Sydney Train Walks

From Mittagong via Box Vale 7h / 17km to Mittagong

About this walk

Part of this walk follows the Box Vale Mine Walking Track and Lookout.

It takes about 7 hours to complete the full 17 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops. A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.

Getting there and back

Get the train to Mittagong using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Mittagong at transportnsw.info.

Along the way

From the station walk down Station Street to the shops.

Cross Main Street at the traffic lights.

Follow Main Street to the left and turn right down Queen Street to the park.

At the park walk clockwise around the lake to the far end.

A dirt path on the far end of the lake leads away from the park.

The dirt path ends at the road up to the lookout.

From the junction with Lookout Road follow the fire trail to the left.

A short way along the fire trail a bush trail the right winds its way up the hill.

Where the bush trail ends, follow the fire trail to the left to the lookout.

The lookout is on a side trail just after a big intersection of fire trails.

After the lookout, continue along the firetrail down the other side of Mount Alexandra.

At the bottom of the descent head right underneath the viaduct.

A short way past the viaduct a sign on the left indicates the trail to the Box Vale Track.

Follow the stair down to the creek and cross it across the narrow concrete bridge.

Pass the sign that shows the side trail to Forty Foot Falls. You will return here later.

Further along the creek, spot the sign on the far side to find the crossing. A fallen tree obscures the trail.

The next landmark along the creek is a natural arch to walk under.

After the arch, the trail takes a turn to the left. Follow the creek to the fallen sign.

At the shallow section of the bend in the creek, use the rocks to cross.

On the other side of the creek follow the signs to the incline.

The incline is a steep climb up to the top of the ridge. Use the steel cable for balance.

At the top of the incline, follow the sign to the lookout.

Coming back from the lookout to the intersection, follow the old tramway along the ridge to the left.

The path passes through an old railway tunnel. Take care in the dark because the floor is uneven.

The path crosses several firetrails before ending at a gate near farm land.

Follow the path to the left along the farm land to the next gate on the left.

From the gate follown the fire trail to the falls.

The trail is joined from the right by another trail. Continue past this.

Take the right branch when the trail splits.

A short way from the split, a sign and a picnic table indicate the path down to the falls on the right.

At the end of the descent, climb the metal staircase down to the foot of the falls.

Follow the trail down the creek from the falls.

The trail crosses the creek and becomes obscured by fallen trees shortly after. Take care to follow the ribbons.

The trail from Forty Foot Falls returns the junction we skipped earlier. Follow it to the right, back to the viaduct.

Pass underneath the viaduct and keep following the fire trail along the creek.

At a bend in the trail a side trail to the left leads into a gully full of ferns.

There are several junctions in the tail, keep following it to the left and up until it joins a larger firetrail.

Follow the firetrail to the left until a small side trail becomes apparent on the right.

The side trail winds a short way through the bush to a small bridge. The lake is a short way to the left after crossing it.

Follow the streets back to the shops and the station. Mind that the trains are extremely infrequent.

What to bring

  • Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
  • Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
  • Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
  • Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
  • Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
  • Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
  • Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.