Govetts Gorge - Blue Mountains
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This 7 to 8 hours trail can be hiked throughout the year but it's best in autumn (March/April) and late spring (October/November). During summer it is hot inside the canyon and also for the climb out. Important; check the water level of Greaves & Govetts Creek first at the information center. Flooding can occur after heavy rainfalls.
Most rainfall in summer from November to March/February. Winter months are drier and sunnier. The precipitation at the Blue Mountains is similar to Sydney. Snow is not very common. In the summer, day temperatures can increase up to 35 degrees and even more but are mostly bearable. Nights are pretty cool. Nevertheless, each season is different and can be great for hiking in the Blue Mountains.
Yellow-tailed black cockatoos can be spotted during summer, the winter season is too cold for them.
We started the hike from Govetts Leap towards Cliff Top Track to Evans Lookout, down to Govetts Gorge, via Rodriguez Pass, downstream along Govetts Creek and to Junction Rock. The rock is well marked, and from here you are heading up to the foot of Bridal Veil Falls and back to the car park at Govetts Leap. This track can be done in either direction.
Schedule 7 to 8 hours for this incredible 10.5 km hike. In summer the creek is well worth a dip. The hike is off the beaten track. I recommend hiking clockwise as the Bridal Veil Falls are in the sun in the morning. We did it counterclockwise and the waterfall was already in shade.
Let the information center know about your hike. We asked for a beacon just in case of an emergency to get contact with the police. After you finished the hike, you have to call the police to let them know that you are fine otherwise they try to get in contact with you (mobile). This is well organized for any case of an emergency or accident-
The area around Govetts Leap is also well known for king parrots and the yellow-tailed black cockatoo. We spotted several of them in the morning.