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Blackheath
3 Sisters, Blue Mountains, Australia.
1049m 3494ft
Highest town in the Blue Mountains, Australia
2:08 fr. Sydney, 1:44 fr. Parramatta

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Some of the Best Views & Walks in the Blue Mountains

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Blue Mountains National Park Blackheath sector
Evans Lookout
Views of Govetts Gorge, hike into Grand Canyon.
Fairfax Heritage Track
Suitable for wheelchairs & strollers.
Govetts Leap
National Park visitors centre. Govetts Leap Falls - 653m. Hike into Govetts Gorge. VR Panorama... 
Megalong Valley 
Horse riding, Six Foot Track access.
Perry's Lookdown
Views over Grose Valley, short but precipitous hike to Blue Gum Forest.
Pulpit Rock
Cliff-top walk to Evans Lookout via Govett's Leap & falls.
Rhododendrum Gardens
Rhododendrum Festival in November.
Shipley Plateau
Orchards - buy a box of fresh apples! Views of Megalong Valley
 

Hotel Guide

Bushwalking
Cycling
Rock Climbing

3801 passes Mt Boyce near Blackheath Historic 3801 heads a tour train at Mt Boyce, with Shipley Plateau in the background.

Photo: D Johnson, Railpage


History

Blackheath is the highest town in the Blue Mountains. Governor Macquarie, on his epic journey across the newly built Cox's Road in 1815, named the area Hounslow on his way west, & Blackheath on the way home. Nobody queried him.

The Scotch Thistle Inn was established in 1833 by ex-soldier Andrew Gardner, gaining a reputation for comfort & cleanliness.

A large stockade was set up in the 1840's for convicts & soldiers working on upgrades to the road. The commandant was Capt. Bull, who previously ran what became known as "Bull's Camp" near Woodford.

Following the arrival of the railway, the plateau's clean air and more English climate attracted the attention of gentlemen desirous of a retreat from the city.


Govetts Gorge, looking towards the Grose River. Mt Hay right of centre. From Govetts Leap Lookout, Blackheath.
VR Panorama 

Photo: ©2001 D. Martin.

Govetts Gorge, Blackheath, Blue Mountains

 

 

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