Govetts Leap Falls

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Govetts Leap
Govetts Leap Falls
Govetts Leap Falls is located in New South Wales
Govetts Leap Falls
LocationBlue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates33°38′S 150°19′E / 33.633°S 150.317°E / -33.633; 150.317Coordinates: 33°38′S 150°19′E / 33.633°S 150.317°E / -33.633; 150.317
TypeBridal veil
Total height180 metres (590 ft)
Number of drops1
Longest drop180 metres (590 ft)
WatercourseGovetts Leap Brook

The Govetts Leap Falls, also called the Bridal Veil Falls or simply Govetts Leap,[1] is a bridal veil waterfall on the Govetts Leap Brook where it falls over Taylor Wall, located at Govetts Leap Lookout, approximately 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) east of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia.

The archaeologist, V. Gordon Childe committed suicide at the falls in 1957.

Location and features[edit]

Govetts Leap Falls is situated overlooking the Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains National Park. The falls takes its name from William Romaine Govett, a Government Surveyor who discovered the falls in c. 1831.[1][2]

The waterfall has a single drop of about 180 metres (590 ft).[3][4]

Above the falls there are public toilets, picnic tables and access to water. There is also a viewing platform and walking trails.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Govetts Leap". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  2. ^ Parsons, Vivienne (1966). "Govett, William Romaine (1807 - 1848)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Bridal Veil Falls (Govett's Leap)". World Of Waterfalls. 5 November 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Views and Adventures at Bridal Veil Falls Govetts Leap". Sightseeing Tours Australia. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Govetts Leap lookout". NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service. Government of New South Wales. 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.