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Reids Plateau Loop
Time: 20 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3 km S of Katoomba
Length: 0.4 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.4 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 29 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 29 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

This walk starts near Katoomba Kiosk, opposite Katoomba Park, on Cliff Drive. The walk heads through the bush, on a well established track, out to Reids Plateau. The loop around Reids Plateau explores several lookouts and the bush through the area. There are a couple of short side trips out to extra lookouts, including one that passes through a natural tunnel. Reids Plateau Picnic area has a few picnic tables, shelter, and a great view making a great spot for a picnic lunch. (open in app)


There are closed areas in Blue Mountains National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Reids Plateau Loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Reids Plateau Loop
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Katoomba Falls Kiosk
Int of Katoomba Kiosk Track and Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Reids Plateau loop
Int of Reids Plateau loop track
Cliffside lookout
Southern cliffside lookout
Int of Tunnel lookout and Reids Plateau picnic area tracks
Int of Tunnel lookout and Reids Plateau picnic area tracks
Reids Plateau picnic area
Int of Reids Plateau loop and lookout tracks
Int of Reids Plateau loop and lookout tracks
Int of Reids Plateau loop track
Int of Katoomba Kiosk Loop and Witches Leap Track
Int of Katoomba Kiosk Track and Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Katoomba Kiosk Track and Prince Henry Cliff Walk

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Six Foot Track 1:50 000 Map Series NSW-six-foot-track 
 Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301S 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
Katoomba Kiosk
 
Katoomba Kiosk +
 
park next to kiosk
 
park next to kiosk +
 
Parkland at Katoomba Kiosk
 
Parkland at Katoomba Kiosk +

 
Steps near int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Reids Plateau loop
 
Steps near int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Reids Plateau loop +
 
Sign and track to Reids Plateau
 
Sign and track to Reids Plateau +
 
Heading down towards Reids Plateau
 
Heading down towards Reids Plateau +

 
Reids Plateau track west of Cliff side lookout
 
Reids Plateau track west of Cliff side lookout +
 
View from Cliff Side Lookout
 
View from Cliff Side Lookout +
 
View from Southern Cliff side lookout
 
View from Southern Cliff side lookout +

 
Tunnel to Lookout
 
Tunnel to Lookout +
 
View from Tunnel Lookout
 
View from Tunnel Lookout +
 
Reids Plateau Picnic area
 
Reids Plateau Picnic area +

 
Mount solitary from Reids Plateau Picnic area
 
Mount solitary from Reids Plateau Picnic area +
 
'Cave' shelter at Reids Plateau Picnic area
 
'Cave' shelter at Reids Plateau Picnic area +
 
Track passing 'cave' at Reids Plateau Picnic area
 
Track passing 'cave' at Reids Plateau Picnic area +

 
View from Plateau Lookout
 
View from Plateau Lookout +
 
Orphan Rock from Reids Plateau
 
Orphan Rock from Reids Plateau +
 
Reids Plateau
 
Reids Plateau +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Reids Plateau Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Reids Plateau Loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Reids Plateau Loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Reids Plateau Loop bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 350m
Time 20 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 220m of this walk is flat with no steps, whilst the remaining 140m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 200m of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 150m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 180m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 170m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 350m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 350m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 300m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 50m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Katoomba Falls Kiosk
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Katoomba Falls Kiosk
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Katoomba Falls Kiosk Alt = 932 m
The Katoomba Falls Kiosk serves a variety of light and healthy meals including breakfast, lunch and Devonshire teas. A drink enjoyed here will add to the experience of any local bushwalk. For more information, phone (02) 4782-4868. More info

(0 km) Katoomba Falls Kiosk to Int of Katoomba Kiosk Loop and Witches Leap Track
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 74 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
From Katoomba Falls Kiosk, this walk heads out the front doors and turns left following the side of the building, past the car park to the small park, which it crosses, passing the water fountain and the large information signs to the signposted intersection of the 'Prince Henry Cliff Walk' and the track heading to 'Scenic Railway & Skyway'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Reids Plateau' sign down the concrete stairs, passing a 'Greenspace Project' sign. The walk continues down to the bottom of the stairs and to the intersection of the Katoomba Falls Walk and the Prince Henry Cliff Walk (unsignposted).

(0.07 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Reids Plateau loop to Int of Reids Plateau loop track
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 12 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk goes south, up the concrete stairs. The track climbs up to the intersection with the Reids Plateau loop at the top of the first flight of stairs.

(0.09 km) Int of Reids Plateau loop track to Cliffside lookout
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 33 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads climbs up the right of the two staircases. At the top, the walk continues along the footpath for a short distance through the trees to the first lookout.

Cliffside lookout Alt = 916 m
This unnamed, fenced lookout is perched on the cliff's edge on Reids Plateau. The lookout has a bench seat and overlooks the Witches Leap area. The view is mostly of the surrounding trees, with glimpses of cliffs on the other side of the valley. There is a nice view of Witches Leap waterfall.

(0.12 km) Cliffside lookout to Int of Tunnel lookout and Reids Plateau picnic area tracks
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 57 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -11 m
Turn left : From the lookout, the walk heads south along the footpath, winding around the edge of the plateau while keeping the valley to the right. The walk soon comes to the next lookout.
Veer left: From the lookout, the walk follows the footpath south through the bush and up the concrete steps intersection with the Tunnel Lookout track .

