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Perry's Lookdown to Lockleys Pylon
Time: 5 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7 km NE of Blackheath
Length: 8.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 8.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 797 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 797 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This walk drops steeply from Perry's Lookdown, with views of Lockleys Pylon on the opposite side of the valley, then climbs up to Lockleys Pylon, with views back over Perry's Lookdown. The track has some fantastic views up and down the Grose Valley, and an excellent half way point, in the majestic Blue Gum Forest. (open in app)


There are closed areas in Blue Mountains National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW-MODERATE (No Ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Perry's Lookdown to Lockleys Pylon

Map of Walk

Location

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Perry's Lookdown car park and camping area
Perry's Lookdown
Int. Perry's and Dockers Lookout Tracks
Dockers Lookout
Int. Perry's and Dockers Lookout Tracks
Memorial Lookout
Blue Gum Forest intersection
Int. Lockleys Pylon and Du Faur Head Tracks
Int. Lockleys Pylon and Du Faur Head Tracks
Int. Du Faur Track and Lockleys Pylon Trks
Int. Du Faur Head Trk and Lockleys Pylon N Tk
Lockleys Pylon
Int. Du Faur Head Trk and Lockleys Pylon N Tk
Mt Stead Trk
Northern Pinnacle Trk
Middle Pinnacle
Starting point for this hiking track: Perry's Lookdown

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Photo Gallery

 
Top of Perrys Track
 
Top of Perrys Track +
 
Rock steps on Perrys Track
 
Rock steps on Perrys Track +
 
Helicopter below in Grose Valley
 
Helicopter below in Grose Valley +

 
Mt Hay area from north
 
Mt Hay area from north +
 
Blue Gum in the Forest
 
Blue Gum in the Forest +
 
Log crossing to Lockleys Pylon
 
Log crossing to Lockleys Pylon +

 
Lockleys Pylon track up spur
 
Lockleys Pylon track up spur +
 
Perrys Lookdown from Lockleys Track
 
Perrys Lookdown from Lockleys Track +
 
View from DuFaurs Head
 
View from DuFaurs Head +

 
Void on du Faur Head Trk
 
Void on du Faur Head Trk +
 
Stairs up to Lockleys Pylon
 
Stairs up to Lockleys Pylon +
 
Lockleys Pylon storm approaching
 
Lockleys Pylon storm approaching +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Perry's Lookdown to Lockleys Pylon bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Perry's Lookdown to Lockleys Pylon bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Perry's Lookdown to Lockleys Pylon bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Perry's Lookdown to Lockleys Pylon bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 8km
Time 5 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 4.2km of this walk is very steep, whilst the remaining 3.8km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 5km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely, whilst the remaining 2.6km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 660m has minimal directional signs. The remaining (75m) is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 6km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.8km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 4.2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged), whilst the remaining 3.8km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to Perry's Lookdown car park and camping area
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
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(0 km) Perry's Lookdown car park and camping area to Perry's Lookdown
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 77 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -16 m
From the car park, the walk follows the sign 'Perry's Lookdown Track' down the hill to a railed lookout.

Perry's Lookdown Alt = 907 m
Perry's Lookdown, Blue Mountains NP, has views over the Grose Valley, with Blue Gum Forest nearly directly below and Lockleys Pylon to the south. The lookout is presumably named after Captain William Perry, the Deputy Surveyor General who worked under the leadership of Sir Thomas Mitchell.

(0.08 km) Perry's Lookdown to Dockers Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 60 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -28 m
Continue straight: From the Perry's Lookdown, the walk follows the railed stairs down the hill for a short time until coming to a intersection signposted 'Perrys Track' and 'Dockers Lookout'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk leads for a short distance down the railed path to the visible lookout area, Docker's Lookout.

Dockers Lookout Alt = 878 m
Dockers Lookout, Blue Mountains NP, has views over the Grose Valley and Blue Gum Forest below. Mt Banks can be seen standing proudly to the north above the valley.

