A lesser known but nevertheless spectacular walk in the Upper Blue Mountains near Mt Victoria. There are cliffs galore, views up and down the deep Grose Valley, and other features such as patches of treeless grasslands.
This walk near Mt Victoria offers some of the best views of typical Upper Blue Mountains scenery, but is relatively unknown so you’ll be able to enjoy the serenity without the crowds. The tracks visit some excellent vantage points on the edge of rather precipitous cliffs with views over the spectacular Grose Valley, and there’s also a few patches of treeless grassy plains (the swamps I presume) that make for a nice change of scenery in this heavily forested area. Add to this a handful of rocky outcrops along the way, some interesting trees, and a worthy side trip to visit a small historic mine. All this for less than 10km of flattish walking. And afterwards we drove down to the end of Victoria Falls Road to check out the lookout there.
Pretty straightforward to do the walk we did. We used notes in the book Blue Mountains Best Bush Walks, and you can buy a digital resource on the walks around Mt Victoria (and all around the Blue Mountains) on the author’s website. There’s also notes on Wildwalks for the route to Thor Head, and to the mine; continue on past the mine turnoff (which is real easy to miss) to reach nearby Asgard Head and more great views. These landmarks can be seen on Google Maps. And on the map below you can see that by continuing along Victoria Road you can visit the lookout there.
Asgard Swamp & Thor Head Walk: The Scenery
We drove down the road to Victoria Falls Lookout to catch the sunset.