Thor Head
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

2 h to 3 h 30 min

6 km
return

↑ 269 m
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Hard track
The walk to Thor Head has some breathtaking views. The last part of the walk follows a large unfenced cliff line and there is no track for the last 1km. The views along the way are fantastic. If the climb up Thor Head is not for you, the views from the rocky knoll along the cliff line are just as spectacular. If you have some extra time, the optional side trip to Asgard Kiln and Mine are a great way to add some heritage to your walk of breathtaking views. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharug & Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Entrance to Asgard Swamp. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Fallen log near Thor Head turn off. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Ruins. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Vegetation to Thor Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rock shelf on north edge of Thor Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Thor Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Ant mounds beneath Thor Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Climb up the left of Thor Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Grass Tree next to Thor Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Victoria Falls Road & Asgard Swamp Track (-33.5679725,150.2847542)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Great Western Highway, A32
  • Turn on to Victoria Falls Road then drive for 4.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park with the 'Asgard Swamp 3km' sign, this walk passes the closed gate and heads down the hill. After a short distance, the track tends left, more steeply down the hill, to then follow the spur for approximately 500m. The walk then comes to a creek crossing in a swampy area, after which the trail heads up the hill and tends right, continuing for a few hundred metres to an area between two rock outcrops, the larger one on the right.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Victoria Falls Road & Asgard Swamp Track Start heading along Asgard Swamp Track (a vehicle track).
Find the gate at the start.
After another 1.6 km cross the ford.
After another 390 m continue straight, to head along Asgard Swamp Track.
After another 70 m find the "Pyramid Shaped Rock" (85 m on your left).
Pyramid Shaped Rock
Pyramid Shaped Rock

The pyramid-shaped rock, Blue Mountains NP, is, as the name suggests, a rock shaped like a pyramid. This rock is situated just south of Asgard Swamp, next to the service trail. The campsite has a well-established fireplace and nicely cleared area for tents. The pyramid shaped rock adds some character to the campsite, providing views over the swamp.
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The pyramid-shaped rock, Blue Mountains NP, is, as the name suggests, a rock shaped like a pyramid. This rock is situated just south of Asgard Swamp, next to the service trail. The campsite has a well-established fireplace and nicely cleared area for tents. The pyramid shaped rock adds some character to the campsite, providing views over the swamp.

The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Asgard Kiln. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 175 m turn left.
After another 700 m turn left.
(Thor Head) Continue another 45 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 3 km to get back to the start.
"Thor Head".

An optional side trip to Asgard Kiln.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Asgard Swamp Track.
After 120 m cross the ford.
After another 50 m veer left.
After another 230 m find the "Asgard Mine" (35 m on your right).
Asgard Mine
Asgard Mine

Asgard mine is the entrance to an old coal mine. The mine and kiln are the only heritage links to such industrial efforts of the 1860's to 1920's, in New South Wales. The mine's entrance is approximately 1.6m tall and wide and expands some 30m into the hill, so pack a torch if peering in. (The integrity of the mine is unknown.)
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Asgard mine is the entrance to an old coal mine. The mine and kiln are the only heritage links to such industrial efforts of the 1860's to 1920's, in New South Wales. The mine's entrance is approximately 1.6m tall and wide and expands some 30m into the hill, so pack a torch if peering in. (The integrity of the mine is unknown.)

Then find the "Asgard Kiln" (15 m on your right).
Asgard Kiln
Asgard Kiln

Asgard kiln is an old coke oven which was used in the processing of the coal. The oven looks as though it has never been used, with a clean set of bricks inside and sandstone blocks on the outside. The oven is overgrown, although the entrance is still clear.
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Asgard kiln is an old coke oven which was used in the processing of the coal. The oven looks as though it has never been used, with a clean set of bricks inside and sandstone blocks on the outside. The oven is overgrown, although the entrance is still clear.

After another 145 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 540 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Thor Head


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 6 km
Time 2 h to 3 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite: There is one 2.1 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Campsite
2.1 kmPyramid Shaped Rock
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