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Narrow Neck to Castle Head
Time: 1 hr 45 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.9 km SSW of Katoomba
Length: 4.2 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 4.2 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 229 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 229 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: Return
Track: Hard

From the locked gate on Glenraphael Dr, on Narrow Neck, this walk heads out to Castle Head lookout. From the Lookout, there are fantastic views over the Jamison Valley back to Katoomba and over to Mount Solitary. You get a birds eye view of Ruined Castle, and distant views of the Three Sisters. Much of the walk follows the western escarpment, giving views most of the way. The road out to the gate is dirt, and is generally well maintained. (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 Narrow Neck to Castle Head

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Narrow Neck to Castle Head
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Locked gate
Int of Glenraphael Drive and northern Castle Head track
Int of northern Castle Head and link tracks
Int of northern and southern Castle Head tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: Locked gate

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 
 Jamison 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89302N 
 Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301S 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
Emergency access gate
 
Emergency access gate +
 
northern Castle Head track
 
northern Castle Head track +
 
Castle Head Norther Track
 
Castle Head Norther Track +

 
View from Narrow neck over the Kedumba Valley
 
View from Narrow neck over the Kedumba Valley +
 
The famous Blue haze of the mountains
 
The famous Blue haze of the mountains +
 
Track on the ridge to Castle Rock
 
Track on the ridge to Castle Rock +

 
The Trig point on Castle Head
 
The Trig point on Castle Head +
 
View of Mt Solitary from Castle Head
 
View of Mt Solitary from Castle Head +
 
View from Castle Head
 
View from Castle Head +

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 Narrow Neck to Castle Head bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Narrow Neck to Castle Head  bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Narrow Neck to Castle Head bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Narrow Neck to Castle Head  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 4.2km
Time 1 hr 45 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 Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
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
Around 1.3km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 850m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.3km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely, whilst the remaining 850m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 1.3km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 850m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
1.1km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 850m requires no previous bushwalking experience. The remaining (180m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 1.3km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 850m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
1.1km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 850m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (180m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

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.
Drive to Locked gate
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) Locked gate to Int of Glenraphael Drive and northern Castle Head track
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 849 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -25 m
From the emergency access gate, this walk heads south along the management trail. After a while, it comes to the northern Castle Head track (on the left side of the trail), marked with two treated pine posts either side of the bush track. (For emergency access, keys to the National Park gate are available from the local council, police and National Parks services.)

(0.85 km) Int of Glenraphael Drive and northern Castle Head track to Int of northern and southern Castle Head tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 319 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -18 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads west, off the management trail and through the bush. The track steadily climbs up a hill until coming to an intersection with another track (linking the northern and southern Castle Head tracks).
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads south-east through the bush, where it climbs over a small hill then meets an intersection of the southern Castle Head track.

(1.17 km) Int of northern and southern Castle Head tracks to End of Castle Head
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 938 m Time = 23 mins
Climb = 39 m Descent = -100 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads east for a short distance, then turns towards the south nearer the cliffs, continuing along the bush track which runs parallel to the edge of the cliffs. A little while after, the track climbs steadily to the top of the ridge then proceeds down to the first abseil and lookout point of Castle Head.

Castle Head Alt = 826 m
Castle Head has an old trig station and sits on a point on the eastern side of Narrow Neck plateau. From this lookout there are great views across the Jamison Valley, and especially good view across the Ruined Castle to Mt Solitary.

Drive from Locked gate
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

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)
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 4 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 4.3 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 31.7 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 31 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 31.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Narrow Neck to Castle Head .
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Narrow Neck to Castle Head
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5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
26 km (to the WNW)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 26 km (to the WNW)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 29 km (to the NNW)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 32 km (to the E)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 38 km (to the NE)

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

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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