Walk No. 49B

 

Walk 49 B:- Blaxland to Springwood via Bunyan LO and Sassafras Gully Exit At A Glance

Route Summary:- This walk goes for 0.45 km. along Blaxland streets to the start of Pippas Pass Track, then gently down along this for about 1 km. to the end of the Florabella Track and very steeply down on poor track to Glenbrook that is crossed on rocks, then steeply up for 0.35 km. on faint winding track a lookout at the top of ridge; then for about 2.75 km. along this ridge on clearer track to a track junction with a wider track and this for about 1 km. to Bunyan Lookout, then down on constructed track to Glenbrook Creek with another crossing on rocks; then along the Sassafras Gully Track upstream along Glenbrook Creek for about 3 km past Perch Ponds to Sassafras Creek, then for another 2.6 km still on Sassafras Gully Track upstream along sassafras Creek and then Sassafras Gully to Springwood streets, with the final 1.1 km. along Springwood streets. 

RQI:-   89

Highlights:- Splendid views; remote bush; dramatic sandstone formations; Glenbrook Creek

Negatives :- About 1.1 km walk along Springwood streets 

Length:- 13.2 km.

Grade:- Medium

Weather:_All weather except when creeks in flood 

Continuous walking time with a few 3-4 min. stops:- 4 hrs 18 mins.

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

Train Time from finish to Central:-. 1 hr. 19 mins.; Western Line; every hour.

Total Climb :- 450 m.

Total Descent :- 310 m. 

Water:- Blaxland; Springwood 

Toilets:- Blaxland; Springwood 

Café/Kiosk :- Blaxland; Springwood

Published 1:25,000 Map :- Springwood; Penrith

 

Walk 49 B Track Notes

Blaxland to Springwood via Sassafras Gully Exit

08/12/13 updated 24/11/15

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

0.00/0.00      Walk up Blaxland Station Steps, turn right, cross Gt. Western Highway on overhead bridge and take steps down to Station St. at its intersection with the Gw. Highway. Walk down to end of Station St. at T junction with Hope St. (unsignposted).There are toilets half way down Station St.

0.07/0.02       At junction with Hope St., turn left and follow Hope St till it curves to the right, and you see a building marked ‘Library’ a little downhill on your right

0.28/0.05       At Library, turn right and walk down bitumen path to the Library and walk along covered verandah of the library building; there are public toilets here; at the end of the covered verandah, take the ramp down to the library car park.

0.44/0.07       At car park, turn right and walk down to the bottom of car park, then turn left onto a grassy area; walk about 10 meters over this, then turn right to the start of Pippas Pass track head (unsignposted)

0.45/0.08      At start of Pippas Pass track; follow this down.

0.52/0.09       Acute track split at graffiti covered cave overhang; veer right.

0.55/0.11       Track T junction ; take track to the right, and immediately cross Pippas Creek on rock outcrop, the turn left, Creek now on left.

0.62/0.12       Cave overhang with graffiti and signs of recent habitation; continue straight.

0.63/0.12       Track crosses Pippas Creek, Creek now on right; track mostly clear and easy to follow.

0.66/0.13       Track junction after crossing small tributary creek; veer right; Pippas Creek still on right, now in deeper valley.

1.00/0.19       Track crosses Pippas Creek, now on left.

1.43/0.27       Track T junction with ‘Florabella Pass’ painted on rock face immediately in front, to the left; track on right up stone steps, goes to Ross St. exit; go left and after about 10 meters, note more stone steps on right to Ross St. exit; continue straight past these.

1.46/0.29      Track junction and signage:- ‘ Florabella Pass’ high up on tree in front, and ‘Exit via Ross Street’ on another tree on right; this location is the end of Pippas Pass and the start of Florabella Pass along good track straight on; leave the main track here and take the narrow walking track down ; it leaves the main track acutely on left just in front of the tree with the ‘Florabella Paass’ sign; this track zig zags steeply down, in places with constructed sandstone steps or steps cut into rock face.

1.54/0.32       Track veers left over narrow shelf, then look for steps cut into sandstone down a 5 meter inclined cliff; apparent track split at base of cliff- ignore faint track on right, continue down

1.56/0.33       At base of unconstructed 2.5 meter cliff descent, another apparent track split; again ignore track on right; continue down on sandstone steps.

1.57/0.24       Track split; take track on right. Track straight down also goes to Glenbrook Creek but is more difficult.

1.58/0.36       Track at Glenbrook Creek; cross Glenbrook Creek here on rocks at rapids just down from where the track ends.

1.60/0.37       Middle of Glenbrook Creek; after crossing, walk up boulder creek bank and valley talus for about 15 meters to find a faint walking track in both directions parallel to the Creek; then turn right and follow this faint track for about 20 meters upstream, Creek on right, to a track junction on left marked by a stone cairn and bunting.

1.62/0.39       At track junction with stone cairn; take faint track uphill, on left; after about 30 m. you come to a large boulder with an apparent track T junction; go right and follow a faint walking track as it winds up over the lower cliff line.

