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Blaxland Station Florabella Pass Loop
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.1 km NE of Blaxland
Length: 4.3 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 4.3 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 249 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 249 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 of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

This is a great circuit walk, exploring a section of the Glenbrook Gorge from above, with an optional side trip down to the creek below. The walk has some very scenic areas and passes many interesting rock formations. Easily accessible by car or public transport, this is a great walk to start your weekend in the mountains. The local cafe or bakery makes a great fuel stop at the beginning or end of this walk. (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 Blaxland Station Florabella Pass Loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Blaxland Station
Blaxland shops
Blaxland Library Carpark
Int of Pipas Pass and Bates Ave tracks
Int. Ross Cres Trk East and Pippas Pass
Int. Southern Stairs Ross Cres Trk
Int. Ross Cres Trk East and Pippas Pass
Int. Ross Cres Trk West and Pippas Pass
Int. Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass Trks
Int St Helena and Glenbrook Ck trks
Int. Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass Trks
Int. Florabella Pass Trk and Plateau Pde Trk
No. 14 Plateau Pde
Int. Bridge Rd and Glen St
Int. Great Western HWY and Bridge Rd
Blaxland Shops
Starting point for this hiking track: Blaxland Station

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

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Photo Gallery

 
Blaxland Library car park
 
Blaxland Library car park +
 
Fence line below Blaxland Library car park
 
Fence line below Blaxland Library car park +
 
Stairs below Blaxland Library car park
 
Stairs below Blaxland Library car park +

 
Track below Blaxland Library car park
 
Track below Blaxland Library car park +
 
Vine strangling tree
 
Vine strangling tree +
 
Reflection in rock pool
 
Reflection in rock pool +

 
Track through heath
 
Track through heath +
 
Flower amongst heath
 
Flower amongst heath +
 
Track past rock overhang
 
Track past rock overhang +

 
Scratched tree with directions
 
Scratched tree with directions +
 
Rock overhang next to track
 
Rock overhang next to track +
 
Track past rocky outcrop
 
Track past rocky outcrop +

 
Pool next to track
 
Pool next to track +
 
Rock steps near Florabella Pass Int.
 
Rock steps near Florabella Pass Int. +
 
Directions scratched into rock
 
Directions scratched into rock +

 
Rock steps
 
Rock steps +
 
Warrimoo direction on rock
 
Warrimoo direction on rock +
 
Track above Glenbrook Creek
 
Track above Glenbrook Creek +

 
Glenbrook Creek from above
 
Glenbrook Creek from above +
 
Overhang in Florabella Pass
 
Overhang in Florabella Pass +
 
Rock steps
 
Rock steps +

 
Small plants next to track
 
Small plants next to track +
 
Track through bush to Plateau Pde
 
Track through bush to Plateau Pde +
 
Seed pods
 
Seed pods +

 
Track opening onto road
 
Track opening onto road +
 
Driveway to Plateau Pde
 
Driveway to Plateau Pde +
 
Track behind Plateau Pde house
 
Track behind Plateau Pde house +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Blaxland Station Florabella Pass Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Blaxland Station Florabella Pass Loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Blaxland Station Florabella Pass Loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Blaxland Station Florabella Pass Loop 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 4.3km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
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
1.9km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 1.2km is very steep. Whilst another 1.1km has short steep hills and the remaining 70m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.9km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 350m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 55m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
2km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 1.9km is clearly signposted. The remaining (350m) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 3.1km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.2km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 3.1km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.1km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
2.6km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 1.2km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (450m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Blaxland Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Blaxland 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 Blaxland 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 Blaxland 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|

(0 km) Blaxland Station to Blaxland Library Carpark
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 527 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -28 m
From the station, this walk heads up to the pedestrian bridge and turns right, crossing over the Great Western Highway. The walk then uses the stairs or ramp to descend to the footpath below.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down along the pedestrian lane way, under the foot bridge[1]
and away from the highway. Here the walk crosses the car park entrance[2] and follows the footpath downhill to turn left onto 'Hope St'[3]. This walk then crosses another car park entrance[4], then turns right to cross Hope St[5] at the traffic calming device[6]. Here the walk turns left and continues down along the footpath beside Hope St for about 150m to turn right at the 'Blaxland Civic Centre'[7] sign. Now the walk follows this footpath downhill then along the back deck of the library[8] to the car park on the far side of the building.

(0.53 km) Blaxland Library Carpark to Int of Pipas Pass and Bates Ave tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 353 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -38 m
Turn right: From the Blaxland Library car park[9], this walk heads to the lower left corner of the car park to find a 'Bushcare site' information sign[10]. Here the walk follows the track towards the houses[11] for a few meters to then turn right and heading down the narrower track and timber steps[12]. This track winds downhill for about 80m to pass a grafittied sandstone overhang[13]. Here the track continues along the side of the hill for another 15m to a smaller overhang[14] where the track bends right and downhill[15] for about 50m to come to a T-intersection[16] in the heath. Here the walk turns right to almost immediately cross over a sandstone rock platform and small creek[17] then after another 30m the track passes another grafittied sandstone overhang (on your right)[18]. From this overhang this walk continues to wind gently downhill for another 40m to cross a small often dry creek[19] then after another 70m the track leads across a sandstone platform and larger creek[20] to come to a T-intersection[21] with another track on the opposite bank.

