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Martin's Lookout to Woodford Station
Time: 7 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
8.5 km E of Woodford
Length: 15.9 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 15.9 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 892 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 892 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 end of this walk There is a train station near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Route: Hard

A long day walk, with a few solid hills to start, and some great views. The walk follows the St Helena Ridge, after crossing the Glenbrook Creek, then continues along The Oaks Fire Trail to Woodford Station. The the last part of the walk follows a management trail with plenty of wild flowers at the right time of year. (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 Woodford Station

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Martin's Lookout to Woodford Station
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Int. Martins Lookout and Short Trks
Martins Lookout
Martins Lookout
Int. Martins Lookout and Bunyan Lookout Trk
Bunyan Lookout
Int. Bunyan Lookout Trk and Lost Worlds Trk
Int. Bunyan Lookout Trk and Lost Worlds Trk
Int. Bunyan Lookout Trk and St Helena Trk
Top of St Helenas Crater track
Int. St Helena Ridge Trail and Bunyah Lookout Trk
Int. Oaks Firetrail and St Helena Ridge Trail
Int. Oaks Firetrail and cliff lookout Trk
Int. Oaks Firetrail and cliff lookout Trk
Int. Oaks Firetrail and Old Bathurst Rd
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 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-90303N 
 Jamison 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89302N 
 Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301S 
 Penrith 1:100 000 Map Series 9030 
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Photo Gallery

 
Martin's Lookout car park
 
Martin's Lookout car park +
 
Track to Martin's Lookout
 
Track to Martin's Lookout +
 
Rocky outcrop near Martin's Lookout
 
Rocky outcrop near Martin's Lookout +

 
View from Martin's Lookout
 
View from Martin's Lookout +
 
Plaque at Martin's Lookout
 
Plaque at Martin's Lookout +
 
Stairs up to Martin's lookout
 
Stairs up to Martin's lookout +

 
Track up to Martin's Lookout
 
Track up to Martin's Lookout +
 
Overhang above track
 
Overhang above track +
 
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 to Bunyan Lookout
 
Track up to Bunyan Lookout +
 
Cairn on rock outcrop showing the route
 
Cairn on rock outcrop showing the route +
 
Rocky outcrop below Buniyah Lookout
 
Rocky outcrop below Buniyah Lookout +

 
Track across St Helena spur
 
Track across St Helena spur +
 
Track along St Helena spur
 
Track along St Helena spur +
 
Bush along St Helena Spur
 
Bush along St Helena Spur +

 
Fire place along the St Helena ridge
 
Fire place along the St Helena ridge +
 
St Helena ridge track
 
St Helena ridge track +
 
Lizard along track
 
Lizard along track +

 
Fire place along the track
 
Fire place along the track +
 
Flowers on St Helena spur
 
Flowers on St Helena spur +
 
St Helena ridge track
 
St Helena ridge track +

 
St Helena ridge trail
 
St Helena ridge trail +
 
Rocky track down St Helena ridge
 
Rocky track down St Helena ridge +
 
St Helena ridge
 
St Helena ridge +

 
Zig zag in track near Oaks Fire Trail
 
Zig zag in track near Oaks Fire Trail +
 
The Oaks Fire Trail
 
The Oaks Fire Trail +
 
Rock formations above The Oaks Fire Trail
 
Rock formations above The Oaks Fire Trail +

 
Track marker on The Oaks Fire Trail
 
Track marker on The Oaks Fire Trail +
 
The Oaks Fire Trail
 
The Oaks Fire Trail +
 
The Oaks Fire Trail nearing Woodford
 
The Oaks Fire Trail nearing Woodford +

 
The Oaks Fire Trail
 
The Oaks Fire Trail +
 
The Oaks Fire Trail
 
The Oaks Fire Trail +
 
Gate at the Woodford end of The Oaks Fire Trail
 
Gate at the Woodford end of The Oaks Fire Trail +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Martin's Lookout to Woodford Station bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Martin's Lookout to Woodford Station bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Martin's Lookout to Woodford Station 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 16km
Time 7 hrs
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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
10km of this walk has short steep hills and another 2.9km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 1.5km is very steep and the remaining 1.1km is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
8km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 6km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 960m follows a rough unclear track and a 730m section follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining 60m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
8km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 7km has directional signs at most intersection. Whilst another 960m Has no directional signs and the remaining 790m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 16km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 16km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) and another 6km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (790m) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Int. Martins Lookout and Short Trks
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) Int. Martins Lookout and Short Trks to Martins Lookout Carpark
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 58 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = 0 m
From the intersection, the walk heads up the stairs around a rocky outcrop and continues through the low scrub, to the cable rimmed car park.

