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Plateau Pde to Blaxland Station via Florabella Pass
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.9 km N of Blaxland
Length: 2.9 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 2.9 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 224 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 224 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: One way
Track: Hard

This lovely walk from Plateau Pde, Blaxland, explores a section of Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass. From the road you enter a different world as you walk high above Glenbrook creek. The walk takes in some great views and explores some rock formations, with an optional side trip to Glenbrook Creek. The walk then heads up Pippas pass to Blaxland station, but not before enjoying the local bakery. (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 to Blaxland Station via Florabella Pass

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Plateau Pde to Blaxland Station via Florabella Pass
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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. Ross Cres Trk East and Pippas Pass
Int of Pipas Pass and Bates Ave tracks
Blaxland Library Carpark
Blaxland Shops
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

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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 +

 
Sign above track
 
Sign above track +
 
Track through bush to Plateau Pde
 
Track through bush to Plateau Pde +
 
View into the Gorge from Plateau Pde Trk
 
View into the Gorge from Plateau Pde Trk +

 
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 +

 
Rock steps
 
Rock steps +
 
Overhang in Florabella Pass
 
Overhang in Florabella Pass +
 
Track through lush heath
 
Track through lush heath +

 
View into the Gorge from Florabella Pass
 
View into the Gorge from Florabella Pass +
 
Glenbrook Creek from above
 
Glenbrook Creek from above +
 
Track above Glenbrook Creek
 
Track above Glenbrook Creek +

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

 
Directions scratched into rock
 
Directions scratched into rock +
 
Track into saddle along Florabella Pass
 
Track into saddle along Florabella Pass +
 
Pool next to track
 
Pool next to track +

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

 
Track past rock overhang
 
Track past rock overhang +
 
Flower amongst heath
 
Flower amongst heath +
 
Reflection in rock pool
 
Reflection in rock pool +

 
Vine strangling tree
 
Vine strangling tree +
 
Track below Blaxland Library car park
 
Track below Blaxland Library car park +
 
Stairs below Blaxland Library car park
 
Stairs below Blaxland Library car park +

 
Track down from Blaxland Library
 
Track down from Blaxland Library +
 
Track down from Blaxland Library
 
Track down from Blaxland Library +
 
Track from Blaxland Library
 
Track from Blaxland Library +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Plateau Pde to Blaxland Station via Florabella Pass bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Plateau Pde to Blaxland Station via Florabella Pass bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Plateau Pde to Blaxland Station via Florabella Pass bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Plateau Pde to Blaxland Station via Florabella Pass 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 2.9km
Time 2 hrs
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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
1.2km of this walk is very steep and another 1.1km has short steep hills. Whilst another 530m is flat with no steps 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 530m 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 530m is clearly signposted. The remaining (350m) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 1.7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.2km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 1.8km 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
1.3km 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 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 Blaxland Library Carpark
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.19 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 118 m Descent = -25 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].
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads around the boulder (which is on the left) and soon meets a set of stairs, to the left of a 'Pippas Pass' sign[5] in a tree.
Turn right: From the intersection[6], this walk follows the 'Pippas Pass' sign[7] (that is about 2m up a tree) gently downhill along the track, directly away from the rockface, keeping the main valley to your right. The track winds along the side of the hill for about 100m
to then climb up a set of sandstone steps just past a shallow sandstone overhang[8]. From here the track gently undulates along the side of the hill (with a steep valley to your right[9]) for about 300m to lead gently down and cross the usually small creek in the shaded valley[10]. Just after crossing this creek[11], the track bends left to head gently up through the valley along the base of a few natural sandstone walls[12] for about 200m, where the the track becomes rocky and starts to climb a bit more steeply. The track then leads up through a cleft in the rock[13] then about 60m later comes to a unsignposted three-way intersection (with the track on the left crossing the creek), marked with a smooth bark Angophera[14].
Turn left: From the intersection[15], this walk crosses the sandstone platform and creek[16]. Here the track winds gently uphill for about 40m to cross a smaller often dry creek [17] where the track continues uphill for another 30m to pass a grafittied sandstone overhang (on your left)[18]. The track continues gently uphill and bends right to cross a sandstone rock platform and small creek[19] to almost immediately come to a faint intersection with a track in the tall heath[20]. Here the walk turns left and heads uphill for for about 50m where the track then leads up some steps to come to the base of a sandstone cliff and smaller overhang[21]. Here the track bends left and and continues along the side of the hill for another 15m to pass a larger and more grafittied sandstone overhang[22]. From here the track continues to wind more steeply uphill for about 80m before turning left and following a wider track (away from the houses) and into the lower car park of Blaxland library just past the 'Bushcare site' information sign[23]. Here this walk turns right to head up to the library and main car park[24].

(2.37 km) Blaxland Library Carpark to Blaxland Station
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 527 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 28 m Descent = -9 m
Turn left: From the Blaxland Library car park[25], this walk heads up the ramp on the side of the building[26] then follows the back deck behind the library and community centre[27]. On the far side of the building, this walk follows the bitumen footpath[28] footpath uphill to turn left at the 'Blaxland Civic Centre'[29] sign onto the footpath beside Hope St. This walk follows the footpath uphill for about 150m before turning right to cross Hope St at the traffic calming device[30]. Here the walk bends left and crosses a car park entrance[31], then soon turns right into 'Station St'[32]. Here the walk heads up the footpath to cross another car park entrance[33] then onto the pedestrian lane way that leads between the buildings, under the foot bridge[34] to the main footpath, just before the Great Western Highway, among the Blaxland shops.
Turn left: 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.
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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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 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 to Blaxland Station via Florabella Pass.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Plateau Pde to Blaxland Station via Florabella Pass
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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
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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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