Mt Hay and Hay Monolith
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

2 h to 4 h

4.7 km
circuit

↑ 286 m
↓ -286 m

Hard track
This walk combines the Mt Hay and Hay Monolith trails. The track takes in the best of the exposed ridges, with views into the swamps and the Grose Valley. Walkers will pass by many rock formations and wild flowers in the low heath. The summit of Mt Hay does not give views of the region, but the track up showcases the surrounding scenery. 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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Track from Mt Hay car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Valley View track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Beetle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Hay Monolith. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View into the Grose Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The rare Pink Flannel Flower (Actinotus forsythii) AKA Ridge Flannel Flower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Overgrown service trail to Mt Hay in the background. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Ribbed rock formation. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Cairn on Mt Hay summit. | 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 (-33.6300002,150.4020593)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Alexandra Terrace
  • Turn on to Leura Mall then drive for 155 m
  • Turn right onto Victory Lane and drive for another 115 m
  • Keep right onto Churchill Street and drive for another 265 m
  • Turn left onto Mount Hay Road and drive for another 760 m
  • Turn right onto Mount Hay Road and drive for another 6.8 km
  • Keep left onto Mount Hay Road and drive for another 7.4 km
  • Turn left onto Mount Hay Road and drive for another 310 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 3 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park, this walk heads past the gap in the train track-style fencing, passing a sign for 'Butterbox Canyon'. The track traverses the saddle to rise up onto a flat area, continuing for approximately 20m to an intersection with a track to the left.
From the intersection, this walk heads towards the rocky outcrop, keeping the ridgeline above and right of the track. After approximately 300m, the track leads away from the hill on the left, heading onto a low heath area (with the hill behind). The walk continues for approximately 50m towards the Grose Valley, coming to an intersection.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 20 m to find the car park.
After another 9 m pass the "Butterbox Canyon" (on your left).
After another 185 m veer left.
After another 360 m continue straight.
After another 25 m veer left.
After another 145 m turn right.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Hay Monolith summit. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 80 m continue straight.
After another 145 m veer left.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Hay Wall Lookout. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 15 m veer left.
After another 160 m turn right.
After another 145 m turn left.
After another 105 m continue straight.
After another 380 m turn left.
After another 1.3 km find the "Mt Hay" (10 m on your right).
Mt Hay
Mt Hay

Mt Hay, Blue Mountains National Park, is a large basalt-capped mountain, which creates a more fertile environment for different plant species. The mountain is accessed by Mt Hay Rd, with a defined bush track which leads to the top. At the top of Mt Hay, there is a large cairn, made from basalt bricks from the surrounding prominent knoll, which is the highest point. Excellent views are gained into the Grose Valley, from the track up Mt Hay, however the summit itself does not have views, blocked by the tree canopy.
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Mt Hay, Blue Mountains National Park, is a large basalt-capped mountain, which creates a more fertile environment for different plant species. The mountain is accessed by Mt Hay Rd, with a defined bush track which leads to the top. At the top of Mt Hay, there is a large cairn, made from basalt bricks from the surrounding prominent knoll, which is the highest point. Excellent views are gained into the Grose Valley, from the track up Mt Hay, however the summit itself does not have views, blocked by the tree canopy.

After another 1.3 km continue straight.
After another 100 m continue straight.
After another 240 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Hay Monolith summit.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Butterbox Track.
After another 95 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 95 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Hay Wall Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 105 m continue straight.
After another 90 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 55 m turn around.
After another 145 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 390 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Mt Hay and Hay Monolith


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 4.7 km
Time 2 h to 4 h
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 Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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