Blackheath

Population 4178

This pretty resort town, the highest in the Blue Mountains, has breathtaking views. Known for its guesthouses, gardens and bushwalks, Blackheath is in an ideal location at the edge of Blue Mountains National Park. It is also known as 'Rhododendron Town' for the myriad varieties that bloom every November.

Visitor Information

266 Govetts Leap Rd; (02) 4787 8877

www.visitbluemountains.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Blue Mountains National Park

    Blue Mountains National Park presents an astounding and unique landscape to its millions of visitors. The terrain ripples and folds, a world...more

  • Kanangra–Boyd National Park

    Kanangra–Boyd National Park’s majestic landscape of wild rivers and waterfalls, mountainous terrain and deep gorges is rimmed by...more

  • Wollemi National Park

    Wollemi National Park, the second largest national park in the state and its largest wilderness area, is a primeval landscape of precipitous...more

Nearby towns

  • Katoomba

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  • Lithgow

    Lithgow promotes itself as being 'surrounded by nature'. Easy access to several of the state's finest national parks and the city's charm...more

  • Glenbrook

    Glenbrook is a picturesque village on the edge of the Blue Mountains. It was originally known as Watertank because it was used for the...more

In Town

National Parks and Wildlife Heritage Centre More than just an information resource, the centre features an interactive display on the geology, wildlife, and Aboriginal and European history of the area, and offers historical tours and guided walks. It is the starting point for the Fairfax Heritage Walk, a gentle bushwalk with wheelchair access and facilities for the visually impaired. The 4 km return trail goes to Govetts Leap Lookout for views across several waterfalls and the Grose Valley. Govetts Leap Rd.

Govett statue: commemorates the bushranger known as Govett, said to have ridden his horse over a cliff rather than be captured by police; centre of town.

Nearby

Mount Victoria National Trust–classified Mount Victoria is the westernmost township of the Blue Mountains. There are buildings from the 1870s, including the Imperial Hotel, St Peter's Church of England and The Manor House. Also in town are craft shops, a museum at the train station and the Mount Vic Flicks historic cinema (open Thurs–Sun and school holidays). Mount Victoria has wonderful views of the mountains and many picnic spots and walking trails. 6 km NW.

Blue Mountains National Park: in the area east of Blackheath are various waterfalls and lookout points, including the much photographed Hanging Rock (around 9 km N via Ridgewell Rd). The Blue Mountains have been home to Aboriginal people for at least 22 000 years – the Gundungurra people in the north, the Dharug people in the south and the Wiradjuri people in the west. It is an area rich not only with Dreamtime stories but also with over 700 heritage sites that descendants of the original inhabitants continue to protect today. For other parts of the park see Katoomba and Glenbrook.

Bacchante Gardens: rhododendrons and azaleas; 1.5 km N.

Mermaid Cave: picturesque rock cave where parts of Mad Max III (1985) were filmed; Megalong Rd; 4 km S.

Shipley Gallery: art exhibitions (open weekends); Shipley Rd; 4.6 km S.

Pulpit Rock Reserve and Lookout: sweeping views of Mt Banks and Grose Valley; 6 km E.

Hargraves Lookout: overlooking Megalong Valley; Panorama Point Rd; 7.4 km SW via Shipley Gallery.

Mt Blackheath Lookout: views of Kanimbla Valley; Mount Blackheath Rd; 8.2 km N via Shipley Gallery.

Megalong Australian Heritage Centre: horseriding, adventure tours and tourist farm; (02) 4787 8188; 9 km S.

Werriberri Trail Rides: various trail rides on horseback; bookings (02) 4787 9171.

