(0km) Springwood Station → Int. Springwood Ave and Fairy Dell Reserve
(0.27km) Int. Springwood Ave and Fairy Dell Reserve → Fairy Dell Reserve picnic area
Fairy Dell Reserve picnic area
(0.41km) Fairy Dell Reserve picnic area → Int. Fairy Dell and Picnic Point Tracks
(0.8km) Int. Fairy Dell and Picnic Point Tracks → Picnic Point
(0.8km) Int. Fairy Dell and Picnic Point Tracks → Int. Lawsons Lookout Trk and Fairy Dell Trk
(0.94km) Int. Lawsons Lookout Trk and Fairy Dell Trk → Lawsons Lookout
(0.94km) Int. Lawsons Lookout Trk and Fairy Dell Trk → Int. Magdala Ck and Magdala Falls trks
1 hr 7 mins
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the arrows engraved in the rock, keeping the creek to the right. The walk winds down the hillside then crosses the creek, continuing to follow the creek (now on the left) to a ‘Magdala Falls’ sign.
(4.18km) Int. Magdala Ck and Magdala Falls trks → Int. Martins Falls and Magdala Ck trks
(4.47km) Int. Martins Falls and Magdala Ck trks → Behind Martins Falls
(4.47km) Int. Martins Falls and Magdala Ck trks → Perch Ponds camping area
Perch Ponds Campsite
(4.86km) Perch Ponds camping area → Martins camping area
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows direction of the ‘Long Track’ sign, down the hill. The track winds down near the creek and passes a sandy beach access before soon entering a second clearing.
(6.03km) Martins camping area → Int. Martins Lookout and Bunyan Lookout Trk
(6.26km) Int. Martins Lookout and Bunyan Lookout Trk → Martins Lookout
(6.26km) Int. Martins Lookout and Bunyan Lookout Trk → Bunyan Lookout
(7.22km) Bunyan Lookout → Int. Bunyan Lookout Trk and Lost Worlds Trk
(7.78km) Int. Bunyan Lookout Trk and Lost Worlds Trk → Lost Worlds Lookout
Lost Worlds Lookout
(7.78km) Int. Bunyan Lookout Trk and Lost Worlds Trk → Int. Bunyan Lookout Trk and St Helena Trk
(8.37km) Int. Bunyan Lookout Trk and St Helena Trk → St Helena Ridge Lookout
St Helena Ridge Lookout
(11.18km) St Helena Ridge Lookout → Int. Waterfall and ridge trk
(11.53km) Int. Waterfall and ridge trk → St Helena waterfall
Continue straight: From the beach, the walk heads across the sand bar (covered in reeds) to come within ear-shot of the waterfall, located behind the inlet on the creek. The walk passes through the sandy, shallow section of the creek then walks up the bank and around to the waterfall. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Continue straight.
St Helenas waterfall
(11.53km) Int. Waterfall and ridge trk → Blaxland Library Carpark
Turn left : From the large boulder, this walk heads up the hill and climbs the stone steps steeply, with a number of pink ribbons marking the initial track. The track continues steeply (eroded in places) up the hill and winds its way up to the un-signposted T-intersection.
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the mostly flat track along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your right. Soon the track leads to another intersection at the base of more stone steps, and a rock wall (on the left) that has ‘Florabella Pass’ engraved in it.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads around the boulder (which is on the left) and soon meets a set of stairs, to the left of a ‘Pippas Pass’ sign in a tree.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Pippas Pass’ sign (that is about 2m up a tree) gently downhill along the track, directly away from the rockface, keeping the main valley to your right. The track winds along the side of the hill for about 100m to then climb up a set of sandstone steps just past a shallow sandstone overhang. From here the track gently undulates along the side of the hill (with a steep valley to your right) for about 300m to lead gently down and cross the usually small creek in the shaded valley. Just after crossing this creek, the track bends left to head gently up through the valley along the base of a few natural sandstone walls for about 200m, where the the track becomes rocky and starts to climb a bit more steeply. The track then leads up through a cleft in the rock then about 60m later comes to a unsignposted three-way intersection (with the track on the left crossing the creek), marked with a smooth bark Angophera.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk crosses the sandstone platform and creek. Here the track winds gently uphill for about 40m to cross a smaller often dry creek  where the track continues uphill for another 30m to pass a grafittied sandstone overhang (on your left). The track continues gently uphill and bends right to cross a sandstone rock platform and small creek to almost immediately come to a faint intersection with a track in the tall heath. Here the walk turns left and heads uphill for for about 50m where the track then leads up some steps to come to the base of a sandstone cliff and smaller overhang. Here the track bends left and and continues along the side of the hill for another 15m to pass a larger and more grafittied sandstone overhang. From here the track continues to wind more steeply uphill for about 80m before turning left and following a wider track (away from the houses) and into the lower car park of Blaxland library just past the ‘Bushcare site’ information sign. Here this walk turns right to head up to the library and main car park.
