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Fairfax Heritage Track
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.1 km ENE of Blackheath
Length: 1.9 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 1.9 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 17 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 17 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible

The Fairfax Heritage Track is an easy stroll, and wheelchair accessible walk, through the a lovely open forest. The walk leads from the NPWS visitor information centre downhill to the stunning views from George Phillips and Govetts Leap lookouts. There are bench seats to rest on and wonderful sheltered picnic areas at the lookouts. Parking and toilets at the start and end. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Blue Mountains National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Fairfax Heritage Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Fairfax Heritage Track
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NPWS Heritage Centre car park
Woodland Retreat
George Phillips Lookout
Govetts Leap Lookout Picnic Area
Starting point for this hiking track: NPWS Heritage Centre car park

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301S 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
National Parks and Wildlife Service Heritage Centre
 
National Parks and Wildlife Service Heritage Centre +
 
Start of Fairfax Track
 
Start of Fairfax Track +
 
Zig-zag in Fairfax Track
 
Zig-zag in Fairfax Track +

 
Fairfax Track
 
Fairfax Track +
 
Scribbly Gum Fairfax Track
 
Scribbly Gum Fairfax Track +
 
Fairfax Track
 
Fairfax Track +

 
Red flower on Fairfax Track
 
Red flower on Fairfax Track +
 
Grose Valley from George Phillips Lookout
 
Grose Valley from George Phillips Lookout +
 
Fairfax Track
 
Fairfax Track +

 
Govetts Leap car park
 
Govetts Leap car park +
 
Govetts Leap Lookout
 
Govetts Leap Lookout +
 
Bridal Veil Falls from Govetts Leap Lookout
 
Bridal Veil Falls from Govetts Leap Lookout +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Fairfax Heritage Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Fairfax Heritage Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Fairfax Heritage Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Fairfax Heritage Track bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 1.9km
Time 45 mins
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Grade 1/6

Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible
AS 2156.1 Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
This whole walk, 1.9km is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 1.9km follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
This whole walk, 1.9km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 1.9km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to NPWS Heritage Centre car park
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to NPWS Heritage Centre car park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

NPWS Heritage Centre Alt = 1024 m
National Parks and Wildlife Service Heritage Centre[1], Blackhealth, is a hub for the Blue Mountains National Park. It is signposted on Govetts Leap Road (past McLean Cr). Drop into the Heritage Centre to get advice and learn about the history of the park. You will also find information displays[2] about the traditional owners, thing to do and the local flora and fauna. The heritage centre also has 2 signposted accessible car parks[fac=8009], a shop with souvenirs[3], toilets[4][fac=8008] and snack food. There is a picnic area[5][fac=8011] out the back and plenty of general parking.

(0 km) NPWS Heritage Centre car park to Woodland Retreat
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 809 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -23 m
From the front of the NPWS Heritage Centre[6], Blackheath, this walk heads along the concrete footpath[7] gently downhill keeping the car park (and Govetts Leap Rd) to your right. The path leads to a 'Fairfax Heritage Track'™ sign[8] at the lower end of the car park. The track leads left (following the sign), then immediately turns right at the 'The Fairfax Heritage Track' map sign[9]to follow the asphalt path[10]. After 40m the path leads past a faint intersection with a dirt track[11] and continues straight ahead winding through the wooded forest[12] for another 100m to find a bench seat[13][fac=8000]. The path bends sharply right[14] and leads gently downhill for 140m where the track bends sharply left[15]. The walk continues to gently meander for about 125m to another bench seat[16][fac=8001] (on your left). Then the track bends sharply right and gently undulates up and down for another 330m to find another bench seat[17][fac=8002] (on the left), just before a three-way intersection with a small dirt track (on the left) and a 'Woodland Retreat' sign[18]. (The 'Woodland Retreat' side track leads about 15m to a small seat[19], this is a rough dirt track).

(0.81 km) Woodland Retreat to George Phillips Lookout
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 743 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -27 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk leads down along the footpath, leaving the seat, sign and sidetrack behind (on the left). The path soon bends left and after 70m passes through (ignoring) a four-way intersection with a dirt trail[20]. The path leads on for another 75m, bending a few times, to find another bench seat[21][fac=8004] (on the left). From here the path continues to lead (gently undulating) through the forest for another 140m to find yet another bench seat[22][fac=8003] (on your left). Here the track bends sharply to the right and leads gently downhill for 230m to passes through (ignoring) another four-way intersection with a dirt trail marked with a 'Rehabilitation Area - Please Keep Off' sign[23]. The walk then continues downhill along the path for another 220m to find a few picnic tables[24], a stone picnic shelter[25][fac=8005] at an intersection with a short ramp[26] leading down to the signposted[27] 'George Phillips Lookout'[28] (on your left).

