Better known as the start of a steep trail down to Blue Gum Forest, Perrys Lookdown is also a lookout which offers scenic views over the Grose Valley, Blue Gum Forest and Mount Banks. It’s believed to have been named by Frederick Eccleston Du Faur after either Samuel Augustus Perry (a soldier and surveyor) or a local innkeeper.
The fenced lookout is not as spectacular as the nearby Anvil Rock (or the very busy and popular Pulpit Rock or Govetts Leap) – but it does offer a good view of Banks Wall on the opposite side of the Grose Valley. The bushwalking trail continues to another lookout – Dockers Lookout – before descending to Dockers Head, which is the last vantage point before a steep descent to theue Gum Forest at the bottom of the valley.
Getting to Perrys Lookdown
The lookout is 100m from the carpark and campground, which is at the end of Hat Hill Road / Perrys Lookdown Road. It’s about an 8km (12min) drive from Blackheath, and 19km (25min) from Katoomba. A long section of the road is unsealed, but is suitable for 2WD vehicles.
- National Parks (NPWS) – Perrys Lookdown