Plateau Walk & Cottage Rock Track, Kanangra-Boyd NP, NSW
Some of the best views in NSW on this easy enough walk in Kanangra-Boyd National Park in the south-west corner of the Greater Blue Mountains area. There are impressive cliffs, deep valleys, and karst landforms.
The views on this walk in Kanangra-Boyd National Park are some of the best in NSW. The impressive Kanangra Walls and deep Kanangra Valley are front and centre at a lookout near the start, and then the easygoing Plateau Walk passes along the edge of the Walls for more great views across the valley to Thurat Spires and into Kanangra Gorge. Continuing on to Cottage Rock through heath and forest means you can stretch your legs a bit more, and there are 360 degree views from the top of the rock of surrounding forested hills.
A few pics from our drive in…
If you are driving to this area from Sydney then you might like to go via Jenolan Caves, as the drive is an adventure in itself. Leave your caravan at home though, because otherwise you’ll be leaving it at a jack-knife corner somewhere! Track notes at the end.
Plateau Walk & Cottage Rock Track: The Scenery
Thurat Spires are karst landforms, in this case razor sharp and pronounced ridges and spurs that drop hundreds of metres into the valley. In the morning sun I could hardly see this topography, and it wasn’t until I returned back from Cottage Rock in the afternoon that these formations showed themselves; you’ll see the difference in my photos below. (In fact I was quite disoriented at first because the view was so different from what I saw on the outward leg).
First were views of Kanangra Walls and Kanangra Valley from a lookout near the start of the walk…
These next photos taken in the afternoon on our way back.
It’s really easy to get lost on this walk so take care not to miss turn offs. One such spot is when you take a right turn to head away from Kanangra Walls. The track crosses a rocky section and you might not notice the right-hand option. Later on there is a somewhat confusing loop track available to avoid a short and easy scramble down through small cliffs, but I wouldn’t bother taking this (our notes suggested it but I missed it). After the scramble down through the cliffs head left below the cliffs (right goes back via the loop track; I went in circles!) and you’ll come to a really obvious coal seam. Continue on down to a saddle where you need to take an indistinct track to the right for a short ascent to Cottage Rock: this is also really easy to miss-if you descend from the saddle you’ve gone too far.
The most spectacular views are in the first half of the walk, so if you have limited time or energy then you can turn around after soaking up the views from the edge of Kanangra Walls (but note the afternoon views of Thurat Spires will be better). The lookout at the start is just a hundred metres or so further on from the beginning of the plateau walk.