About this walk
This walk follows some of the mountain passes around Mount York at Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains.
After crossing Hartley Vale, the walk follows the trails through Hassans Walls to Lithgow.
It takes about 6 hours to complete the full 26 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 Mount Victoria using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Lithgow at transportnsw.info.
Along the way
Exit the station and follow the signs to the walking tracks from the carpark.
From the station carpark, follow Station Street to the left, towards the Great Western Highway.
At the intersection with the Great Western Highway, follow the sign right to Mount York.
At the intersection with Mt York Road, follow the sign to Mt York right.
Along Mt York Road follow the signs to Lawson Long Alley.
Enter the carpark at Lawson Long Alley.
Optionally, follow the signs down Lawson Long Alley instead of Lockyers Road.
Lawson Long Alley descends steeply at first but is wider and less rough than Lockyers Road.
At the bottom of the descent, follow Watsons road out of the valley.
At the intersection follow Hartley Vale Road to the left.
At the intersection after the power line service trail, follow the sign down Lockyers Road.
From the carpark, follow the sign to Mount York.
Follow the signs to Mount York along the power lines.
Follow the markers down Lockyers Road.
Since the trail follows along a narrow ridge, watch for lookout points on both sides along the way.
At the end of the ridge, the trail descends a steep gully.
At the bottom of the descent follow the sign right to Lockyers Trackhead.
At the fenced fields follow the sign left to Lockyers Road track head.
From the campground follow Hartley Vale Road to the left. The alternative way from Lawson Long Alley continues from here.
Follow Hartley Vale Road across the valley towards the hills on the other side.
Cross the River Lett along the road and continue down Browns Gap Road.
On the far side of the valley Brown Gap Road curves steeply uphill.
From the intersection at the top of the hill, follow the signs to Hassans Walls up the dirt road.
Along the road several small side trails lead to lookout points.
At the intersection to Bracey Lookout continue straight on to Hassans Walls Lookout.
Continue past the closed lookout along Hassans Walls Road.
At the next intersection follow the sign left to Hassans Walls Lookout.
At the car park follow the footpath to the lookouts.
Turn left at the picnic first picnic tables.
Along metal walkway leads to a lookout point.
Return down the road from the car park and follow the sign left to Lithgow.
Alternatively follow the sign right back to Bracey Lookout.
At the intersection we passed earlier follow the sign left to Bracey Lookout.
To the left from Bracey Lookout, a steep trail descends the ridge.
From the bottom of the track follow Eskbank Street to the train station.
At the gated trail, pass the gate and follow the trail left.
Several small side trails lead to lookouts points.
At the intersection. Of firetrails follow the right fork.
Follow the powerlines and radiotowers to the end of the ridge.
A network of mountain bike trails lead down down from the ridge top.
At the end of the trail continue down Wrights Road.
Follow the twisting network of trails down and to the right.
Follow the curve of the road left and continue down Wrights Road.
At the intersection continue straight on down Hassans Walls Road.
Enter the gate into Elizabeth Park at the intersection with Peachman Ave.
Follow the path through the park and turn right through the gate at Main Street.
Follow Main Street to the entrance of Lithgow Station.
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.