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  • Victoria Falls and Grose Valleyto Blackheath Station

    3 Days

    22.5 km One way

    Experienced only

    1580m5

    This walk explores a fantastic section of the GroseValley. Starting above Victoria Falls, the walkexplores the cascades before dropping into the valleyfor the first nights rest at Burra Korain campsite. Thewalk then heads down through the valley to the BlueGum Forest before camping at Acacia Flats for thenight. On the last day the walk heads up GovettsCreek, past Bridal Falls and Govetts Leap, thenfollows Pope's Glen to the station. The distance eachday allows time to stop, explore and enjoy thefantastic scenery.

    310m

    1063m

    Blue Mountains National ParkMaps, text & images are copyright wildwalks.com | Thanks to OSM, NASA and others for data used to generate some map layers.

  • Free Beacon HireA Personal Locating Beacon (PLB) is a hand-held device that, whentriggered, sends a message to the emergency services with yourlocation. The emergency services staff can then look at your tripintention forms and decide how best to help you. In the BlueMountains, you can borrow these for no charge, just complete thisTrip intention form, and a borrowing form. The device can be pickedup from: NPWS Office - Govetts Leap Rd Blackheath - 9am to 4pm7 days Ph: 02 4787 8877 Katoomba Police Station - 217 KatoombaSt Katoomba - Anytime Ph: 02 4782 8199 Springwood PoliceStation - 4 Jerseywold Avenue Springwood - Anytime Ph: 02 47510299 More info.

    Victoria Falls LookoutVictoria Falls Lookout, Blue Mountains NP, has an easterly aspectover the Grose Valley. Although the lookout is named after thewonderful Victoria Falls, there are no views of the falls from thislookout.

    Victoria CascadesVictoria Cascades, Blue Mountains NP, is a shorter run of water thanthe larger Victoria Falls. These cascades rush over a slope of rock tocontinue down to Victoria Falls. The cascades, made by VictoriaCreek, are worth a look on your way down to Victoria Falls.However, on a a trip up from Victoria Falls, these smaller cascadesmay be somewhat overshadowed by the larger falls.

    Victoria FallsVictoria Falls, Blue Mountains NP, is a large waterfall droppingover a grey rock overhang. The cascade is produced by VictoriaCreek dropping over the approximately-15m cliffs. A scree slopeleads up behind the falls, and below the falls the rocks are veryslippery. These falls are well worth a visit, with the great views fromthe top of the falls, and the accessibility of the bottom of the falls,making a great trip.

    Burra Korain Flat Camping AreaBurra Korain Flat Camping Area, Blue Mountains NP, is a smallclearing between the Victoria Creek and Grose River. The campsiteis well signposted and has nice sitting logs and plenty of space for afew tents. Water can be accessed from either river or creek butshould be treated before use.

    Before You walkBushwalking is fun and a wonderful way to enjoy our natural places.Sometimes things go bad, with a bit of planning you can increaseyour chance of having an ejoyable and safer walk.Before setting off on your walk check

    1) Weather Forecast (BOM Central Tablelands District)2) Fire Dangers (Central Ranges, Greater Sydney Region)3) Park Alerts (Blue Mountains National Park)4) Research the walk to check your party has the skills, fitness andequipment required5) Agree to stay as a group and not leave anyone to walk solo

    Think before you TREKThe 'Think before you TREK' program developed by NSW Police &NPWS promotes the benefits of planning ahead for yourbushwalking trip by using an easy to remember acronym:

    Take adequate supplies of food, water, navigation and firstaid equipment.Register your planned route and tell friends and family whenyou expect to return.Emergency beacon (PLB's) should be carried on walks withsignificant gaps in mobile coverage (check terrain profile).Keep to your planned route and follow the map and walkingtrails.

    TREK

    Topo MapsThe maps provided on wildwalks are helpful, but there are timeswhere you may need maps covering a broader area. Maps that coverthis walk include;1:25 000 Map Series:89301S KATOOMBA, 89301N MOUNTWILSON1:100 000 Map Series:8930 KATOOMBA

    GradeThis walk has been graded using the AS 2156.1-2001. The overallgrade of the walk is dertermined by the highest classification alongthe whole track.

