The Grand Canyon Walk

Grand Canyon Walk Blue Mountains

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The Grand Canyon track provides one of the best hiking experiences in the Blue Mountains. 

This historic loop walk is truly enchanting. 

You'll see breathtaking views towards Grose Valley at Evans Lookout before you set out for the walk.

Then, you'll descend to the valley's floor past amazing rock formations, canyon walls, ferns, creeks and waterfalls. 

It's like walking in a fairy tale. 

Scroll further if you'd like to explore the Grand Canyon track, or continue reading for tips on planning your journey. 

Tips Grand Canyon Walk

Tips for the Grand Canyon Walk

This Grand Canyon circuit walk is 6km and should take around 3 hours to complete. 

The hike is graded 3 – suitable for most ages and fitness levels and comprises steep hill sections with many steps. 

There are hundreds of steps, but the track is very well maintained. 

You don't need any bushwalking experience. 

The final ascent is challenging – you have to climb the stairs from the valley floor to the top of the plateau.

Take your time to catch your breath. And bring plenty of water. 

The track can get muddy – wear non-slippery and comfortable walking shoes. We wore running shoes, which were suitable. But the weather was fine.

At one point, we had to walk through a couple of inches of water to cross the creek because the path was submerged. So our shoes ended up wet and muddy.

So, during wet weather, you'll need specialist hiking shoes because there'll be a lot of water and wet rocks.

Check the weather and current alerts before you depart. The creek can sometimes flood after rain.

Dogs are not allowed. 

You can walk in any direction - clockwise or anticlockwise. It doesn't matter. 

There's a bit of debate, with some claiming that the anticlockwise direction is better.

But I can't imagine it making a big difference since you're starting and arriving at the same point. 

Grand Canyon Walk Blue Mountains Map

The Grand Canyon track starts at Evans Lookout on Evans Lookout Rd, about 6km from Blackheath. 

The walking track is in the Blue Mountains National Park. 

Map Grand Canyon Walking Track Blue Mountains

How to Get to the Grand Canyon Track

It’s easy to get to the Grand Canyon track by car. The road is suitable for 2WD. 

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Follow Great Western Highway toward Blackheath and turn into Evans Lookout Rd to get there. Then follow Evans Lookout Rd for about 4km to the end.

You can park at three different spots:

  • Neates Glen Parking Area
  • Grand Canyon Carpark 
  • Evans Lookout Parking Area 

You can easily access the Grand Canyon track from any of these carparks.   

The first carpark you’ll drive by is Neates Glen Parking Area. That's where we parked.

Neates Glen Parking Area is a good place to park, because if you walk in the clockwise direction, you get the most boring section along the road (1.4km) done first.

Another benefit of parking at Neates Glen Parking Area is you arrive straight at your car after the last strenuous ascent. 

Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains

The second carpark, 700 metres further away, is Grand Canyon Carpark. I suggest you park here because there are toilets, which come in handy after the walk.

The last carpark, Evans Lookout Parking Area, is at the end of the road, 600 metres further away. This carpark is right beside Evans Lookout. You can start there, too and walk in the anticlockwise direction. 

Discover the Grand Canyon Walk

Here I'll show you the walk from Neates Glen Parking Area to Evans Lookout to the canyon floor and back up to the plateau.

We walked in a clockwise direction.

As I said, the first section along the road (1.4km) is rather dull. You're just following the road on a dirt track.

But you'll see beautiful waratahs beside the walking track...

Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains

After walking about 1.4km on the track along the road, you arrive at Evans Lookout. 

Enjoy the spectacular views towards Grose Valley with its impressive cliff lines and deep gorges. 

Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains

Then from Evans Lookout, you head straight down to the valley floor.

The route winds down the escarpment – a steep descent via stairs. 

Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains

Once at the bottom of the valley, you follow a meandering path through the lush rainforest.

The walking track follows Greaves Creek. There are heaps of creek crossings.

We even saw a crayfish.

You walk past impressive rock formations, sandstone walls and waterfalls and underneath rock overhangs.

There are abundant native plants and golden wattles. Large ferns are everywhere. 

The well-shaded track keeps you cool in the summer months. 

Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains

During the last section of the walk, you go up and down a bit. Then a sign reads the final climb takes 45 minutes to complete.

It's a steep ascent.

A small price to pay for having experienced such a fantastic hike.

Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains
Grand Canyon Walking Track in the Blue Mountains

Where to Eat After the Grand Canyon Walk

Nothing beats a tasty meal after strenuous exercise. 

These are great restaurants in Blackheath:

  • Ates Blackheath - open from Thu to Sun; serves Mediterranean share plates. 
  • Cinnabar Kitchen - open from Wed to Sat; run by Corinne Evatt and Mary-Jane Craig, who previously ran the award-winning restaurant Ashcrofts. 
  • BLAQ Restaurant & Bar - open from Wed to Sun; serves quality regional produce. 
  • There's also Thai Silk RestaurantBirdies Bistro and Blackheath Kebab House.

If you're staying in Katoomba, I highly recommend an elevated burger at Aunty Ed's Restaurant and Bar

Grand Canyon Walk History

Water carved its way over millions of years to form the Grand Canyon. 

In 1907, locals constructed the Grand Canyon walking track as an effort to draw visitors to their locality.

During that period, the villages of Katoomba, Blackheath and Wentworth Falls competed to attract tourists so built hundreds of kilometres of tracks in the Blue Mountains. 

The track has since then been restored.

Enjoy this awesome Grand Canyon walk. It's undoubtedly one of the best hikes in the Blue Mountains!

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