Infowalking distance: 4.5 km
location: Blue Mountains
driving distance: 105 km
driving time: 1:25 h
elevation diff: 550 m
water available: no
Max elevation: 1062 m
Min elevation: 959 m
Total climbing: 569 m
Total descent: -580 m
Total time: 03:49:09
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Closed areas: Closed campsites
NPWS is working to reopen all campgrounds and accommodations where possible. However, some locations need to remain closed to ensure compliance with the current rules on public gatherings or for other reasons such as fire or flood damage.
From 1 June, all reopened campgrounds and campsites will require a booking to be made before you visit.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.
Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas
NPWS is working to reopen campgrounds and accommodation where possible, however some locations need to remain closed to ensure compliance with the current rules on public gatherings or for other reasons such as fire/flood damage.
From Monday 1 June 2020, all reopened campgrounds and campsites will 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, COVID-19, track works and/or flood damage:
Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls
- National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to rockfall risk.
- Part of Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil falls to Fern Bower, due to rockfall risk.
- 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.
- Part of Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
- McMahons Lookout Road and McMahons Point, due to fire damage.
- Kedumba, Dunphys and Ruined Castle campgrounds closed due to fire damage.
- Ingar campground is closed to vehicles due to private property access. Ingar Road is closed to vehicles, bikes and walkers where it traverses private property at the eastern end of Queen Elizabeth Drive.
- Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary walking tracks are closed due to fire damage.
- Wild Dog Mountains routes, Kanangra to Katoomba closed south of Mobbs Swamp (Yellow Pup spur), Katoomba to Mittagong.
- Bedford Creek crossing not suitable for vehicles.
- Hat Hill Road is closed to vehicles due to floods and repairs. Lookouts are open to walkers and cyclists.
- All walking tracks into and around Grose Valley including Perrys (below Docker lookout), Cliff Top, Bridal Veil Falls, Rodriguez Pass, Victoria Falls, Pierces Pass (Hungerfords) and Short Ridge (aka Lockleys Pylon closed below Pylon), due to fire damage.
- Dunphys/Green Gully, Perrys, Burra Korain and Acacia Flat campgrounds are all closed.
- Other walking tracks around Blackheath including Walls Cave, Popes Glen, Braeside walk and Pulpit Rock, due to fire and flood damage.
- The Range fire trail to Wombeyan Caves Road is open (although Wombeyan Caves remains closed)
- The Oberon-Colong Stockroute is only open to Mount Werong campground.
- Yerranderie remains closed.
- Yileen and Butterbox/Mount Hay are closed. All other canyons are open.
- Pulpit Rock and all areas that require access along closed and damaged walking tracks.
The following areas are open:
- Access to the Three Sisters and Giant Stairs from Echo Point
- Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls cliff top walking tracks, where not impacted above or by other closures.
- Narrow Neck cycle route and fire trail.
- Mount Hay Road, Fortress Ridge, Lockleys Pylon, Mount Hay summit and Butterbox Point
- Nellies Glen and Devils Hole
- Six Foot track is open to walkers.
- Kedumba Valley road to Sublime Point trail, and Sublime Point trail.
- Blue Mountains Heritage Centre (social distancing required).
- Evans lookout, Grand Canyon, Govetts Leap, Fairfax Heritage track.
- Braeside fire trail (not walk).
- Hat Hill Road is open to walkers and cyclists only, all the way to Perrys lookdown (no access to Grose Valley). Wind Eroded Cave and Anvil Rock lookout are also open.
- Burramoko Ridge fire trail and Hanging Rock/Baltzer lookouts.
- Point Pilcher lookout.
- Victoria Falls Road and lookout and Asgard Swamp (no access to Grose Valley).
- Mount Banks (Mount Banks Road cycle route and Summit walk).
- Walls lookout and Rigby Hill routes.
- Narrow Neck routes including Golden Stairs and Tarros Ladder.
- Wild Dogs routes north of Mobbs Swamp (including Splendour Rock, Breakfast Creek, Knights Deck, Tin Pot/Iron Pot).
NSW National Parks will be clearing fallen trees, removing tree hazards and undertaking minor repairs on damaged infrastructure over the next few months. Some tracks and sites may remain closed for longer periods where major infrastructure needs replacing.
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).
Closed areas: Glenbrook precinct - Track maintenance
Several fire trails in the Glenbrook Precinct of the Blue Mountains National Park are closed for maintenance. Signs will be in place around closed areas.
Woodford Oaks fire trail will be closed on Monday 6 July 2020, and will reopen on Tuesday 7 July 2020.
Nepean lookout and Red Hands Cave fire trails are closed from Tuesday 7 July to Friday 10 July 2020. Nepean lookout fire trail is open prior to these dates, however the condition is rough. Please drive with caution.
The following areas, when closed, wont be accessable by vehicle, on foot or bike:
- Pisgah Rock and fire trail
- Nepean lookout and fire trail
- Jack Evans track
- Red Hands Cave
Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed
Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the 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.
Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a baiting program using CPEs containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs.
The program is ongoing from Wednesday 1 July 2020 until Thursday 31 December 2020 in the following parks and reserves:
- Abercrombie River National Park
- Blue Mountains National Park (Including Bullnigang and Millnigang trails)
For further information call the NPWS Kanangra area office 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.
Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting for post bushfire relief
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a post fire relief aerial baiting program using fresh meat, containing 1080 (sodium fluroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be ongoing between Monday 1 June and Wednesday 8 July 2020.
All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.
Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs maybe 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 of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.
For further information please call the NPWS Blackheath office on 02 4787 8877.
Closed areas: Undercliff track
Undercliff track will be closed for maintenance from Friday 20 March to Friday 31 July 2020.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath on 02 4787 8877.
Closed areas: Partial closure - Echo Point lookout
Part of the Echo Point lookout in Katoomba is closed until August 2020 due to upgrades. For more information visit Echo Point upgrades or contact the Blue Mountains City Council on 02 4780 5000.
Safety alerts: Caution - Victory track tree fall and landslide
The Victory track has changed track conditions due to fallen trees, debris and trip hazards. The trail is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by flooding. Take care along this route.
For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.
Closed areas: Dunphys campground
Dunphys campground in Blue Mountains National Park is closed due to substantial flood damage to the timber bridge over Galong Creek. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.