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Mount Banks Road cycle route

Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

With scenic wilderness views, wildflowers and birdwatching, Mount Banks Road and picnic area is a great cycling route or walking track in Blue Mountains National Park.

Where
Blue Mountains National Park
Distance
5km
Time suggested
2hrs
Grade
Medium
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • This fairly level trail takes you deep into wilderness. The track can be overgrown and obstacles such as fallen trees can be common.
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • It's a good idea to check out the Think Before You Trek website when planning your hike, and bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park.
  • This trail is in the Grose Wilderness, where cycling and walking groups are limited to eight people.

A spectacular cycling route that takes in awe-inspiring views, wilderness and diverse vegetation that makes the Blue Mountains National Park so famous. Beginning at the picnic area, Mount Banks Road offers sweeping views of the Grose Valley near Mount Tomah. It’s an ideal trail for cyclists, walkers and families who love a wilderness day-trip without the crowds.

Winding through woodland and open heath, look for wildflowers along the cliff edges. This medium difficulty gravel road takes you deep into unspoilt wilderness, passing Mount Banks before arriving at the cliff-top at Banks Walls. Gaze across the magnificent valley to Grose River, Govetts Leap and the spectacular Blue Gum Forest.

Bring your binoculars for a spot of birdwatching as majestic wedge-tailed eagles are often seen soaring on the valley thermals. Unpack a bite to eat or head back for lunch at the picnic tables.

Take a virtual tour of Mount Banks Road cycle route captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Google Trekker, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Conservation program:

Bush Trackers

Bush Trackers was created to encourage children to engage with the environment in and around the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area. This program highlights the natural and cultural splendour of the greater Blue Mountains through education initiatives and bushwalks.

Charles Darwin walk, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton

Park info

  • in Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and Country NSW regions
  • Blue Mountains National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. Some parts of the park close overnight; details are provided for specific attractions.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies only at attractions in the Glenbrook area.

    Buy an annual pass.
  • More
    • Blue Mountains (Glenbrook)
      (02) 4720 6200 (Infoline)
      Contact hours: Entry station is open weekends, public holidays and school holidays only.
    • Blue Mountains National Park, Bruce Road, Glenbrook NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4739 6665
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    • Richmond
      (02) 4588 2400
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4588 5335
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    • Oberon
      (02) 6336 1972
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6336 2122
    More
See more visitor info
Mount Banks Road Cycling Route, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/NSW Government