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Andersons trail

Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

Andersons trail is a challenging cycling route for experienced mountain bike riders. It heads deep into the central wilderness of Blue Mountains National Park, between Wentworth Falls and Woodford.

Where
Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
28km one-way
Time suggested
3-5 hr
Grade
Hard. This trail is suited to experienced, well-prepared riders who are extremely fit.
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, snacks, first aid kit, helmet, bike repair kit, hat, sunscreen, personal locator beacon, suitable clothing
Please note
  • If starting from Wentworth Falls Station, it's a 7.5km ride via Great Western Highway and Kings Tableland Road to Old Victoria Hospital, where this route starts.
  • After wind and rain there may be branches, sticks, puddles, potholes and obstacles across the track.
  • It's a good idea to fill in the free trip intention form and hire a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Some navigation may be required.
  • Riders please give way to walkers.

This adrenaline-filled mountain bike adventure in Blue Mountains National Park has ultra-steep sections, loose gravel, and obstacles bound to challenge even the most experienced rider.

Best tackled west to east, this route starts from the Old Queen Victoria Hospital on Kings Tableland Road. Follow the unsealed road towards McMahons Point for 7km and turn left onto Andersons fire trail at the gate. Stay right at the fork after 650m.

This 12km section along Andersons fire trail winds through steep gullies and open eucalypt forest atop the escarpment. Breathe in the fabulous aroma of the peppermint gums as you cycle, and keep an eye out for echidnas or swamp wallabies on the track.

At the end of Andersons fire trail turn right onto Bedford Creek trail and cross the creek. This is a great stop to refuel or cool your feet before the major uphill slog out to Woodford Station, around 9km away. Alternatively, turn left onto Bedford Creek trail before the creek crossing and return uphill to the hospital via Ingar Road for a 32km loop.

Well-prepared riders can also combine this ride with an overnight stay at Murphys Glen campground. Or, if you’ve got the legs for an extended ride, link up with the Woodford-Oaks trail. This adds 25km and a thigh-numbing final climb to Glenbrook Station.

Take a virtual tour of Andersons trail captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.

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
Andersons Fire Trail, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin/NSW Government