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Around Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains

I seemed to have missed showing some of these photos last year in May, so here are some (& others in my Four Thirds User Gallery).

This is the lookout area on the north side of Blackheath overlooking the Grose Valley in the top end of the Blue Mountains.


Note the steps for the walking path on the upper left of the photo.


Overlooking the Grose Valley


One of the picnic shelters


And more


Some keen tourists


Perhaps I'd get fitter if I did the same


And more tourists (the relaxed tourist bus load type)


There are more photos of plants & birds around here that can be seen in my 4/3's User Gallery

Jim (maccabeej) was visiting the Blue Mountains today & I am looking forward to seeing what photos he presents.
Maybe he will show some nice photos of around Katoomba's Scenic World where this is a wide view from (that includes the Three Sisters).



Thanks for looking.

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Re: Around Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains

Looks a spectacular spot Ross
Nice set of images

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Looks a spectacular spot Ross
Nice set of images

Mike
Thanks Mike.

Just for the sake of it (& critique from Mark) here are the falls again adjusted in Capture One (& with some more saturation) & larger.
EDIT: I've replaced the original falls photo with the larger adjusted one in the first post.

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Re: Around Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains

Lovely spot, Ross. The picnic shelter is a nice touch.
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Re: Around Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains

Wow that is a spectacular view Ross
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Re: Around Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains

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Lovely spot, Ross. The picnic shelter is a nice touch.
Thanks Keith. I've added another photo that shows more of the shelters to give you a better idea of the place.

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Wow that is a spectacular view Ross
Thanks Iain. Yes, I like visiting this area when I'm in Blackheath.
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Re: Around Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains

We popped in here last year Ross - always worth a visit. Unfortunately it was a grey and overcast day and the escarpments were not showing their best colours. We enjoyed the walk though.
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Re: Around Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains

It is a lovely spot - did you go on the mine 'railway' thing down in the valley?

Don't you just love that plaque that conveniently forgets the fact that the native peoples had discovered it 40,000 years beforehand
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Re: Around Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains

I've not actually been to the Blue Mountains except at age five but of course I remember nothing but getting my leg caught in an old fashioned manually operated hurdy girdy and being terrified when the lights were turned out in the Jenolan Caves - funny how trauma sticks in the mind!

Anyway, thanks for a tantalising glimpse of what I've yet to see, Ross.
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Re: Around Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains

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It is a lovely spot - did you go on the mine 'railway' thing down in the valley?

Don't you just love that plaque that conveniently forgets the fact that the native peoples had discovered it 40,000 years beforehand
Yes, I've been on it but don't love that plunge. With only a bar over the knees I felt I had to hold onto the cage overhead to stay on the seat. They have since updated it with it being more enclosed, but I've not seen it since it was done. The other more comfortable way to get down to the valley floor is with the Cableway car. Note to other readers, this is not Blackheath where Govetts Leap is on the north side but the south side of Katoomba (further east).





maccabeej was visiting yesterday, so it will be interesting to see where he went & what photos he has taken.
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Re: Around Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains

I meant to say Ross, that when Neil and I did a lot of 4wdriving, one of our special places was Kanangra Walls - accessed from Oberon.
Simply magnificent escarpments and in those days - NO tourists.
The saying was "See Kanangra before you die" and we have!
The only photos I have were pre-Oly. We really must go back. Soon.
I can remember being scared stiff on that railway and we went across the valley on a cablecar which I am presuming now has been replaced by the one in your photo.
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Re: Around Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains

Look like a nice viewpoint and scenery to admire.
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We popped in here last year Ross - always worth a visit. Unfortunately it was a grey and overcast day and the escarpments were not showing their best colours. We enjoyed the walk though.
The walk is nice but the weather isn't always bright & sunny as today where it's grey & drizzly.

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I've actually been to the Blue Mountains except at age five but of course I remember nothing but getting my leg caught in an old fashioned manually operated hurdy girdy and being terrified when the lights were turned out in the Jenolan Caves - funny how trauma sticks in the mind!
Anyway, thanks for a tantalising glimpse of what I've yet to see, Ross.
The Mountains have changed a lot since then & with the highway being widened to double lanes both ways for a majority of it (& still ongoing). The old Woodford bends was always a great spot for trucks to jack knife in slippery conditions. Thankfully that has been done for a long time.
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Re: Around Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains

That's an astonishing natural ampitheatre, how high are those cliffs? Very spectacular.
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Re: Around Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains

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I meant to say Ross, that when Neil and I did a lot of 4wdriving, one of our special places was Kanangra Walls - accessed from Oberon.
Simply magnificent escarpments and in those days - NO tourists.
The saying was "See Kanangra before you die" and we have!
The only photos I have were pre-Oly. We really must go back. Soon.
I can remember being scared stiff on that railway and we went across the valley on a cablecar which I am presuming now has been replaced by the one in your photo.
We've been out there (Kanangra Walls) somewhere when we were young (many years ago), but I can't remember how far we ended up. It would have been in my '74 green Corolla.

Getting back to the Scenic World things (on the southern side of Katoomba), the Cableway photo above is an alternative means of getting down into the valley instead of the railway (which has recently been renewed) that drops down through that crevice & down the bottom there is a timber walkway (or at least some of it) between the two stations of the railway & the Cableway giving those that may be in a wheel chair a chance to experience the valley & the coal mine down there. It has been a number of years since I have been down there. The Skyway (cable car) is a much newer version now as you can see here.


I have more photos but I want to see what maccabeej (Jim) shows us on his visit there yesterday before I show anymore.
EDIT: Due to his Disaster with his camera & lens I'm not sure if it will happen.

Back to Govetts leap (north of Blackheath), here are a few more reminders of the area.






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Look like a nice viewpoint and scenery to admire.
Thanks, yes I like that place.

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That's an astonishing natural amphitheatre, how high are those cliffs? Very spectacular.
Then you will love the description given here then, quoted below. I couldn't find a topographical map to show the heights but the following describes it sufficiently I guess.

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“Govetts Leap was my first introduction to the Blue Mountains and I was blown away by such beauty in Sydney’s backyard. I’ve been coming back ever since.”

Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. The ‘ozone-laden’ air of the Blue Mountains was promoted as a health tonic since the early 1800s, and when you get there, you’ll realise why.

If you’re not mesmerised by the dancing waves of water spray, you’ll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness. Early bushwalkers saved this rare patch of majestic mountain blue gums for future generations. Keep your eyes peeled for the vibrant king parrot and listen for the ‘weela weela’ cry of the yellow tailed black cockatoo.

If you’re inspired to explore the park further, try one of the nearby walks or head to Blue Mountains Heritage Centre.
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