One of my favourite spots in the Blue Mountains is Perrys Lookdown.
It is located on the western edge of the Grose Valley,
with gorgeous views from the top of the escarpment down into the World Heritage National Park.
You can access this lookout from Blackheath and drive along the unsealed Hat Hill Rd.
There is a small camping ground and a short walk to the lookout,
where there is access to the stunning Blue Gum Forest walk.
This walk is very, very steep and quite long,
I wouldn't attempt it unless you are extremely fit and able to make it back up again.
However, as the amazing scent of the Blue Gums gently wafts through the air in the carpark,
you could be tempted just as I was to linger a bit, and savour the amazing views of the Grose Valley and Mount Banks.
Above the ashes straight and tall,
Through ferns with moisture dripping,
I climb beneath the sandstone wall,
My feet on mosses slipping.
Like ramparts round the valley's edge
The tinted cliffs are standing,
With many a broken wall and ledge,
And many a rocky landing.
And round about their rugged feet
Deep ferny dells are hidden
In shadowed depths, whence dust and heat
Are banished and forbidden.
The stream that, crooning to itself,
Comes down a tireless rover,
Flows calmly to the rocky shelf,
And there leaps bravely over.
Now pouring down, now lost in spray
When mountain breezes sally,
The water strikes the rock midway,
And leaps into the valley.
Now in the west the colours change,
The blue with crimson blending;
Behind the far Dividing Range,
The sun is fast descending.
And mellowed day comes o'er the place,
And softens ragged edges;
The rising moon's great placid face
Looks gravely o'er the ledges.