Faulconbridge to Springwood via Sassafras Gully
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

2 h 30 min to 3 h

6.3 km
oneway

↑ 259 m
↓ -343 m

Hard track
This is an enjoyable walk through the valleys joining Faulconbridge and Springwood. Using the Victory and Sassafras Gully tracks, the walk stays close to water as it descends into the valley, returning up through the changing vegetation. 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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Victory Track leading down to Clarinda Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track down towards Clarinda Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Clarinda Falls intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Moss on rock beside the Victory Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Victory Track around a tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rocks lining track through Victory Track clearing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bush canopy above the Victory Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track near Victory Track Pool. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track across creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sassafras and Victory Track intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Large Tree in Sassafras Gully. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Leaf fountain. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track below cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Morning light above the canopy. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track up to Sassafras Gully Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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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 (-33.6966275,150.5349004)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
DirectionsFrom
  • Turn on to then drive for 6 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 50 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 80 m
  • Turn left onto The Northern Road, A9 and drive for another 640 m
  • Keep left onto Western Motorway Onramp, M4 and drive for another 24.6 km
Finish (-33.6991398,150.5635589)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the top of Faulconbridge Station, the walk heads off the station overpass to the bushland side of the station (if you come to a car park, you have gone to the wrong side of the station). The walk then keeps the rail line on the left as it follows the footpath down to the road. After a while, the walk comes to an intersection with Sir Henrys Pde, opposite house number 10.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then cross the Centenary Bridge (about 85 m long)
Continue straight.
After another 55 m pass the "Faulconbridge Cemetery" (15 m on your left).
After another 20 m turn right.
After another 105 m find the "Faulconbridge" (20 m on your left).
Faulconbridge
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge, in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, was named after the maiden name of Sir Henry Parkes' mother. Faulconbridge sits on the Great Western Highway and is surrounded by valleys of lush bushland. This picturesque town was a home, and final resting place, for Sir Henry Parkes', heralded as the 'Father of Federation'. Faulconbridge was originally explored by non-indigenous Australians in 1813, by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson who were searching for a route over the Blue Mountains .
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Faulconbridge, in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, was named after the maiden name of Sir Henry Parkes' mother. Faulconbridge sits on the Great Western Highway and is surrounded by valleys of lush bushland. This picturesque town was a home, and final resting place, for Sir Henry Parkes', heralded as the 'Father of Federation'. Faulconbridge was originally explored by non-indigenous Australians in 1813, by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson who were searching for a route over the Blue Mountains .

After another 150 m pass the "Browett Park" (190 m on your left).
Turn left.
After another 150 m pass the playground (180 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 160 m pass the car park (80 m on your left).
Then pass the car park (100 m on your left).
After another 60 m turn right.
After another 25 m pass the "Corridor of Oaks Park" (25 m on your left).
After another 2 m turn right.
After another 10 m find the "Victory Track" (8 m on your right).
Victory Track
Victory Track

The Victory Track is more formally know as the 'Sir Henry Parkes Victory Track' and is called the 'Victoria Track' in many guide books. The track starts near Sir Henry Parkes' grave in Faulconbridge and leads to Sassafrass Gully Creek. Sir Henry Parks (1815-1896) was a politician and journalist, born in England. He is considered to be the 'Father of Federation' for Australia, although he died of natural causes 5 years before Australia's federation. Parkes was the premier of New South Wales five times. The town Parkes was named in his honour. Parkes would sometime write under the pseudonym 'Faulconbridge' (his mothers maiden name) for the Sydney Morning Herald and other papers and Faulconbridge (the township) was named after his mother when Parkes purchased 600 acres in 1877.
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The Victory Track is more formally know as the 'Sir Henry Parkes Victory Track' and is called the 'Victoria Track' in many guide books. The track starts near Sir Henry Parkes' grave in Faulconbridge and leads to Sassafrass Gully Creek. Sir Henry Parks (1815-1896) was a politician and journalist, born in England. He is considered to be the 'Father of Federation' for Australia, although he died of natural causes 5 years before Australia's federation. Parkes was the premier of New South Wales five times. The town Parkes was named in his honour. Parkes would sometime write under the pseudonym 'Faulconbridge' (his mothers maiden name) for the Sydney Morning Herald and other papers and Faulconbridge (the township) was named after his mother when Parkes purchased 600 acres in 1877.

After another 190 m turn right.
After another 55 m continue straight.
After another 45 m come to the viewpoint (10 m on your left).
After another 55 m cross the ford.
After another 175 m pass the "Corridor of Oaks Park" (245 m on your left).
After another 290 m cross the ford.
After another 185 m cross the ford.
After another 255 m pass the "Clarinda Falls" (15 m on your left).
Then find the "Clarinda Falls" (8 m on your left).
Clarinda Falls
Clarinda Falls

Clarinda Falls is a charming waterfall on Sassafras Creek. The water cascades over a near-vertical wall, into a sandy pool below. The falls are signposted from the main track and provide a nice cool detour, especially on warmer days. The falls are named for the first wife of Sir Henry Parkes, 'Father of Australian Federation'.
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Clarinda Falls is a charming waterfall on Sassafras Creek. The water cascades over a near-vertical wall, into a sandy pool below. The falls are signposted from the main track and provide a nice cool detour, especially on warmer days. The falls are named for the first wife of Sir Henry Parkes, 'Father of Australian Federation'.

