Infowalking distance: 19.5 km
duration: 7:42 h
walking: 10:29 h
elevation diff: 1258 m
location: blue mountains
driving distance: 90 km
driving time: 1:15 h
water available: yes, in a creek near campsite
Max elevation: 1066 m
Min elevation: 272 m
Total climbing: 1358 m
Total time: 07:42:28
PhotographsPHOTO GALLERY "11-04-01-blue-gum" (2016-08-29 12:12:59)
Closed areas: Parts of Blue Mountains National Park closed
Many walking tracks, roads and fire trails within Blue Mountains National Park remain closed following sustained wet weather, subsequent geological instability or infrastructure upgrades. As sites are opened, we remind visitors that these areas have been subject to long periods of high rainfall, and landslides, rockfall and treefall can occur without notice.
Please check which areas are closed before travelling.
The following areas are closed:
Katoomba and Leura
- Giant Stairway
- Dardanelles Pass
- No access to Scenic World from Echo Point via Giant Stairs and Dardanelles Pass
- Federal Pass (west of Scenic World)
- Sublime Point fire trail
- Gordon Falls track and lookout closed due to trackwork
- Lone Lyrebird track between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to a major washout
- Lillian's Bridge track - closure at junction of Inspiration Point track. No through access to Valley of the Waters and the Conservation Hut due to a major landslide.
- Prince Henry Cliff walk between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
- Prince Henry Cliff walk between Echo Point and Cliff View lookout due to trackwork
- Lady Darley track to Prince Henry Cliff walk due to track work
- Amphitheatre track
- Bridal Veil lookout (west of Leura Cascades) is closed until the end of August 2022 for upgrade works
- Golf Links lookout to Carleton Road, Leura, is closed Monday to Friday for trackwork
- Golden Stairs
- Glenraphael Road and Narrow Neck trail due to major landslide
- Ruined Castle walking track
- Six Foot Track - Nellies Glen to Megalong Valley
- Nature track closed between Edinburgh Castle Rock and Lillian's Bridge due to landslide
- Valley of the Water Track closed at Sylvia Falls. No access to Roberts pass, Vera Falls, Hipporcrene Falls or Wentworth Falls from Valley of the Waters.
- No access to Valley of the Water via Roberts Pass.
- Valley of the Waters closed below Roberts Pass
- Charles Darwin walk
- National Pass
- Wentworth Pass
- Conservation Hut
- Valley of Waters Picnic Area
- Kedumba Pass Fire Trail
- Kedumba River Crossing campground
- Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the west end. Ingar campers must walk in via Anderson's or Bedford Roads
- Little Switzerland Drive and Chester Road Fire trails will be closed from the 8th August until the 16th September to allow for road works. No through access to Rocket Point and Wentworth Falls.
- Empress Canyon until Friday 19 August to allow for track repairs. Empress Canyon remains open on weekends.
- Govetts Leap Lookout and Picnic Area
- Govetts Descent
- Horse track
- Rodriguez Pass
- Braeside walking track due to track work (Braeside Road is open to cyclists and walkers)
- Evans lookout due to upgrade work
- Perrys Lookdown campground
- Base of Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest and Burra Korain Flat along Grose River
- Victoria Falls to Burra Korain Flat
- Pulpit walking track and Pulpit Rock lookout
- Walls Cave walking track due to trackwork
- Green Gully and Dunphy's Campground are closed until 31st August with no access for all vehicles, cyclists and walkers due to land slip.
- Murphys Glen Road closed to all vehicles (open to walkers and cyclists - weekends only) until 19th August to allow for flood repair works.
- Murphys Glen campground closed until 31 August 2022 to allow for roadworks and campground improvements
- Bedford Creek Fire Trail is closed to all vehicles and pedestrians until Friday 19th August to allow for flood repairs. Walkers and cyclists permitted on the weekends.
- Martins Lookout track to Glenbrook Creek is closed for walking track works until Friday 30 September 2022
- Euroka campground closed until Thursday 11th August 2022
- Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed or the site is listed in this alert
- Empress Canyon - Access via West St only. Exit via Valley of the Waters to Conservation Hut.
Grade 5 tracks and off-trail areas are open, excluding those listed below. Grade 5 tracks are for very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills such as advanced navigation and emergency first aid. Please visit this page for further information on track grades.
If you plan on embarking on Grade 5 tracks or undertaking off-trail activities, please be aware of the likelihood of changed conditions and consider current safety advice.