(12.93km) Blaxland Library Carpark → Blaxland shops
(13.39km) Blaxland Shops → Blaxland Station
Maps for the Springwood to Blaxland 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|
|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.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough unclear track (5/6)|
|Signs||No directional signs (5/6)|
|Experience Required||Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||No facilities provided (5/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
5km of this walk is very steep and another 4.3km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 3.3km has short steep hills and the remaining 800m is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
7km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 3.9km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 1.4km follows a rough unclear track and a 940m section follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining 55m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
7km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 4.6km has directional signs at most intersection. Whilst another 1.1km Has no directional signs and the remaining 940m is clearly signposted.
12km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 1.3km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (110m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.
Around 12km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.3km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) and another 4.3km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). Whilst another 1.3km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and the remaining 100m has no facilities provided.
1.2 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
2.6 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
2.7 km Return
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
3.1 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
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 great circuit walk, exploring a section of the Glenbrook Gorge from above, with an optional side trip down to the creek below. The walk has some very scenic areas and passes many interesting rock formations. Easily accessible by car or public transport, this is a great walk to start your weekend in the mountains. The local cafe or bakery makes a great fuel stop at the beginning or end of this walk.
Total climbing: 249m
4.3 km Circuit
2 hrs 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 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 to Martins Falls follows the Magdala Gully down from Springwood. The valley is cool and dark, and the track is never far from water. Martins Falls are a great place to hang out for lunch, or sit and enjoy the cool of the falls from the rocks. A great walk with a lush waterfall to explore.
Total climbing: 413m
9 km Return
10.5 km Circuit
4 hrs 15 mins
This pleasent walk takes in the sights of two fantastic Blue Mountains valleys. The walk down from Springwood Station uses Magdala Gully to pass a number of waterfalls before visiting Perch Ponds. The walk then follows Glenbrook Creek valley up to Faulconbridge Station for the return home. A quiet walk with a sense of remoteness. If you want to make this an overnight walk you can camp at Perch Ponds where there is a simple bushcamp, a good introduction to overnight walking.
Total climbing: 633m
11.5 km One way
13.8 km Circuit
6 hrs 30 mins
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
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
Other Nearby walks
This is short walk to a view across Magdala Gully. The walk follows a track that leads to a the moderately large clearing behind the lookout. The view from the lookout is not as spectacular as many other lookouts in the area, but can be quite intriguing with a morning mist lifting from the valley.
Total climbing: 20m
202 m Return
3.5 km Return
6.1 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
8.6 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
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
Red Hands Cave is a small sandstone overhang cave that showcases a number of very clear hand stencillings. The site is protected with an obtrusive cage to keep would-be vandals out. There are a number of signs explaining the history and some artifacts found in the area. The walk is enjoyable and seems to take less time than the drive around. If you are reasonably fit, consider the walk to the same cave, starting from the causeway.
Total climbing: 51m
1 km Return
This is a cultural walk with two significant sites being visited along the way. The walk leaves the quiet Red Hands Cave picnic area and winds down the valley to the Axe Grinding Grooves, once used by Indigenous Australians. The track then follows Campfire Creek up to Red Hands Caves and visits the magnificent cave paintings before returning to the picnic area for a bite of lunch.
Total climbing: 211m
4.1 km Circuit
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 is a wonderful circuit walk that starting at Wentworth Falls Train Station. You kick off with a lovely stroll down Charles Darwin walk to Weeping Rock where you soon come to Queen’s Cascades and the wonderful views in to the valley. Now we walk partway down the cliff on the Grand Stairway to follow the Historic National Pass exploring more amazing views and then some wonderful waterfalls on the way out of the Valley Of the Waters. Before following the Nature Track back towards the station there is a optional side trip to Conservation Hut if you want a lovely cafe lunch. This walk has a lot of steps so you do need to be fairly fit to enjoy it.
Total climbing: 903m
8.6 km Circuit
The Charles Darwin Walk follows the beautiful Jamison Creek south, arriving at the top of Wentworth Falls. Walkers can enjoy the beauty of the creek as it cascades down the frequent small waterfalls. The top of Wentworth Falls is a fantastic spot to rest, taking in wonderful views of the Jamison Valley and water tumbling over the cliffs. Well-managed and signposted, this track has bridges and boardwalk to help keep walkers’ feet dry. It is a great walk for those visiting Wentworth Falls by public transport.
Total climbing: 189m
5.6 km Return
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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* KML (google earth file)
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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.