Farnell Road to Explorers Tree

Download & Print Map and Notes

2 hrs

4 km Return

302 m

Moderate track
This short walk takes you from the western end of Katoomba, initially following the cliff line, then following Pulpit Hill Road to the Explorers Tree. There are optional side trips to lookouts, providing great views across the Megalong Valley. In addition to the great views, the walk provides the opportunity to see a piece of Australian heritage.

Maps for the Farnell Road to Explorers Tree 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.
Six Foot Track 1:50 000 Map Series Six Foot Track NSW-six-foot-track
Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series 89301S KATOOMBA NSW-89301S
Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 KATOOMBA 8930

Cross sectional view of the Farnell Road to Explorers Tree bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Farnell Road to Explorers Tree

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 km
Time 2 hrs

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 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


1.3km of this walk has short steep hills and another 380m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (260m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

Around 1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 960m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 960m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 1km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 960m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 2km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 1km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 940m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Farnell Road to Explorers Tree walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Farnell Road to Explorers Tree walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Farnell Road to Explorers Tree walk starts and ends at the Int of Farnells Rd and Cliff Track (gps: -33.713807, 150.29254)
Your transport options to Int of Farnells Rd and Cliff Track are by;
Bus. (get details)
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/frtet

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 🙂