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Mount Banks Summit walk

Mount Wilson area in Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

For some of the best scenic views in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, try the steep Mount Banks Summit walk from the picnic area, near Mount Wilson.

Where
Mount Wilson area in Blue Mountains National Park
Distance
2.4km return
Time suggested
2 - 3hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Trip Intention Form

It's a good idea to let someone know where you're going. Fill in a trip intention form to send important details about your trip to your emergency contact.

If you're planning to loan a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) from one of these locations, wait and fill out your trip intention form in person.

Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, compass, gps, personal locator beacon, topographic map
Please note
  • The summit is unfenced so please take care and supervise children at all times.
  • For a longer 4.7km walk, loop back to the picnic area by connecting with Mount Banks Road cycle route 

For some of the most spectacular scenic views across Blue Mountains National Park, grab your camera and head for Mount Banks Summit walk, near Mount Wilson. The distinctive double hump of Mount Banks is visible for miles and this challenging walking track gives adventurous walkers the opportunity to explore it at close range.

From Mount Banks picnic area, you’ll ascend steeply and it’s not just the windswept dramatic landscape you’ll want to photograph. Near the unfenced summit you’ll discover a fascinating new world. The unique basalt cap is home to a tall forest of monkey gums, so named by early explorers who mistook resident greater gliders for monkeys.

Enjoy a well-earned break while taking in the magnificent panoramic views over the Grose Wilderness. From here you can truly appreciate the staggering diversity and immense beauty of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John 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
View of Grose Valley from Mount Banks carpark, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/OEH