Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct Masterplan

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A masterplan is being developed for the Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct.

Gordon Falls Reserve is located within the Country of the Dharug and Gundungurra peoples. We recognise that the Dharug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners have a continuous and deep connection to their Country and this is of great significance to Aboriginal people, both locally and in the region.

Gordon Falls Reserve is one of many precincts along the Blue Mountains Southern Escarpment.

A masterplan for the Gordon Falls Reserve precinct is being created to guide the future approach to providing and managing nature and culture-based recreation at this popular location.

It is important to note that Council is not looking to change the role of the Reserve as a public park and access point to walking tracks. The purpose of the proposed upgrade is outlined below.

Background: Council has started a masterplan for the Blue Mountains Southern Escarpment. As part of this project, Council has identified the Gordon Falls Reserve precinct as a priority area for the preparation of its own masterplan to guide the upgrade of the existing reserve and visitor infrastructure. We are turning our attention to the Gordon Falls Reserve precinct masterplan so that we can coordinate with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) upgrade of the walking tracks to create the Grand Cliff Top Walk between Katoomba and Wentworth Falls.

Find out more about the Southern Escarpment Masterplan here.

The purpose of the Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct Masterplan is to:

  • coordinate planning for nature and culture-based recreation
  • prioritise recreational infrastructure upgrades
  • guide the delivery of recreational infrastructure that will improve amenity for residents, meet visitor demand, improve the experience of both residents and visitors, and support local economic development.

This means that Council can address the growing demand on facilities, the ageing recreation and visitor infrastructure that does not meet current safety and accessibility standards, the current patterns of visitor use and expectations, as well as meet the future needs of residents.

Council is working with experienced consultants on this masterplan, specifically to:

  • Renew / upgrade the existing amenities building
  • Review existing park infrastructure including seating, tables, and the children’s playground
  • Review existing carparking in the reserve and surrounding streets to determine capacity and suggest improvements
  • Upgrades to the walking track and Elysian and Olympian Rock Lookouts
  • Investigate the feasibility of an accessible walking track to a lookout within the Reserve

Prior to commencing master planning work for the Southern Escarpment, Council conducted a survey to better understand how people use places and what they valued about the Southern Escarpment. The results of this survey will inform the Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct Masterplan, along with community feedback.


Community Engagement

Community engagement on the development of the Gordon Falls Precinct Masterplan has three phases.

  • Phase 1 - Prior to preparation of the masterplan to identify key issues, insights, and ideas to inform the masterplan concept designs.
  • Phase 2 – The exhibition of the draft masterplan to provide an opportunity for stakeholder feedback and comment.
  • Phase 3 - Notification of the final masterplan and report going to the elected Council seeking adoption. The report will include the outcome of consultation and how stakeholder feedback was considered and / or incorporated in the final masterplan.
  • Phase 4 – Notification of the decision of the elected Council.


This webpage will be progressively updated throughout the life of the project. Please subscribe to receive regular project updates directly to your inbox.

A masterplan is being developed for the Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct.

Gordon Falls Reserve is located within the Country of the Dharug and Gundungurra peoples. We recognise that the Dharug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners have a continuous and deep connection to their Country and this is of great significance to Aboriginal people, both locally and in the region.

Gordon Falls Reserve is one of many precincts along the Blue Mountains Southern Escarpment.

A masterplan for the Gordon Falls Reserve precinct is being created to guide the future approach to providing and managing nature and culture-based recreation at this popular location.

It is important to note that Council is not looking to change the role of the Reserve as a public park and access point to walking tracks. The purpose of the proposed upgrade is outlined below.

Background: Council has started a masterplan for the Blue Mountains Southern Escarpment. As part of this project, Council has identified the Gordon Falls Reserve precinct as a priority area for the preparation of its own masterplan to guide the upgrade of the existing reserve and visitor infrastructure. We are turning our attention to the Gordon Falls Reserve precinct masterplan so that we can coordinate with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) upgrade of the walking tracks to create the Grand Cliff Top Walk between Katoomba and Wentworth Falls.

