Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan

The Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan is being prepared as part of Councils visitor precinct planning work to provide a strategic, locality based approach to recreation and tourism in natural areas. The Master Plan will form the basis for resourcing and implementing visitor facility upgrades and developments aimed at improving opportunities for nature and culture-based recreation and tourism experiences.

Significant planning work has been carried out for Knapsack Reserve and Tunnel Gully Reserve, both of which have existing Plans of Management, however there is currently no overarching planning document that covers the Eastern Escarpment.

The Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan will focus on visitor and recreational facilities within the natural areas, and establish a coherent approach to landscape design and infrastructure development that supports nature and culture-based recreation and tourism experiences. The Plan will respond to recreation and tourism planning initiatives in the lower Blue Mountains and Western Sydney region.

The objectives of the Master Plan are to:

  • Guide the future development of recreational infrastructure;
  • Improve recreational and tourism opportunities in the region; and
  • Support the promotion of the sites cultural and nature based recreational opportunities;

The Eastern Escarpment is located on the eastern edge of the Blue Mountains, fringing western Sydney. The site extends from Darks Common in the south, adjoining the Blue Mountains National Park, to Knapsack Reserve in the north connecting with Yellomundee Regional Park. The western boundary of the precinct is formed by the residential areas of Glenbrook, Blaxland, Winmalee, Mt Riverview, Yellow Rock, and Hawkesbury Heights, while the eastern boundary is formed by the residential townships of Lapstone Emu Plains, Leonay, Emu Heights and the Nepean River.

The Eastern Escarpment contains a rich diversity of ecological communities, significant historic and cultural heritage sites and a wide range of recreational opportunities. These cultural assets are spread across a large number of public reserves under different land ownership and management. In addition, the existing recreational facilities are aging and require renewal. The Master Plan process will seek to take the opportunity to develop a coordinated approach to public land management to realise the potential of the recreational and tourism opportunities that the site has to offer.

If you are on a mobile connection or limited data, please be aware of the Precinct and District Plan file sizes.

The Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan is being prepared as part of Councils visitor precinct planning work to provide a strategic, locality based approach to recreation and tourism in natural areas. The Master Plan will form the basis for resourcing and implementing visitor facility upgrades and developments aimed at improving opportunities for nature and culture-based recreation and tourism experiences.

Significant planning work has been carried out for Knapsack Reserve and Tunnel Gully Reserve, both of which have existing Plans of Management, however there is currently no overarching planning document that covers the Eastern Escarpment.

The Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan will focus on visitor and recreational facilities within the natural areas, and establish a coherent approach to landscape design and infrastructure development that supports nature and culture-based recreation and tourism experiences. The Plan will respond to recreation and tourism planning initiatives in the lower Blue Mountains and Western Sydney region.

The objectives of the Master Plan are to:

  • Guide the future development of recreational infrastructure;
  • Improve recreational and tourism opportunities in the region; and
  • Support the promotion of the sites cultural and nature based recreational opportunities;

The Eastern Escarpment is located on the eastern edge of the Blue Mountains, fringing western Sydney. The site extends from Darks Common in the south, adjoining the Blue Mountains National Park, to Knapsack Reserve in the north connecting with Yellomundee Regional Park. The western boundary of the precinct is formed by the residential areas of Glenbrook, Blaxland, Winmalee, Mt Riverview, Yellow Rock, and Hawkesbury Heights, while the eastern boundary is formed by the residential townships of Lapstone Emu Plains, Leonay, Emu Heights and the Nepean River.

The Eastern Escarpment contains a rich diversity of ecological communities, significant historic and cultural heritage sites and a wide range of recreational opportunities. These cultural assets are spread across a large number of public reserves under different land ownership and management. In addition, the existing recreational facilities are aging and require renewal. The Master Plan process will seek to take the opportunity to develop a coordinated approach to public land management to realise the potential of the recreational and tourism opportunities that the site has to offer.

If you are on a mobile connection or limited data, please be aware of the Precinct and District Plan file sizes.

  • Public Meeting - Saturday 6 May

    14 days ago

    Public Meeting

    • Saturday 6 May
    • 1-4pm
    • Glenbrook School of Arts

    Public Meeting

    • Saturday 6 May
    • 1-4pm
    • Glenbrook School of Arts
  • How Chalmers, Elizabeth and Marges Lookouts got Their Name

    2 months ago


    Chalmers Lookout was named on the 16th of November 1932, after Hugh Chalmers (1889-1958) for his community work. Chalmers was the Foundation member of the Faulconbridge Progress Association.

