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.

SURVEY OPEN: Preliminary Proposals: Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan

For more information and project announcements please browse the news feed topics below.


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.

SURVEY OPEN: Preliminary Proposals: Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan

For more information and project announcements please browse the news feed topics below.


  • Preliminary Proposals for the Scenic Eastern Escarpment Master Plan

    3 months ago
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    To provide your feedback on the Preliminary Proposals click here.This will close on Sunday 6 August 2017.

    Feedback from the preliminary proposal survey and interactive map will further inform the Scenic Eastern Escarpment Draft Master Plan, which is planned to go on public exhibition in September 2017.

    Please note that you need to be a registered Blue Mountains Have Your Say user to take part in the survey or use the interactive map.

    To provide your feedback on the Preliminary Proposals click here.This will close on Sunday 6 August 2017.

    Feedback from the preliminary proposal survey and interactive map will further inform the Scenic Eastern Escarpment Draft Master Plan, which is planned to go on public exhibition in September 2017.

    Please note that you need to be a registered Blue Mountains Have Your Say user to take part in the survey or use the interactive map.

  • Project Update!

    3 months ago
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    The public meeting held in Glenbrook on the 6 May was well attended with a diverse representation of residents and interest groups, providing an opportunity for discussion on some of the major issues being considered in the Master Plan.

    For those who were unable to attend the meeting, can access the summary of the Site User Survey.

    Progress with detailed landscape design for the Master Plan has been made, with a focus on existing recreational infrastructure in the southern precinct. Consultation continues with key stakeholders, as well as additional site surveys and site use observation during June and July.

    The project time frame has been revised, as shown in the Key Dates, to accommodate additional survey work and a change to the original scope for detailed design work.

    You can view the preliminary draft precinct plans in the document library or by clicking on the links below:

    Thank you to everyone who made time to attend the public meeting and to those who have participated in the online and random site surveys. Your contribution will help shape the Eastern Escarpment Master Plan.

    Reminder: you can still add any suggestions or ideas to the interactive map here.

    Please note that you need to be a registered Blue Mountains Have Your Say user to take part in the survey or use the interactive map.

    The public meeting held in Glenbrook on the 6 May was well attended with a diverse representation of residents and interest groups, providing an opportunity for discussion on some of the major issues being considered in the Master Plan.

    For those who were unable to attend the meeting, can access the summary of the Site User Survey.

    Progress with detailed landscape design for the Master Plan has been made, with a focus on existing recreational infrastructure in the southern precinct. Consultation continues with key stakeholders, as well as additional site surveys and site use observation during June and July.

    The project time frame has been revised, as shown in the Key Dates, to accommodate additional survey work and a change to the original scope for detailed design work.

    You can view the preliminary draft precinct plans in the document library or by clicking on the links below:

    Thank you to everyone who made time to attend the public meeting and to those who have participated in the online and random site surveys. Your contribution will help shape the Eastern Escarpment Master Plan.

    Reminder: you can still add any suggestions or ideas to the interactive map here.

    Please note that you need to be a registered Blue Mountains Have Your Say user to take part in the survey or use the interactive map.

  • Public Meeting - Saturday 6 May

    5 months ago

    Public Meeting

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

    The purpose of the public meeting is to provide an update on the project, a summary of the site user survey results and outline some of the issues being addressed by the Master Plan. The meeting will provide an opportunity to understand the background to the project in preparation for future stakeholder consultation and input into the project prior to the development of the Draft Master Plan.


    You can download the meeting agenda from the document library or by clicking here.

    Public Meeting

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

    The purpose of the public meeting is to provide an update on the project, a summary of the site user survey results and outline some of the issues being addressed by the Master Plan. The meeting will provide an opportunity to understand the background to the project in preparation for future stakeholder consultation and input into the project prior to the development of the Draft Master Plan.


    You can download the meeting agenda from the document library or by clicking here.
  • How Chalmers, Elizabeth and Marges Lookouts got Their Name

    7 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?

    10 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. T

    he 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;

    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 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. T

      he 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;

      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.

      • Where is the Eastern Escarpment?

        10 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?

        10 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.