Hay Monolith
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

50 min to 1 h

2 km
circuit

↑ 115 m
↓ -115 m

Moderate track
This walk follows the exposed ridges of the Mt Hay area, taking in an interesting array of low heath, wildflowers and insects which add to the surrounding scenery. The track rounds the Hay Monolith, a large mass of rock that stands alone. An optional side trip offers views over the cliffs and to the prominent Lockley Pylon. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharug & Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Track from Mt Hay car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Beetle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The rare Pink Flannel Flower (Actinotus forsythii) AKA Ridge Flannel Flower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Grose Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rock formation. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Hay Wall Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Hay Monolith. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from the Hay Wall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track up Hay Monolith. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.6300002,150.4020593)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Alexandra Terrace
  • Turn on to Leura Mall then drive for 155 m
  • Turn right onto Victory Lane and drive for another 115 m
  • Keep right onto Churchill Street and drive for another 265 m
  • Turn left onto Mount Hay Road and drive for another 760 m
  • Turn right onto Mount Hay Road and drive for another 6.8 km
  • Keep left onto Mount Hay Road and drive for another 7.4 km
  • Turn left onto Mount Hay Road and drive for another 310 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 10 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park, this walk heads past the gap in the train track-style fencing, passing a sign for 'Butterbox Canyon'. The track traverses the saddle to rise up onto a flat area, continuing for approximately 20m to an intersection with a track to the left.
From the intersection, this walk heads approximately 20m up the hill, keeping the rocky knoll to the left of the track, soon coming to the intersection.
From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, with Mt Hay to the right of the track. The track follows the ridgeline, undulating slightly for approximately 200m, then drops down to a rocky surface at the intersection.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 20 m to find the car park.
After another 9 m pass the "Butterbox Canyon" (on your left).
After another 185 m continue straight.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 370 m turn left.
After another 105 m turn right.
After another 145 m turn right.
After another 80 m continue straight.
After another 145 m veer left.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Hay Wall Lookout. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 15 m veer left.
After another 160 m turn right.
After another 145 m veer right.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 360 m veer right.
After another 215 m come to the end.

Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 215 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 215 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Hay Wall Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 105 m continue straight.
After another 90 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 55 m turn around.
After another 145 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 390 m to the main route.
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Hay Monolith


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2 km
Time 50 min to 1 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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