The Pulpit Rock

Hike to the Pulpit Rock? lookout (Blue Mountains)

There are times when you instantly fall in love with a place. So much that the place becomes a beautiful part of you. You talk about it, you remember it fresh as though you visited that place like yesterday. Well the Pulpit Rock in Norway was the place for me. I am in love with that place. The reason I am talking about Pulpit Rock in Norway is because I recently discovered that there is Pulpit Rock in Australia as well. One of my acquaintances had posted a picture of Pulpit Rock lookout (Australia) on Facebook. I decided to visit for the sake of love I have for the Pulpit Rock in Norway.

A few years ago, my friend and I were in the Blue mountains and we decided to visit the Pulpit Rock (Australia). I was excited! We drove to the starting point of the walk which is the Govetts leap lookout point.

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Pulpit Rock lookout (Blue Mountains)
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Where is the Pulpit Rock?

The Pulpit Rock lookout offers the panoramic views of the Grose Valley, providing great views of the Blue Gum forest and spectacular cliffs in the Blue Mountains.

Where is Govetts leap lookout?

The Govetts leap lookout is where the hike to Pulpit Rock starts. And it is one of the most famous lookouts in the Blue Mountains. The lookout provides great views of the valley. There is a visitor centre, picnic tables and toilets at the lookout.

The lookout is named after William Romaine Govett, who discovered the lookout in the year 1831.

How to get to Govetts leap lookout?

Public transport

  • The closest train station to Govetts leap lookout is Blackheath train station in the Blue Mountains.
  • There are frequent trains between Sydney CBD and Blackheath station.
  • Govetts leap lookout is about 4 kilometres one way from Blackheath train station.

More information on the trains can be found on NSW Transport website.


The distance between Govetts leap lookout and Sydney Central Business District (CBD) is around 115 kilometres and it takes 2 hours to drive.

  • The route has toll roads.
  • There are plenty of FREE parking spaces available at the lookout.

Hike to the Pulpit Rock

The walk was along the cliff and had some steps. The views that the walk provided was breathtaking. It was the raw beauty of the Blue mountains. The weather was favourable and sunny.

Pulpit Rock lookout (Blue Mountains)

It took us about 2 hours to reach the Pulpit Rock lookout. The lookout was something beyond words. It-was-truly-spectacular. The steep rock juts out of the cliff giving a dramatic effect of the cliff. The lookout gives a 360 degrees panoramic view of the mountains.

Pulpit Rock lookout (Blue Mountains)

We stayed at the lookout for about 30 minutes after which with a sad, do-not-want to go kids, we had to head back to the starting point. The return took us another 1.5 to 2 hours.

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  • Starting point: Govetts leap lookout.
  • Distance: 7 kilometers return.
  • Type of walk: Return.
  • Grade: Medium but I did find the walk a little hard.
  • Facilities: Toilets are at Govetts leap lookout.
  • Path: Govetts leap lookout – Pulpit Rock – Govetts leap lookout.

Safety for solo hikers

As a general rule, it is always good to go with a hiking buddy. Since there are lots of cliffs on the hiking trail, it is best to go with someone rather than hiking alone. So I definitely suggest going with a friend or some one so one can be prepared for any unforeseen situations.

Closing Notes

The Pulpit Rock is definitely worth visiting. And I completely loved the hike and the views along the way. I would suggest considering hiking this hike while hiking in the Blue Mountains.

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