1.78 /0.49      After winding gently up, track now near top of lower cliff line; stone cairn indicates sharp left turn more steeply up through gap in cliff; track indistinct here between upper and lower cliff, but veer left and follow red bunting to base of upper cliff.

1.93/0.54       At base of upper cliff, veer right and follow red bunting and cairns through gaps in upper cliff to a large stone cairn at the top; this is St Helena Lookout

1.97/0.57      At top of ridge; excellent views; follow reasonably clear walking pad- The Bullant Track- that goes along ridge crest for nearly 3 km.; more obscure portions marked with stone cairns

4.73/1.37      Track Y junction with main Glenbrook to Springwood walking track just before large fallen tree; veer right right to merege with the good walking track after about 15 meters

5.22/1.42       Track junction and signage:- ‘ Lost World 12 minutes’ for track on left; continue straight

5.66/1.49      At Bunyan Lookout; after enjoying the view, walk back on track for about 20 meters to an acute track junction marked with a stone cairn; now take the track that goes acutely to the right, initially for about 30 meters along cliff edge, then it turns right and descends between two rock outcrops

6.19/2.02       After winding its way down spur, track now on top of a cliff; look for 5 raised constructed steps down that at first look like a wall; take these down, then turn right and continue on track;

The track down from Bunyan Lookout to Glenbrook creek is a constructed track, mostly easy to follow; leaf covered steps may be slippery

6.46/2.12       Track Y junction near valley floor; veer left; after 5-10 meters another track T junction; ignore fainter track on right; continue straight on track- it initially goes upstream, more or less parallel to Glenbrook Creek but then veers gradually towards Glenbrook Creek on boulders; two stone cairns mark Creek crossing on boulders

6.56/2.15      Middle of Glenbrook Creek; after crossing, walk a few meters up the bank pitted sandstone outcrop, then turn left and walk upstream on outcrop for about 35 meters, Creek on left, to stone steps leading up.

6.60/2.17       At stone steps; take these up to track junction.

6.68/2.18       Track T junction and signage; take the ‘ Perch Ponds 1.4 km’ track on left; now follow this good walking track upstream, Glenbrook Creek on left

6.73/2.19       At good campsite with large pool in Glenbrook Creek; track then veers right uphill and stays well above Glenbrook Creek, still on left.

6.77/2.22       Track junction; track on left goes down to Glenbrook creek; continue straight, then more steeply up to track junction

7.29/2.33       Major track junction and signboard:- Martins Lookout 1.3 km’ backtrack, ‘Perch Ponds 700 m’ track on left; there is also an unsignposted track going steeply uphill on steps- it probably also goes to Martins Lookout; go left towards Perch Ponds

7.83/2.42       Crossing Magdela Creek to Perch Ponds track junction on the other side

7.86/2.43      At Perch Ponds; major track junction with signage:- ‘Sassafras Gully Track’ and ‘ Faulconbridge Station 6.3 km’ straight on; ‘Springwood Station 4.4km’ track uphill on right; continue straight towards Faulconbridge.

8.27/2.51       Track Y junction; minor track continues straight but blocked with branches; veer right uphill on better track

9.44/3.09       Track crosses Sassafras Creek at right angles at its confluence with Glenbrook Creek at large swimming hole; after crossing, track veers to right up the bank to a good campsite and signage ‘Glenbrook Creek’

9.49/3.11       At campsite; walk through campsite and follow good walking track upstream, now along Sassafras Creek, Creek on right

9.84/3.16       Track crosses prominent gully joining Creek from left

10.13/3.21    Major track Y junction and signage:-Wiggins Track Yondell Road 700 m’ track on right, take ‘Faulconbridge Station 3.3 km’ straight on; continue straight; note old ,now illegible, metal signs high on tree.

10.53/3.27    Track junction and arrowed post; fainter track straight on deliberately blocked with branches; turn hard right, cross Sassafras Creek and then turn left on track after crossing; arrowed posts show crossing; S Creek now on left.

10.90/3.24    Track crosses Sassafras Gully about 30 m upstream of its confluence with Sassafras Creek; signage right in front after crossing:- take ‘Sassafras Gully Road 1.2km’ straight on, steeply uphill; go straight, with Sassafras Gully on right

11.31/3.41    Track under spectacular rock overhang just before Sassafras Gully splits into two almost equal tributaries; track continues along right tributary

12.09/3.58    After long steady climb, track exits at Sassafras Gully Road turning circle and signage:-Sassafras Gully Track’ on metal pole-back track; follow Sassafras Gully Road to a T junction with Valley Road.

12.33/4.01    At T junction, turn right and follow Valley Road past Bee Farm Road on the right to a 4-way road intersection.

12.70/4.06    At 4-way intersection with signs, turn left into Homedale Street and follow this for about 250 meters, past Springwood Ave. on the right to a T junction with Macquarie Road.

12.98/4.10    At T intersection with Macquarie Road and railway lines in front, turn right and follow Macquarie Road to Springwood Station

13.23/4.12    Springwood Station; end of walk

Route Quality Index

On public vehicular roads- 11%

On walking tracks- 89 %

RQI= 89

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