|Narrow Neck to Castle Head|
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
Map of Narrow Neck to Castle Head
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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
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
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Narrow Neck to Castle Head 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.
Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
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.
Around 1.3km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 850m is clearly signposted.
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.
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).
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).
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.
Getting therePlan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk
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Campsites in the park
Acacia FlatBurralow Creek camping groundCoxs River Camping AreaEuroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer areaEuroka campgroundIngar campgroundMount Werong campgroundMurphys Glen campgroundPerrys Lookdown campgroundEuroka Campground - DarugEuroka Campground - Red GumEuroka Campground - NiokaEuroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge
Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Narrow Neck to Castle Head .
Weather and Park info
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 7 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
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
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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