The most popular and busy lookout along Cliff Drive in Katoomba, Cahills Lookout is one of the best vantage points for views of the Megalong Valley. It’s generally always busy, although not as crowded as the lookouts to the south of Katoomba – but to avoid the crowds, head to the nearby Boars Head or Devils Eye Arch lookouts.
A paved, family-friendly track heads directly down to the main lookout platform.
To the right (north) is a smaller, fenced lookout that offers a very similar view over the Megalong Valley, as well as Megalong Head and Nellies Glen to the north.
To the left (south) is another small lookout platform that gives you a great view of Boars Head, with Mount Solitary behind it.
Cahill’s Lookout gets its name from John Joseph Cahill, the Labor Party Premier of NSW in the 1950s (he was responsible for the commissioning of the Sydney Opera House and construction of the Cahill Expressway).
Getting to Cahills Lookout
The paved trail to Cahills Lookout starts from a large carpark along Cliff Drive (near the junction with Essendene Road) in Katoomba. There are three lookout platforms at the end of the paved trail as well as the “Boars Head Lookout” about halfway along the trail, which provides a view of the Boars Head rock formation (not to be confused with Boars Head itself, which is a separate lookout).
It’s a 3.5km walk or drive to Katoomba Station (there is also a bus stop nearby).