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Grand Canyon Track

Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.6 km ESE of Blackheath
Length: 5.4 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 5.4 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 425 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 425 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
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

This classic walk was first established in 1907, taking walkers along the path of a canyon. In places, the track follows a path cut halfway up the cliff, keeping you out of the most dangerous section of the canyon. The creek does flood after heavy rain, so check with the National Parks office before heading into this walk. The cool temperatures in the canyon make this walk particularly special on warmer days. (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 Grand Canyon Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Grand Canyon Track
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Int. Grand Canyon Loop car park and Neates Glen Trk
Braeside Powerline Trail
Kinie-Ger Trail East
Kinie-Ger Trail Entrance
Neates Glen car park
Neates Glen car park sign
Rotunda
 Waterfall Railing Bridge
Int. Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass Tracks
Int. Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass Tracks
Int. Evans Lookout and Horse Tracks
Evans Lookout
Evans Lookout car park
Evans Lookout toilets
Grand Canyon Loop car park
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. Grand Canyon Loop car park and Neates Glen Trk

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

 
Grand Canyon Loop from Neates Glen car park
 
Grand Canyon Loop from Neates Glen car park +
 
Neates Glen
 
Neates Glen +
 
Small bridge and fern
 
Small bridge and fern +

 
Canyon Opens up for a while
 
Canyon Opens up for a while +
 
Grand Canyon Rotunda
 
Grand Canyon Rotunda +
 
Signs infront of Rotunda
 
Signs infront of Rotunda +

 
Rock fall tunnel
 
Rock fall tunnel +
 
Cliff side track
 
Cliff side track +
 
Nice
 
Nice +

 
Railed Bridge infront of waterfall
 
Railed Bridge infront of waterfall +
 
Golden Wattle in Grand Canyon
 
Golden Wattle in Grand Canyon +
 
Lower end of the Canyon
 
Lower end of the Canyon +

 
Intersectionn at Greaves Ck
 
Intersectionn at Greaves Ck +
 
Track between Evans Lookout and Greaves Crk
 
Track between Evans Lookout and Greaves Crk +
 
Wooden stairs between Grand Canyon and Evans LO
 
Wooden stairs between Grand Canyon and Evans LO +

 
Evans Lookout
 
Evans Lookout +
 
Gross Valley from Evans Lookout
 
Gross Valley from Evans Lookout +
 
Shelter at Evans Lookout
 
Shelter at Evans Lookout +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Grand Canyon Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Grand Canyon Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Grand Canyon Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Grand Canyon Track bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 5km
Time 3 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*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
3.2km of this walk is very steep and another 1km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 720m has short steep hills and the remaining 400m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
2.4km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 1.5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 830m follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 690m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
3.2km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 1.5km is clearly signposted. The remaining (640m) has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 3.4km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 4.5km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 850m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
2.8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) and another 1.5km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (1.1km) has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to Int. Grand Canyon Loop car park and Neates Glen Trk
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.
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(0 km) Int. Grand Canyon Loop car park and Neates Glen Trk to Neates Glen car park
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 729 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -3 m
From the intersection, the walk follows the "Neates Glen" sign along the bush track, keeping Evans Lookout Rd on the right. After about one hundred meters, the track comes to a large clearing with high tension power lines above.
Continue straight: From the clearing, the walk follows the wide gravel path (that is about halfway between the tower and road), keeping the road on the right. After about 200m, the bush on the right thins out, and the track comes to an intersection with a service trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the gravel path, keeping the road to the right. After approximately 100m, the path comes to the signposted Kinie-Ger Bush Cabins driveway.
Continue straight: From the Kinie-Ger Bush Cabins driveway, this walk follows the gravel path, keeping the road and power lines to the left. Soon the path opens up at the Neates Glen car park.

(0.73 km) Neates Glen car park to Rotunda
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.18 km Time = 32 mins
Climb = 44 m Descent = -204 m
Turn left: From Neates Glen car park, this walk heads down the stairs following the 'Grand Canyon Track' signs. The track zigzags many times down the hillside, with the surrounding vegetation becoming more like a rainforest, before the track comes to a railing. From this railing, the track winds down more stairs to a second railing that crosses over a creek. The track continues to wind down the right side (with creek on the left) of the canyon. The track follows the creek down past a few mossy overhangs of rock to cross a boardwalk bridge before the canyon opens up. The canyon opens onto a densely vegetated area which leads the track to a creek crossing and a sign pointing back up to 'Neates Glen carpark '.
Continue straight: From the sign, this walk heads away from the creek and car park, following a short section of a rock shelf to round the corner of the hill. The track contours around the hill for a little while passing under a few rock overhangs, before winding steeply down the hill into the canyon. The track heads down the cliffs by stairs to a signposted intersection in front of a sandy rock overhang, the Rotunda.

Rotunda Alt = 848 m
The Rotunda, Blue Mountains NP, is an area on Greaves Creek where the cliff has been carved out to form an overhang, over a sand beach within the Grand Canyon. The Rotunda is a great area for a rest and a snack, especially on a hot day.

