3 Best Blue Mountains Sunset Spots
Ever wondered where to watch sunset in the Blue Mountains? This guide offers the low-down of three of the best sunset spots in Katoomba, Leura, and Blackheath. Each of these spots are easy to get to no matter how you’re making your way around the mountains.
The Blue Mountains National Park is a World Heritage listed area of wilderness just inland from Sydney on Australia's east coast. The mountains are easily accessible from central Sydney, at around an hour and a half's drive or two hours on the train.
So near to the city — and home to the impressive natural beauty of wild rivers, green valleys, and dramatic escarpments — the Blue Mountains is a popular destination for day-trippers from Sydney, and holidaymakers from all over the world.
The edge of the national park is dotted with towns including Katoomba, Leura, and Blackheath. These towns are popular bases from which to enjoy mountains' hospitality and explore the many hiking trails and scenic lookouts of the national park. And it's from the region's lookouts that you're able to witness some truly unforgettable sunsets over the iconic Blue Mountains.
These are three of my favourite spots to watch sunset in the Blue Mountains…
Where to watch the sunset at Katoomba: Cahill's Lookout
The Three Sisters at Echo Point in Katoomba is a classic destination, at sunset as well as any other time of day. But if you're after another option and one that will help you beat the crowds, it's worth heading over to Cahill's Lookout.
Cahill's Lookout at Katoomba is about 3.5km from Echo Point, which is less than 10 minutes drive, or about an hour's walk. It's a fantastic place to watch sunset, and a definite favourite of mine. Watching sunset at Cahill's Lookout means you get a view across the Megalong Valley, glimpses through to the Jamison Valley, and a view of the Narrow Neck Plateau that separates the two… and the way golden hour lights up Narrow Neck is simply the best.
How to get to Cahill's Lookout: you can walk from other popular destinations in Katoomba such as the Three Sisters or Katoomba Station — again it's under 10 minutes drive or just under an hour's walk. Pop Cahill's Lookout into Google Maps to get precise directions. Parking is available. Otherwise you can get the 686 bus (accepts Opal card) which drives a loop from Katoomba Station and Three Sisters, and passes Katoomba Golf Club on Acacia Street which is your best stop for Cahill's Lookout, at about 10 minutes walk away.
Where to watch sunset at Blackheath: Govetts Leap
Govetts Leap is a favourite spot for many eager to catch a sunrise or sunset. Situated higher in the mountains than both Katoomba and Leura, Blackheath offers a different vantage point. From Govetts Leap the view is of the Grose Valley. It's a starting point for numerous walks including the Cliff Top walking track to Evans lookout (and the Grand Canyon track) as well as the walking track to Pulpit Rock.
I'll never tire of watching what the light does here at this magnificent Blue Mountains lookout — whether a brewing storm delivers a dark, moody sky, or a bright blue day turns to a hot pink sky — the lightshow is always worth watching at Govetts Leap.
How to get to Govetts Leap: you can drive to Govetts Leap where parking is available. From Blackheath Station to Govetts Leap is about 3.5 kilometres which is 6 minutes drive, or a 40 minute walk. Your most direct route is via Govetts Leap Road and you'll be able to find exact directions using Google Maps.
Where to watch sunset at Leura: Gordon Falls Lookout
Leura is the nearest town to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. And like most vantage points in Katoomba, it also looks out over the Jamison Valley. From Gordon Falls lookout you'll have a view of the valley as well as of the magnificent and grand Mount Solitary.
How to get to Gordon Falls Lookout: you can drive or walk from Leura Station to Gordon Falls lookout. Parking is available. The route via Leura Mall is about 2km, which is 5 minutes drive or a half hour walk. Other nearby lookouts within just a few minutes walk from Gordon Falls include Elysian Rock and Olympian Rock — at 300m and 500m respectively, accessible along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk track. Each of these scenic lookouts are an excellent option for watching sunset in the Blue Mountains.
Wherever you decide to watch sunset in the Blue Mountains, be sure to rug up (bonus points: pack a thermos of something warm!), because once the sun sets in the mountains, the temperature drops. Stay warm, and enjoy!