Following the success of last year’s long weekend on the south coast, this year the Cartophiles bushwalking club will spend the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in the Blue Mountains to take on three fun, moderate-rated day walks.
If you don’t feel up to all three walks, drive up or catch the train for just one or two. If you want to stay overnight, book your accommodation NOW!
Saturday, 10th June, Mount York Walking Trail
Right on the western edge of the Blue Mountains, this 13km walk explores the historic and natural features the first road across the Blue Mountains (Cox’s Road, 1813) and its replacement (Lawsons Long Alley Road, 1822-1823).
Meet in the car park of the New Ivanhoe Hotel, Blackheath, at 10.00 am for the 15 minute drive to the start of the walk. The walk will take about 5 hours, followed by a debrief at the New Ivanhoe. Bring your lunch, or we can try the food at the Comet Inn, Hartley Vale.
Sunday, 11th June, Grand Canyon Track
This 6.3km adventurous track has been trodden by walkers since 1907. The intimate and awesome Grand Canyon track will take us into the heart of the Blue Mountains’ World Heritage-listed landscape with great sandstone walls, ever-present waterfalls and abundant native plants.
Meet at the Evans Head lookout, Blackheath, at 10.00am. The walk will take about 4 hours, after which we’ll take time to fossick through the Blackheath shops and galleries. You definitely need to carry your lunch!
We’ll organise a dinner that night at one of the excellent local restaurants.
Monday, 12th June, Fortress Ridge Trail
This fantastic 7.4km return walk follows the Fortress Ridge out to the cliffs above the Grose Valley. The views from the lookout and along the trail are superb, with the sheer cliffs and a deep valley to put it all in perspective.
Meet in the car park of the New Ivanhoe Hotel, Blackheath, at 9.30 am for the 10 minute drive to the start of the walk.
This walk will take about 3 hours, after which we’ll drive to the Lawson Hotel for a late lunch and debrief before braving the traffic back to Sydney.
Travel and Accommodation
You’ll need to seek your own accommodation, but luckily, there are lots of accommodation choices in the Blue Mountains from B&Bs to the 3½ star old world charm of The Hotel Imperial, Mount Victoria; the 5 star luxury of Lilianfels in Katoomba or the not a lot of stars but 1930’s architecture at the New Ivanhoe Hotel, Blackheath.
What to Wear and Carry
Kit will carry a first aid kit and personal locator beacon. You will need to carry at least a litre of drinking water, your lunch, something warm to put on during stops and wet weather gear. The tracks are all well-defined and often are fire trails or roads, but you should wear boots or stout walking shoes – the Grand Canyon particularly can be very slippery.
Bring a camera to preserve the memories, some nice clothes for the non-walking times and money for the debriefs!
Click here for a copy of the 2017 Walk 4 (Blue Mountains weekend) flyer
To register for the walk, or to get more information, contact Kit Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0411 507 422.