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Walls Ledge, Porters Pass, Centennial Glen Circuit
Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.9 km WSW 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(LGA)
Climb: 473 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 473 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 There is a train station near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

This circuit walk covers many of the tracks just to the west of Blackheath. The walk follows the cliff lines, both above and below, with amazing views of the Kanimbla Valley, rock features and waterfalls. The walk takes in a cross section of plants, with defined changes through the cliff passes. (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 Walls Ledge, Porters Pass, Centennial Glen Circuit

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Walls Ledge, Porters Pass, Centennial Glen Circuit
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Centennial Glen Rd Carpark
Int. Walls Ledge Track and Centennial Glen Rd Carpark Trk
Int. Walls Ledge Track and Centennial Pass Trk
Colliers Causeway S
Centennial Glen Waterfall Trk
Centennial Glen Waterfall Trk
Porters Pass
Rock Lookout
Colliers Lookout Trk S
End of Burton St
Blue Mountains Christian School Gate
Fort Rock
Fort Rock
Int. Fort Rock Trk and Centennial Pass Trk
Int. Colliers Causeway and Centennial Pass Trk
Int. Walls Ledge Track and Centennial Pass Trk
Int. Walls Ledge Track and Centennial Glen Rd Carpark Trk
Starting point for this hiking track: Centennial Glen Rd Carpark

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 
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Photo Gallery

 
Gate from Centennial Glen Rd car park
 
Gate from Centennial Glen Rd car park +
 
Walls Ledge Track upper service trail
 
Walls Ledge Track upper service trail +
 
Slender Rice Flower (Pimelea linifolia ssp. linoides)
 
Slender Rice Flower (Pimelea linifolia ssp. linoides) +

 
Steps down to underneath the cliff
 
Steps down to underneath the cliff +
 
Climber above Walls Ledge Track
 
Climber above Walls Ledge Track +
 
View from Walls Ledge Track
 
View from Walls Ledge Track +

 
White markings on boulders
 
White markings on boulders +
 
Walls Ledge Track viewed from Colliers Causeway
 
Walls Ledge Track viewed from Colliers Causeway +
 
Track down to Collier's Causeway
 
Track down to Collier's Causeway +

 
Collier's Causeway
 
Collier's Causeway +
 
Track between trees in Porters Pass
 
Track between trees in Porters Pass +
 
Track down to Porters Pass
 
Track down to Porters Pass +

 
End of Burton Ave
 
End of Burton Ave +
 
Blue Mountains Christian School gates
 
Blue Mountains Christian School gates +
 
Fort Rock
 
Fort Rock +

 
Stairs down to Centennial Glen
 
Stairs down to Centennial Glen +
 
Waterfall in Centennial Glen
 
Waterfall in Centennial Glen +
 
Centennial Pass Track
 
Centennial Pass Track +

 
White markings on boulders
 
White markings on boulders +
 
Centennial Pass Track
 
Centennial Pass Track +
 
Stairs up to Centennial Glen Rd car park
 
Stairs up to Centennial Glen Rd car park +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Walls Ledge, Porters Pass, Centennial Glen Circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Walls Ledge, Porters Pass, Centennial Glen Circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Walls Ledge, Porters Pass, Centennial Glen Circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Walls Ledge, Porters Pass, Centennial Glen Circuit 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 Short steep hills (3/6)
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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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
4.9km of this walk has short steep hills and another 440m is flat with no steps. The remaining (65m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
3.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.8km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (440m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
3.5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 1.3km has minimal directional signs. The remaining (530m) is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 4km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.3km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
3.5km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 1.3km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (530m) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Blackheath Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Blackheath Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus to Centennial Glen Rd Carpark
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 Centennial Glen Rd Carpark
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) Centennial Glen Rd Carpark to Int. Walls Ledge Track and Centennial Glen Rd Carpark Trk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.11 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -70 m
From the car park, this walk heads to the service trail gate parallel with the road (approximately in line with the end of the grassy median strip) and then onto the trail behind. The track passes through the heath for a while until it nears the cliff edge and narrows. The walk continues around the hill through the heath for some time to then begin a descent over a rocky surface with cut-in stairs. The track winds right, keeping with the cliffline while looking out to the valley on the left. Be mindful of climbers and falling objects along these cliffs. The cliffline disappears behind scrub as the track reaches a man-made basin filled by drips from the cliff roof above. The track rounds out of this glen to climb up the hill, through heath to the signposted intersection.

(1.11 km) Int. Walls Ledge Track and Centennial Glen Rd Carpark Trk to Centennial Glen Waterfall Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 131 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -18 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk keeps the valley on the left as the track soon meets the cliffs, coming to the intersection, where there is a rock with direction arrows painted on it.
Veer left: From the painted rock, this walk follows the 'Porters Pass' arrow[1], heading down the hill with views of Kanimbla Valley to the left. The hill tends right for approximately 50m before coming to an unsignposted intersection above stairs.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the stairs (cut into the rock), soon passing under a railing bar. The walk comes to a landing in the staircase, just above a creek coming out of the canyon.