(0.14 km) Dockers Lookout to Blue Gum Forest intersection
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.04 km Time = 1 hr 32 mins
Climb = 35 m Descent = -603 m
Turn around: From Dockers Lookout, the walk heads up the railed path for a short distance until coming to a signposted intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Perry's Lookdown Track' sign down the hill. The track cuts across the hill to a bridge, where the track turns left and contours around the hill, before descending onto a lookout with memorial plaque and fire box.
Continue straight: From the lookout, the walk keeps the valley below on the left and heads down the steep stairs, through the gap in the cliffs. The stairs and handrail climb down through the cliffs, descending away from the main cliff before coming onto the top of a spur. The track tends right, over and down the spurline, and winds sharply down the spurline as it steeply descends for some time. The track heads down the spur, flattening out a few times before coming onto the relative flats of the Blue Gum Forest. The track heads down through the forest for a short time to a signposted intersection.

Blue Gum Forest Alt = 311 m
Blue Gum Forest, Blue Mountains NP, is a large stand of Eucalyptus deanei trees on the junction of the Grose River and Govetts Creek. The magnificent trees stand tall on the flats with low vegetation beneath. The trees of Blue Gum Forest represent the protection efforts of Myles Dunphy, who lead a group to raise the 130 pounds required to buy the Blue Gum Forest - quite a sum in 1931 during the depression - and save it from being cleared. The group were successful and the Blue Gum Forest is now protected within the Blue Mountains National Park. More info

(2.17 km) Blue Gum Forest intersection to Int. Lockleys Pylon and Du Faur Head Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.77 km Time = 1 hr 15 mins
Climb = 484 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk passes behind the 'Camping only at Acacia Flat 10 mins' sign, in the direction of the far valley side. The track meanders through the grass and ferns for a short time before crossing Govetts Creek. There is a fallen log upstream which many walkers have used to cross the creek. From the far bank, the track follows an arrow marker left, meandering through some more undergrowth. The track then steeply climbs up a hill to a fallen log, after which the track tends right, up the hill towards the top of the spurline. The walk then follows the spurline for some time as it heads up towards the cliffs. Nearer to the cliffs, the track travels through rockier and more dense vegetation. Once at the cliffline, the walk turns left along the base to steeply climb the rocky steps to an intersection between two rock features, in a saddle.

(3.94 km) Int. Lockleys Pylon and Du Faur Head Tracks to Du Faur Head
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 93 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -19 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill for approximately 20m to a rocky outcrop with stunning views down the Grose Valley.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Du Faur Head Alt = 776 m
Du Faur Head, Blue Mountains NP, is situated north of Lockleys Pylon. The knoll gives spectacular views up and down the Grose Valley and River. Du Faur Head is worth a visit on your way up or down to Blue Gum Forest from Lockleys Pylon.

(3.94 km) Int. Lockleys Pylon and Du Faur Head Tracks to Int. Du Faur Track and Lockleys Pylon Trks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 516 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 95 m Descent = -8 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up towards the large grassy-looking knoll, keeping the cliffs and valley to the right. The track winds near the rock for a very short distance before climbing up a large step (just before a small rock overhang to the left). The track then winds over the several rocky knolls and meanders across a saddle before crossing a creek. From the creek, the walk climbs a staircase to arrive at an intersection with another bush track.

(4.46 km) Int. Du Faur Track and Lockleys Pylon Trks to Int. Du Faur Head Trk and Lockleys Pylon N Tk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 143 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk goes down the stairs, keeping the valley behind on the left. After descending the stairs, the walk follows a faint bush track back up the hill to to an intersection with another bush track.

(4.6 km) Int. Du Faur Head Trk and Lockleys Pylon N Tk to Lockleys Pylon
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 94 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Lockleys Pylon' up the wooden stairs to the summit of Lockleys Pylon. This is marked by a stone cairn.

Lockleys Pylon Alt = 922 m
Lockleys Pylon, Blue Mountains National Park, gives 360 degree views of the Mt Hay area with excellent scope over Fortress Creek Waterfall and into the Grose Valley.