(0.18 km) Int of Tunnel lookout and Reids Plateau picnic area tracks to Tunnel Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 4 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the shorter flight of steps and under a rock overhang to the Tunnel Lookout.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Tunnel Lookout Alt = 901 m
Tunnel Lookout is a fenced lookout perched on the cliff edge, accessed though a small natural tunnel. The panorama looks along the Kedumba Valley, as well as taking in Orphan Rock to the right. There is also good view of Ruined Castle. The Scenic Skyway passes in front of the lookout every so often.

(0.18 km) Int of Tunnel lookout and Reids Plateau picnic area tracks to Reids Plateau picnic area
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 15 m Time =
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk head along the footpath to the open concrete area at the fenced-off cliff edge, where there are a few tables and chairs .

Reids Plateau Picnic area Alt = 907 m
Reids Plateau Picnic Area is at the southern end of Reids Plateau, near Katoomba Kiosk. There are a few picnic benches and tables near a great lookout, looking towards Mount Solitary. The tables are sheltered by a reasonably realistic artificial cave. The lookout is a nice place to shelter from the rain or sun, and great for a picnic. The area is quite popular, so you are unlikely to be here alone.

(0.19 km) Reids Plateau picnic area to Int of Reids Plateau loop and lookout tracks
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 28 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the picnic area, the walk follows the concrete path north, winding around the plateau for a short distance to the intersection with the Plateau lookout path, near the fibreglass rock shelter.

(0.22 km) Int of Reids Plateau loop and lookout tracks to Reids Plateau lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 10 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads east through the bush and away from the fibreglass shelter, soon coming to the lookout at the end of the path.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Plateau Lookout Alt = 915 m
This small, fenced lookout is on Reids Plateau, near Katoomba Kiosk. The lookout provides a partial view through some trees, across the Kedumba Valley towards the Three Sisters.

(0.22 km) Int of Reids Plateau loop and lookout tracks to Int of Reids Plateau loop track
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 47 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath north through the bush, passing the fibreglass shelter and continuing down the concrete steps to the intersection with the Reids Plateau loop track.

(0.27 km) Int of Reids Plateau loop track to Katoomba Falls Kiosk
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 86 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk heads down the concrete steps to the intersection with the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
Continue straight: With the Katoomba Falls track to the left and the picnic bench to the right, this walk heads north up the concrete stairs, passing a 'Greenspace Project' sign. The walk comes to the top of the stairs, to the signposted intersection of 'Round Walk' at the back of the small park near the Katoomba Kiosk.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk crosses through the park, passing the large information signs and the water fountain, arriving at the Katoomba Kiosk.

Catch the bus from Katoomba Falls Kiosk
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Katoomba Falls Kiosk
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by


Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 1.3 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 1.7 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 29.7 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 30.4 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 30.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Reids Plateau Loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Reids Plateau Loop
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5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
28 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 28 km (to the W)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 29 km (to the NNW)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 30 km (to the E)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 35 km (to the NE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is HIGH, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 33 minutes ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Clear.
Clear.
20.7°C (feels like 20.9°)
0 km/h from the CALM
52% humidity     (as at 20/03:00pm)
Sat      °Clear.
Sun10°|26°Sunny.
Mon13°|27°Shower or two. Possible storm.
Tue14°|24°Showers. Likely storm developing.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Blue Mountains National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park
Closure information last downloaded Saturday 20th of December 2014 04:00 PM
CLOSED AREAS
Cahills lookout - Katoomba - Cahills lookout - Katoomba
As a result of a recent bushfire, Cahills lookout remains closed until further notice. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Council on (02) 4780 5000.
Claustral Canyon access change
Access to Claustral canyon via the previous route across private land at Mount Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mount Tomah residents and avoid using private land. Alternative access from the west side of Mount Bell has been identified. For more information, please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 open seven days 9am to 4.30pm or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
McMahons Road - McMahon's Point ride - Wentworth Falls
McMahons Road picnic area and lookout will be closed at the gate approximately 7km from the old Queen Victoria Hospital while tree and roads works are in progress (likely 2-3 weeks). Access to Andersons and Red Ridge trails will remain open. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Mount Banks walking and cycling track
Some areas of this park are closed due to fire damage unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. For more information, please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877,open seven days 9am to 4.30pm or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Mount Banks Summit walk, Mount Banks Road cycle route
Three Sisters walking track closure - Three Sisters - Honeymoon Bridge
Three Sisters track will be closed from Echo Point to the start of the Giant Stairway for major upgrade works to improve facilities for visitors. Works will commence from Monday 24 November 2014 and will be ongoing for the next 6 months. Access to the Giant Stairway, and Prince Henry Cliff walk to Leura is open. For more information, please contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Waratah Native Gardens
Some areas of this park are closed due to a major landslip event occurring across Gorge walking track. Closed areas include The Waratah Native Gardens precinct of Blue Mountains National Park. A full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The precinct will be closed at the Valley Ridges Road Berambing entry gate (west of Bilpin). This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. For more information, please contact NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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