George Phillips Lookout Alt = 985 m
George Phillips Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, provides stunning views east into the Grose Valley. The lookout offers views to Pulpit Rock, the horseshoe-shaped gorge and over the deep, green gorges of the Grose Valley to Mount Banks. The lookout is fenced and has a wheelchair accessible ramp. There are a series of picnic tables including a stone shelter[fac=8005] just behind the lookout.

(1.55 km) George Phillips Lookout to Govetts Leap Lookout
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 337 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -18 m
Veer right: From George Phillips Lookout, this walk leads gently downhill along the path keeping the filtered views of the valley to the left. After about 25m the path bends sharply left, then right. The path continues gently downhill for 180m coming to the edge of the Govetts Leap Picnic Area[29], a series of stone shelters[30], dirt car park[31] and the signposted[32] end of 'The Fairfax Heritage Trail' asphalt path[33]. Here the walk heads through the timber bollards[34][fac=8006], then bends left and leads for 60m across the dirt/gravel[35] car park[fac=8010] to the large stone shelter[36] [fac=8012][fac=8025]at the edge of the turning circle (and car park)[37] at the end of Govetts Leap Rd.
Continue straight: From the large stone shelter[38] at the edge of the turning circle (and car park)[39] at the end of Govetts Leap Rd, this walk heads 35m towards the valley views[40] to head through the stone arch[41] then down the ramp[42] to the large flat gravel and fenced 'Govetts Leap' lookout platform[43].

Govetts Leap Lookout Alt = 975 m
Govetts Leap Lookout is named after the first European man to have enjoyed this view, William Govett, as an assistant surveyor in June 1831[44]. Govetts Leap Lookout offers wonderful views over the Grose Valley and the spectacular Bridal Falls. The word `leap` is an old Scottish word meaning waterfall[45]. The lookout is easily accessed from the car park[46], there are also toilets[47][fac=8007] and picnic shelters[48][fac=8012] nearby.

Catch the bus from Govetts Leap Lookout
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Govetts Leap Lookout
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
Map Car Shuffle
To the start of the walk

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From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 9.1 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 9.5 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 21.6 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 22.1 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 32.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Fairfax Heritage Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Fairfax Heritage Track
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6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 21 km (to the NW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
28 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 28 km (to the W)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 30 km (to the ENE)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 32 km (to the ESE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 2 years ago)
Please Note: 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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Blue Mountains National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Grand Canyon walking track
The Grand Canyon walking track will be closed from Wednesday 14 October 2015 to mid-June 2016. The closure is necessary to allow work to continue on improving the walking track. Access for canyoners will be on weekends only. Access from Evans Lookout via Beauchamp Falls to the Grose Valley will remain open. Evans Lookout carpark, Loop carpark, and Neates Glen carpark will remain open. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 47878877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens
Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge Walking track. No access to the area is permitted.Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Prince Henry cliff walk, Leura
Blue Mountains City Council wishes to advise that Prince Henry cliff walk between Majestic lookout and the junction with the Leura Cascades walk is currently closed due to a landslip. Detours will be in place and clearly signposted around the affected area. Access from the Leura picnic area to the cascades is unaffected. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Tourism on 1300 653 408 or Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Butterbox Swamp track
The traditional access to Butterbox Canyon via the endangered swamp is now closed and rehabilitated. No access permitted. Canyoners should use the new track provided. Temporary signage is in place.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Claustral canyon access change
Access to Claustral canyon via the previous route across private land at Mount Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mount Tomah residents and avoid using private land. Alternative access from the west side of Mount Bell has been identified. For more information, please contact the Blue Moauntains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Cahills lookout - Katoomba
As a result of a recent bushfire, Cahills lookout remains closed until further notice. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Council on (02) 4780 5000.

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens
Waratah Native Gardens Some areas of this park are closed due to a major landslip event occurring across The Gorge Walking Track. Closed areas include The Gorge Walking Track in the Blue Mountains National Park. A full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The Gorge Walking Track is closed at the entry trackhead however the Waratah Native Gardens Day Use and Picnic Area located off Valley Ridges Road Berambing (west of Bilpin) has now been reopened. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. For more information, please contact NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines


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