An unofficial lookout, the Fortress Ridge Lookout is an unfenced rock platform at the end of Fortress Ridge in the Blue Mountains.
There are sweeping views of Lockleys Pylon, and down the Grose Valley to Mount Bank and Docker Head.
An alternative and shorter track goes to Fortress Rock, which offers similar views to Fortress Ridge Lookout.
Getting to Fortress Ridge Lookout
There’s a good track along the ridge, which starts as a firetrail, before narrowing to a bushwalking trail (Exploring Fortress Ridge And Fortress Creek).
The Fortress Ridge trailhead is about 8.7km along Mount Hay Road (from the Great Western Highway at Leura), and about 1.3km before the Lockleys Pylon trailhead. Most of Mount Hay Road is unsealed but it’s usually suitable for any vehicle – if there’s been a big storm the road can get in pretty bad condition and a 4WD/SUV is recommended. There’s a small parking area (but not much signage) at the start of the firetrail, which can get full especially on weekends (in which case park on the shoulder of the road). It’s about a 25min drive from Katoomba and 1:45min from Sydney.