Things to Do

There are a host of things to do and see around the villages - walks, historical buildings, picnics, camping and lookouts over spectacular wilderness areas.

Both villages are very small and can be easily accessed by foot or a short car trip. We encourage you to explore at a leisurely pace and kindly ask that you leave nothing but footprints, and take nothing but photographs.

In addition to the many walks and gardens in Mount Wilson there are also lookouts with wonderful views across the mountains and down into deep valleys, and interesting reserves.

Lookouts -  Wynnes Rocks Lookout and DuFaurs Rocks

Spectacular views are seen from these two sites, over Bowen’s Creek to Mt Tomah for the first and the Wollangambe Crater from the latter.  Walks to Chinaman’s Hat (15 minutes from DuFaur’s Rocks) and Pheasant’s Cave (about 1 hour). A shelter shed is located at Wynnes Rocks Lookout.

Marcus Clark Reserve

On The Avenue, the same side as the Fire Station.

There is a short walk through an arboretum of the native plants of the sandstone soil.

Waterfall Reserve

Shelter shed and toilet. Waterfall Walk through the rainforest is a must, about 1 hour.

Nearby is Gregson Park , together with Jefferson Bridge which straddles Waterfall Creek, links the bottom end of Waterfall Road and Wyndham Avenue.

Happy Valley

Shelter shed. Try the Happy Valley Walk, approximately 1 hour from the picnic area.

Sloan Reserve

Tucked in below the road at Ferny Corner, located on the walk along on The Avenue. More…

There are no shops/food available in Mt Wilson but there are a lot of opportunities on the way (either to Mt Wilson or back home) to stop for food, stock up with supplies for the trip, or take some of the fabulous mountain produce back home with you.


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Simple safety precautions that should be undertaken before and during any moderate to long walk in the Upper Blue Mountains are described  pdf Think before you trek brochure (503 KB) .

If you are attempting a more ambitious walk in the surrounding national parks, please understand that weather conditions in the Blue Mountains are likely to change rapidly. All walkers should be aware of the possibility of heavy rain, fog and the likelihood of a rapid rise in water levels on all rivers and streams. Walkers and canyoners are strongly advised to take extra food and warm gear as it is possible to be stranded. No one should attempt these walks without an experienced person as part of the group. A rescue beacon, EPIRB or similar equipment is also strongly recommended. As noted above, mobile phones DO NOT work in most areas and should not be relied upon.

Mount Banks

Walls Lookout & Rigby Hill

Pierce's Pass to the Grose Valley

Simple safety precautions that should be undertaken before and during any moderate to long walk in the Upper Blue Mountains are described  pdf Think before you trek brochure (503 KB) .

If you are attempting a more ambitious walk in the surrounding national parks, please understand that weather conditions in the Blue Mountains are likely to change rapidly. All walkers should be aware of the possibility of heavy rain, fog and the likelihood of a rapid rise in water levels on all rivers and streams. Walkers and canyoners are strongly advised to take extra food and warm gear as it is possible to be stranded. No one should attempt these walks without an experienced person as part of the group. A rescue beacon, EPIRB or similar equipment is also strongly recommended. As noted above, mobile phones DO NOT work in most areas and should not be relied upon.

 

Signposted Walks - Coloured Signs

  1. Mt Wilson Village Walk
  2. Waterfall Walk
  3. Chinamans Hat / Pheasants Cave Walk
  4. Sunday Walk Spur
  5. Wynnes Rocks Lookout and Daintree Lane

 

Other Walks and Additional Information

The Mt Wilson Village Walk

A walk along The Avenue

Around the Village

The Avenue, Wyndham Ave Circuit

The Waterfalls

Pheasants Cave

The Fire Trail around the Study Centre

Wynnes Rocks

Galwey Lane to Picnic Ground

Cathedral of Ferns

Lambs Hill East

Cathedral Picnic Ground to Study Centre

Walford Lane

 

 

Camping - Cathedral Reserve.

 

Cathedral Reserve is now open for camping. There will be a range of social distancing requirements and one predominant requirement of the "Conditions of Entry" is that people email their contact details to a designated Council email address - for future contact tracing if required. Check https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/camping for instructions. You do not have to book and it is free to use.

This is an unofficial camping area. There is water and toilets, but no showers. There are barbecues, the only ones available in the villages, but wood is not supplied. You do not have to book and it is free to use. Shelter sheds and picnic tables and seats are located there. It is the end point of the Village Walk, which starts from Breenhold. Here is more info about Cathedral Reserve.

Users are reminded to securely lock up any valuables during their stay. 

Please only use the BBQ facilities at Cathedral Reserve. Lighting a BBQ at other places throughout the village presents a potential fire hazard.

Dogs are allowed in the Mt Wilson Village and at Cathedral Reserve, however dogs are not allowed in the National Park adjacent to the reserve and village. So walks around the village are ok providing they are not into the National Park.

A short walk (10 minutes) through the Cathedral of Ferns can be found nearby.

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Picking your own walnuts and chestnuts is a fun activity for the family or just the opportunity to find fresh high quality nuts for eating or cooking. There are two seasons for walnuts. The green walnut season is in December and some properties are open, so you can use this special product for your own favourite family recipes. During the main season in autumn at both Mt Irvine and Mt Wilson, several properties open during March and April each year for mature ripe walnuts and chestnuts and they invite people to visit and pick their own nuts.

So, come and pick your own walnuts and chestnuts. There are established nut orchards with large, good quality, fresh chestnuts and walnuts. Chestnuts need gloves to pick up the spiky shells which have fallen to the ground, and break them open to get the chestnuts. Walnuts are just picked from the ground.

Drive around the villages and look for signs outside properties where you can pick nuts. Some properties are regulars each season and other properties advertise only when they have nuts available for picking.

The regular properties open each season are in the table below. It is a good idea to call first and check when they are open.