The Shortcut Track

25 min to 30 min

1.1 km
oneway

↑ 28 m
↓ -54 m

Moderate track
While not as spectacular as other walks in the Wentworth Falls area, this walk is not without it's charm. Going from Conservation Hut to the Falls Picnic Area, this track does provide a great access route between two popular picnic and eating locations, and access to many of the walks in the area. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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The Conservation Hut Restaurant. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Heading south-east from Conservation Hut. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
There are only very gradual steps on this track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Shortcut Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Well-drained and maintained this track is a perfect access trail to the picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Shortcut Track is very well-signposted. | 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 (-33.7201726,150.3628839)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Great Western Highway, A32
  • Turn on to Valley Road then drive for 1 km
  • Turn right onto Fitzgerald Street and drive for another 90 m
  • Turn right onto Fletcher Street and drive for another 60 m
  • Keep right onto Fletcher Street and drive for another 50 m
  • Turn left onto Fletcher Street and drive for another 4 m
Finish (-33.7248999,150.3689044)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Conservation Hut, this walk follows the 'Valley of the Waters' sign down some timber and dirt steps passing a couple of picnic shelters. The track soon leads to the signposted intersection with the 'Short Cut Track' (still in view of the Conservation Hut).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 10 m pass the car park (25 m on your left).
Then pass the toilet (25 m on your left).
After another 25 m find the "Conservation Hut" (5 m on your right).
Conservation Hut
Conservation Hut

Conservation Hut is a small cafe perched above the Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park. The hut was opened in 1963 as a meeting place for the local conservation movement. Rebuilt, Conservation Hut opened as a cafe in 1993, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Around the Conservation Hut is a small parking area, public toilets, picnic shelters, town water and B&B's. For further information or bookings call (02) 4757 3827.
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Conservation Hut is a small cafe perched above the Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park. The hut was opened in 1963 as a meeting place for the local conservation movement. Rebuilt, Conservation Hut opened as a cafe in 1993, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Around the Conservation Hut is a small parking area, public toilets, picnic shelters, town water and B&B's. For further information or bookings call (02) 4757 3827.

Turn right.
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 10 m pass the picnic table (25 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 15 m turn sharp left.
After another 180 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 90 m continue straight.
After another 100 m veer left.
After another 150 m veer right.
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Terrain
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The Shortcut Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.1 km
Time 25 min to 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
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)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 10 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
10 m[toilet]
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