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Mount Wilson area

Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

Visit the natural wonders of Mount Wilson area on an exhilarating walk or mountain bike ride. Hike to Mount Banks, or explore canyons and wilderness in this remote corner of Blue Mountains National Park.

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Mount Banks picnic area is the perfect start to your Mount Wilson day trip. Breathe in the fresh air, spread out the picnic blanket and enjoy a quiet lunch surrounded by nature.

Hikers can get their heart rate up on the challenging Mount Banks Summit walk (1049m). Climb through windswept heath for staggering views across the Grose Wilderness. The fertile summit is home to tall monkey gum forest, a favourite habitat for lyrebirds, wombats and nocturnal greater gliders.

Mount Banks Road cycle route also starts from the picnic area. Ride or walk deep into the wilderness, and marvel at the 510m-high Banks Wall plunging into the Grose Valley. It’s especially beautiful in September and October, when the track is dotted with red waratahs, grevilleas and delicate native iris flowers.

Take a leisurely drive along the winding Bells Line of Road, part of the Greater Blue Mountains Drive. You don’t have to go far to find a scenic viewpoint. Stretch your legs on the short Walls lookout track, near Pierces Pass picnic area. You'll have magnificent views of Mount Banks and Mount Hay. This is also where intrepid hikers can tackle the Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest wilderness walk.

Why not detour to the historic village of Mount Wilson. Here, you can enjoy the short walk to Du Faurs Rocks lookout and Chinamans Hat. Explore the narrow canyons and gorges of the Wollangambe Wilderness on a tour, or stay overnight to make the most of this spectacular area.

Highlights in this area

  • Cyclist on Mount Banks Road ride, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: E Sheargold/OEH.

    Mount Banks Road cycle route

    With scenic wilderness views, wildflowers and birdwatching, Mount Banks Road is a great mountain bike ride and walking track, near Mount Tomah, in Blu...

  • Hikers at start of Mount Banks Summit walking track, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: E Sheargold/OEH

    Mount Banks Summit walk

    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 ...

 

Think Before You TREK

Are you planning a bushwalk, going somewhere remote or where the weather is extreme? Stay safe by planning your trip for all conditions and telling someone about it.

Bushwalkers in Wollemi National Park. Photo: Daniel Tran/DPIE

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Greater Blue Mountains drive

Greater Blue Mountains Drive takes in the iconic scenery of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Explore Glenbrook, Wentworth Falls and Katoomba and beyond.

Greater Blue Mountains drive, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Hamilton Lund/Destination NSW

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Banksia, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk/OEH.