Summary: Popular as a climbing area and lookout, Boars Head (or the Boars Head Climbing Area) offers some spectacular views of rock formations, Narrow Neck and the Megalong Valley.

The Boars Head Lookout (or Boars Head Climbing Area to use its full name) offers a similar perspective as both the nearby Devils Eye Arch (another rock formation) and the much busier Cahills Lookout. There’s great views over Narrow Neck and Mount Solitary, and the Megalong Valley, from a couple of (unfenced) vantage points along the top of the cliff.

The view to the south of Mount Solitary and the Jamison Valley is not as good as from Devils Eye Arch – but you get a good view of Narrow Neck and the window road that follows the top.

Conversely, you get a much more sweeping and unobstructed view over the Megalong Valley to the west.

Being a popular climbing location, there’s a good chance you’ll see some climbers near the Boars Head rock formation.

The lookout gets its name from the top part of a pinnacle of rock which resembles the head of a boar (it’s a bit more boar-like when when viewed from Cahills Lookout).

Getting to Boars Head

A signposted and fairly well-used path heads from Cliff Drive in Katoomba to the edge of the cliff – and even from the start of the track, you get some pretty nice views. (Just to confuse you, Cahills Lookout which is about 300m further north along Cliff Drive also has a viewing platform called “Boars Head Lookout” – this is a different spot and gives you a nice view of the Boars Head rock formation). There’s a few parking spots along the shoulder of Cliff Drive, or it’s a 3.3km walk to Katoomba Station.

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