Find out more about the Southern Escarpment Masterplan here.

The purpose of the Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct Masterplan is to:

  • coordinate planning for nature and culture-based recreation
  • prioritise recreational infrastructure upgrades
  • guide the delivery of recreational infrastructure that will improve amenity for residents, meet visitor demand, improve the experience of both residents and visitors, and support local economic development.

This means that Council can address the growing demand on facilities, the ageing recreation and visitor infrastructure that does not meet current safety and accessibility standards, the current patterns of visitor use and expectations, as well as meet the future needs of residents.

Council is working with experienced consultants on this masterplan, specifically to:

  • Renew / upgrade the existing amenities building
  • Review existing park infrastructure including seating, tables, and the children’s playground
  • Review existing carparking in the reserve and surrounding streets to determine capacity and suggest improvements
  • Upgrades to the walking track and Elysian and Olympian Rock Lookouts
  • Investigate the feasibility of an accessible walking track to a lookout within the Reserve

Prior to commencing master planning work for the Southern Escarpment, Council conducted a survey to better understand how people use places and what they valued about the Southern Escarpment. The results of this survey will inform the Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct Masterplan, along with community feedback.


Community Engagement

Community engagement on the development of the Gordon Falls Precinct Masterplan has three phases.

  • Phase 1 - Prior to preparation of the masterplan to identify key issues, insights, and ideas to inform the masterplan concept designs.
  • Phase 2 – The exhibition of the draft masterplan to provide an opportunity for stakeholder feedback and comment.
  • Phase 3 - Notification of the final masterplan and report going to the elected Council seeking adoption. The report will include the outcome of consultation and how stakeholder feedback was considered and / or incorporated in the final masterplan.
  • Phase 4 – Notification of the decision of the elected Council.


This webpage will be progressively updated throughout the life of the project. Please subscribe to receive regular project updates directly to your inbox.

  • Help shape the future of Gordon Falls Reserve: Survey

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    Blue Mountains City Council is creating a masterplan for the Gordon Falls Reserve precinct to help guide future upgrades that will enhance and support nature and culture-based recreation at this popular location - for everyone.

    We invite you to help shape the future of this precinct. Please review the material available on the Have Your Say webpage for this project and then complete the survey here.

    Your feedback is welcome until 9:00am Monday, 29 August 2022.

  • Masterplan - starting point

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    Our first thoughts on the proposed upgrade of Gordon Falls Reserve precinct are provided in the four Information Panels in the Document Library:

    The designs reflect the key issues, insights and opportunities relating to the site, previous community feedback, and recommendations from other Council studies and plans e.g., Destination Management Plan and Nature-based Recreation Strategy. They provide a starting point for conversation with the community.

    It is important to note that Council is not looking to change the role of the Reserve as a public park and access point to walking tracks. The purpose of the proposed upgrade is outlined above.

    Invitation to Comment

    We welcome your thoughts / ideas / concerns / preferences about the Gordon Falls Reserve precinct in its EXISTING state and on the PROPOSED CHANGES, as shown in Information Panel 2.

    Complete the survey here.

    Your feedback is welcome until 9:00am Monday 29 August 2022


  • Your invitation to the Community Information Session

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    Community Information Session on the Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct Masterplan

    Update: Thank you to everyone that attended the Community Information Session on Saturday 13 August. We appreciate you spending your time to learn about the project and sharing your ideas to inform the design of the masterplan.

    Council is holding an Information Session on the Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct Masterplan. You are invited and encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity to learn about the project and share your ideas to inform the design of the masterplan.

    Date: Saturday, 13 August 2022
    Venue: Gordon Falls Reserve (playground)
    Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

    • 10:30am: A one-hour meeting-style session with a presentation by Council staff and consultants.
    • 11:30am: A drop-in style session with one-on-one conversations with Council staff and consultants.

    Both sessions offer the same information and the opportunity to ask questions, engage in discussion and provide your feedback.

Page last updated: 18 Aug 2022, 05:05 PM