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Mount Hay summit walking track

Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Short but steep Mount Hay summit walking track rewards experienced bushwalkers with dramatic Grose Valley views, and spring wildflowers in Blue Mountains National Park, near Leura.

No wheelchair access
4.5km return
Time suggested
2 - 3hrs
Grade 5
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, snacks, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, personal locator beacon, topographic map, compass
Please note
  • This track has some false leads to view points. Bushwalking experience is recommended.
  • Please take extreme care. Stay well back from cliff edges and be aware of your surroundings and footing at all times.

This short but challenging hike to the top of Mount Hay treats you to non-stop views across windswept heathland, rocky outcrops, swampy meadows, and sheer cliffs plunging into the Grose Wilderness.

The track starts from the carpark at the end of Mount Hay Road, in north Leura. Stay right at the junction and look for the dome of Mount Hay’s summit to the northeast. The track meanders through heathland, passing rock formations and pristine swamplands.

The swamps provide important habitat for the giant dragonfly and endangered Blue Mountains water skink. In spring, the heath comes alive with wildflowers including pink boronia, blue iris, and flowering banksias, attracting plenty of birdlife.

As you climb the exposed ridgeline, enjoy majestic views of the sandstone cliff bands and verdant forests of the Grose Wilderness, with the imposing double hump of Mount Banks in the distance.

Closer to the summit, the landscape changes to grassy slopes dotted with soccer ball-sized rocks, then tall forest, thanks to the fertile basalt cap soil. Sheltered from sun and wind, it’s a good spot for a shady picnic lunch. A large rock cairn marks the summit, where the walk ends. Return the same way.

If you’re keen for a longer walk, explore this area further on Lockleys Pylon walking track.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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