need to want it. You need to put yourself in the way of its beauty. After many early mornings and single digit temperatures, I think I have found it. ‘Sydney’s Best Sunrise.’ Govetts Leap, Blackheath.
Found in our very own Blue Mountains. Just a 2-hour 113km drive from Sydney’s CBD it is easily accessed by anyone in the Greater Sydney area.
You will need a penchant for early mornings, lots of warm layers, a torch, a car and of course your camera! The vista is suitable for any level of fitness and age, you can almost drive right up to the edge.
Every morning, every minute, is different at Govetts Leap. At times cloud lays low in the valley providing a beautiful blanket of dancing reflections. Slowly it lifts and incredible beams penetrate the mountainscape. On a clear morning the sun pops its head over the end of the valley in a beautiful starburst that illuminates the entire wall on which you stand. If you’re there early enough you will see the stars slowly wink out and give way to the light.
Stay, sit, and enjoy the changing light well into the morning. You will not be disappointed. If you’re up for it, hike down the face of the lookout. A 5-minute descent will bring you to a completely different perspective below the lip of the valley, looking up onto the great walls. If you’re especially fit and enjoy a challenge, hike all the way to the bottom of the wall to Bridal Veil Falls and gaze up into its silky streams.
If you are to make the 366m descent ensure you take adequate water and food. It is 1.8km return and very steep with few stretches of flat terrain.
With plenty of great food and produce in the township of Blackheath make sure you head into the town centre at the conclusion of your adventure to refuel your body (and your car!)
- Lots of layers
- Camera (!!!)
How To Get There
From Sydney, Head out toward the Great Western Highway. Follow it up into the mountains, through Katoomba and Medlow Bath. As you hit the township of Blackheath turn right at the brown sign that reads ‘Govetts Leap.’ For ease, pop ‘Govetts Leap’ into google maps and it will take you straight to the lookout.
Any skill level will be able to visit the vista and witness a glorious sunrise. Descending into the valley to the lookout only takes 5-10 minutes, but it is steep and can be slippery. Good for anyone who has a basic level of fitness and is fully mobile. Descending all the way to the bottom of the falls is hard, unsuitable for anyone who doesn’t have a high level of fitness.
Distance Covered / Elevation Gain
1.8km walk / 366m