2 hrs 30 mins
(0km) Blaxland Station → Blaxland Library Carpark
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down along the pedestrian lane way, under the foot bridge and away from the highway. Here the walk crosses the car park entrance and follows the footpath downhill to turn left onto ‘Hope St’. This walk then crosses another car park entrance, then turns right to cross Hope St at the traffic calming device. Here the walk turns left and continues down along the footpath beside Hope St for about 150m to turn right at the ‘Blaxland Civic Centre’ sign. Now the walk follows this footpath downhill then along the back deck of the library to the car park on the far side of the building.
(0.53km) Blaxland Library Carpark → Int of Pipas Pass and Bates Ave tracks
(0.88km) Int of Pipas Pass and Bates Ave tracks → Int. Ross Cres Trk East and Pippas Pass
(1.65km) Int. Ross Cres Trk East and Pippas Pass → Int. Beneath rock Trk and Ross Cres Trk
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the stone steps. The track winds fairly steeply uphill at first, then leads a little more gently for just over 100m to come to an intersection at the base of a few rock walls. Here this walk ignores the stone step track (on the left) and veers right following the other stone steps up between the two rock walls. This track winds up the stone steps then bends left to flatten out at the top of the hill at an intersection with a wider track. Here there is a large unfenced rock platform (on your left). At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Continue straight.
Ross Cres rock outcrop
(1.65km) Int. Ross Cres Trk East and Pippas Pass → Int. Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass Trks
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows ‘Florabella Pass’ arrow engraved in rock face along the mostly flat track around the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your left. The track soon comes to another intersection with a set of stone steps (on the right).
(1.72km) Int. Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass Trks → Boulder pool
Turn left: From the intersection, the track keeps the creek on the right, as it heads down stream. The track winds to a creek junction where the track crosses a log to the right. From here the track meanders along the creek bed to a pool with a large boulder in it. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Turn left.
(1.72km) Int. Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass Trks → Int. Florabella Pass Trk and Plateau Pde Trk
Florabella Pass overhang
(2.16km) Int. Florabella Pass Trk and Plateau Pde Trk → No. 14 Plateau Pde
(2.89km) No. 14 Plateau Pde → Blaxland Station
Continue straight: From the intersection the walkk heads up Bridge Rd passing No’s 14, 12, 8. Then continues up Bridge Rd to soon pass Bourke St on the right before coming to the intersection with the Great Western Highway.
Turn sharp right: From Bridge St the walk heads down the Great Western Highway, keeping the houses on the right of the footpath. The walk continues down the hill passing Taringha St then View St as it then heads past the shops. The walk continues to the stairs, and ramp, leading up to the pedestrian bridge.
Turn sharp right: From the footpath, the walk uses the stairs or ramp to climb onto the pedestrian bridge. The walk then crosses the bridge over the Great Western Highway and then heads down onto Blaxland Station.
Maps for the Blaxland Station Florabella Pass Loop walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Springwood||1:25 000 Map Series||90304S SPRINGWOOD||NSW-90304S|
|Penrith||1:100 000 Map Series||9030 PENRITH||9030|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||2 hrs 30 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|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||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
1.9km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 1.2km is very steep. Whilst another 1.1km has short steep hills and the remaining 70m has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.9km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 350m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 55m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
2km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 1.9km is clearly signposted. The remaining (350m) has minimal directional signs.
Around 3.1km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.2km requires some bushwalking experience.
Around 3.1km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.1km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
2.6km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 1.2km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (450m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
2.6 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
This lovely walk from Plateau Pde, Blaxland, explores a section of Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass. From the road you enter a different world as you walk high above Glenbrook creek. The walk takes in some great views and explores some rock formations, with an optional side trip to Glenbrook Creek. The walk then heads up Pippas pass to Blaxland station, but not before enjoying the local bakery.
Total climbing: 224m
2.9 km One way
This walk is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle, enjoying a quiet retreat beside Glenbrook Creek. This walk takes a direct route from Blaxland Station down to a pool of water with a large boulder. A wonderful place to relax and unwind. Stop off at the bakery or cafe in Blaxland for a treat.
Total climbing: 217m
4 km Return
This is a wonderful walk through a section of the Glenbrook Gorge. Plenty of views are dotted along the way, looking into the gorge, with many interesting rock formations to enjoy between the views. Walking from station to station makes this a convenient walk for all. A visit to the local bakery or cafe is a great addition to this walk.
Total climbing: 406m
6 km One way
This walk offers a diverse range of vegetation and sights along its course. Passing Martins Falls and below Martins Lookout, the walk takes in some amazing views as it climbs up and down the ridge lines, above the many creeks and gullies. A walk to test your legs and your camera.
Total climbing: 628m
13.5 km One way
This two-day walk, or very solid one-day walk, takes you from station to station, through lush, scenic forest in the lower Blue Mountains. The walk follows the upper section of Glenbrook Creek most of the way to Blaxland, with a venture over the St Helena Ridge to add some views. An enjoyable two-day walk exploring the diverse range of gully and rocky ridge-top environments in the lower Blue Mountains.
Total climbing: 693m
15.2 km One way
18.3 km One way
7 hrs 15 mins
Other Nearby walks
A long day walk, with a few solid hills to start, and some great views. The walk follows the St Helena Ridge, after crossing the Glenbrook Creek, then continues along The Oaks Fire Trail to Woodford Station. The the last part of the walk follows a management trail with plenty of wild flowers at the right time of year.
Total climbing: 892m
15.9 km One way
This short and enjoyable walk visits a classic lower Blue Mountains view. Martin’s lookout is marked by a memorial plaque looking across to Lost World Lookout, on the other side of Glenbrook Creek. A great short walk if you are in the area or are passing through the Lower Blue Mountains.
Total climbing: 17m
180 m Return
3.1 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
1.2 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This walk allows for a greater appreciation of the hills in the Glenbrook area. Starting with a view of the half-way point, Lost World’s Lookout, from Martin’s Lookout, you can appreciate the task ahead. The walk involves a steep descent and climb through the Glenbrook Valley. A great way to see both sides of the valley, with the unique memorial plaques on opposite sides of the valley. A great walk for the fit.
Total climbing: 504m
5.4 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
This two day circuit, returning to Glenbrook Station, is a scenic walk which passes many of the tourist attractions within the park. The walk winds through some wonderful valleys, and various natural and historic features, sleeping the night high on the ridge at Darug camping area. A great way to spend a weekend walking near Glenbrook.
Total climbing: 790m
16.6 km Circuit
This two day walk covers large sections of the Glenbrook Gorge between the two train stations. As well as winding through the gorge, the walk travels up onto the ridges to pass Red Hands Cave and camp the night at Darug camping area. The gorge section from the causeway to the Nepean River presents many opportunities to get your feet wet, too. This is a wonderfully picturesque and challenging walk.
Total climbing: 1136m
18.8 km One way
Very experienced only
This short, pleasant walk, starts close to the Glenbrook entrance of the Blue Mountains National Park. The walk follows a staircase and track down to Blue Pool. The blue colouring of the water can vary in intensity, depending on water and weather conditions. A popular swimming hole, this creek is particularly dangerous after rain, take care when swimming.
Total climbing: 39m
522 m Return
This enjoyable walk leads to the beautiful feature that is Blue Pool. This natural pool can appear an amazing colour, and can be quite popular with swimmers. If Blue Pool is too crowded for your liking, there is an optional sidetrip which heads further up the creek to Glenbrook sandbar. The sandbar offers a sandy beach at a nice stretch of creek, also a pleasant spot for a dip.
Total climbing: 175m
2.5 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
This walk is more about history than the bush, but it still gives great views. The walk explores a small section of the old Lapstone Zig Zag railway (not to be confused with the more famous Lithgow Zig Zag railway). You will walk where the tracks once stood, through sandstone cuttings, passing an old train station, to the famous Knapsack Viaduct (bridge).
Total climbing: 104m
2 km Circuit
Although the train tunnel is closed to the public, this short walk does give you a view of the eastern (bricked up) entrance of the tunnel. The first half of the walk follows the sandstone cuttings where the train once went. For the second half of the walk to the tunnel, you walk on the Northern side of the cutting, giving you a view into the man-made gully.
Total climbing: 133m
1.4 km Return
This walk starts from the Glenbrook information centre, just inside the national park and follows a well defined track down to the Glenbrook Creek and the gorge. The walk is popular with locals looking for a place to swim. The gorge is particularly dangerous after rain, so appropriate care should be taken. The creek, water holes and the high cliffs make this unique place a wonderful place to visit.
Total climbing: 122m
1.7 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/bsfpl
There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
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