    Elizabeth Lookout was named on the 2nd of June 1932, after Elizabeth Skarratt nee Norris (1879-1969), wife to Donald Frederick Skarratt (1872-1948) who was Glenbrook representative on the Shire Council.

    Marges Lookout was also named on the 2nd of June 1932, but was named after Marjorie Shoobert (Marge) Hayes nee Walker (1906-1983), daughter of Simeon Henry and Mildred Walker. Henry was Councillor and Shire President.


    Chalmers Lookout was named on the 16th of November 1932, after Hugh Chalmers (1889-1958) for his community work. Chalmers was the Foundation member of the Faulconbridge Progress Association.

    Elizabeth Lookout was named on the 2nd of June 1932, after Elizabeth Skarratt nee Norris (1879-1969), wife to Donald Frederick Skarratt (1872-1948) who was Glenbrook representative on the Shire Council.

    Marges Lookout was also named on the 2nd of June 1932, but was named after Marjorie Shoobert (Marge) Hayes nee Walker (1906-1983), daughter of Simeon Henry and Mildred Walker. Henry was Councillor and Shire President.

  • What is the Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan?

    5 months ago

    The Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan is a landscape plan that will focus on visitor and recreational facilities within natural areas managed by Council and a number of Crown Reserves. The Plan aims to establish a coordinated approach to landscape design and infrastructure development that supports nature and culture-based recreation and tourism experiences across the numerous public reserves on the Eastern Escarpment. The Plan will respond to recreation and tourism planning initiatives in the lower Blue Mountains and Western Sydney region.

    The objectives of the Master Plan are to:

    • Guide the future development of recreational infrastructure;
    • Improve recreational and tourism opportunities in the region; and
    • Support the promotion of the sites cultural and nature based recreational opportunities;


      The Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan is a landscape plan that will focus on visitor and recreational facilities within natural areas managed by Council and a number of Crown Reserves. The Plan aims to establish a coordinated approach to landscape design and infrastructure development that supports nature and culture-based recreation and tourism experiences across the numerous public reserves on the Eastern Escarpment. The Plan will respond to recreation and tourism planning initiatives in the lower Blue Mountains and Western Sydney region.

      The objectives of the Master Plan are to:

      • Guide the future development of recreational infrastructure;
      • Improve recreational and tourism opportunities in the region; and
      • Support the promotion of the sites cultural and nature based recreational opportunities;


      • Where is the Eastern Escarpment?

        5 months ago

        The Eastern Escarpment is located on the eastern edge of the Blue Mountains, fringing western Sydney. The site extends from Darks Common in the south, adjoining the Blue Mountains National Park, to Knapsack Reserve in the north connecting with Yellomundee Regional Park.

        The western boundary of the precinct is formed by the residential areas of Lapstone, Glenbrook, Winmalee, Mt Riverview and Yellow Rock, while the eastern boundary is formed by the residential townships of Emu Heights, Emu Plains, Leonay and Lapstone, and the Nepean River.


        The Eastern Escarpment is located on the eastern edge of the Blue Mountains, fringing western Sydney. The site extends from Darks Common in the south, adjoining the Blue Mountains National Park, to Knapsack Reserve in the north connecting with Yellomundee Regional Park.

        The western boundary of the precinct is formed by the residential areas of Lapstone, Glenbrook, Winmalee, Mt Riverview and Yellow Rock, while the eastern boundary is formed by the residential townships of Emu Heights, Emu Plains, Leonay and Lapstone, and the Nepean River.


      • Why is Council Preparing a Master Plan?

        5 months ago

        The Eastern Escarpment contains a rich diversity of ecological communities, significant historic and cultural heritage sites and a wide range of recreational opportunities. These values and sites are spread across the numerous parcels of public land under different management systems. Additionally, much of the existing infrastructure that supports recreational activities such as walking tracks, lookouts and signage is in poor condition and need of replacement.

        The Master Plan is being prepared to provide a coordinated approach to respond to current and future recreational demand and to realise the sites potential for nature and culture based tourism opportunities.



        The Eastern Escarpment contains a rich diversity of ecological communities, significant historic and cultural heritage sites and a wide range of recreational opportunities. These values and sites are spread across the numerous parcels of public land under different management systems. Additionally, much of the existing infrastructure that supports recreational activities such as walking tracks, lookouts and signage is in poor condition and need of replacement.

        The Master Plan is being prepared to provide a coordinated approach to respond to current and future recreational demand and to realise the sites potential for nature and culture based tourism opportunities.