When Is the Best Time
This 7 to 8 hours trail can be hiked throughout the year, but it's best in autumn (March-April) and spring (September-November). During summer it is boiling inside the canyon and also for the climb out. Important; check the water level of Greaves & Govetts Creek at the information center before hiking. Flooding can occur after heavy rainfall.
More rainfall in summer from November to February though decreasing precipitation for the last years. Winter months are drier and sunnier. Snow occurs for a couple of days in higher elevation only. In the summer, day temperatures can top 35°C, but it's usually bearable. Nights are pretty cool. To explore the Blue Mountains and the deep canyons spring and autumn are pleasant time.
Yellow-tailed black cockatoos can be spotted during summer; the winter is too cold for these beautiful black birds.
Best Months to Visit
Location and Tips
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.
Plan seven to eight hours for this incredible 10.5 km hike. During summer the creek is a rewarding refreshment for a dip. The hike is off the beaten track perfect for exploring the rugged wilderness. 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 the shade.
Let the information center know about your hike. There isn't any mobile connection in the gorge the reason we asked for a beacon just in case of an emergency to get contact with the police. After we finished the hike, we had to call the police to let them know we were fine; otherwise, they try to get in contact with you (mobile). It's very 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.