Fishing spots near town

Lithgow to Mudgee 31 km

Early settlers following in the footsteps of Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson took three weeks of hard trudging to cross the majestic Blue Mountains. These days the drive from the Penrith plains in western Sydney takes... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Ice-climbing 9 km

In winter, the frozen cliffs around Blue Lake provide one of the only places in Australia to learn and perfect the art of ice-climbing. Multi-day courses involve a hike in with heavy packs, and camping out in the... Find out more


Picnicking in the Blue Mountains 17 km

Take a picnic up to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah at any time of year and you will not be disappointed. At 1000 metres above sea level, it is usually cool in summer, brimming with flowers in spring,... Find out more


Golf courses around town

Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club 49 km

As a globetrotting professional golfer of the 1970s and ’80s, Graham Marsh won more than 60 titles across five continents. The key to his success was his approach to the game. Every shot was thoughtfully... Find out more


Castle Hill Country Club 64 km

Back in 1821, Irishman George Acres received a land grant and is understood to have planted Australia’s first citrus trees. He planted them on the land where the fairways of Castle Hill Country Club now weave... Find out more


Macquarie Links International Golf Club 67 km

Shanghai, Guam, Bali, Sabah, Bangkok, Singapore, Alaska, Hawaii; American course designer Robin Nelson has spent much of the past 30 years travelling from one exotic destination to another, putting his next project in... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Ashcrofts

The moment you enter the sleek, timber-floored bistro, Mary Jane, host and co-owner of this mountain gem, instantly makes you feel at home. You may be miles away from the hustle and bustle, but the clever menu easily... Find out more


Vulcan’s

Vulcan’s is the destination of many a foodie’s pilgrimage to the Blue Mountains. The atmosphere in this old bakery building is warm and bustling, and the original baker’s oven, still going strong, is... Find out more


Breweries around town

Scharer's Little Brewery 67 km

Country publican Geoffrey Scharer was one of the first people in decades to apply for a new brewing licence in New South Wales in the early 1980s. By 1987, he was producing an unfiltered Bavarianstyle lager from a... Find out more


Campsites around town

Perrys Lookdown camping area 7 km

Perrys Lookdown campground has fabulous views of the Grose Valley and Mt Banks. Campers can only stay 1 night and no wood fires are permitted. It’s 9 km from Blackheath via Hat Hill Rd, and there’s a short... Find out more


Acacia Flat camping area (walk-in camping) 7 km

This is a simply gorgeous bush camping area in Blue Gum Forest in Grose Valley. The modern conservation movement is reputed to have been born in this forest, and after a night spent sleeping beneath the majestic blue... Find out more


Burra Korain Flat camping area (walk-in camping) 10 km

This is a walk-in bush camping site for self-sufficient walkers, reached from the Victoria Falls Lookout. It’s a strenuous 6 km, 5 hr return trip, so you may as well take a tent with you and savour the experience.... Find out more


Lockyers Trackhead camping area (walk-in camping) 12 km

If you’re a walker with a penchant for European history, you can follow part of the original route across the Blue Mountains on the Lawsons Long Alley and Lockyers Loop Rd (4 hr, 11 km return), setting out from... Find out more


Old Ford Reserve camping area (walk-in camping) 12 km

This is a flat, grassed camping area on Megalong Creek, about 500 m south of the Six Foot Track crossing with Megalong Rd. It’s a little more than 8 km from the trackhead. There are toilets here, as well as good... Find out more


Coxs River camping area (walk-in camping) 15 km

At 15.5 km from the trackhead, you need to carry in drinking water to this walk-in campsite; gas/fuel stove preferred. This site is in a pleasant clearing above Coxs River. There is a swing bridge giving access to... Find out more


Walk-in camping 17 km

Self-sufficient backpack walkers can camp in the national park to the south of the Great Western Hwy. Camping is not permitted within 200 m of any public access road, visitor facility or constructed walking track.... Find out more


Alum Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 19 km

This walk-in site is 22 km from the trackhead. Carry drinking water, and a gas/fuel stove is preferred.... Find out more


Ingar Campground 22 km

At Ingar Campground you can swim or paddle in the dam on Ingar Creek, or strike out on a walking or mountain-biking track. From Wentworth Falls, take Tableland Rd and turn onto Queen Elizabeth Dr then Ingar Fire Trail.... Find out more


Millionth Acre picnic and camping area 23 km

Millionth Acre picnic area came into being in 1970, to celebrate the millionth acre of radiata pine to be planted in Australia. It’s a pleasant camping site at the intersection of Jenolan Caves Rd and Oberon... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Blackheath Glen Caravan Park 1 km

