The next day walk for the Cartophiles takes us to the Blue Mountains National Park near Mount Tomah.

Starting at Mount Banks picnic area, the route winds along a gravel road through woodland and open heath past Mount Banks to the cliff-top at Banks Walls.  Here there are awe-inspiring views across the magnificent valley to Grose River, Govetts Leap and the spectacular Blue Gum Forest.

The 10km return walk is rated as moderate and should take about 3½ hours, including lunch.

We’ll meet at 10.00am on Saturday, 19th May, at the Mount Banks picnic area, which is about 7 km west of Mount Tomah on Bells Line of Road.  It’s about a 1¾ hr drive from St Johns, Wahroonga.  There is parking and toilets at Mount Banks picnic area, but no drinking water.

Although this is a fairly level trail it goes deep into wilderness and can be overgrown with obstacles such as fallen trees. The weather in this area can also be extreme and unpredictable.  Therefore, wear suitable clothes and good walking shoes or boots.  Carry a hat, drinking water, sunblock and a raincoat. Kit will carry a first aid kit.

Don’t forget to bring your lunch and a camera.

Note that this trail is in the Grose Wilderness, where walking groups are limited to 8 people.

To book, email cartophiles@stjohnswahroonga.org.

Download the 2018 Walk 4 (Mt Banks Road) flyer

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