(1.91 km) Rotunda to Int. Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.58 km Time = 45 mins
Climb = 116 m Descent = -192 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Evans Lookout', winding around the side of the canyon under the rock overhangs. The track soon passes through a small rockfall tunnel, and then passes behind a waterfall to continue around the railed canyon track for approximately 500m, coming to a railing bridge in front of another waterfall.
Continue straight: From the waterfall, this walk continues to contour around the canyon wall, keeping it on the right of the track. The track does so for quite some time before winding down deeper into the canyon after rounding a hill. The track winds down to a signposted intersection. From here, the track crosses the creek a few times before turning left at a rock overhang then crossing the creek again. The track quickly winds through the creek before passing over a bridge and continuing down the canyon. After approximately 200m, the track winds past a pool in the creek to then come to a signposted rock in a creek.

(3.49 km) Int. Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass Tracks to Beauchamp Falls
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 376 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -100 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the signs to 'Rodriguez Pass' around the canyon side, with the creek on the left. After about 200m, the track crosses the creek. The walk follows the white arrows painted on the rocks winding down between, around and under large boulders for approximately 100m. The track then heads out of the pass, keeping close to the cliff line before winding down the hill to Beauchamp Falls.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Beauchamp Falls Alt = 683 m
Beauchamp Falls, Blue Mountains NP, is a beautiful set of falls, split by the rock in the centre of the creek. The falls are created by Greaves Creek, which comes out of the Grand Canyon, above. The falls are approximately 10m tall, with rocks at the base.

(3.49 km) Int. Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass Tracks to Evans Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.11 km Time = 38 mins
Climb = 198 m Descent = -20 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk crosses the creek to another sign, pointing up the stairs to Evans Lookout. The walk climbs these stairs, up through the gap in the cliffs. The walk heads up the gully on stone cut steps which are soon met by a railing for a short while, and then up a set of wooden steps to the intersection with several signs.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Evans Lookout' arrow[1] up the hill, weaving around boulders. The track then tends left before climbing up the stairs, through a pass in the rock, to Evans Lookout.

Evans Lookout Alt = 951 m
Evans Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park, looks over the spectacular Grose Valley, with its deep gorges, green forest and prominent cliff lines. The fenced lookout is at the end of Evans Lookout Road. There is a rock shelter hut and toilets.

(4.6 km) Evans Lookout to Int. Grand Canyon Loop car park and Neates Glen Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,road
Length = 798 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 53 m Descent = -8 m
Turn sharp left: From the lookout, this walk heads up the hill towards a stone shelter. The track continues past the stone shelter and away from the cliff line, to soon arrive at the car park.
Continue straight: From the information sign, the walk heads around Evans Lookout car park to the toilets at the opposite end (away from the cliffs).
Continue straight: From the toilets near the end of Evans Lookout Rd, this walk follows the road away from the lookout for about 100m and then follows a bush track heading off to the left. This clear track continues though the open bushland until coming to the eastern corner of the Grand Canyon car park and a sign pointing back to 'Evans Lookout'.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the road left around the car park for approximately 100m, to a 'Neates Glen car park' direction sign.

Drive from Int. Grand Canyon Loop car park and Neates Glen Trk
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.
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Getting there

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Driving Directions
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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 7.1 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 7.5 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 23.9 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 24.5 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 30.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Grand Canyon Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Grand Canyon Track
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6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 23 km (to the NW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
29 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 29 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 30 km (to the ESE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Central Ranges 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 3 years ago)
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 3 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
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      27°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu16°|26°Shower or two.
Fri15°|28°Mostly sunny.
Sat12°|22°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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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Helen Williams - Grand Canyon Bush Walk IP:210.50.143.xxx | 2008-12-28 13:41:44
This is a fantastic walk. I have walked it 3 times. Once with my husband. Once with my husband carrying my young son on his back in a child carrier and once when my children were 4 and 6. It took about 3 1/2 hours with the children and we stopped for a picnic on the way. Great scenery, some big steps where the children had to use all fours (they loved it) it's a great adventure.
Greenie - Grand Canyon Walk Registered | 2009-02-20 12:56:04
This was a lovely walk, but there are parts that aren't clear as to were the track actually goes. It was a little rough in patches. The Canyon was amazing well worth the effort.
Michelle - Grand Canyon Walk IP:58.65.12.xxx | 2011-07-26 07:30:29
This great walk suffered with the recent windstorms, but the staff at NPWS have put in a huge effort to get it open again. Also, Rodriguez Pass has re-opened after a major landslip closed it for ages. Well worth the side-trip.
Olivia - Grand Canyon Walk IP:101.118.245.xxx | 2012-01-02 16:27:58
Best Walk I did in the Blue Mountains! Exciting, lush and picturesque
MyS - Wow IP:27.32.63.xxx | 2012-12-02 01:27:38
Best.walk.ever. But I seem to say this almost every time. Anyway: it IS a magnificent walk. Ferntrees up to 5 m high, a walk between a waterfall and the wall, a tunnel... especially the narrow sections in the canyon with all the rainforest are just amazing.
A few hundred meters criss-crossing the creek are still a bit of a challenge, but one can see the big white bags with non-slippery stone that were helicoptered into the canyon: in a few months this will probably very easy to walk as well. Cudos to the people from the national park, indeed.
John - Best walk I've ever been on. IP:121.217.39.xxx | 2014-06-21 09:00:06
Waterfalls, giant ferns, rivers. Every aspect of the entire track is worth photographing. 10/10 would hike again.
Richard - Fantastic Walk IP:220.240.28.xxx | 2015-07-05 11:40:39
Really enjoyed this walk. The track on the way down was in the process of being upgraded (May 2015), bit muddy and wet in a few places.
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