Zig-Zag Railway Walk

1 hr 45 mins

4.6 km Return

245 m

Moderate track
With a steam train ride from the end of the walk back to the start, the Zig-Zag Railway Walk is a very interesting one. Climbing to the ridges above the railway, this walk offers walkers the opportunity to watch the train as it puffs and hoots it’s way from Clarence Station to Bottom Points Station. And that’s even before you have a chance to get on the train and rest all the way back to the start, or alternatively retrace your steps back.

Maps for the Zig-Zag Railway 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.
Lithgow 1:25 000 Map Series 89313S LITHGOW NSW-89313S
Wallerawang 1:100 000 Map Series 8931 WALLERAWANG 8931

Cross sectional view of the Zig-Zag Railway Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Zig-Zag Railway 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 4.6 km
Time 1 hr 45 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
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


860m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 730m has short steep hills. The remaining (690m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

Around 1.6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 690m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


This whole walk, 2.3km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 1.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 690m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 2.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 2.3km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Zig-Zag Railway Walk walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Zig-Zag Railway Walk walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Zig-Zag Railway Walk walk starts and ends at the Clarence Station (gps: -33.477719, 150.22097)
Your main transport option to Clarence Station is by;
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



Short URL = http://wild.tl/zrw

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 :)