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Lawson Lookout from Fairy Dell Reserve
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.3 km E of Springwood
Length: 2.7 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 2.7 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Blue Mountains(LGA)
Climb: 149 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 149 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: Return
Track: Hard

This walk is a great way to go to Lawson Lookout, especially if you are coming from Fairy Dell Reserve picnic area. With Springwood just out of ear shot, the walk meanders down the Magdala Gully, then leads up to Lawson Lookout for a great view across the valley. (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 Lawson Lookout from Fairy Dell Reserve

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of Lawson Lookout from Fairy Dell Reserve bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Lawson Lookout from Fairy Dell Reserve
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Springwood Station
Int. Springwood Ave and Fairy Dell Reserve
Fairy Dell Reserve picnic area
Int. Fairy Dell and Picnic Point Tracks
Int. Fairy Dell and Picnic Point Tracks
Int. Lawsons Lookout Trk and Fairy Dell Trk
Lawsons Lookout
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. Springwood Ave and Fairy Dell Reserve

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
 Springwood 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-90304S 
 Penrith 1:100 000 Map Series 9030 

Photo Gallery

 
Fairy Dell Reserve sign
 
Fairy Dell Reserve sign +
 
Fairy Dell Reserve car park
 
Fairy Dell Reserve car park +
 
Fairy Dell Reserve
 
Fairy Dell Reserve +

 
Graffiti on old hall
 
Graffiti on old hall +
 
Overview Map of Magdala and surrounding gullies
 
Overview Map of Magdala and surrounding gullies +
 
Track down Magdala Gully
 
Track down Magdala Gully +

 
Bridge and sign to Picnic Point
 
Bridge and sign to Picnic Point +
 
Rocky steps down Magdala Gully
 
Rocky steps down Magdala Gully +
 
Track up to Lawsons Lookout
 
Track up to Lawsons Lookout +

 
Lawsons Lookout track
 
Lawsons Lookout track +
 
Steps below Lawsons Lookout
 
Steps below Lawsons Lookout +
 
Zig zag in track
 
Zig zag in track +

 
Track up to Lawsons Lookout
 
Track up to Lawsons Lookout +
 
Track near Lawsons Lookout
 
Track near Lawsons Lookout +
 
View from Lawsons Lookout
 
View from Lawsons Lookout +

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 Lawson Lookout from Fairy Dell Reserve bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Lawson Lookout from Fairy Dell Reserve bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Lawson Lookout from Fairy Dell Reserve bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Lawson Lookout from Fairy Dell Reserve 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 2.7km
Time 1 hr 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
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
800m of this walk is very steep and another 270m is flat with no steps. Whilst another 150m has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 140m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 930m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 410m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 930m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 410m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.3km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
800m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 410m has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (140m) 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 train to Springwood Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Springwood 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 Springwood Station
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 Springwood Station
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|

Springwood Alt = 369 m
Springwood, along the Great Western Highway, is the second largest town in the Blue Mountains[1]. Springwood also takes the title for the oldest railway station in the Blue Mountains[2]. There are a variety of shops in Springwood, with quite a few cafes, bakeries and two historic hotels. Springwood was named by Governor Macquarie, when his wife and he stopped for water from a deep glen spring, in 1815[3]. It seems aptly named, with many springs and creeks leading away from the ridge at Springwood, including Sassafras Gully, Magdala Creek and Glenbrook Creek. More info

(0 km) Springwood Station to Int. Springwood Ave and Fairy Dell Reserve
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 269 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -11 m
From Springwood Station, the walk crosses the road at the pedestrian crossing and turns left. The walk continues past the shop front for about 150 metres before turning right at a quadrangle, which leads the walk down through a car park. The walk passes through the car park and crosses Macquarie Rd, to the 'Fariy Dell' sign[4].

(0.27 km) Int. Springwood Ave and Fairy Dell Reserve to Fairy Dell Reserve picnic area
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 145 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -21 m
Continue straight: From the 'Fairy Dell, 49 Springwood Ave' sign[5], the walk heads downhill into the reserve (along the smaller road), past the signs. The walk winds down past the units (on the left) to the bottom of the road. The walk continues on the left side of the cul-de-sac, to a grassy area with picnic tables.

Fairy Dell Reserve picnic area Alt = 339 m
Fairy Dell Reserve picnic area is a quiet and shady terraced garden at the head of the Magdala Gully. Fairy Dell is situated just south of Springwood in the Lower Blue Mountains. The picnic area has numerous tables, parking and a grassy area for the kids to play. The Fairy Dell Reserve Picnic area is also the starting point for a number of walks down to Magdala Creek, Picnic Point and nearby Lawson Lookout.

(0.41 km) Fairy Dell Reserve picnic area to Int. Fairy Dell and Picnic Point Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 390 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -44 m
Veer left: From the picnic area, the walk follows the 'Sassafras Gully' sign down the stairs. The walk quickly passes the vandalised building (which has since been reported as demolished by another walker), then a map sign before meeting a creek. The walk keeps the creek on the right and soon comes to a bridge with direction signs.

(0.8 km) Int. Fairy Dell and Picnic Point Tracks to Picnic Point
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 163 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 33 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk crosses the bridge, following the 'Picnic Point' signs[6]. The walk immediately climbs many stairs which wind up to a the picnic shelter and grass area of Picnic Point.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Picnic Point Alt = 331 m
Picnic Point, in Springwood, Blue Mountains, is a quiet, grassy clearing tucked behind the houses above Magdala Creek. The area has a gazebo, picnic table and water tank (water needs to be treated). The clearing has a track leading down to many popular walks, with Lawson's Lookout and Fairy Dell Reserves nearby.

(0.8 km) Int. Fairy Dell and Picnic Point Tracks to Int. Lawsons Lookout Trk and Fairy Dell Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 135 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -13 m
Continue straight: From the intersection at the bridge, the walk heads in the direction of the 'Perch Ponds' arrow[7], keeping the creek on the right of the track. The walk soon comes to a 'Lawson's Lookout' sign[ref img=146352, above a cascade in the creek.

(0.94 km) Int. Lawsons Lookout Trk and Fairy Dell Trk to Lawsons Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 407 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 39 m Descent = -11 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the direction of the 'Lawsons Lookout' signs[8], up the hill. The track heads up to a rocky outcrop, where the track turns back on itself and steps through some bushes to the rocky surface of the lookout.

Lawsons Lookout Alt = 316 m
Lawsons Lookout, in Springwood, Blue Mountains, is an unfenced rockshelf overlooking the wonderful Magdala Creek valley. The lookout is most easily accessed from Raymond Rd.

(1.35 km) Lawsons Lookout to End of Raymond Rd
Alternate Exit: Track: Moderate - bushtrack ( Show detail)
Length = 101 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -3 m
Turn sharp right: From Lawsons Lookout, the walk heads directly away from the view, heading up the hill. The walk soon passes a rocky outcrop and heads towards the houses as it winds up to the unsealed cul-de-sac at the end of the road (opposite 86 Raymond Rd). (End of the alternative exit track)

Catch the train from Springwood Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Springwood 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 Springwood Station
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 Springwood Station
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
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
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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 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 9.3 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 12.7 km
Kangaroo Tent City Cnr Mulgoa & Blaikie Rds, Penrith (02) 4733 4111 13 km
Getaway Disposals 549 High St , Penrith (02) 4732 2285 13.5 km
Mitchell Adventure 24 Henry St , Penrith (02) 4731 8482 14.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Lawson Lookout from Fairy Dell Reserve.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Lawson Lookout from Fairy Dell Reserve
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4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 7 km (to the ESE)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 18 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 33 km (to the ESE)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 44 km (to the WNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
50 km (to the E)

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      31°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu18°|28°Possible shower.
Fri18°|32°Mostly sunny.
Sat15°|26°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Tom IP:114.198.49.xxx | 2011-09-06 00:44:54
Just to let you know, the old scout hall has been demolished. Access to the stairs remains the same.
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2011-09-12 22:07:12
Tom wrote:
Just to let you know, the old scout hall has been demolished. Access to the stairs remains the same.

Thanks Tom
Added that to the notes
Matt :)
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