|Mount Wilson||1:25 000 Map Series||89301N MOUNT WILSON||NSW-89301N|
|Katoomba||1:100 000 Map Series||8930 KATOOMBA||8930|
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
Around 2.5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 280m has short steep hills.
Around 2.7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 130m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
Around 2.5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 250m has minimal directional signs.
Around 2.5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 280m requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 2.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 2.7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 130m has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
Pyramid Shaped Rock, is a rock shaped (somewhat) like a pyramid. It is a great place to camp the night, with a flat clear area for your tent, or a nice place to stop for lunch on a day trip. The rock is adjacent to a swamp with water (normally), and the rock’s proximity to Thor and Asgard Head walks makes it a great base camp. For another adventure, the side trip to Asgard Kiln and Mine are well worth the trip if you’re staying overnight.
Total climbing: 154m
4.2 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
The walk to Thor Head has some breathtaking views. The last part of the walk follows a large unfenced cliff line and there is no track for the last 1km. The views along the way are fantastic. If the climb up Thor Head is not for you, the views from the rocky knoll along the cliff line are just as spectacular. If you have some extra time, the optional side trip to Asgard Kiln and Mine are a great way to add some heritage to your walk of breathtaking views.
Total climbing: 305m
6.4 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
Very experienced only
The Victoria Falls walk is a great way to get up close to an amazing cascade. The walk explores the top and bottom of the falls, with the chance to climb behind Victoria Falls. This walk heads down into a section of the Grose Valley from the end of Victoria Falls Rd. Although there is no where to swim, the shady track and spray from the waterfall is refreshing on a warm day.
Total climbing: 431m
3.1 km Return
This walk explores a fantastic section of the Grose Valley. Starting above Victoria Falls, the walk explores the cascades before dropping into the valley for the first nights rest at Burra Korain campsite. The walk then heads down through the valley to the Blue Gum Forest before camping at Acacia Flats for the night. On the last day the walk heads up Govetts Creek, past Bridal Falls and Govetts Leap, then follows Pope’s Glen to the station. The distance each day allows time to stop, explore and enjoy the fantastic scenery.
Total climbing: 1580m
22.5 km One way
This short, return walk takes you to the lookout above Victoria Falls. Despite the name, the lookout does not view Victoria Falls, but instead gives a magnificent view over the Grose Valley and the surrounding cliffs. There are better lookouts closer to Blackheath, but if you’re in the area this very short walk is worthwhile for the view.
Total climbing: 15m
206 m Return
This long day-walk follows a remote track down from Victoria Falls lookout, passing the waterfall, and into the Grose Valley, to the famous Blue Gum Forest, a scenic and historic highlight of this area. From the Blue Gum Forest, the walk climbs steeply to finish at Perry’s Lookdown. You will need to organise a car shuttle, or a taxi for this walk.
Total climbing: 1102m
13.8 km One way
This is a fantastic overnight walk with a sleep in Acacia Flats camping area. The Grose Valley, with its views of the Grose River and surrounding cliffs, gives a dramatic backdrop during most of this walk. The climbs up and down the valley give an appreciation of the scale of it all. Public transport options are available at the end of the walk, but you will need a lift to the start.
Total climbing: 1561m
22.2 km One way
This is a magnificent overnight walk, allowing time to really explore the area. Enjoying views of Victoria Falls and other cascades makes a great way to start this walk. The campsite of Burra Korain Flats is not as popular as Acacia Flats, enhancing the serenity of the Grose Valley. The walk out via Pierces Pass is steep, with the great views encouraging regular photo stops (especially when you need an excuse to catch your breath).
Total climbing: 854m
8.9 km One way
If you can organise the car shuttle or taxi, this is a great day walk. The track descends from the walls of Pierces Pass into another world along the Grose River, with its tall Blue Gum Forest. The optional side trip to Acacia Flats provides a great place to stop for lunch, and a toilet stop, before climbing up to the brilliant views from Perrys Lookdown.
Total climbing: 774m
10.4 km One way
5 hrs 30 mins
This walk explores a beautiful section of the Grose Valley from Bells Line of Road. The walk heads down Pierces Pass and follows the magnificent Grose River to the Blue Gum Forest. The Blue Gum Forest is an icon of Blue Mountains bushwalking and this track gives you a great way to reach it. You then return the same way, or alternatively, finish by climbing to Perrys Lookdown, to make this a one-way walk.
Total climbing: 812m
14 km Return
6 hrs 30 mins
This walk explores a section of the Grose River and the flats around the superb Blue Gum Forest. The track then climbs up to Govetts Leap Lookout and along Pope’s Glen to Blackheath. The hard yakka will be rewarded by some superb views of blue gums, the gorge, waterfalls and cliffs. This walk is one where you’ll want to have a friend with a car (they can enjoy some shorter walks or the great cafes in the area) or hail a taxi.
Total climbing: 1225m
17.6 km One way
This walk to Baltzer Lookout rewards you with excellent scenery and a view over the stunning Hanging Rock (aka the Finger). The track is mainly management trail, and would be great on a mountain bike (to the end of the management trail). The large cliff edges are unfenced and quite exposed, so do take care. Although short and relatively unchanging in scenery, the walk to Baltzer Lookout is well worth it.
Total climbing: 266m
7.6 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
A nice walk if you are in the area, and worth doing before Pulpit Rock lookout. This walk is not as busy as many of the other lookout walks in the area. The view across the valley is fantastic. The lookout makes a great place for a picnic lunch, and the lack of crowds makes it that much more attractive.
Total climbing: 14m
460 m Return
400 m Return