Not so long ago, Blackheath used to feel like the point in the Blue Mountains where Sydney suburbia truly finished and the bush began.
These days, the proliferation of good coffee shops, gourmet takeaways and antique stores gives the town a bit of a different edge, but that old-fashioned atmosphere still exists underneath it all. Perched at over 1,000 metres, Blackheath has a fairly cool climate and can be quite windy at times. However, the bush that surrounds the town has some of the best walks in the Blue Mountains, with cool canyons, pristine forests, waterfalls and cliff top views.
This 33-page guide highlights my pick of the best eleven walks in Blackheath, and includes short walks of only 30 minutes to overnight walks in the Grose Valley. If you’re up for a long walk, then the Grose Valley is the spot to be (see Walks 14, 17 and 18); the Grose has a special magic all of its own, and is not to be missed. If you have a four-legged friend, then Porters Pass (Walk 15) is one of the best 'dog walks' in all of the Blue Mountains. If you're interested in Aboriginal history, then Walls Cave (Walk 10) is a spot to be discovered. And the Grand Canyon of course, although very busy at weekends and holidays, is one of the truly classic Blue Mountains walks, and for good reason.
To download this guide to Blackheath walks, complete with detailed track notes, photos and maps, click below.