Sydney Train Walks

From Springwood via Springwood Ridge 8h / 32km to Richmond

About this walk

The first part of this walk follows Springwood Ridge in Blue Mountains National Park.

The second part of this walk covers Yellomundee Regional Park.

It takes about 8 hours to complete the full 32 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 Richmond at transportnsw.info.

Along the way

Exit the station to the left and follow the road down the shopping street.

Take the bus to Winmalee Shopping Centre to skip the first stretch.

Continue past the bowling club and turn left at the roundabout towards Winmalee.

Cross the bridge across the railway line.

From the roundabout follow the signs to Winmalee.

Follow Hawkesbury Road all the way to the Winmalee Shopping Centre on the left.

Continue past the shopping center until the road ends at the carpark for the park entrance.

Follow the firetrail the continues past the gate.

A sign at the split in the trail offers either the Blue Gum Swamp or Shaws Ridge. Both are valid.

Either trail ends at a sign pointing to Grose Head South, wich should be followed.

The trail zig zags up hill and ends at another sign. Follow it to Grose Head South

The firetrail ends at the lookout. Please be very careful near the edge.

From the end of the firetrail a narrow path starts following the cliff line.

The rough trail continues along several lookout spots.

Eventually the trail turns into a very rough climb up to the other side of Grose Head.

Find the overgrown trig at the top.

Near the trig a firetrail starts down the ridge.

Watch for several lookouts along the way.

Follow the firetrail all the way down until it finally joins Mountain Ave.

Continue along Mountain Ave to the intersection with Springwood Road and follow it to the left.

Watch on the left for Tree Adventures carpark, where refreshments can be bought.

A little further up the road enter Yaramundi Reserve for a short detour or a rest along the river.

From Yeramundi Reserve follow Springwood Road to the left across the bridge and beyond.

Springwood Road ends at an intersection. Follow the signs left to Richmond.

Follow the directions all the way to the centre of Richmond.

Cross the road at the intersection with March Street and follow Bosworth Street past the KFC.

At the roundabout turn right and follow Windsor Street past the shops.

Follow the path past the sportsfield on the right.

The train station is across the street from the park.

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.