    Grade 5/6Experienced only5

    Length 22.5 km One way

    Time 3 Days

    Quality oftrack

    Rough unclear track (5/6)

    Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)

    ExperienceRequired

    Some bushwalking experiencerecommended (3/6)

    Weather Weather generally has little impact onsafety (1/6)

    Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs notfenced, significant creeks not bridged)(4/6)

    * This walk passes through very remote areas and sectionshave no visible track. At least one person in your groupshould have training and experience in off track walking andnavigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skillsand equipment are required.

    http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/centraltablelands.shtmlhttp://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/alerts/Alerts-list

  • Are you ready to have fun?Please ensure you and your group are well prepared and equipped for allpossible hazards and delays. Check park closures, weather information andFire Danger Rating before setting out. Optional side trips and alternate routesnoted are not included in this walks overall grade, length or time estimate.Please allow extra time for resting and exploring areas of interest. Theauthors, staff and owners of wildwalks take care in preparing this informationbut will not accept responsibility for any inconvenience, loss or injury youmay experience. Please take care, have fun - Happy Walking. Experaincedwalkers only: This walk passes through very remote areas and sectionshave no visible track. At least one person in your group should havetraining and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even withthese notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.Getting there Traveling by car is the only practical way to get to VictoriaFalls Rd car park (gps: -33.5737, 150.2921). Car: There is free parkingavailable.You can get back from Blackheath Station (gps: -33.6339, 150.2844) by car,train or bus. Car: There is free parking available.

    Find up to date and more information inlcuding; travel directions, weather,park closures and walker feedback at http://wild.tl/vfagvtbs

    0 | Free Beacon Hire A Personal Locating Beacon (PLB) is a hand-held device that, whentriggered, sends a message to the emergency services with your location. Theemergency services staff can then look at your trip intention forms and decidehow best to help you. In the Blue Mountains, you can borrow these for nocharge, just complete this Trip intention form, and a borrowing form. Thedevice can be picked up from: NPWS Office - Govetts Leap Rd Blackheath -9am to 4pm 7 days Ph: 02 4787 8877 Katoomba Police Station - 217Katoomba St Katoomba - Anytime Ph: 02 4782 8199 Springwood PoliceStation - 4 Jerseywold Avenue Springwood - Anytime Ph: 02 4751 0299More info.

    0 | Victoria Falls Rd car park (100 m 2 mins) From the car park, this walk follows the sign to 'Grose ValleyLookout' down the hill. The walk then winds down some steps forapproximately 50m to a lookout.

    0.1 | Victoria Falls Lookout Victoria Falls Lookout, Blue Mountains NP, has an easterly aspect over theGrose Valley. Although the lookout is named after the wonderful VictoriaFalls, there are no views of the falls from this lookout.

    0.1 | Victoria Falls Lookout (1.4 km 42 mins) Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk heads pastthe 'Victoria Falls' sign, down the hill. It leads across the hill for a short whilebefore turning right and following the steps downhill for approximately100m. The track then tends left, steeply down through a rocky outcrop, thencontinues winding across the hill under rocky outcrops (on the right). Thetrack winds left, down through the rock again, to steeply zigzag down the hillfor some time, moving away from the rocky outcrop, into ferns and moregrassy undergrowth. The track heads steeply down towards the sound of thecascades at the signposted intersection.Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Cascades',heading towards the noise of the falling water. It follows the hillside throughthe rainforest vegetation to the creek bank. The track then continues over theslippery rocks to the bottom of the falls.

    1.47 | Victoria Cascades Victoria Cascades, Blue Mountains NP, is a shorter run of water than the

    larger Victoria Falls. These cascades rush over a slope of rock to continuedown to Victoria Falls. The cascades, made by Victoria Creek, are worth alook on your way down to Victoria Falls. However, on a a trip up fromVictoria Falls, these smaller cascades may be somewhat overshadowed by thelarger falls.

    1.47 | Victoria Creek Cascades (130 m 4 mins) Turn around: From the falls, this walk heads over the rocks,downstream (keeping the creek on the right), before turning left into therainforest vegetation. The track continues across the hillside for a short timeto the signposted intersection.Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Burra KorainFlat', heading down the stairs for a short distance to another signpostedintersection.Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Top of Falls'sign, down the hill to Victoria Creek. The track then turns left, descendingsteeply on some rocks. This walk continues downstream along a rockshelf tothe top of Victoria Falls.

    1.6 | Top of Falls (120 m 3 mins) Turn around: From the the top of Victoria Falls, this walkheads upstream, with the water below on the left. This walk leads up somerock steps and onto a rockshelf, before turning steeply to the right, up somemore slippery rock steps. The walk continues uphill for approximately 10mto the signposted intersection.Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'BurraKorain Flats' heading up the hill and then down to a railing, overlooking theVictoria Falls. The track then winds down the slippery hillside, descending toan intersection in front of a large, mossy rock.

