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How To Get To Hanging Rock

By Yegor Korzh
Yegor Korzh Travel Photography Blog
Archived 24 Apr 2015 - Posted: 1 Mar 2015
If somebody asked me what is my favourite place in Blue Mountains, I would definitely think about this spot. Images: Yegor Korzh
Travel photographer Yegor Korzh recently made his way out to the Blue Mountains' Hanging Rock. In this article, he details what he found and how to get there.

Hanging Rock is located just seven kilometers from Blackheath and getting there involves some dirt road driving, walking and hiking. All of this combined with great views makes this location a perfect place to experience the Blue Mountains.

Hanging Rock is located a few hundred meters from the Baltzer Lookout, so that will be your starting point if you are trying to find it on the map.

To make things simpler for you, here are some directions on how to get to Hanging Rock:

  1. If you drive from Katoomba, in Blackheath take a right turn onto Ridgewell Road, this at first a good gravel road soon turns into an old fire trail – follow this road up to the gate or until your car clearance allows.
  2. From the gate (approximately 3.5 km from Blackheath) walk another 3.5 kilometers to a Baltzer Lookout – walking track follows a fire trail and is quite easy.
  3. At Baltzer Lookout turn left, from this point you will need hiking experience and good hiking footwear. Please don’t go there if you don’t have both.

Unfortunately, a tree made it almost impossible to get to the very tip of the Hanging Rock, especially with a tripod. I decided not to risk, but couldn’t resist and took a photo anyway.

For climbers there is an anchor point, it is visible on the image below – it throws a small shadow in the middle of the tip. I would love to see somebody hanging from there.

And a final tip: if you want to see a Hanging Rock in all its colours – sunrise is the the best time, to get there in time you will need to start your 3.5km walk 40 minutes before, and that’s a minimum.


This article originally appeared on Yegor Korzh's blog. This is an edited version.

This article archived 24 Apr 2015

 
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