Closed Grade 5 tracks:
- Mount Solitary loop due to landslides near Ruined Castle
- K2K (Kanangra to Katoomba) access only available from Kanangra Walls. Green Gully, Dunphy's Campground and Narrow Neck trail are closed. Also note: Due to the ongoing wet conditions, Coxs River can flood at short notice and may be impassable. Walkers should check conditions before departing.
- Rodriguez Pass
- Govetts Descent
- Horse track
- Vera Falls and Hippocrene Falls walking tracks
Closed areas: Entry to Burralow Creek campground via Tabaraga Ridge fire trail closed
The only access currently open to Burralow campground is via Paterson Range fire trail. Enter near the Bilpin Fruitbowl, via Bells Line of Road. 4WD access only.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 4632 4500.
Closed areas: Conservation Hut and Evans lookout visitor precinct upgrades - Areas closed
The following areas are closed for upgrades until late September 2022:
- Evans lookout, Blackheath
- Conservation Hut
- Valley of the Waters picnic area, Wentworth Falls
The carparks, toilets and lookouts will be closed during construction.
Walking track access will be provided to walking tracks that are open. Track closures are updated regularly, check the NPWS alerts page for updates.
The upgrades are part of the NSW government infrastructure investment. More detail can be found on this web page or by calling the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.
Closed areas: Govetts Leap lookout
The visitor precinct at Govetts Leap lookout in Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath is closed for upgrades from Thursday 11 August 2022 to February 2023.
The carpark and lookout will be closed during construction.
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and the toilets at Govetts Leap lookout will remain open.
Access to walking tracks will be provided to tracks that are open. Track closures are updated regularly. Check the NPWS alerts page for updates.
The works include improvements to the lookout and carpark, and construction of new accessible pathways in the area.
The upgrades are part of the NSW government infrastructure investment. More detail can be found on this webpage or by calling Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.
Closed areas: Woodford Oaks trail closure
Woodford Oaks trail is closed between Woodford and Glenbrook on weekdays from Monday 1 August to Friday 26 August 2022 for fire trail maintenance.
The trail will remain open on Saturday and Sunday.
Heavy earthmoving equipment including trucks will be in operation. There is no visitor access during this time.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.
Closed areas: Empress Canyon closed due to track repairs
Empress Canyon of Blue Mountains National Park is closed Monday to Friday from Wednesday 10 August until Friday 19 August 2022 to allow for track repairs.
Empress Canyon is open during weekends. Access is via West Street only.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.
Closed areas: Fire trails closed for works
The following trails in Blue Mountains National Park will be closed on weekdays from Thursday 28 July to Friday 26 August 2022 for maintenance works:
- Shaws Ridge
- Blue Gum Swamp
- Bees Nest Hill
- Springwood Ridge
Heavy earthmoving equipment including trucks will be in operation. There is no visitor access during this time. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.
Safety alerts: Grose Valley walking tracks - Experienced walkers only
Walking tracks that are open in the Grose Valley (Blue Mountains National Park) may become indistinct with fallen trees and wash outs due to recent flood events. Experienced walkers only.
For more information, contact the NPWS Blackheath Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.
Closed areas: Dunphys campground closed due to landslip
Access along Megalong Valley Road to Dunphys campground is closed due to landslides. Blue Mountains City Council are working on the road with an expected completion date of Wednesday 31 August 2022. This closure may be extended, depending on conditions.
For more information, contact the Blackheath Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.
Other incidents: Oaks Singles track undergoing maintenance
Maintenance works are underway on Oaks Singles track from Friday 28 January 2022, due to erosion issues and major safety concerns.
The track will undergo vegetation maintenance followed by the addition of sandstone surface. The works are to stabilise some sections and rock armouring in poorly drained sections.
For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 4632 4500.
Closed areas: Ingar Road Closed
Ingar Road is closed to all access where it traverses through private property at the end of Queen Elizabeth Drive. There is no vehicle access to Ingar campground. Campers must hike in via a publicly accessible route (via Andersons fire trail or Bedford Road).
Other planned events: Notice of Ongoing 1080 program
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting programs in Blue Mountains National Park from Monday 2nd May to Wednesday 2nd November 2022.
The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.
The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.
Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.
Please contact the local Kanangra NPWS area office at Oberon on 6336 6200 for more information.
Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed
Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed until further notice. This includes Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai area office on 02 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.