The Oaks Picnic Area
(0km) The Oaks Picnic Area → Int. Wheel Gully Trail and Oaks Firetrail
1 hr 59 mins
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads past the Red Hand Cave intersection and west along the management trail, with the picnic area on the right and car park to the left. The walk heads down the road for a very short time, to the signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk does not head in the direction of ‘Nepean lookout’ but leads to the gate and fence up the other trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads up the slight hill, passing the gate. The trail winds slowly as it climbs the gentle slope for quite some time. The trail then flattens out and leads to a steeper gradient, and at the top, comes to a ’15km to Woodford’ sign.
Continue straight: From the sign, the walk continues upwards along the trail, winding slowly for some kilometres. The vegetation either side of the trail stays relatively the same, passing some clearings with demolished trees in them. As the trail begins to head north, it continues to wind uphill, passing a large clearing on the left. Soon after the large clearing, the walk comes to an intersection on the right, before the track turns left sharply.
(6.03km) Int. Wheel Gully Trail and Oaks Firetrail → Int. in Wheel Gully loop
Continue straight: From the intersection the track heads down the left or right track to wind around and down to a dam. From the dam the track winds back up either track to the intersection. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Turn right.
(6.03km) Int. Wheel Gully Trail and Oaks Firetrail → Int. Oaks Firetrail and cliff lookout Trk
2 hrs 45 mins
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill to the north, winding steeply up past a rock shelf with a view (on the left). The track continues steeply uphill, then winds across a plateau with rocky surfaces to both sides of the track. The vegetation here is also lower and sparser, giving views of the surrounding valleys. The track winds across this plateau and hillsides for some time before descending steeply, passing a blue marker sign on the right before coming to the intersection with St Helena Ridge Trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads down across the saddle and tends right below the cliff (above on the left). The trail winds up and onto a plateau lined with rocks, which look as though they could have been placed there. The vegetation along this higher area is lower and clearer, which gives views across the distant ridge lines. The walk continues to head in a northerly direction and descends right, off the plateau, to head up another hill to a stepped intersection on the left.
(13.91km) Int. Oaks Firetrail and cliff lookout Trk → Cliff lookout
(13.91km) Int. Oaks Firetrail and cliff lookout Trk → Int. Oaks Firetrail and Old Bathurst Rd
1 hr 10 mins
(17.38km) Int. Oaks Firetrail and Old Bathurst Rd → Woodford Station
Maps for the The Oaks Picnic area to Woodford Station 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||1:25 000 Map Series||90303N PENRITH||NSW-90303N|
|Jamison||1:25 000 Map Series||89302N JAMISON||NSW-89302N|
|Katoomba||1:25 000 Map Series||89301S KATOOMBA||NSW-89301S|
|Penrith||1:100 000 Map Series||9030 PENRITH||9030|
|Katoomba||1:100 000 Map Series||8930 KATOOMBA||8930|
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.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|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)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
11km of this walk has short steep hills and another 4km is very steep. Whilst another 3.1km has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 270m is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
12km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 6km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (730m) follows a smooth and hardened path.
13km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 4km has minimal directional signs. The remaining (930m) is clearly signposted.
This whole walk, 18km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 18km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 17km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 730m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
8.6 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
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
18.3 km One way
7 hrs 15 mins
This walk starts out as mainly service trail to then drop into the Glenbrook Ck Valley for an overnight stay at Martins camping area. The next day the walk follows the winding bush track up the valley to Faulconbridge. In doing so the walk passes Clarinda Falls and some large pools which compliment the wonderful Glenbrook Creek.
Total climbing: 955m
23.4 km One way
This is a leisurely three day walk which heads along the ridges from Woodford down to Glenbrook. Features of this walk include the many great views, lush bushland, and Glenbrook Creek with Jellybean Pools. A great walk with much to offer those looking for a relaxing few days of walking.
Total climbing: 731m
29.6 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This walk visits Attic Cave, a camping cave in the lower Blue Mountains. The cave is large enough to sleep a small party, providing a great shelter to rest. The walk first visits Pisgah Rock, by walking along an old management trail, and includes a very short side trip to the great view up Erskine Creek. From Pisgah rock the track becomes much less distinct, and involves a rock scramble down a gully.
Total climbing: 74m
2 km Return
A great day or overnight walk along Erskine Creek to the Dadder Camping Cave. This cave has a long history of use for overnight camps. The lovely Erskine Creek provides plenty of opportunities to cool the feet down. The climb down to Erskine Creek is steep, and the walk along the banks of Erskine Creek can be very slow at times.
Total climbing: 375m
6 km Return
Very experienced only
This fairly short overnight walk is a great way to explore Erskine Creek. The walking along Erskine creek is mostly off track, and is through thick scrub in places. Although this walk could be done in a day, an overnight walk gives more time to explore the creek and enjoy the caves in the area.
Total climbing: 535m
10.3 km Circuit
Very experienced only
This walk takes a steep climb down from Pisgah Rock to the Junction of Erskine and Lincoln Creeks. There are optional side trips to a rock platform further downstream, or to the campsite just up from the junction (you can make a weekend of the walk). This remote Creek junction is a lovely spot to relax and enjoy.
Total climbing: 261m
2.8 km Return
Very experienced only
This walk visits some great lookouts and explores the lower section of Erskine Creek. Most of the walk along Erskine Creek is off track and the bush is quite thick in places. A great walk for people wanting to explore a remote area of the lower Blue Mountains National Park. You could make this an overnight walk and stay at Lower Lincoln Creek campsite.
Total climbing: 421m
7.1 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins
Very experienced only
Starting at the signposted car park, this walk mostly follows an old management trail through the She Oak forest. The walk then brings you to a rock platform on a high cliff top, with fantastic views right up the middle of Erskine Creek gorge. There are also views up Lincoln Creek and further down Erskine Creek. The view extends ‘forever’ across the top of the park, reaching as far as the eye can see.
Total climbing: 43m
1.6 km Return
466 m Return
This short walk enjoys sculptured sandstone rocks, grass trees, wildflowers and great views of Erskine Gorge. The walk starts from the car park at the end of Nepean Lookout fire trail and heads past some information signs before coming to this unfenced informal lookout on the Jack Evans track. Great views.
Total climbing: 30m
648 m Return
This walk explores the Jack Evans Track, from the end of Nepean Lookout fire trail to Erskine Creek. The walk boasts fantastic rock formations, great views, grass trees and mosses, and gets up close to Erskine Creek. Erskine Creek is a great place to rest, and wet the toes, before the climb back up to the car park.
Total climbing: 241m
2.6 km Return
This walk is along the old road, which is now a management trail, making navigation easy. The walk brings you to the top of the Nepean Gorge escarpment, with great views up and down the gorge. This is a short walk after a fairly long drive, but if you are in the area, it is well worth getting the car dirty. The lookout is not fenced.
Total climbing: 41m
1.3 km Return
The walk to Red Hands Caves is quite a heritage walk, with both Indigenous art and grinding grooves to see. The walk leaves Euroka camping area and heads down through the valleys, passing the heritage areas. The walk finishes at Red Hands Cave picnic area, a perfect spot for lunch. As an alternative, you could retrace your footsteps back to Euroka Camping area to make this a return walk.
Total climbing: 269m
4.3 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
This circuit walk starts from the Euroka Clearing and follows a track beside Euroka Creek then fairly steeply to the Nepean River. The river is a great spot to enjoy the sandy bank, large surrounding hills and the passing boats. The walk returns along Bennetts Ridge trail. The wildfowers in spring add a whole new dimension to this walk.
Total climbing: 156m
2.8 km Circuit
1 hr 15 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
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