Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk

1 Hr

2 km Circuit

104 m

Hard track
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).

Maps for the Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk walk

You 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.
Penrith 1:25 000 Map Series 90303N PENRITH NSW-90303N
Penrith 1:100 000 Map Series 9030 PENRITH 9030

Cross sectional view of the Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk

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.

Length 2 km
Time 1 Hr

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


1.3km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 370m is flat with no steps. Whilst another 300m is very steep and the remaining 25m has short steep hills.

Quality of track

1.1km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 620m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (300m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


Around 1.6km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 330m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 1.7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 300m requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 2km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 1.6km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 330m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk walk starts and ends at the Car park (gps: -33.766828, 150.64056)
Your transport options to Car park are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

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 Forest

This walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* 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)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt :)