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Shortcut Track
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.9 km WSW of Wentworth Falls
Length: 1.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 1.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 42 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 42 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: One way
Track: Moderate

While not as spectacular as other walks in the Wentworth Falls area, this walk is not without it's charm. Going from Conservation Hut to the Falls Picnic Area, this track does provide a great access route between two popular picnic and eating locations, and access to many of the walks in the area. (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 The Shortcut Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of The Shortcut Track
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Conservation Hut
Int of Valley of the Waters Track and Shortcut Track
Int of Shortcut and Lyrebird Lookout Tracks
Int of Shortcut and Breakfast Point Lookout Tracks
Sir H. Burrell Drive Carpark (Nth)
Starting point for this hiking track: Conservation Hut

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 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
The Conservation Hut Restaurant
 
The Conservation Hut Restaurant +
 
Heading south-east from Conservation Hut
 
Heading south-east from Conservation Hut +
 
There are only very gradual steps on this track
 
There are only very gradual steps on this track +

 
The Shortcut Track
 
The Shortcut Track +
 
Well-drained and maintained this track is a perfect access trail to the picnic area
 
Well-drained and maintained this track is a perfect access trail to the picnic area +
 
The Shortcut Track is very well-signposted
 
The Shortcut Track is very well-signposted +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the The Shortcut Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the The Shortcut Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Shortcut Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the The Shortcut Track 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 1.1km
Time 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
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
Around 720m of this walk is flat with no steps, whilst the remaining 390m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 720m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 390m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
This whole walk, 1.1km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.1km 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 110m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to Conservation Hut
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|

Conservation Hut Alt = 893 m
Conservation Hut is a small cafe perched above the Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park. The hut was opened in 1963 as a meeting place for the local conservation movement. Rebuilt, Conservation Hut opened as a cafe in 1993, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Around the Conservation Hut is a small parking area, public toilets, picnic shelters, town water and B&B's. For further information or bookings call (02) 4757 3827. More info

(0 km) Conservation Hut to Int of Valley of the Waters Track and Shortcut Track
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 39 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
From Conservation Hut, this walk follows the 'Valley of the Waters' sign down some timber and dirt steps passing a couple of picnic shelters. The track soon leads to the signposted intersection with the 'Short Cut Track' (still in view of the Conservation Hut).

(0.04 km) Int of Valley of the Waters Track and Shortcut Track to Int of Shortcut and Lyrebird Lookout Tracks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 246 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -15 m
Turn left : From the intersection, the walk heads along the 'Short Cut Track' following the arrow to 'Wentworth Falls picnic area'. The track gradually heads downhill with small log steps. After a short distance, the walk crosses a small creek using a bridge. The track then bends to the right and continues along till comes to a signposted intersection with another track (on the right).

(0.29 km) Int of Shortcut and Lyrebird Lookout Tracks to Int of Shortcut and Breakfast Point Lookout Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 106 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the sign to 'Wentworth Falls picnic area' that heads south-east along the flat bush track. Soon the walk comes to a 4-way intersection marked with signs pointing to Breakfast Pt Lookout, Murphy's Lane and to the Falls Picnic Area.

(0.39 km) Int of Shortcut and Breakfast Point Lookout Tracks to Sir H. Burrell Drive Carpark (Nth)
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 616 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -38 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to the 'Falls Picnic Area', heading east along a flat track. The wide track gently winds through the bush, tending to the right - there are a number of anti-erosion systems in place to step over. Just before opening out into the car park, the track turns right. At the car park is a large 'Short Cut Track' sign, pointing back.

Wentworth Falls Picnic Area Alt = 869 m
The Wentworth Falls Picnic Area is in the Blue Mountains National Park on Sir H Burrell Drive (Wentworth Falls). The picnic area is host to a couple of wonderful lookouts and some good facilities. A large car park, toilets (wheelchair accessible), picnic tables, free electric BBQs, town water and information signs. This is a great spot to relax between walks in the area.

(1.01 km) Sir H. Burrell Drive Carpark (Nth) to The Falls Picnic Area
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 103 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the car park on Sir H. Burrell Dr, this walk heads up the steps, passing the toilets, into the Wentworth Falls Picnic Area.

Drive from The Falls Picnic Area
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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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)
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 4.8 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 4.8 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 24.5 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 29.1 km
Kangaroo Tent City Cnr Mulgoa & Blaikie Rds, Penrith (02) 4733 4111 29.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to The Shortcut Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from The Shortcut Track
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4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 25 km (to the E)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 30 km (to the NE)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 31 km (to the NW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
33 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 33 km (to the W)

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 2 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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