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    Sunset Rock - Mount Victoria

    by iandsmith Written Mar 16, 2012
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    At the western end of Mount Victoria, is a turnoff on the left into Grand View Rd. Near its end you'll come to Beaufort Ave, but leave your vehicle at the intersection because there's no parking and it's a dead end, which leads to this fine lookout over Wilsons Gully.
    As suggested, if the clouds are right it's a good place to view sunsets looking across Kanimbla Valley.
    I also spotted some wildlife here, Eastern Spinebill, Rock Warbler and Wattle Birds were among those feasting on the banksias and I saw something I'd never seen before; a bandicoot scouting in and out of a minute rock cave.

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    Anvil Rock

    by iandsmith Written Mar 16, 2012
    Anvil Rock scenic lookout view

    This is yet another scenic lookout. It's located beyond Pulpit Rock right at the end of a dirt road. There's not a lot of parking here but, then again, there's not a lot of tourists either; though there is a steady trickle.
    The views are worthy of the effort and the walk is only about 100 metres so anyone can do it. The rock itself isn't that special, not like Pulpit Rock just down the road, but the views are arguably better across the valley to Mount Banks.

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    Reinitz continued

    by iandsmith Written Mar 16, 2012

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    Having done the walk I can let you know a couple of things. I didn't include the fact that the walk is labelled "easy". Take it from me, it's definitely not! The zig-zag is steep and rocky and then the trail through the pass is almost indiscernable in places, sometimes overgrown with ferns. Then it gets hard as you slog up towards Ross Cave. It's rocky, very uneven, at times dangerous even and it's uphill.
    In other places trees have fallen on the track and who knows how many months it will be before they are cleared. This is not a track like those at the more popular spots around Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls. It may never be repaired.
    The most rewarding for me was the undercliff section below Ross Cave; it's spectacular.
    Summing up, not a walk for the fainthearted and take something to drink, as always.

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    Reinitz Pass experience

    by iandsmith Written Mar 16, 2012

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    There's a site that lists the walks around Mount Victoria - http://www.pnc.com.au/~wells/Mt.Victoria.htm
    "1. Pulpit Rock, Little Zigzag, Bushranger's Cave, Rienit's Pass, Wilson's Glen, Ross's Cave. Easy.
    Coming from Sydney go through the traffic lights at Mt. Victoria and take the next turn left into Kanimbla Valley Rd. Take the next turn left into Victoria St and then right into Innes Rd. Continue to the end of Innes Rd which in effect becomes Kanimbla Valley Rd. Find a parking spot near the last houses and continue down the dirt road keeping an eye out on your left for the very short side track to Pulpit Rock which provides a wonderful view of the Kanimbla Valley across to the cliffs of Mt. Blackheath and beyond as far as Kanangra Walls. You may even see a hang glider or two circling in the vicinity of Mt.Blackheath from where they take off. Continue to the end of the dirt road which becomes the wide foot track known as Little Zigzag. Proceed down the hill and you will soon come to a marked side track on a sharp bend. This is known as the North Track and is mainly used by rock climbers. I've never walked far along this track so I have no idea where it leads to.
    Continue on down the main track and keep a lookout for a painted rock sign on the left at another sharp bend saying "Bushranger's Cave". This is well worth a look and has been used by climbers and others as a base camp. It is quite large and opens out to good views of the Kanimbla Valley. After this short diversion continue down the main track to the bottom of the zigzag section, keeping a lookout for a track on your left as you head in a southerly direction. This side track takes you in an easterly direction and was signposted last time I did the walk. It is not indicated on either Topo map but is clear and easy to follow. If you hit a dirt road you've come too far and missed the side track by about 500 metres. The track leads you around and climbs up to the base of the cliffs. The cliffs around here are very popular with rock climbers who can be seen and heard getting their adrenaline rush on most weekends. From the base of the cliffs turn left to Reinits Pass (MW450788) and Wilson's Glen keeping an eye out for Ross Cave which is beside the track. The track eventually brings you out onto Carlisle Street. Follow this back to Victoria Street and then Innes Rd/Kanimbla Valley Rd and the cars. A more pleasant exit is to head back down the track from Ross Cave for about 300m and take the rather vague (initially) cliff top track to your right which heads west for about 400m back to Pulpit Rock."

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    Bridal Veil Falls

    by iandsmith Updated Oct 1, 2009

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    The moving waters of Bridal Veil
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    You can walk to the top of the falls from the carpark at Govetts Leap but, hey, it's not the same.
    No, to experience the whole emotion you have to walk to the bottom. And, yes, it's a steep walk; steps....lots of them...are involved. (pic 5)
    However, the rewards are manifold and you experience the joys of the journey and come upon different views on the descent.
    The opening pciture gives you some idea of the height and the water, fragile in its descent, is prone to moving around at the whims of the wind.
    They lie at the bottom of the stairs that go down from Govetts Leap out the back of Blackheath and it's the tallest drop in the whole Blue Mountains.
    Allow two hours for the return walk.

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    More walking

    by iandsmith Written Oct 1, 2009

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    Bottle Brush (banksia) on the trail

    This really is the activity to do in the Blue Mountains.
    This walk is part of the one at the back of Leura Railway Station. In its day it was a popular walk but, sadly in some ways for me, it is hardly used these days. It has two waterfalls and the other one has bench with fixed seating that you put your weight on at your own risk, such is its state of disrepair.
    At another section there is a concrete stairway, constructed during the boom pre-war days of the Blue Mountains when people used to partake of this activity, that is now overgrown and barely visible.
    It leads to even more overgrown shrubbery and is disused entirely these days.
    Despite the above, it is a pleasant circuit ramble of between 1 and 2 hours, depending on your pace.
    Unlike the Three Sisters stairs, you'll have it all to yourself.

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    Coal Mine Office at Scenic World

    by ATXtraveler Written Apr 24, 2005

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    Since the mine has been closed down for many years, I guess the office is now no longer operational. Despite desperate attempts and plenty of knocking, no one would answer. I wanted to see if there was any day labor opportunities so I could earn my supper.

    I guess I will have to call ahead next time!

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    Viewing The 3 Sisters at night

    by victorwkf Updated Jul 7, 2003

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    Normally tourist get to view the 3 sisters during the day. If you stay at the town of Katoomba and is not afraid of the cold of the night, you can get a wonderful view of the 3 sisters at night with the powerful spot-lights.

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    Wentworth Falls Lookout

    by RamSter Written Oct 4, 2003

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    Wentworth falls is extremely beautiful. Theres a few lookouts and walk abouts to the upper and lower falls.

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    Trekking (hiking)

    by victorwkf Updated Jul 7, 2003

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    If you have time, you should do some trekking in the mountains to witness the beautiful scenery, eucalyptus trees, animals as well as the magnificent waterfalls.

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