In the heart of the Blue Mountains, this park is situated in a pretty parkland setting opposite the Rhododendron Gardens, and within walking distance of the town centre and Govetts Leap lookout. There are good basic... Find out more


Katoomba Falls Caravan Park 10 km

Located in a quiet off-highway location, this neat well-appointed park is very close to Katoomba’s cable car and scenic railway. It is an ideal park for a few days stay to explore the area. Bookings are required in... Find out more


BIG4 Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park 66 km

This is a quality park on the Great Western Highway, 5 km east of the centre of Bathurst, and offers a range of accommodation and great facilities including games and entertainment rooms. Bookings are required at peak... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Lavender Cottage and Manor

Two guesthouses – Lavender Cottage and Lavender Manor – are the solution for a luxurious weekend away that doesn’t break the bank. Ideal for special occasions, the two cottages cater for groups of up to... Find out more


Secrets Hideaway

This is a lovely choice for a secluded, romantic visit to the Blue Mountains. Three self-contained cottages are located in landscaped gardens, perfect for a gentle meander to soak up the area’s tranquillity.... Find out more


Woolshed Cabins

These two cabins are situated in hectares of private property in the Kanimbla Valley, next door to a heritage-listed shearing shed. If this all sounds a bit ‘rough’, think again. The spacious, open-plan,... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Kanimbla View, Blackheath 2 km

Solar-powered, the two- and three-bedroom cottages here are surprisingly large inside. They are partially constructed from recycled and salvaged timbers, have composting toilets and a great view of the Kanimbla Valley... Find out more


Woolshed Cabins, near Blackheath 2 km

Eleven kilometres from Blackheath and surrounded by a glorious natural amphitheatre of towering sandstone walls, the Woolshed Cabins sit on 100 hectares of cleared farmland (a working cattle farm) in the Kanimbla Valley,... Find out more


Jemby-Rinjah Eco Lodge, Blackheath 3 km

One of the first working examples of large-scale sustainable tourism to exist in Australia, Jemby-Rinjah has advanced eco-accreditation, and one of the most extensive systems of composting toilets in the country. Ten... Find out more


Old Leura Dairy 9 km

This creative collection of six buildings, which can sleep up to 30 people in various combinations, has been renovated and fitted out with all manner of recycled bits and bobs. There are old oven doors, rusted corrugated... Find out more


Bunjaree Cottages, Wentworth Falls 13 km

Great for families, Bunjaree Cottages have been designed to make a small environmental footprint, with full solar power and earth-brick insulation. One is built with recycled car tyres and mud, providing even better... Find out more


Dargan Springs Mountain Lodge, Clarence 17 km

At the soft end of ecotourism, this pleasant lodge and wellness retreat has advanced eco-certification. It is surrounded by a mountain ash forest dotted with waratahs, the habitat of wombats and wallabies. With a maximum... Find out more


Wollemi Wilderness Retreat, Bilpin 20 km

These unusual self-contained cabins of various sizes feature passive solar design and are mainly constructed from recycled and salvaged materials. Although not high-class, they all have a spa and are in isolated bush... Find out more


Jenolan Cabins 35 km

These basic but cosy self-contained cabins, 6 kilometres up the steep hill past Jenolan Caves, are earth-sheltered for climate control and have composting toilets and rainwater. There are great views over the mountains,... Find out more


Clonturkle Sanctuary 46 km

Join the experiment in sustainable living and tourism at Clonturkle Earth Hamlet and Forest Sanctuary. Located at Yetholme, there are four cabins set on 240 hectares of mostly eucalypt forest, with 15 kilometres of... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Lake Wallace park area 32 km

T/O 51km E of Bathurst (L) or 11km W of Lithgow (R)

Located 2km north of the highway on the shores of the lake.


Sunny Corner camping area 46 km

T/O 34km E of Bathurst (L) or 28km W of Lithgow (R)

Secluded area surrounded by trees 7km north of the highway.


What's on around town

Market: School Grounds; 1st Sun each month.

Growers Market: Community Hall; Great Western Hwy; 2nd Sun each month.

 Flower and Craft Show: Feb. 

Wine Fair: Apr.

Rhododendron Festival: Nov.

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