An informal lookout on the way from Lockleys Pylon down to the Blue Gum Forest, Du Faur Head is a bluff above the junction of Govett Gorge and the Grose Valley. It offers some great views over the Grose Valley (Du Faur Head and Du Faur Buttress are named after Eccleston Du Faur, who played a major role in establishing Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park).
The cliffs frame some nice views over the valley below.
The steep Shortridge Pass descends to the Blue Gum Forest in the Grose Valley: the pass was rediscovered in 1931 by Reginald Gordon Shortridge (of the Sydney Bush Walkers Club). There’s no information on who created the steep track. Even if you don’t continue further along the track – which seems to drop almost vertically down the cliff – it’s worth continuing about 800m beyond Lockleys Pylon for the views,
Even if you do continue down to the Blue Gum Forest, you’ll have to return the same way – unless you arrange a car shuffle.
Getting to Du Faur Head
The signposted Lockleys Pylon track starts along Mount Hay Road, about 10.5km (20min drive) from Leura. Most of the road is unsealed, and the condition varies – it’s generally suitable for any vehicle, but after storms can become very rough and a 4WD is recommended. From Lockleys Pylon, which is marked by a cairn, you’ll see a rough track that continues to Du Fau Head at the edge of the cliff.