Mount Wilson area
Blue Mountains National Park
All the practical information you need to know about the Mount Wilson area.
Getting there and parking
To get to the Mount Wilson area in Blue Mountains National Park:
- Take the Bells Line of Road from Richmond. Mount Banks turnoff is about 10km past Mount Tomah.
- Or, head west on the M4 and Great Western Highway towards Lithgow,
- At Mount Victoria, turn off the highway onto Darling Causeway and follow to the end. Then turn right onto Bells Line of Road.
- Follow the Great Western Highway east toward Sydney,
- At Mount Victoria, turn left onto Darling Causeway and follow to the end. Then turn right onto Bells Line of Road.
- You can also follow Chifley Road from Lithgow, which becomes Bells Line of Road.
- Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads
Best times to visit
Mount Wilson area is a remote and scenic place to visit. Here are some of the highlights.
Autumn brings crisp weather and clear blue skies perfect for cycling, trail running or walking. Well-prepared, experienced hikers can tackle the walk from Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest, which goes deep into the Grose Wilderness. En route to the national park, visit the nearby cool climate Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, off the Bells Line of Road at Mount Tomah.
September and October are prime time for wildflowers and bird watching. Along the tracks and trails near Mount Banks vibrant red waratahs bloom, as well as grevilleas, banksias, and grass trees. After rain, rockpools fill on the heath and bright green or orange lichens come to life. In damp, shady areas look out for blue dampiera or insect-eating sticky sundews. Rare pink flannel flowers germinate after bushfires and rain. Bring your binoculars to spot a wedge-tailed eagle, peregrine falcon, or black cockatoo riding the thermals above Grose Valley.
Escape the summer crowds and heat to enjoy remote wilderness and spectacular scenery. Du Faurs Rocks lookout and Chinamans Hat are great short walks from Mount Wilson fire station, with fantastic rock formations and wilderness views. The fine weather makes this a perfect time to enjoy a nature picnic with local produce, followed by a gentle walk. This is also the best (and safest) time of year to descend into the remote canyons on an introductory canyoning tour.
Maps and downloads
Walking and cycling groups in the Grose Wilderness, including around Mount Banks, are limited to 8 people.
Camp fires and solid fuel burners
In designated fireplaces only.
- in Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Mount Wilson area is always open but some locations may close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and Blackheath office
02 4787 8877
Contact hours: 9am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- End of Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath NSW 2785
- Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and Blackheath office
Blackheath (17km km)
The magnificent Govetts Leap waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. The 'ozone-laden' air of the Blue Mountains was promoted as a health tonic since the early 1800s, and when you get there, you'll realise why.
Lithgow (18km km)
Hassans Walls Lookout, near Lithgow, is the highest in the Blue Mountains. Admire Mt Wilson, Mt York, Mt Tarana and Mt Blaxland as well as the pretty Hartley Valley below. To the south are the Kanimbla and Megalong valley and Mt Bindo. While there, go for a walk or ride around the lookout.
Windsor (48km km)
Explore Windsor's historic buildings, including St Matthew's Anglican Church (1817), Windsor Court House (1822), and the Macquarie Arms Hotel (1815). Bring a picnic or your boat and enjoy the beautiful riverside parks in Windsor including Howe Park and Governor Phillip Park.