Sydney Train Walks

From Springwood via Sassafras Gully 8h / 18km to Glenbrook

About this walk

Part of this walk follows Sassafras Gully in Blue Mountains National Park.

It takes about 8 hours to complete the full 18 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 Springwood using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Glenbrook at transportnsw.info.

Along the way

Exit the train station on the left hand side and follow the shops to the left.

Find the little plaza on the right side of the shopping street and cross the carpark.

On the far side of the carpark, a sign shows the way into Sassafras Gully.

Follow the signs through the reserve down the Sassafras Gully bushtrail.

At intersections, be sure to follow the directions to Perch Ponds.

The trail follows the creek and crosses it several times.

Several small waterfalls along the gully are indicated by signs.

The trail eventually ends at the Perch Ponds, follow the sign to the left to Martins Lookout.

The entrance to the bush trail from the Perch Ponds is indicated by a marker.

Use the coloured ribbons to cross the rock creek bed.

On the far side of the rocky creek a narrow bushtrail continues along the river.

Mind a somewhat obscured split in the trail and follow it to the left and up.

Follow the signs along the way to Kings Link Route.

The trail ends at a landslide in the river. Find the colourful ribbons that show a safe way across.

On the far side of the river, several faint bushtrails head left and up to the next ridge.

Manmade piles of rocks (Cairns) and roughly hewn steps show the zigzag trail up the ridge.

The trail up the ridge ends at a campsite and a lookout.

From the campsite follow the walking track along the ridge.

Several hundred meters down the trail a side track to the right leads to another nearby lookout.

The side trail ends at a memorial overlooking the valley, across to Martins Lookout.

After returning from the lookout continue to the right along the trail.

The trail eventually joins a firetrail. Continue straight on from the intersection.

Follow the firetrail until it bend sharply to the right at an open spot with some mountainbike obstacles.

Don't follow the firetrail, but turn left down a narrow bush trail frequently traversed by bicyclists.

At the end of the ridge, the trail starts to zigzag its way down into the gully.

Be mindful of the loose leaflitter and watch for hewn out steps to show where the trail leads.

At the bottom of the descent follow the river to the left.

The sandy path soon open up to a large riverside beach.

Find the crossing at the shallow part of the river.

Directly on the other side, a rough trail leads up the ridge.

Again, rough steps indicate the zigzag up to the top.

At the top follow the clearly defined path towards the railway line.

The trail skirt the railway line for a short distance, before veering off into the next gully.

Cross the gully and continue following the trail up the other side.

The trail ends in patch of grass next to a house. Follow it to the road.

From the house, follow the road to the left to the a bridge across the railway line.

Turn right after cross the railway line and follow the street along the tracks.

The entrance to the train station should be apparent on the right.

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.