On the opposite side of Megalong Creek to Therabalut Lookout is Norths Lookout, which offers a nice view towards the Megalong Valley.
The Megalong Valley views are not as good from here (as from Therabalut Lookout), as they are partly obscured by the cliffs above Nellies Glen…
…But you get a greater variety of views from here, including a glimpse down into Nellies Glen, which is almost directly below.
Norths Lookout is named after John Britty North, who has been referred to as “the father of Katoomba”. He migrated from London to Sydney in 1852, and after two bankruptcies began a coal mining operation in the Jamieson Valley, eventually employing over a hundred men at his Katoomba Coal Mine. He served briefly as an Alderman on Katoomba Council and was a trustee of Katoomba, Leura, Banksia and Echo Parks. There was some controversy and debate about the name North’s Lookout, which was officially gaztted in July 2008.
Getting to Norths Lookout
The shortest route to the lookout is from the Great Western Highway, which starts just south of the Explorers Tree. You can also take the Cliff Track (also called the Bonnie Doon Trail) from the end of Stuarts Road in Katoomba – there is very limited parking here, so a better option is to park on Narrow Neck Road, at the intersection with Stuarts Road. You can combine Therabulat Lookout and Norths Lookout for a longer walk – or stop at both lookouts on the more challenging half-day Devils Hole loop walk.
The start of the walk is a 2.2km walk or drive from Katoomba Station.
- Australian Dictionary of Biography – John Britty North