(1.24 km) Centennial Glen Waterfall Trk to Centennial Glen Waterfall
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 27 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = 0 m
Turn sharp right: From the stairs, this walk heads away from the landing along a less-defined path, into the canyon. The track leads to a rock ledge which follows the creek (below on the left) for approximately 50m to the pool before a waterfall. (Alternatively, a wetter track follows the cliff for approximately 30m to drop to the left, into the creek, and continue to the waterfall).
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

(1.24 km) Centennial Glen Waterfall Trk to Porters Pass
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.33 km Time = 49 mins
Climb = 177 m Descent = -207 m
Continue straight: From the landing, this walk follows the canyon creek (on the right) downstream, taking the railed stairs down the canyon wall. The walk then crosses through large rocks to the cliff on the other side of the pass. The track then winds along the bottom of the cliffline, which it keeps on the right. After approximately 1km, the walk heads into a pass in the cliffs then leaves the cliffline, crossing a few rocks with railings over them to climb up the side of Porters Pass. The track passes between two large trees and comes to a creek (before some stairs).

(2.56 km) Porters Pass to Burton Ave
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 611 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 157 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the creek, this walk leads up the steep rock steps, away from the rock overhang in the cliffs. The walk heads out of the gorge following a few flights of stairs, leading to an area above the gorge with views of the Kanimbla Valley (to the right). The track meanders up the hill for approximately 100m, coming to a few tracks which all lead up the hill to the same rocky outcrop. The walk follows any of these tracks up the hill, until above the large rocky outcrop.
Continue straight: From the rocky outcrop, this walk leads up the stairs, with the valley behind. After approximately 50m, the walk comes to an unsigned intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill along the track, with views of the valley to the right. The walk heads down the steps then levels out briefly before continuing up the hill to the end of Burton Ave.

(3.18 km) End of Burton St to Blue Mountains Christian School Gate
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 444 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the end of Burton Ave, this walk heads up the hill, following the power lines to Kanimbla Rd. At Kanimbla Rd, the walk turns right and continues to the gates of Blue Mountains Christian School (cnr Thirroul Ave).

(3.62 km) Blue Mountains Christian School Gate to Fort Rock
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 770 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -55 m
Continue straight: From the front entrance of Blue Mountains Christian School, this walk passes through the school gate, keeping the playing field to the right. The walk heads toward toward the power pole, down the bush track on the left. The track heads down a slight hill shaded by some large pine trees, then rises up to pass by a playground. The walk then does down into an area of heath, and after approximately 300m, comes to the clearing below Fort Rock.

Fort Rock Alt = 1025 m
Fort Rock, Blue Mountains National Park, is a formation of rock that sits alone in solitude above Centennial Glen valley. It looks very similar to a rook chess piece. From the top of the rock, there are stunning views over the Megalong Valley and Kanimbla Valley.

(4.39 km) Fort Rock to Cliff West of Fort Rock
Optional sidetrip: Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 206 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -46 m
Turn right: From the clearing below Fort Rock, this walk heads towards the views of the valley. The track continues through the heath for approximately 100m along the most worn of the tracks to the rocky outcrop on the edge of the cliff.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

(4.39 km) Fort Rock to Int. Fort Rock Trk and Centennial Pass Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 134 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -20 m
Veer left: From Fort Rock, this walk heads down the hill towards the rocky outcrops in the valley below and the houses above. The track descends steps through the thick heath vegetation for approximately 50m. The walk then comes to a rocky outcrop, and crosses this to where 'Porters Pass' and 'Fort Rock' have been hand-painted on the rock.

(4.52 km) Int. Fort Rock Trk and Centennial Pass Trk to Int. Walls Ledge Track and Centennial Pass Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 541 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -87 m
Veer right: From the rocky surface, this walk follows the arrow to 'Porters Pass' down the hill. The track heads down through thick heath to come to a set of stairs in a narrow pass. The walk leads down the stairs to a clearer area, lined with cliffs. The track keeps with the cliffs on the left to wind into Centennial Glen with a waterfall over the track. The track continues to follow the cliffs on the left to a boulder marked in white paint 'Porters Pass'.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the clearing below the cliffs (left of the track) for approximately 50m. The track comes to an intersection marked by two rocks, with 'Centennial Glen' and 'Porters Pass' painted on them.

(5.06 km) Int. Walls Ledge Track and Centennial Pass Trk to Centennial Glen Rd Carpark
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 310 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 73 m Descent = -2 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk keeps the valley on the right as the track soon leaves the cliffs to meander around the hillside, coming to the steps on the left.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the stairs that round the rocky outcrop (on the left). The walk winds up to look out over the Kanimbla Valley before continuing up through the heath for a short time to the car park.

Catch the train from Blackheath Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Blackheath Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus from Centennial Glen Rd Carpark
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 Centennial Glen Rd Carpark
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

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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
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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 8.9 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 9.2 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 20.6 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 21 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 35.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Walls Ledge, Porters Pass, Centennial Glen Circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Walls Ledge, Porters Pass, Centennial Glen Circuit
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6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 19 km (to the NW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
25 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 25 km (to the W)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 33 km (to the ENE)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 34 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 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
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Walker Feedback

Comments
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Michelle - Great Walk!! IP:121.91.63.xxx | 2012-08-19 08:26:52
Thanks for the notes. This walk is a close second to the Grand Canyon Loop.Wonderful waterfalls out of the canyon. The section down thru Centennial Pass is a little over-grown and unloved, but still passable. Wouldn't recommend after a lot of rain.
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