(4.7 km) Lockleys Pylon to Middle Pinnacle
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 3 km Time = 1 hr 7 mins
Climb = 136 m Descent = -145 m
Turn around: From the cairn on top of Lockleys Pylon, this walk heads down the wooden stairs away from the valley. The walk heads down the stairs to a signposted intersection.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the stairs away from the knoll, past the 'Lockleys Pylon' sign, and travels along the ridge. The track continues past two knolls on the right as it climbs from the clearing up to the tree line. The track meanders up through the trees for approximately 400m to an open area. The walk climbs to the top of the ridge, below the summit of Mt Stead, a rock feature to the right of the track.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the views of the surrounding valleys and keeps the rock feature on the right of the track. The track enters the tree line then undulates down the plateau through the trees. The walk continues along a sandy saddle which is flat for approximately 100. The track then climbs out of the saddle and over a knoll to traverse the following saddle to the intersection below the northern Pinnacle.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the rocky knoll, keeping them above on the left. The track continues beneath the Pinnacles to come to an intersection below the last Pinnacle.

(7.7 km) Middle Pinnacle to Lockleys car park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 356 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -46 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk keeps the pinnacles on the left of the track as it heads down the hill. The track tends right as it descends approximately 400m down to the signposted car park.

Drive from Lockleys car park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
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Getting there

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 13 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 13.4 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 21.7 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 22.5 km
Richmond Camping Supplies 340 Windsor St , Richmond (02) 4578 3004 37.3 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Perry's Lookdown to Lockleys Pylon.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Perry's Lookdown to Lockleys Pylon
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6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 21 km (to the WNW)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 26 km (to the ENE)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 30 km (to the ESE)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
32 km (to the WSW)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 32 km (to the WSW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Central Ranges fire area which currently has a LOW-MODERATE rating and No Ban in place. (Downloaded 2 minutes ago)
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW-MODERATE rating and No Ban in place. (Downloaded 2 minutes ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Clear.
Clear.
5.8°C (feels like 1.2°)
17 km/h from the W (gusting 19)
86% humidity     (as at 21/12:35am)
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Blue Mountains National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park
Closure information last downloaded Monday 21st of April 2014 01:00 AM
CLOSED AREAS
Claustral Canyon access change
Access to Claustral Canyon via the previous route across private land at Mt Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mt Tomah residents and avoid using private land.
Alternative access from the west side of Mt Bell has been identified. For details please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre, phone 02 4787 8877; open seven days 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.
Fire-affected areas remain closed
NPWS is conducting risk assessments of fire - affected areasin an effort to re-open sites to the public as soon as possible. Until assessments and/or required work is completed, the following areas remain closed:
  • Pierces Pass picnic area and Hungerford’s Track (picnic area and road open)
  • Mt Banks walking and cycling track
  • Track to Victoria Falls (picnic area and road open)
  • Hat Hill and Crayfish Canyons
  • Victoria Falls to Burra Korrain and Blue Gum walking track
  • Du Faur Canyon
Please continue to check the website for further updates, as re-openings will be posted on a regular basis.
As a result of  fire impact some canyons will remain closed until the next canyoning season (Summer 2014/2015).  These include:
  • All canyons in burnt areas accessed via Waratah Ridge (Hole in the Wall Canyon and Bungleboori Creek canyons) 
  • All burnt areas and canyonsin burnt areas north of the Wollangambe River 
  • Dalpura, Birrabang, Yileen and other canyons south of the Bells Line of Road  between Bell and Mt Banks 
  • Bell Creek Canyon 

