Walk No. 46

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Walk 46:- Warrimoo to Blaxland At A Glance

Route Summary:- This short walk is all on track or road. It goes for 1.33 km. to the start of Florabella Pass for 2.7 km., mostly along Florabella Creek to a junction with Pippas Pass, then for about 1 km. up to Blaxland Library with the final 0.5 km. along Blaxland streets.

RQI:-   70 

Highlights:- Pristine bush; rock overhangs; views over Glenbrook Creek 

Negatives :- About 1.9 km of walk is along streets

Length:- 5.5 km 

Grade:- Easy

Weather:_All weather

Continuous walking time with a few 3-4 min. stops:- 1 hr. 45 mins.

Train Time from Central to Start :-. 1 hr.10 mins; Western Line; every hour 

Train Time from finish to Central:-. 1 hr. 7 mins.; Western Line; every hour

Total Climb :- 90 m.

Total Descent :- 140 m.

Water:- Warrimoo; Blaxland 

Toilets:- Warrimoo (may be locked); Blaxland Library; Blaxland

Café/Kiosk :- Blaxland

Published 1:25,000 Map :- Springwood

 

Walk 46 Track Notes Warrimoo to Blaxland

15/06/2014

Km./Hrs.min                              Kilometers in bold are shown on map

0.00/0.00       Leave Warrimoo Railway Station via the pedestrian bridge over                       the Great Western    Highway and take the steps down to the unsignposted Waratah Road that   runs parallel to the Highway.  From bottom of steps, go straight ahead, gently uphill, along Waratah Road, passing an antique shop on left to The Boulevard, the first road on left.

0.34/0.04       At intersection with The Boulevard, turn left and follow this past                     Victoria St. on right to its end at a T intersection with Arthur St.

0.69/0.08       At T intersection, turn right into Arthur St. and after about 40 m.,                    left into Florabella St.; follow this to its end

1.33/0.15      At end of Florabella St., timber signboard:-Florabella Pass’; take                     this walking track steeply down on sandstone steps.

1.74/0.29       Track T junction; track on right across Florabella Creek is marked  by red             diamond shield and arrow on timber board tied to tree;  turn right and cross F. Creek; track then climbs for about 350 m. along track, to high up on valley of Florabella Creek; then the                                   track descends for about 300 m., fairly steeply in parts.

2.32/0.43       After descent, now about 10 m from F. creek; track blocked by                                    large fallen dead tree branches; take care when negotiating this on  steps; track then veers left and goes upstream next to F. Ck. for about 40 m. to a crossing on rocks.

2.36/0.44      At F. Ck. crossing; then follow track downstream, creek now on                                     right.

2.46/0.47       Track on timber bridge over gully entering from left

2.55/0.49       Track junction with signboard for track on right:-‘Glenbrook Creek                   1 km.   Return- no exit’ ;continue straight along main track.

3.64/1.05      Track Y junction with signboards:-track on left goes to ‘Plateau                       Parade’ and track on right ‘Exit via Ross Crescent’ ;veer right down hill.

3.70/1.07       Track crosses minor creek, then goes fairly steeply up.

3.75/1.09       Track T junction just in front of dipping rock overhang; ignore                                     lesser track    straight on; turn hard left and continue up.

3.80/1.11       Track T junction; again, ignore lesser track straight on; turn hard                     left and continue up.

4.01/1.16      Major track junction; end of Florabella Pass; start of Pippas Pass;                     lesser track on right goes steeply down to Glenbrook Creek;                                     signboard:-‘ Florabella Pass’ high up on tree on right; continue straight on, now on   Pippas Pass.

4.07/1.19       Track junction; two sets of stone steps about 20 m apart go up to                    Ross Crescent (no signage); signboard:-Pippas Pass’ high up on  tree for track on right; go right, gently downhill.

4.52/1.26       Unnamed creek crossing; track then gently up, with creek on left.

4.79/1.32       Track fork; take either- they re-join.

4.87/1.33       Track crosses minor creek on solid sandstone outcrop.

4.90/1.34       Another minor creek crossing on soil banks; track then climbs to a                   cave overhang with signs of recent habitation.

4.94/1.35       Track re-crosses minor creek and track junction immediately after                  crossing; go left.

5.02/1.37       Track passes cave overhang vandalized with graffiti .

5.06/1.38      Track at clearing with car park on left; this is the end of Pippas                                    Pass without signage; turn left, walk to car park, then turn right and walk uphill to Blaxland Civic Centre ramp; take ramp up to broad verandah; there are public toilets and drinking water here..

5.12/1.39       At Civic Centrte; walk along verandah to a bitumen ramp up to                                    unsignposted Hope Street.

5.17/1.40       At hope St. signboard:- Blaxland Civic Centre’ back down on                            ramp; turn left and walk along Hope St past William Dean Crescent  on right to Station St. also on right.

5.42/1.43       At Station St., turn right and walk along Station St. past public                           toilets on left to stairs/ramp up over the Great Western Highway  to Blaxland Station.

5.56/1.45      At Blaxland Railway Station

Route Quality Index

On roads:-        1.69 km./ 30%

On tracks           3.87 km/ 70 %

RQI= 70

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