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Mount Wilson area

Blue Mountains National Park

Visitor info

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:

From Sydney:

  • 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.

From Lithgow:

  • 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.

Road quality

  • 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

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.

Spring

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.

Summer

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.

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Safety messages

All Blue Mountains National Park visitors planning a long hike, off-track or overnight adventure, or visiting a remote part of the park, are recommended to fill in the trip intention form and carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Find out more about hiring a PLB and completing a trip intention form on the dedicated iPads at Blue Mountains Heritage Centre (Blackheath), Katoomba Police Station, and Springwood Police Station.

You can hire a PLB between 9am - 4pm at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath or after hours from the Police Stations at Katoomba and Springwood.

  • Keep well back from cliff edges at all times, especially when taking photos.
  • There are no fences in this area so please take care and stay on marked tracks.

Adventure sports

Adventure sports like climbing, caving, canyoning and abseiling offer a thrilling opportunity to explore our unique environments. Before you head out, be aware of the risks and stay safe during adventure sports.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Permitted

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.

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Mount Wilson area

Contact

Nearby towns

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.

www.visitnsw.com

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.

www.visitnsw.com

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.

www.sydney.com

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