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Plateau Pde Florabella Pass Loop
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.9 km N of Blaxland
Length: 2.6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2.6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 229 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 229 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
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

This walk covers a short section of the magnificent Florabella Pass Track. The shorter loop takes in scenic views of the Glenbrook Gorge and some of the more impressive rock features along the track. This walk is a great way to sample the Florabella Pass in a short time. (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 Plateau Pde Florabella Pass Loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Plateau Pde Florabella Pass Loop
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No. 14 Plateau Pde
Int. Florabella Pass Trk and Plateau Pde Trk
Int. Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass Trks
Int St Helena and Glenbrook Ck trks
Int. Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass Trks
Int. Ross Cres Trk West and Pippas Pass
Int. Southern Stairs Ross Cres Trk
Int. Beneath rock Trk and Ross Cres Trk
No. 56 Ross Cres
Int. Bridge Rd and Glen St
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. Florabella Pass Trk and Plateau Pde Trk

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

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

 
Seed pods
 
Seed pods +
 
Sign above track
 
Sign above track +
 
Track through bush to Plateau Pde
 
Track through bush to Plateau Pde +

 
Rock steps from Plateau Pde
 
Rock steps from Plateau Pde +
 
Small plants next to track
 
Small plants next to track +
 
Cockatoos eating in bush
 
Cockatoos eating in bush +

 
Track through heath below Plateau Pde
 
Track through heath below Plateau Pde +
 
Rock steps
 
Rock steps +
 
Overhang in Florabella Pass
 
Overhang in Florabella Pass +

 
Track through lush heath
 
Track through lush heath +
 
Glenbrook Creek from above
 
Glenbrook Creek from above +
 
St Helena Ridge from the other side of the valley
 
St Helena Ridge from the other side of the valley +

 
Track above Glenbrook Creek
 
Track above Glenbrook Creek +
 
Track above Glenbrook Gorge
 
Track above Glenbrook Gorge +
 
Rock steps
 
Rock steps +

 
Rock steps down from the intersection
 
Rock steps down from the intersection +
 
Rock formations below Ross Cres
 
Rock formations below Ross Cres +
 
Stairs through rock formations
 
Stairs through rock formations +

 
Stairs down through rock formations
 
Stairs down through rock formations +
 
Track to Ross Cres
 
Track to Ross Cres +
 
Signposted track from Ross Cres
 
Signposted track from Ross Cres +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Plateau Pde Florabella Pass Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Plateau Pde Florabella Pass Loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Plateau Pde Florabella Pass Loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Plateau Pde 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 2.6km
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 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
1.4km of this walk is very steep and another 1.1km is flat with no steps. The remaining (160m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
1.4km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.1km follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (160m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
1.4km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 1.2km is clearly signposted. The remaining (25m) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 2.4km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 240m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 2.5km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 180m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
2.1km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 470m has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (55m) has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to No. 14 Plateau Pde
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 No. 14 Plateau Pde
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) No. 14 Plateau Pde to Int. Florabella Pass Trk and Plateau Pde Trk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 729 m Time = 26 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -137 m
From the Plateau Parade the track heads to the right of No. 14 Plateau Pde. The track heads down the tarmac road turning right around behind hte houses to opposite a green metal fence. From here the track heads down the hill to turn right down a rocky outcrop to a sign '300m to Plateau Parade'. The track zig zags down the hillside with many rocky steps to come onto a rocky surface where the track sharply turns left down some stairs. The track at the bottom of the stairs turns right and continues under an orange rock overhang to the sign posted intersection.

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.

(0.73 km) Int. Florabella Pass Trk and Plateau Pde Trk to Int. Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass Trks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 446 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 57 m Descent = -65 m
Turn left: From the intersection the track follows the 'Exit via Ross Cres' sign down the hill. The track winds steeply down through rocky outcrops to drop onto a creekbed. From here the track climbs right, out of the creek to wind up the hill for a short time. The track then follows the rocky hillside to an intersection surrounded by rock outcrops and boulders.

(1.18 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 right: From the intersection[1], 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[2].
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 sharp right 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.

(1.18 km) Int. Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass Trks to Int. Beneath rock Trk and Ross Cres Trk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 262 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 106 m Descent = -13 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[3], this walk heads along the mostly flat track along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your right. Soon the track leads to another intersection at the base of more stone steps, and a rock wall (on the left) that has 'Florabella Pass' engraved in it[4].
Turn sharp left: From the intersection[5], this the track heads up the stone steps[6]. The track continues to zig zag up a short distance before flattening out and coming to an intersection at the base of a longer set of stone steps[7] (on your left) and another track (ahead).
Turn left: From the intersection[8], this walk heads up the stone steps[9]. 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[10]. 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).

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.

(1.44 km) Int. Beneath rock Trk and Ross Cres Trk to No. 56 Ross Cres
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 108 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads directly away from the unfecned view and along the mostly flat track towards the houses[11]. The track becomes wider and veers right (keeping the house to your right[12]) for about 80m to come to an intersection with Ross Cres[13], Blaxland, next to No. 56, where a sign points back along the track to 'Florabella Pass'[14].

(1.55 km) No. 56 Ross Cres to No. 14 Plateau Pde
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 1.09 km Time = 19 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -14 m
Turn left: From the intersection with the road the walk heads up Ross Cres, soon passing No 60, 62 and 70. The walk winds with Ross Cres to tend left, passing Taringha St on the right. Then continues along Ross Cres to Boynton St where it turns left. The walk then heads down Boynton St to Glen St where it turns right and continues to the end at the intersection with Bridge Rd.
Turn left : From the intersection the walk heads past No. 27 Bridge Rd as it continues down the road. The walk continues down Bridge Rd to the intersection with Plateau Pde, where it turns left. The walk then leads down Plateau Pde to the driveway next to No. 14.

Catch the bus from No. 14 Plateau Pde
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 No. 14 Plateau Pde
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 3.5 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 7.3 km
Kangaroo Tent City Cnr Mulgoa & Blaikie Rds, Penrith (02) 4733 4111 7.7 km
Getaway Disposals 549 High St , Penrith (02) 4732 2285 8.8 km
Mitchell Adventure 24 Henry St , Penrith (02) 4731 8482 9.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Plateau Pde Florabella Pass Loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Plateau Pde Florabella Pass Loop
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4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 3 km (to the ENE)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 22 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 29 km (to the E)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
46 km (to the E)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 50 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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