Summary: Mount Blackheath Lookout has a large fenced lookout platform with sweeping views over the Kanimbla Valley.

The Mount Blackheath Lookout (or just Blackheath Lookout) can get fairly busy, as it’s also a popular hang-gliding and paragliding spot.

Although the Mount Blackheath Lookout has been described as a “hidden” gem and it does offer some sweeping views, for more spectacular views gives this lookout a miss and visit the nearby and more spectacular Hargraves Lookout. The large, fenced Mount Blackheath Lookout is reached via an easy walk down a wide track from the carpark.

From the lookout, there are nice (rather than spectacular!) views over the pastoral Kanimbla Valley. The name “Kanimbla” was the traditional name for the area used by the Gundungurra people, meaning “camping or fighting ground’, and the valley is now used primarily as farmland for livestock.

At the eastern (right-hand) end of the Kanimbla Valley is Mount Boyce, Mount Piddington and Mitchell Ridge.

Getting to the Mount Blackheath Lookout

The lookout is reached via a short walking track from the large carpark at the end of Mount Blackheath Road, which is off Shipley Road. It’s an 8.3km (15min drive) from Blackheath, with the last 4km being an unsealed road, which has a few potholes but is suitable for all vehicles. The parking area has a picnic area, toilet facilities – and a purpose-built launch ramp for hang gliders!

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