(0.88 km) Int of Pipas Pass and Bates Ave tracks to Int. Ross Cres Trk East and Pippas Pass
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 766 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -62 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track gently downhill initially keeping the creek to your right. The heath soon becomes thicker (and the creek is not visible for a while), after about 60m the track leads down through a cleft in the rock[22]. The track leads down through a rocky section then leads along through a pleasant and shaded valley for about 200m where the track passes along the base of a few natural sandstone walls[23] before leading down to cross the usually small and pleasant creek[24].
The track then bends left to begin a gently climb out of the valley by undulating along the side of the hill. Soon the valley on your left[25] becomes quiet steep then track leads down a short set of sandstone steps then past a a shallow sandstone overhang[26]. Here the track winds along the side of the hill for another 100m
to head up a small hill and come to a T-intersection just before a rock face. Here there is a 'Pippas Pass' sign[27] pointing back where you came from (about 2m up a tree on your right).

(1.65 km) Int. Ross Cres Trk East and Pippas Pass to Int. Beneath rock Trk and Ross Cres Trk
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 216 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 95 m Descent = -13 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the stone steps uphill. The steps zig zag[28] a couple of times for about 30m before passing between two boulders[29], where the track flattens out and comes to a Y-intersection (with more steps on the right, and a flatter track on the left).
Veer right: From the intersection[30], this walk heads up the stone steps[31]. The track winds fairly steeply uphill at first, then leads a little more gently for just over 100m to come to an intersection at the base of a few rock walls. Here this walk ignores the stone step track (on the left) and veers right following the other stone steps up between the two rock walls[32]. This track winds up the stone steps then bends left to flatten out at the top of the hill at an intersection with a wider track. Here there is a large unfenced rock platform (on your left).
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Ross Cres rock outcrop Alt = 209 m
This rocky outcrop below Ross Crescent, stands like a number of large sandstone foundations in the side of the hill. They are worth an explore, with a numerous views over the bush and little cracks and overhangs to look through.

(1.65 km) Int. Ross Cres Trk East and Pippas Pass to Int. Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass Trks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 71 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -18 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads right, around a boulder, and soon meets a set of stairs, with arrows and place names scratched into the rock either side.
Continue straight: From the intersection[33], this walk follows 'Florabella Pass' arrow engraved in rock face[34] along the mostly flat track around the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your left. The track soon comes to another intersection with a set of stone steps (on the right)[35].

(1.72 km) Int. Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass Trks to Boulder pool
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 284 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -35 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection[36], this walk heads steeply down the stone steps and eroded track, winding steeply, in some sections over steep rocky surfaces. The track continues downhill until coming to an intersection where the track meets a large boulder which stretches towards the creek[37].
Turn left: From the intersection, the track keeps the creek on the right, as it heads down stream. The track winds to a creek junction where the track crosses a log to the right. From here the track meanders along the creek bed to a pool with a large boulder in it.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Boulder Pool Alt = 88 m
Boulder Pool, unofficially named, is a nice pool along the Glenbrook Creek with a boulder sitting in it. The pool is a great place to cool your feet, and sit on the sandy banks and grab a bite as you take in your surroundings.

(1.72 km) Int. Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass Trks to Int. Florabella Pass Trk and Plateau Pde Trk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 446 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 65 m Descent = -57 m
Continue straight: From the intersection the track heads north around the rocky hillside to tend left, into a creek on the left. The track winds steeply up throguh rocky outcrops to a sign posted intersection next to a large orange rock overhang.

Florabella Pass overhang Alt = 132 m
This large and well coloured sandstone overhang is a feature of Florabella Pass. The overbearing nature of this overhang makes it a grand sight along the track. The steps and clearing below it also make for a good place to rest and grab a bite to eat.

(2.16 km) Int. Florabella Pass Trk and Plateau Pde Trk to No. 14 Plateau Pde
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 729 m Time = 26 mins
Climb = 137 m Descent = -21 m
Turn right: From the intersection the track heads up the steps to head under the orange rock overhang. The track winds beneath a few rocky outcrops to turn left up some stairs to turn right sharply along the rocky surface. The track continues to wind up a few more rocky steps before zig zagging up the hill to a sign '300m to Plateau Parade'. The track turns right at the sign to contour along the hillside for a short time. The track turns left up steps beneath a rocky outcrop to turn right and continue up the hill to the road behind houses. At the road the track then turns right, with the houses on the left. The road soon turns left to continue up to Plateau Pde.

(2.89 km) No. 14 Plateau Pde to Blaxland Station
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road,footpath,footpath
Length = 1.37 km Time = 24 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -25 m
Continue straight: From the intersection the walk heads up Plateau Pde, keeping the powerline above on the right. The walk continues up to the intersection with Bridge Rd where it turns right. Then continues up Bridge Rd to come to the intersection with Glen St.
Continue straight: From the intersection the walkk heads up Bridge Rd passing No's 14, 12, 8. Then continues up Bridge Rd to soon pass Bourke St on the right before coming to the intersection with the Great Western Highway.
Turn sharp right: From Bridge St the walk heads down the Great Western Highway, keeping the houses on the right of the footpath. The walk continues down the hill passing Taringha St then View St as it then heads past the shops. The walk continues to the stairs, and ramp, leading up to the pedestrian bridge.
Turn sharp right: From the footpath, the walk uses the stairs or ramp to climb onto the pedestrian bridge. The walk then crosses the bridge over the Great Western Highway and then heads down onto Blaxland Station.

Catch the train to Blaxland Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Blaxland 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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus from Blaxland 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 Blaxland 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.
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Getting there

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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
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Near by


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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 2.8 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 6.4 km
Kangaroo Tent City Cnr Mulgoa & Blaikie Rds, Penrith (02) 4733 4111 6.8 km
Getaway Disposals 549 High St , Penrith (02) 4732 2285 7.9 km
Mitchell Adventure 24 Henry St , Penrith (02) 4731 8482 8.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Blaxland Station Florabella Pass Loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Blaxland Station Florabella Pass Loop
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4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 2 km (to the NE)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 22 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 28 km (to the E)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
45 km (to the E)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 51 km (to the WNW)

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

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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