Locations affected: Mount Banks Summit walk, Mount Banks Road cycle route, Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest walking track
Grand Canyon walking track partial closure - Grand Canyon track
Part of the Grand Canyon walking track will be closed from Tuesday 28 January 2014 for several months until further work is completed on the track.
Grand Canyon is also closed for canyoning for the same period because the work site is directly overhead. Jugglers Canyon remains open. Access to the Grand Canyon walk from Neates Glen and Evans Lookout remains open – return by same route.  Access to Beauchamp Falls and the Grose Valley from Evans Lookout remains open.
See map for the closure details (PDF 395KB). NPWS Heritage Centre is open 7 days a week for information; phone 02 4787 8877.
Overcliff track - Wentworth Falls - Overcliff-Undercliff track
The Overcliff Track between Lyrebird and Breakfast Point lookouts remains closed due to storm damage.
Upgrade works to Woodford Oaks Mountain Bike Trail - section CLOSED - diversion in place
A 2km section of the Woodford Oaks Mountain Bike track will be closed from Tuesday 11th March until May, 2014.  This closure will be in place 7 days a week, while we are undertaking major repair and upgrade works.
CLOSED:  -  the lower 2km section of the route (single track) - from the helipad gate (near Euroka Road junction)  to the end of the single track at Glenbrook Causeway car park.
DIVERSIONS:  - will be in place, and cyclists will be able to complete the ride by re-joining the road and exiting at Glenbrook as usual. 
For further information please call the NPWS Heritage Centre, Blackheath –
Ph: 4787 8877 - open daily 9am – 4.30pm
Wentworth Falls reserve car park
Access to the Wentworth Falls reserve car park will be closed from 6am - 9am on Saturday 12/4/2014. The lookouts and walking tracks will be open to pedestrian access. Visitors are advised to park outside the reserve until it re-opens.
Wentworth Falls Toilets - Wentworth Falls picnic area
The toilets at Wentworth Falls Picnic Area will be closed from Monday 10th February, 2014 to allow demolition and replacement with new amenities block (Nearest wheelchair accessible toilets located at the Conservation Hut). There may be minor disruptions to traffic flow from 7.00 AM – 4.00PM Monday- Friday.
Temporary toilets will be available at the Picnic Area.
The electric barbeques will not be available during the works  
All parking, lookouts, pathways and walking tracks will remain open at the picnic area.
For further information please call the NPWS Heritage Centre, Blackheath –
Ph: 4787 8877 - open daily 9am – 4.30pm

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Mike Cuming - Mr IP:58.173.40.xxx | 2014-04-08 10:31:02
I did this walk in reverse with two friends today, and it is hard, but well worth while.
We had some difficulty finding a way across the creek in the Blue Gum and lost a lot of time because we chose to wade across downstream and then had to bush-bash to find the Perry's Lookdown trackhead.
Best to turn left (ie west/upstream) on arriving at the creek and crossing beyond the log which we did not fancy.
admin - re: Mr Super Administrator | 2014-04-09 23:53:02
Mike Cuming wrote:
I did this walk in reverse with two friends today, and it is hard, but well worth while.
We had some difficulty finding a way across the creek in the Blue Gum and lost a lot of time because we chose to wade across downstream and then had to bush-bash to find the Perry's Lookdown trackhead.
Best to turn left (ie west/upstream) on arriving at the creek and crossing beyond the log which we did not fancy.

Thanks Mike -- Sounds like the track must have overgrown a bit.
Is this the log you are talking about??
http://www.wildwalks.com/i.html?image_id=52283
(this was a few years ago and it may have been washed away now)
Mike Cuming - Mr IP:58.173.40.xxx | 2014-04-17 05:41:56
Matt,
This is the place/log where we should have crossed the creek, and your photo shows a marker post on the opposite bank from where the track continues to Perrys. It was some way upstream from where the track down from Lockleys met the creek. We wrongly crossed downstream, not far from another log which also crosses the creek. I should have inspected your photo more carefully for the post clue!
Mike
Sue Atherton - Walked Perrys to Lockleys IP:58.164.11.xxx | 2014-04-18 12:45:34
My son and I did this walk today (19 April) . The fallen log across the creek saved me from getting lost however the track marker and second fallen log are no longer there. We turned left after crossing the creek via the log which is cross the water. The track then branched into two and we went right , which thankfully was the correct way to go. Was a fantastic walk!
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