Summary: Rigby Hill in Blackheath offers one of the best views you'll get of the Grose Valley; it's a great alternative to the nearby (and busier) Walls Lookout.

Not as popular as the nearby Walls Lookout, Rigby Hill (the trail starts at the same place) offers a similar outlook. Perhaps the views are even better; the lookout is slightly higher so you can see along much of the length of the Grose Valley, as well as the Walls Lookout below.

You get a great view over the Grose Valley to the west towards Birrabang Walls on the right, and Burra Korain Head on the left.

Almost directly across the Grose Valley to the south-west is Blackheath Walls, with the distinctive Hanging Rock and Baltzer lookouts jutting sharply out into the valley.

Below, to the south-east, you can just make out the people at Walls Lookout, and the walking track down the ridge.

Getting to Rigby Hill

The Rigby Hill walking track start at the Pierces Pass carpark, which is at the end of Pierces Pass Road (off Bell Line of Road). It’s an unsealed road, but suitable for all vehicles. The signposted track starts at the far end of the carpark, and is initially fairly level.

You soon get a glimpse of the cliffs on the opposite side of the Grose Valley.

About halfway along the track, Rigby Hill appears in front of you, with the track winding up to the top of the hill.

You can walk to the top and back in less than hald an hour, but you’ll want to allow a bit more time to enjoy the view. The walk is slightly shorter than Walls Lookout (from the Pierces Pass carpark) and the elevation gain is fairly similar – but this walk feels like there’s more of an ascent, as you do all of the climbing at the very end to reach the top of the small peak.

More information

This hill was named after Roger Rigby, the eldest son of Alan & Enid Rigby, a dedicated bushwalker who played a major role in saving the Blue Gum Forest.

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