walking distance: 5.5 km
duration: 3:16 h
walking: 1:34 h
elevation diff: 290 m
location: Blue Mountains
driving distance: 92 km
driving time: 1:20 h
water available:
parking: -33.7359,150.2818

gps tracks

Total distance: 5636 m
Max elevation: 1036 m
Min elevation: 980 m
Total climbing: 312 m
Total time: 03:16:33
Download file: 21-03-03-castle-head.gpx


Track notes


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Blue Mountains National Park

Hazard reduction burns: Linden Creek HR
There is a fire in this park called Linden Creek HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Hazard reduction burns: Little Crater HR
There is a fire in this park called Little Crater HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Victoria Falls, Pierces Pass and Perrys lookdown walking tracks closed
The following areas are closed from 7.30am to 5pm on Tuesday 11 May 2021 for helicopter operations:

  • Victoria Falls, Pierces Pass and Perrys lookdown walking tracks
  • Mount Banks Road, picnic area and walking track
Temporary stop/go closures will also occur on Lockley Pylon walking track throughout the day.
For further information call the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas
All campgrounds and campsites listed on our website require a booking to be made before you visit. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.
The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are closed due to bushfire or storm damage, road or track works:
Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls
  • Part of National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to ongoing rockfall risk.
  • Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil falls to Fern Bower, due to ongoing rockfall risk.
  • Part of Prince Henry Cliff walk between Leura Cascades and Tarpeian Rock track junction is closed Tuesdays to Fridays only, until Friday 28 May 2021, due to track maintenance. There is no pedestrian access between Katoomba and Leura within the national park. Walkers accessing Leura Cascades from the east must return by the same route.
  • Part of Prince Henry Cliff walk between the Merriwa Street exit and Tallawalla lookout is closed due to a major landslide and track maintenance. Walkers can exit/enter via Silver Mist picnic area. (Note: Walkers can still access Fern Bower via Solitary Restaurant).
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Leura Cascades round walk and Leura Cascades picnic area, and between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Detours in place. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Bridal Veil View (east) track is closed for track maintenance.
  • Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Paradise Pool walking track and part of Woodford Catchment are closed due to Bulls Camp hazard reduction burn.
  • Murphys Glen (campground and picnic area) is closed to vehicles due to wet weather. Walkers and cyclists permitted.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the end of Queen Elizabeth Drive. Ingar campground is therefore closed to vehicles. Walkers and cyclists permitted where they do not traverse private property.
  • Andersons trail is impassable to vehicles (where authorised) due to flood/tree damage. Cyclists and walkers can traverse around.
  • Glenraphael Road and Narrowneck Trail will be closed to all vehicles for road repairs from Mon10th May to Thurs 14th May. Walkers permitted.   
Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line
  • Govetts Leap descent and Rodriguez Pass walking track, due to fire damage to infrastructure.
  • Perrys Lookdown campground, due to dangerous trees.
  • Walls Cave, Popes Glen and Pulpit Rock Tracks are closed due to fire and flood damage and associated repairs.
  • Pierces Pass Road is closed due to storm damage. Walkers and cyclists permitted.
Canyons and Rock climbing areas
  • Pulpit Rock climbing area and all other areas that require access along closed walking tracks or roads.
  • Wollangambe 1 Canyon closed due to a dangerous whirlpool.
Note: All canyons except Wollangambe 1 are open. Visitors should exercise caution as recent flooding may have left debris or moved rocks.
If you arrive at your local national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it's your responsibility to leave the area. 
To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert.
For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Other planned events: Ultra Trail Australia major event
The Ultra Trail Australia running event is taking place in the Blue Mountains from Friday 14 May to Sunday 16 May inclusive. There will be runners on some walking tracks and sections of road.
Areas around the following visitor sites will be busy with some road and parking restrictions (see Blue Mountains City Council regarding road closures): 
  • Narrow Neck / Golden Stairs
  • Dunphys campsite
  • Megalong Road
  • Katoomba Aquatic Centre
  • Queen Victoria Hospital
Please check the event website for further information.

Closed areas: Closure due to roadworks
The Glenbrook precinct in Blue Mountains National Park will be closed for roadworks from Monday 3 May 2021 to Friday 11 June 2021, inclusive. The closed areas include:
  • The Oaks picnic shelter and fire trail from Iron Barks picnic area​
  • Red Hands Cave and fire trail
  • Nepean lookout and fire trail
  • Nepean,Tunnel View and Mount Portal lookouts
  • Pisgar Ridge
  • Jack Evans track
  • Euroka campground
  • Jelly Bean and Blue Pool
  • The Gorge track
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 4720 6200.

Safety alerts: Advanced navigation required for Kanangra to Katoomba (K2K) track
Kanangra to Katoomba (K2K) track has been damaged by fire, storms and flooding. The trail is overgrown with significant understorey brush and grass growth.
Fallen trees, vegetation covered loose rocks and burnt out stump holes may result in slips, trips and falls. Advanced navigation skills are required to undertake this trail.

Closed areas: Entry to Burralow Creek campground via Tabaraga Ridge fire trail closed
Burralow Creek campground is open, however Tabaraga Ridge fire trail the 'Burralow Rd/Kurrajong Heights' access trails are closed until further notice, due to:
  • significant flood damage
  • multiple treefalls
  • a landslip impacting the trail surface
The only access now open to Burralow campground is via Paterson Range fire trail. Enter near the Bilpin Fruitbowl, via Bells Line of Road. 4WD access only.
Campers must book in advance under COVID-19 health requirements.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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 area office on 02 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Safety alerts: Mount Solitary/Ruined Castle walking tracks affected by flood
Mount Solitary and Ruined Castle walking tracks are flood affected. Caution is advised when entering these areas. Hazards that may be present include fallen trees, washed-out drainage and creek lines, landslides, unstable surfaces and changes to track condition.
A high level of preparedness is required. Please exercise caution in remote areas.

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog and fox control program
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a strategic ground and aerial baiting program for the control of wild dogs and foxes.
The operations will involve the use of meat, manufactured products and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPE’s) containing Poison 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate). The program will be continuous and ongoing from Thursday 31 December 2020 to Wednesday 30 June 2021 in the following parks, reserves and state conservation areas:
  • Abercrombie National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Wollemi National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park
  • Mares Forest National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve
These programs have been designed to meet NPWS priority conservation and state focused biosecurity issues. All baiting locations will be signposted.
Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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.
For further information, call the NPWS Kanangra area on 02 6336 6200.

Other planned events: Six Foot Track - camping registration
If you're planning to stay at a campground managed by Crown Lands (e.g. on Six Foot Track) from 1 June 2020, you now need to fill out the Crown reserves camping registration form.
To register fill in the online form and submit.
This link can be emailed or sent by text message. The form can be submitted on a smartphone or computer.
This is requiered to comply with the Public Health Order and COVID-19 Safety Plans.



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