    1.72 | Optional sidetrip to Victoria Falls (50 m 2 mins) Veer right: From the intersection, the track follows the hillsidetowards the sound of a waterfall, keeping the creek some distance below toyour left. The track soon opens out onto the cliff of the waterfall. The trackthen swings around the right-hand side to go up the scree slope to venturebehind the waterfall. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to themain walk then Veer right.

    1.72 | Victoria Falls Victoria Falls, Blue Mountains NP, is a large waterfall dropping over a greyrock overhang. The cascade is produced by Victoria Creek dropping over theapproximately-15m cliffs. A scree slope leads up behind the falls, and belowthe falls the rocks are very slippery. These falls are well worth a visit, withthe great views from the top of the falls, and the accessibility of the bottom ofthe falls, making a great trip.

    1.72 | Int. Bottom of Falls and Victoria Creek Tracks (1.3 km 29 mins) Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the trackdownhill towards the creek, keeping the creek to you right, so soon come to aclearing beside the creek. Here the walk crosses the creek to find a signpointing to 'Burra Korain Flat' (visible before crossing the creek). (This creekmay be impassable after rain). The walk turns left to follow the 'Burra KorainFlat' sign downhill, keeping the creek to your left for over 1km. The trackwinds and undulating through ferns and rocky outcrops, to open out into theBurra Korain Flat Camping Area, which is signposted.

    3.07 | Burra Korain Flat Camping Area Burra Korain Flat Camping Area, Blue Mountains NP, is a small clearingbetween the Victoria Creek and Grose River. The campsite is well signpostedand has nice sitting logs and plenty of space for a few tents. Water can beaccessed from either river or creek but should be treated before use.

    3.07 | End of day 1 This is the planned overnight stay for the end of day 1, happy camping.

  • 3.07 | Burra Korain Flat Camping Area (3.9 km 1 hr 50 mins) Continue straight: From the campsite, this walk headsdown the hill to the creek and then across it. The track continues up through agrassy area to a clearing with a fireplace and BBQ and a sign to 'Acacia Flat'.Continue straight: From the camping area, this walk follows the 'Acacia Flats'sign down to the creek. The track crosses the creek and continues along theright-hand bank, heading downstream. The track then undulates and winds onthe right side of the creek for approximately 3km in a south-easterlydirection. The track crosses a number of creeks, and continues undulatingalong the south side of the Grose River to an intersection, with a signpointing back to Burra Korain.

    6.96 | Int. Pierces Pass and Grose River Tracks (4.9 km 1 hr 34 mins) Continue straight: From the intersection, this walkfollows the sign to 'Acacia Flats', keeping the creek below on the left. Thetrack continues for approximately 500m, undulating across the steep hillside.The terrain then begins to flatten out as the track leads onto a creek flat area.After a short while, a clearing with a fireplace is passed, on your right. Thetrack continues to undulate along the hillside, with the creek to the left, forapproximately 2km, to an area where the creek flats broaden. The trackpasses some more clearings with fire places, coming to a sign marked 'BlueGum Forest'. The track passes this sign and continues for approximately500m to a well-signed intersection.

    11.86 | Blue Gum Forest Blue Gum Forest, Blue Mountains NP, is a large stand of Eucalyptus deaneitrees on the junction of the Grose River and Govetts Creek. The magnificenttrees stand tall on the flats with low vegetation beneath. The trees of BlueGum Forest represent the protection efforts of Myles Dunphy, who lead agroup to raise the 130 pounds required to buy the Blue Gum Forest - quite asum in 1931 during the depression - and save it from being cleared. Thegroup were successful and the Blue Gum Forest is now protected within theBlue Mountains National Park. More info.

    11.86 | Blue Gum Forest intersection (610 m 10 mins) Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk followsthe sign 'Camping only at Acacia Flats', heading downstream. The track tendsright, away from the Grose River and towards the hills on the right. The walkthen heads downhill and across a small creek, after which it meanders forapproximately 100m before arriving at Acacia Flats camping area.

    12.46 | Acacia Flats Camping Ground Acacia Flats Camping Ground, Blue Mountains NP, is situated on the floor ofthe Grose Valley between Perrys Lookdown and Lockley Pylon. The campground is approximately 50m from Govetts Creek and approximately 500mupstream from Blue Gum Forest. Acacia Flats Camping Ground isappropriately named after the dense population of Acacias found in this area.Acacia Flats is a wonder...