This short walk explores the Blue Mountains National Park just west of Katoomba, winding around the cliff tops to the Nellies Glen lookout, and offering a side trip to the Therabulat Lookout, both of which provide great views across the Megalong Valley. This walk can be enjoyed by the whole family and offers a great introduction to what the National Park has to offer. 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.
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.
Turn on to Bathurst Road, BMD then drive for 410 m
Turn right onto Valley Road, BMD and drive for another 1 km
Turn right onto Stuarts Road and drive for another 470 m
Turn left onto Farnells Road and drive for another 35 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the intersection of Farnells Rd and the bush track marked by the signpost saying 'Cliff Track' (approximately 30m west of the end of Stuarts Rd), this walk heads north down the bush track until coming to an intersection with another bush track. This corner is marked by a large cairn and an orange banner wrapped around the tree on the corner.....
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Farnells Road & Cliff Walk Start heading along Cliff Walk (a walking track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Therabulat Lookout. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 315 m continue straight, to head along Cliff Walk.
After another 120 m cross the bridge (about 3 m long)
After another 65 m turn left, to head along Cliff Walk.
After another 15 m cross the bridge
After another 185 m cross the bridge (about 3 m long)
After another 180 m continue straight, to head along Cliff Walk.
After another 205 m cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 155 m turn left.
Continue another 50 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.3 km to get back to the start.
About 15 m past the end is "Norths Lookout".
An optional side trip to Therabulat Lookout.
Directions & comments
After another 130 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 130 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Farnell Road to Nellies Glen Lookout
1 h 15 min to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)