Blackheath is a beautiful village sitting at the height of Blue Mountains’ splendour, 11km from Katoomba. You’ll find spectacular walks and lookouts, including the unrivalled Govetts Leap, as well as wonderful cafes and restaurants. Blackheath is also famous for its annual Rhododendron Festival.
Visited by Charles Darwin in 1836, on his famous Voyage of the Beagle journey, Govetts Leap Lookout is breathtaking. The nearby Blue Mountains Heritage Centre offers information on local Aboriginal and European historic sites, and a number of nearby walks descend or follow the Grose River Valley ridge, including:
- Cliff Top walking track, moderate track with sweeping views from Govetts Leap to Evans Lookout
- Pulpit Rock Walk, moderate trail from Govetts Leap to an iconic pinnacle of stone perched above the valley
- Pierce’s Pass, a rewarding and challenging walk descending to the Grose River and Blue Gum Forest
- Grand Canyon track near Blackheath
- Ruined Castle Walking Track near Blackheath
The one-hat Fumo restaurant serves modern Australian with a Japanese twist. Bakehouse on Wentworth is an organic sourdough bakery famed for its bread, cakes and pies. Find hearty pub fare in the classic New Ivanhoe Hotel bistro and
Taste wonderful local produce at the Blackheath Growers Market, on the second Sunday of each month, from February to December. There are many boutique shops to explore, and you can wander through a vast collection of memorabilia and collectables at the Victory Theatre Antique Centre.
The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens are known for their vibrant Spring colour, yet the extensive plantings of deciduous trees make this an Autumn colour fest as well. The rambling woodland garden incorporates creeks, fern glades, natural bushland and a pretty lake spanned by a stone bridge.
Blackheath also has some of the finest accommodation in the Blue Mountains. The cottages of Parklands Country Garden and Lodges offer plush furnishings and ornate fireplaces surrounded by cool-climate gardens. The iconic 1904 Hydro Majestic Hotel has art deco-inspired rooms with breathtaking views over the Megalong Valley.