October this year was a pretty good time for me. I was still unemployed and, it goes without saying, I tried my best to enjoy the resplendent Sydney spring weather to its fullest. It was warm (but not overly so) and there were few of those pesky flies and mosquitoes that come with summer proper. Perfect for a long bushwalk!
On the second day of the month, a few friends and I took on the 9km hike from Perrys Lookdown to Govetts Leap. October 2 also marked 6 months since I tore my MCL, so I finally had the full blessing of my knee specialist to continue my active lifestyle. Perrys Lookdown to Govetts Leap is a fairly arduous but extremely rewarding bushwalk. I’d recommend it for regular and casual bushwalkers.
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The Perrys Lookdown-Govetts Leap trek is in NSW’s Blue Mountains, with the nearest train station being in Blackheath. We took two cars, parking one at Govetts Leap Lookout (our end point) and the other at Perrys Lookdown (which is where we started). This luxury allowed us to choose and complete this trek in one day.
For the uninitiated, WildWalks is an indispensable resource for bushwalking and outdoor enthusiasts in NSW. For a full breakdown of the trek we did (minus the walk to Blackheath train station), click on this link. There, you’ll find everything from a topographic map, an elevation profile, detailed track notes and transport information.
From Perrys Lookdown we passed Dockers Lookout before descending into Blue Gum Forest. The forest was a really pleasant environment to enjoy the spring weather. Any harshness from the sun was blocked off by the trees, but enough sunlight filters through, so you still feel like you’re outdoors. I really like how my camera captures the lighting down there.
Eventually, we came to the junction of Grose River and Govetts Creek, which we followed for a few kilometres, passing the Acacia Flats camping ground. When we stopped for a quick snack break, we cooled down in the water and mucked around for a few photos (lol). From there, the track undulated and, at times, we got nice views of the creek from higher vantage points. One highlight was when we could spot Pulpit Rock in the distance.
We broke for lunch further upstream and basked in the sun with handsome water dragons like this guy. It was a nice moment to stop and take stock. We were feeling pretty good about ourselves at this point: any worries about not making it back to the car at Govetts Leap Lookout at a reasonable hour had dissipated as we were making good time. And the conversation had been flowing all day, which is one of the best things about hiking with your mates.
Our lunch break at the foot of Govetts Leap Brook proved to be the calm before the proverbial storm. From there, the final kilometres were basically all uphill with a particularly nasty final ascent. The chatter died down, the group split in two, and water breaks were taken more frequently.
But with great commitment came great reward: Here, you can see our view of Govetts Leap Falls from below and the Blue Mountains from halfway up to Govetts Leap Lookout. Happy, sweaty, and ready to kick back and relax, we didn’t pose for a family photo at the finish line. Instead, we went off to other commitments and continued our busy lives.
As always, thanks for reading! For more, don’t forget to subscribe at the top right part of the page. All photos were shot on 35mm film, using my little Ricoh camera. I got my Ricoh from Lucky35, a vintage film camera exchange based in Chippendale, Sydney.