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Farnell Road to Explorers Tree
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.7 km SSW of Katoomba
Length: 4 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 4 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Blue Mountains(LGA)
Climb: 302 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 302 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: Return
Track: Moderate

This short walk takes you from the western end of Katoomba, initially following the cliff line, then following Pulpit Hill Road to the Explorers Tree. There are optional side trips to lookouts, providing great views across the Megalong Valley. In addition to the great views, the walk provides the opportunity to see a piece of Australian heritage. (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 Farnell Road to Explorers Tree

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Farnell Road to Explorers Tree
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Int of Farnells Rd and Cliff Track
Intersection of Cliff Track and Therabulat Lookout Track
Intersection of Cliff Track and Therabulat Lookout Track
Int of 6 Foot Track and Norths Lookout Trail
Int of Cliff Track and Norths Lookout Trail
Int of 6 Foot Track and Norths Lookout Trail
Six Foot Track Info Shelter
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Farnells Rd and Cliff Track

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
 Six Foot Track 1:50 000 Map Series NSW-six-foot-track 
 Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301S 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
sealed path
 
sealed path +
 
View from Therambulat Lookout
 
View from Therambulat Lookout +
 
The Cliff Track
 
The Cliff Track +

 
Nellies Glen lookout
 
Nellies Glen lookout +
 
View from Norths lookout
 
View from Norths lookout +
 
following the six foot track
 
following the six foot track +

 
Sign near the start of the Six foot track
 
Sign near the start of the Six foot track +
 
The Explorer Tree
 
The Explorer Tree +
 
Explorers tree
 
Explorers tree +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Farnell Road to Explorers Tree bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Farnell Road to Explorers Tree bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Farnell Road to Explorers Tree bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Farnell Road to Explorers Tree 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 4km
Time 2 hrs
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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
1.3km of this walk has short steep hills and another 380m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (260m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 960m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 960m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 960m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 940m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Catch the bus to Int of Farnells Rd and Cliff Track
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 Int of Farnells Rd and Cliff Track
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|

(0 km) Int of Farnells Rd and Cliff Track to Intersection of Cliff Track and Therabulat Lookout Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 228 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -16 m
From the intersection of Farnells Rd and the bush track marked by the signpost saying 'Cliff Track' (approximately 30m west of the end of Stuarts Rd), this walk heads north down the bush track until coming to an intersection with another bush track. This corner is marked by a large cairn and an orange banner wrapped around the tree on the corner.

(0.23 km) Intersection of Cliff Track and Therabulat Lookout Track to Therabulat Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 143 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -49 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads west along the bush track until coming to a lookout over the valley, which has great views to the south and south-west. Railings have been installed at this lookout.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn sharp left to continue along this walk.)

(0.23 km) Intersection of Cliff Track and Therabulat Lookout Track to Int of Cliff Track and Norths Lookout Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 790 m Time = 25 mins
Climb = 86 m Descent = -94 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south-east along the flat bush track. As the walk turns to the west and crosses a small creek using a bridge, the track begins to climb steadily around the side of the hill. This continues until reaching an intersection with a wide track, marked by a signpost saying 'Bonnie Doon Fauna Study Being Conducted at this Site'.

(1.02 km) Int of 6 Foot Track and Norths Lookout Trail to Norths Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 62 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -15 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the track downhill towards the open views[1]. After about 50m the track comes to the fenced[2] and signposted 'Norths Lookout'[3] with great views over Nellie's Glen and into the valley[4].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

(1.02 km) Int of Cliff Track and Norths Lookout Trail to Int of 6 Foot Track and Norths Lookout Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 148 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection[5], this walk follows the clear track gently uphill, keeping the main views to your left. The track leads up a series of timber steps for just shy of 150m to then head through a gap in large metal gate[6]. Here the track leads to a clear three way intersection with a wide management trail marked with several 'Six Foot Track' signposts[7].

(1.17 km) Int of 6 Foot Track and Norths Lookout Trail to Six Foot Track Info Shelter
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 548 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 68 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Six Foot Track' sign[8], uphill along the wide management trail. The walk continues up this trail, fairly steeply in places, for about 500m until the walk leads around a locked metal gate and flattens to find a dirt car park[9], shelter[10] and the large 'Six Foot Track' information sign[11], on Nellies Glen Rd.

(1.71 km) Six Foot Track Info Shelter to Explorers Tree
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 264 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the car park, this walk follows the sealed 'Nellies Glen Rd'[12][13] gently uphill and over the small rise. After just over 200m, this walk leads past another small car parking area[14] and comes to the Explorers Tree[15], just before the intersection with the Great Western Hwy.

Explorers Tree (Katoomba) Alt = 1051 m
In 1813, the explorers Gregory Blaxland, William Wentworth and William Lawson, on their historic crossing of the Blue Mountains, engraved their names not only into the history books, but also reportedly into this tree on the side of Pulpit Hill. The tree now long dead was caged[16] in 1884 in an attempt to preserve the engravings[17]. The engravings are no longer visible[18] and there is even debate over the last 100+ years as to the authenticity of the engravings[19].

Catch the bus from Int of Farnells Rd and Cliff Track
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 Int of Farnells Rd and Cliff Track
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
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


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 1.8 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 1.8 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 28.7 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 29 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 31 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Farnell Road to Explorers Tree.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Farnell Road to Explorers Tree
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5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
27 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 27 km (to the W)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 27 km (to the NNW)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 31 km (to the E)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 35 km (to the ENE)

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
°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

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