7 hrs 15 mins
(0km) Woodford Station → Int. Oaks Firetrail and Old Bathurst Rd
(0.73km) Int. Oaks Firetrail and Old Bathurst Rd → Int. Oaks Firetrail and cliff lookout Trk
1 hr 10 mins
(4.21km) Int. Oaks Firetrail and cliff lookout Trk → Cliff lookout
(4.21km) Int. Oaks Firetrail and cliff lookout Trk → Int. St Helena Ridge Trail and Bunyah Lookout Trk
2 hrs 21 mins
Turn left : From the intersection, the walk heads east, down the rocky management trail. The trail winds down the hill, passing over sandy and rocky areas. The trail then flattens out, undulating and winding for quite some time, with the track widening and narrowing greatly in many areas. After some time, the walk enters a large clearing, with a rocky outcrop to the right.
(11.1km) Int. St Helena Ridge Trail and Bunyan Lookout Trk → St Helena Ridge Lookout
1 hr 26 mins
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads north-east along the sandy track. The walk meanders through low, green heath for quite some time, winding through a section of pines before returning to heath as the track arrives at the cairn, on the right, which marks the intersection.
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk heads south east along track soon leading downhill. The walk meanders through the heath for quite some time. The walk nears a cliff line on the left, which it continues near for a short time before opening out onto a rocky outcrop with a view across to houses on the opposite hill (just before the steep downhill section).
St Helena Ridge Lookout
(16.03km) St Helena Ridge Lookout → Int. Waterfall and ridge trk
(16.38km) 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
(16.38km) 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.
(17.78km) Blaxland Library Carpark → Blaxland shops
(18.24km) Blaxland Shops → Blaxland Station
Maps for the Woodford 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|
|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.
|Time||7 hrs 15 mins|
|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
11km of this walk has short steep hills and another 4.7km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 1.6km is flat with no steps and the remaining 470m is very steep.
Quality of track
11km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 6km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 1.3km follows a smooth and hardened path and a 450m section follows a rough unclear track. The remaining 55m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
11km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 6km has directional signs at most intersection. Whilst another 1.3km is clearly signposted and the remaining 100m Has no directional signs.
17km 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 17km 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.
11km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) and another 6km 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.
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 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 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
8.6 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
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
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
The Oaks Picnic Area is the starting point for this long walk across the ridge line linking to Woodford. The Oaks Fire Trail winds its way over the hills, with many views into the surrounding valleys and bush land. This is a great walk to start extending your walking distance and stamina, while enjoying a scenic track. It does follow a management trail and is popular with mountain bike riders.
Total climbing: 800m
18.1 km One way
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 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
Used as an Aboriginal Gathering Place for 14,000 years, the Kings Tableland walk goes through one of the most historically important areas in the Blue Mountains. Along the escarpment through dry scrub, this is a living demonstration of the surviving nature of the Australian bushland. A short trip out to Rocket Point caps off this walk with fantastic views of Wentworth Falls.
Total climbing: 40m
1.6 km One way
From Wentworth Falls Lookout, this walk goes down to the top of the falls and then onto Rocket Point Lookout. The walk provides many different perspectives of the spectacular falls from the many viewing points along the way. The alternate route adds a nice loop, before returning along the same track.
Total climbing: 125m
1.3 km Return
1.7 km Circuit
2.2 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
2 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
3.5 km Return
6.1 km One way
From Wentworth Falls Picnic area, this walk explores some great lookouts and their vistas. The views of Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary and the Kings Tableland are simply spectacular. This walk goes down a moderate slope, along a well-managed track to Princes Rock Lookout. Take your time on the walk back up and consider a picnic lunch back at the picnic area
Total climbing: 61m
746 m 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
Short URL = http://wild.tl/wtbs
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)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.