Jungaburra Ridge

Access: An easy walk on a clear trail. Reasonably flat until the end of the ridge.Exposed cliff lines.

Navigation: Navigation is as straight forward as it gets

Map: Mt Wilson

Time: 1hr return

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Jungaburra ridge offers an easy walk out to some impressive views towards where 5 different canyon/gully/creek systems empty into the Grose Valley.f

Getting there: From Bell head approximately 1.5km along the highway toward Richmond.  Turn off the highway to the right just after the start of the passing lane onto a rough access trail, the start of which is next to a sign for a left bend “65km/hr”  and just before the road goes up a small rise then swings left down past Holly Lodge.

If you have low ground clearance or don’t like a bit of rough road it is probably better to park on a verge just off the highway and just walk the extra 300m up the fire trail.

Park at the end of the access trail and the walking trail head starts next to the power pole.

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This is the access trail to the popular Bell Super Crag climbing area so is fairly well defined.

Follow the trail out to the end of the ridge. It’s fairly flat until a couple of small down hill bits towards the end.

The views from near the end of the ridge are pretty nice

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The deep chasm to the left is Jinky Gully, further left (out of shot) is Dalpura Creek. Jungaburra gully is the innocuous looking gully immediately left of Mandy. In reality it is a deep, cliff lined gorge the snakes around the middle of the photo and opens up to the right of shot.
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The gap where Jungaburra gully opens into the Grose Valley. The Haulage road for old Grose Valley Colliery can be seen cutting down through the cliffs on the right

The trail does continue down to the left but is gets very steep and exposed, Requiring a fixed line descent down the cliff line towards the bottom so not recommend unless you are a climber

Return the same way

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The cliffs of the Lower Jungaburra gully. AKA Bell Super Crag
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Climbers warming up for one of the pumpy, overhung routes up the cliff

Note 1: Taking care  While reasonably well known these spots are still wild places and care needs to be taken around cliff edges and on the steep trails.  Carrying the right gear as well as having adequate food, water and clothing is important. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to get back.

Emergency beckons (PLBs) can be hired from Katoomba Police for very little.

Note 2: First aid A basic first aid kit is essential bit of kit whenever heading into the Aussie bush. A basic first aid is highly recommended

Note 3: Maps and Navigation Having the right map, a compass and knowing how to read them is very important when heading into the bush. If you are new to bush walking joining a club or accompanying more experienced walker for you first few outing is a very good idea. I found practicing map reading on well defined trails was helpful when I started out.

The Maps mentioned are the 1:25000 series. They can be purchase at Lithgow tourism information center, from outdoors shops or online for around $10 each.

Note 4: These are wild and beautiful places, respect them. If you are able to carry something in you can carry it out. Don’ be a tosser. Leaving your rubbish behind is a sure way to ruin it for every one else.

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