|Penrith||1:25 000 Map Series||90303N PENRITH||NSW-90303N|
|Penrith||1:100 000 Map Series||9030 PENRITH||9030|
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Very experienced only
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep and difficult scrambles (5/6)|
|Quality of track||Off track (no visible track at times) (6/6)|
|Signs||No directional signs (5/6)|
|Experience Required||Very high level of bushwalking experience recommended (6/6)|
|Weather||Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)|
|Infrastructure||No facilities provided (5/6)|
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
Around 2.1km of this walk is very steep with difficult rock scrambles, whilst the remaining 850m has gentle hills with occasional steps.
1.5km of this walk follows a known route where there is no visible track and another 760m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 610m follows a smooth and hardened path and a 75m section follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining 20m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 2.2km of this walk Has no directional signs, whilst the remaining 780m has directional signs at most intersection.
1.5km of this walk requires a leader with a high level of bushwalking experience and another 760m requires no previous bushwalking experience. Whilst another 610m requires at least one leader with a very high level of bushwalking experience and a 75m section requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. The remaining 20m requires some bushwalking experience.
1.6km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and another 780m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation). The remaining (610m) is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
Around 2.2km of this walk has no facilities provided, whilst the remaining 780m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
544 m Return
This walk takes the lovely track up through Red Hands Gully to the amazing hand painting of Red Hands Caves. This historic and cultural feature is complemented by the Grinding Grooves along Campfire Creek. An excellent walk through some beautiful bush. There is a picnic area halfway – a great spot to stop for lunch.
Total climbing: 397m
8.3 km Circuit
3 hrs 45 mins
This is a scenic and rather cultural walk, with two significant Indigenous sites along the way. The walk sets out from Campfire Creek car park following the creek of similar name to the amazing Red Hands Caves. The second site is the grinding grooves, which are passed on the return to the car park along the ridge. A great walk with much to see.
Total climbing: 396m
8.4 km Circuit
3 hrs 45 mins