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(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 right: 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.

(1.57 km) Bunyan Lookout to Int. Bunyan Lookout Trk and Lost Worlds Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 568 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -7 m
Turn sharp right: From Bunyan Lookout, the walk heads back into the clearing behind the unfenced cliff line and turns left at the cairn (if you head down into the valley, you have gone the wrong way). The walk meanders through the heath for a short time before coming to a red painted stump, on the right of the track.

(2.14 km) Int. Bunyan Lookout Trk and Lost Worlds Trk to Lost Worlds Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 569 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = -13 m
Turn right: From the red stump intersection, the walk follows the 'Lost Worlds' sign up the small hill. The walk winds through the bush for a short time then crosses a rocky surface. The track then leaves the rocky surface briefly to return to a similar rock surface with a white crucifix on the edge of the cliff.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Lost Worlds Lookout Alt = 337 m
Lost Worlds Lookout is a cliff edge marked by a cross. The cross commemorates the Rev. Raymer who was a prominent bushwalker in the area, and has been commemorated by a plaque at Martins Lookout across the valley. The lookout views Glenbrook Creek valley below, the surrounding cliffs and down to Penrith in the west.

(2.14 km) Int. Bunyan Lookout Trk and Lost Worlds Trk to Int. St Helena Ridge Trail and Bunyan Lookout Trk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.71 km Time = 47 mins
Climb = 56 m Descent = -42 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads in a southerly direction away from the red stump, keeping it behind on the right of the track. The walk winds through the bush, crossing a few sandy areas that lead to a small cairn marking the intersection, on the left of the track.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads in a southerly direction along the track. The walk meanders through the low green heath for quite some time, through a section of pines, before entering the clearing with a fire place.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads south-east through the bush. The track winds through the heath for a short time before opening onto a clearing with a rocky outcrop at the far side.

(4.85 km) Int. St Helena Ridge Trail and Bunyah Lookout Trk to Int. Oaks Firetrail and cliff lookout Trk
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 6.89 km Time = 2 hrs 21 mins
Climb = 363 m Descent = -187 m
Turn right: From the clearing, the walk heads west out of the clearing along the single track. The walk then undulates and winds for quite some time with the track widening and narrowing greatly in many areas. The walk then zigzags up hill, climbing to the intersection with the Oaks Fire Trail.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk heads down across the saddle and tends right below the cliff (above on the left). The trail winds up and onto a plateau lined with rocks, which look as though they could have been placed there. The vegetation along this higher area is lower and clearer, which gives views across the distant ridge lines. The walk continues to head in a northerly direction and descends right, off the plateau, to head up another hill to a stepped intersection on the left.

(11.74 km) Int. Oaks Firetrail and cliff lookout Trk to Cliff lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 97 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -18 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads away from the management trail, with the small depression (or waterhole) on the left, surrounded by reeds. The track winds up the hill, following the gap in the vegetation, leading to a rock shelf with a view.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Cliff Lookout Alt = 507 m
Cliff lookout, an unofficially-named, informal view point, is a dramatic cliff edge perched just above the trees. The cliff is unfenced. The view across the valley provides a pleasant panorama.

(11.74 km) Int. Oaks Firetrail and cliff lookout Trk to Int. Oaks Firetrail and Old Bathurst Rd
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 3.48 km Time = 1 hr 10 mins
Climb = 175 m Descent = -87 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads in a northerly direction down the hill, turning steeply up and to the left a few times. The trail passes a small dam (just to the right) and continues to wind and undulate for some time to a mound of dirt in the middle of a junction. The trail passes this mound of dirt and continues north, winding and undulating slightly for some time before passing an interpretative board (on the right). Soon after this, the trail comes up to a gate (with a tap for drinking water, on the right). The track crosses over this gate to the intersection with the road.

(15.22 km) Int. Oaks Firetrail and Old Bathurst Rd to Woodford Station
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 729 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 39 m Descent = -22 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads uphill along Taylor Rd, and soon turns right onto Parker St. The walk follows Parker St, tending right, then turns onto The Appian Way. The walk turns left at Railway Pde, just before a bridge. Continuing down Railway Pde, keeping the railway line on the right, the walk comes to a shelter on the left and railway sign on the right. The walk follows the footpath under the Woodford Station sign, leading under the tracks and up stairs onto the platform.

Catch the train to Woodford Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Woodford 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 from Woodford 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 Woodford 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
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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 11.2 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 Woodford Station.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Martin's Lookout to Woodford Station
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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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