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Martin's Lookout to Bunyan Lookout
Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.5 km SSE of Springwood
Length: 3.1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 3.1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 446 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 446 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
Route: Hard

This walk crosses the Glenbrook Gorge, dropping from Martins Lookout, then climbing to the Bunyah lookout on the other side, and then back again. This walk is strenuous and gives a great perspective of the two lookouts and the gorge. A great walk for the fit. (open in app)

This walk passes through a remote area and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.
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 Martin's Lookout to Bunyan Lookout

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Martin's Lookout to Bunyan Lookout
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Martins Lookout Carpark
Int. Martins Lookout and Short Trks
Martins Lookout
Int. Martins Lookout and Bunyan Lookout Trk
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. Martins Lookout and Short Trks

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

 
Martin's Lookout car park
 
Martin's Lookout car park +
 
Plaque at Martin's Lookout
 
Plaque at Martin's Lookout +
 
View from Martin's Lookout
 
View from Martin's Lookout +

 
Track to Martin's Lookout
 
Track to Martin's Lookout +
 
View from Martin's Lookout
 
View from Martin's Lookout +
 
View over edge
 
View over edge +

 
Track down from Martin's Lookout
 
Track down from Martin's Lookout +
 
Track up to Martin's Lookout
 
Track up to Martin's Lookout +
 
Track up from Glenbrook Creek to Martin's Lookout
 
Track up from Glenbrook Creek to Martin's Lookout +

 
Overhang above track
 
Overhang above track +
 
Stairs cut into rock
 
Stairs cut into rock +
 
Track up the from Glenbrook Creek
 
Track up the from Glenbrook Creek +

 
Glenbrook Creek below Martin's Lookout
 
Glenbrook Creek below Martin's Lookout +
 
Glenbrook Creek
 
Glenbrook Creek +
 
Cairns leading the way across the creek flats
 
Cairns leading the way across the creek flats +

 
Track up from creek flats
 
Track up from creek flats +
 
Track up to Bunyan Lookout
 
Track up to Bunyan Lookout +
 
Track beneath overhang
 
Track beneath overhang +

 
Cairn on rock outcrop showing the route
 
Cairn on rock outcrop showing the route +
 
Rocky outcrop below Buniyah Lookout
 
Rocky outcrop below Buniyah Lookout +
 
A view from Bunyan Lookout
 
A view from Bunyan 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 Martin's Lookout to Bunyan Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Martin's Lookout to Bunyan Lookout bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Martin's Lookout to Bunyan Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Martin's Lookout to Bunyan Lookout 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 3.1km
Time 3 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 5/6

Route: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs No directional signs (5/6)
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
1.5km of this walk is very steep and another 60m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (30m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
960m of this walk follows a rough unclear track and another 530m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 60m follows a clear and well formed track or trail and the remaining 30m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
960m of this walk Has no directional signs and another 560m has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (60m) is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.6km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
1.5km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) and another 60m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (30m) 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.
Drive to Martins Lookout Carpark
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.
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(0 km) Martins Lookout Carpark to Martins Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 90 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -17 m
From the car park, the walk heads through the cable opening in the low fence, and follows the clear sandy path past the rocky outcrop, on the left. The track winds for a short time to come around a rock outcrop with a pole (without a sign) marking the intersection, on the right.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads across the hillside, keeping the valley and view to the right. The track continues to soon lead out to the unfenced rock platform that forms Martin's Lookout.

Martins Lookout Alt = 299 m
Martin's Lookout is an unfenced view on the rim of the plateau, south of Valley Heights. There are views across and up the Glenbrook Creek, and to the Lost Worlds lookout (on the opposite cliffs) which features a small white crucifix. This cross is in memory of Rev. Raymer who was an avid bushwalker in the area. The plaque in the rock at Martin's Lookout is directly opposite this cross.

(0.09 km) Martins Lookout to Bunyan Lookout
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.48 km Time = 1 hr 4 mins
Climb = 224 m Descent = -205 m
Turn left: From Martins Lookout, the track heads south-east around the rocky knoll, with the views to the right of the track. The track quickly comes off the sandstone surface and descends stairs which zigzag under the cliffs. The walk passes under many overhangs, some of which overhang the track as it makes its way down the hillside. Tightly winding its way down the hill, the track descends a final flight of stairs to the signposted intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Bunyan Lkt' post down the stairs. The walk soon meets the creek and turns left, following the creek for a short distance before crossing at an opening in the shrubs around the creek. From here, the walk follows the cairns (rock stacks) across creek flats before climbing the hill to the base of a small cliff line. At one point beneath the cliff line, the walk ducks through a hole in the rock, then winds up through boulders, following more cairns. The walk continues up the hill, passing through a few more rocky outcrops to reach the informal, unfenced Bunyan Lookout, in a clearing near the cliff line.

Bunyan Lookout Alt = 318 m
Bunyan Lookout is an large, unfenced sandstone platform overlooking the Glenbrook Creek valley. Behind the lookout, there is a small sandy clearing, big enough for a few tents. The lookout spans across Glenbrook Creek and sandstone cliffs of the valley.

Drive from Martins Lookout Carpark
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

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

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From the end of the walk

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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 5.6 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 9.7 km
Kangaroo Tent City Cnr Mulgoa & Blaikie Rds, Penrith (02) 4733 4111 10.1 km
Getaway Disposals 549 High St , Penrith (02) 4732 2285 11.1 km
Mitchell Adventure 24 Henry St , Penrith (02) 4731 8482 12.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Martin's Lookout to Bunyan Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Martin's Lookout to Bunyan Lookout
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4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 5 km (to the E)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 21 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 31 km (to the E)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 47 km (to the WNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
48 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

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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Kumar Rethnasamy - Great Walk! IP:60.240.68.xxx | 2011-05-07 23:37:29
This is a great little walk, it took us only 2hrs and 20mins to do the track. The 1st half is relatively easy but as you cross the creek which you have to find the opening is very slippery but fun. Once you cross the creek, the second half of the track is a little overgrown but once you are on it, is not to bad. The views are amazing and the air so fresh. It is nice to descend from hot dry air, to cool moist air at the bottom of the creek that is incredibly fresh!
Kevin - Rushing creek IP:203.48.58.xxx | 2012-02-09 22:40:23
Had a go at this walk last weekend, got to the creek and it was a lot deeper and faster than last time I saw it (probably even worse now), being on my own I instead opted to walk to Perch ponds and then follow the track back to Martins lookout.

Got suprised by a diamond python on the way there, not sure who got the biggest scare :)

My alternate route was a very nice walk glad I did it.

Kevin
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