(0km) End of Nepean Lookout Fire Trail → Erskine Lookout
Maps for the Erskine Lookout 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.
|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||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|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
This whole walk, 320m has short steep hills.
Quality of track
This whole walk, 320m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
This whole walk, 320m has directional signs at most intersection.
This whole walk, 320m requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 320m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 320m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
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 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
Other Nearby walks
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
466 m 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
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 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
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
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
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.
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