Hanging Rock. Baltzer Lookout, Blackheath, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Hanging Rock. Baltzer Lookout, Blackheath, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Hanging Rock is a huge sandstone rock over 100m high near Baltzer Lookout, that has become detached from the main cliff. It has featured in many calendars and climbing photos, and was also the site of the main climbing scene in “The Edge” movie.

To get this picture I had to do a bushwalk at 3 AM at night. Quite interesting experience. Walking in the bush at night is fine as the track is quite easy but the last few meters are very steep with and walking there at night with camera, backpack and tripod is a little bit uncomfortable.

How to get there: Drive west along the Great Western Highway, turn right on to Ridgewell Rd, 800m after the main traffic lights in Blackheath. The right turn is not really noticeable. Follow the dirt road until you reach a locked gate. Park here. Then you need to walk for 3.5km along the fire trail. Best time for photographing it is early in the morning as the light reflected from the main wall highlights the Hanging Rock.

Hanging Rock. Baltzer Lookout, Blackheath, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Hanging Rock on Google Maps

More images: Gallery of Hanging Rock, Blue Mountains Stock ImagesLandscape Stock Photography.

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  • Beau - February 28, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Wow, these pics are awesome! The golden glowing cliff faces are fantastic. They are also full of nice sharp detail, which I like 😀

    Thanks for the link, too. Will add you to mine now…

  • Ilya Genkin - March 1, 2009 - 9:38 am

    Thank you very much, Beau! Very much appreciate that!

  • Stephen - March 2, 2009 - 3:00 am

    These are amazing views.

  • Ilya Genkin - March 2, 2009 - 6:13 am

    Thank you very much, Stephen! Appreciate this!

  • Axel - March 6, 2009 - 11:57 pm

    What a gorgeous landscape. Great colours, too.

  • Ilya Genkin - March 7, 2009 - 5:54 am

    Thank you very much for such nice words, Alex!!!

  • Stephan - March 8, 2009 - 5:31 am

    Fantastic photo of a great landscape!

  • Ilya Genkin - March 8, 2009 - 7:59 am

    Thanks, Stephan! I’m glad you like it!

  • dragon - May 24, 2010 - 9:16 pm

    do you have any more information on hanging rock?
    your picture is very nice.

  • Ilya Genkin - May 24, 2010 - 9:24 pm

    Thank you! What kind of information you need? I could dig something if you could tell me what are you interested in.

  • dragon - May 25, 2010 - 8:26 pm

    well, if you have any general information about the rock, and possibly a map of how to get to the rock? Thanks for taking the time to help me out. Also, your website is very good. Your site is the only one that i’ve seen that replies to the comments. Personally, i think that is a good idea. sorry if my commen’ts are really long, I like talking….

  • dragon - May 25, 2010 - 8:49 pm

    Oh, and if hanging rock was used for the climbing scene in “the Edge” (1997 movie)? Thanks!

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