The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Clarinda Falls. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 10 m turn right.
After another 110 m cross the ford.
After another 370 m continue straight.
After another 110 m veer left.
After another 55 m find the "Victory Track camping area" (8 m on your right).
Victory Track camping area
Victory Track camping area

Victory Track camping area is a fairly large, informal camping place at the junction of Sassafras and Numantia Creeks. The clearing is in a moist section of forest with plenty of shade. Water from the creek should be treated before use.
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Victory Track camping area is a fairly large, informal camping place at the junction of Sassafras and Numantia Creeks. The clearing is in a moist section of forest with plenty of shade. Water from the creek should be treated before use.

After another 860 m find the "Victory Track pool" (15 m on your right).
Victory Track pool
Victory Track pool

The Victory Track pool is an unofficially-named pond in Sassafras Creek. The pond is deep in parts but not adequate for a swim. It does, however, offer a chance to rest and gaze over the water. There is a small sandy beach, some moss-covered rocks and a lovely grove of Sassafras trees around the pool. This is a nice spot to stop, catch your breath and soak up your surroundings.
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The Victory Track pool is an unofficially-named pond in Sassafras Creek. The pond is deep in parts but not adequate for a swim. It does, however, offer a chance to rest and gaze over the water. There is a small sandy beach, some moss-covered rocks and a lovely grove of Sassafras trees around the pool. This is a nice spot to stop, catch your breath and soak up your surroundings.

After another 175 m continue straight.
After another 1.4 km pass the sign (on your left).
After another 205 m turn right.
After another 245 m continue straight.
After another 145 m turn left.
After another 350 m find the "Picnic Point" (190 m on your right).
Picnic Point
Picnic Point

Picnic Point, in Springwood, Blue Mountains, is a quiet, grassy clearing tucked behind the houses above Magdala Creek. The area has a gazebo, picnic table and water tank (water needs to be treated). The clearing has a track leading down to many popular walks, with Lawson's Lookout and Fairy Dell Reserves nearby.
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Picnic Point, in Springwood, Blue Mountains, is a quiet, grassy clearing tucked behind the houses above Magdala Creek. The area has a gazebo, picnic table and water tank (water needs to be treated). The clearing has a track leading down to many popular walks, with Lawson's Lookout and Fairy Dell Reserves nearby.

Then pass the "Fairy Dell Reserve" (230 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 115 m turn right.
After another 305 m pass the "Birdwood Gully Park" (180 m on your left).
Then pass the "Rest Park" (25 m on your right).
Turn right.
After another 45 m pass the car park (45 m on your left).
After another 115 m pass the car park (45 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the "The Baker's Wife - Juicery & Salad Bar" (15 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass the "Springwood Thai Kitchen" (15 m on your right).
After another 170 m pass the "Tidswell Reserve" (215 m on your left).
Then pass the "DHL Ristretto" (20 m on your right).
After another 4 m turn left.
After another 40 m pass the "Bunker" (190 m on your right).
Then pass a seat (60 m on your right).
Then pass the car park (50 m on your right).
Then pass a seat (70 m on your right).
Then pass the water tap (85 m on your right).
Then pass the "2 Blondes Cafe" (105 m on your right).
Then pass the "Michel's Patisserie" (115 m on your right).
About 230 m past the end is a car park.
Turn left.
After another 20 m pass the car park (5 m on your right).
After another 10 m continue straight.
Then pass the "Manners Park" (on your right).
After another 70 m pass the pay phone (on your right).
Continue straight.
About 170 m past the end is "Fairy Dell Reserve".
Then find the "Springwood" (on your right).
Springwood
Springwood

Springwood, along the Great Western Highway, is the second largest town in the Blue Mountains. Springwood also takes the title for the oldest railway station in the Blue Mountains. There are a variety of shops in Springwood, with quite a few cafes, bakeries and two historic hotels. Springwood was named by Governor Macquarie, when his wife and he stopped for water from a deep glen spring, in 1815. It seems aptly named, with many springs and creeks leading away from the ridge at Springwood, including Sassafras Gully, Magdala Creek and Glenbrook Creek.
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Springwood, along the Great Western Highway, is the second largest town in the Blue Mountains. Springwood also takes the title for the oldest railway station in the Blue Mountains. There are a variety of shops in Springwood, with quite a few cafes, bakeries and two historic hotels. Springwood was named by Governor Macquarie, when his wife and he stopped for water from a deep glen spring, in 1815. It seems aptly named, with many springs and creeks leading away from the ridge at Springwood, including Sassafras Gully, Magdala Creek and Glenbrook Creek.

Then head through the tunnel
After another 15 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Clarinda Falls.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 35 m come to the end.
"Clarinda Falls".
Clarinda Falls
Clarinda Falls

Clarinda Falls is a charming waterfall on Sassafras Creek. The water cascades over a near-vertical wall, into a sandy pool below. The falls are signposted from the main track and provide a nice cool detour, especially on warmer days. The falls are named for the first wife of Sir Henry Parkes, 'Father of Australian Federation'.
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Clarinda Falls is a charming waterfall on Sassafras Creek. The water cascades over a near-vertical wall, into a sandy pool below. The falls are signposted from the main track and provide a nice cool detour, especially on warmer days. The falls are named for the first wife of Sir Henry Parkes, 'Father of Australian Federation'.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 35 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Faulconbridge to Springwood via Sassafras Gully


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 6.3 km
Time 2 h 30 min to 3 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite: There is one 2.4 km from the start.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.1 km apart with the largest gap of 6.2 km.


Order of key facilities on route
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Campsite
2.4 kmVictory Track camping area
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