We’ve done the Lockleys Pylon / Du Faur Head walk many a time. Walking through attractive heath vegetation allows for open views for the most part from start to finish, taking in the shear sided cliffs of the impressive Grose Valley from the opposite side of the valley to walks near Blackheath (such as walking to Pulpit Rock). Definitely a good scenery to effort ratio.
There’s also walks starting at the end of Mt Hay Road up Mt Hay itself, on to Venus Tor, and also to Butterbox Point, all offering more excellent (albeit similar) views. I went up and over Mt Hay later in the day. There’s also an excellent walk to Fortress Ridge back up the road.
I had just bought a new mirrorless camera (actually a gift from my mother) when I did this walk in winter 2018, and when I tested it out in tricky winter lighting I realised I still had a lot to learn about how to get the best from this technology. The photos below are a mix of my phone and the mirrorless. Track notes at the end.
Lockleys Pylon/Du Faur Head Track: The Scenery
I wonder whether you can tell which of the following two pictures was taken by my Panasonic Lumix Mirrorless and which by my Google Pixel. To be honest they’ve both been tweaked by Google photos so not a direct comparison. Both demonstrate how good the views are on this track.
It’s a fun drive down the unsealed and bumpy Mt Hay Road to the start of this easy to moderate walk. The track is pretty straightforward, but here’s a few links to info and notes: NPWS, Wildwalks, and Bushwalking NSW. Lockleys Pylon can be reached on a mini-circuit by taking a left off the main track, and continue on down the main track and a short descent to reach Du Faur Head. It’s then possible to continue on just a bit for a left turn which takes you down into the Grose Valley and Blue Gum Forest (I’ll post on that walk at a later date).