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Anvil Rock Trail, Blue Mountains National Park

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by Anne Dignam (subscribe)
I am a amateur freelance writer from Sydney. My passion is Aboriginal history, Australia and its unusual places. My aim is to share my knowledge to better your experience. Thank you
Published April 17th 2013
Where can you go and not hear - 'Are we there yet?'

I have your solution. Head for Hat Hill Road, Blackheath, which runs north off the main road of Blackheath. Still on Hat Hill Road drive along, Anvil Ridge, approx 8kms part dirt. Spectacular views of Mt Bank can be seen to the right side. 900m before Perry's Lookdown, turn left 500m along is the car park, right at the base of trail. The entire area, from every angle, features the spectacular scenery the Blue Mountains is renown for.

Anvil Rock Trail, is approx km moderate rating walk, return taking about 10-15 minutes that's (without stopping to admire the view). Experience an rewarding but short walk, while getting a dose of the crisp clean air, in the Blue Mountain, Grose Valley area. A must do before Perry's Lookdown (consider Anvil the warm up) and before Pulpit Rock Walk - marvel at the magnificent sandstone cliff faces. Bush walkers, photographers, abseilers and rock climbers will love this forgotten spot (it is not as busy, because its only a short walk). It's like being awestruck, as the sun dances across the weather beaten sandstone rock formations, with the mountains freshness in the air. The landscape transforms before your eyes, into a variety of colours and shades, occasionally cloud and fog engulf the valley below, creating a blanket look.

Looking across the Grose Valley you will see the straight edge cliffs with shear sides, yet fault lines can be seen as blocks, without fail I guarantee you will be mesmerised by the shear size of sandstone cliffs at Mount Banks and Hay.
Mount Banks and Hay

Drink in the magic as you view the tree canopy.

Canopy view of The Grose Valley

Australia's Eucalyptus trees rise, from The Grose Valley. The historical, Blue Gum trees, saved by bush walkers almost a hundred years ago. (The Blue Mountains got their name because of these gums they give a blue haze from a distance).
Whilst soaking in expansive views, be alert for yellow-tailed cockatoos and wedge-tailed eagles soaring above and the other wildlife that might happen to drop by. Stop to view various species, colours of moss, algae and the mountains glorious wildflowers.

Orange algae moss

Native fauna

Once you hit the climb to the top, you will notice the sudden steepness, some of the steps are high. Climb about 15m, with carved rock steps and rail, to the top of Anvil Rock. Once on the top, you will be rewarded and awed by the view and the surroundings.

How did it get its name - the Anvil Rock formation resembles the shape of an anvil. Blackheath Council had named this rock formation, Anvil Rock in 1938. On top of the rock is an Anvil, weighing 305kg or 672lb, which has be bolted to to the rock -

An actual anvil on top of the Lookout

Anvil on Anvil Rock

All avid bush walkers will be aware of risks, below are the basics rules/etiquette for amateur bush walkers or tourists who want to experience the beauty of our country.

Whoever is going up gets right of way, whoever is along the cliff edge gets right of way.

If someone needs a hand, please assist, even if they are a stranger, we are all here for one reason to view the beauty of the Mountains.

Always bring a wind jacket and essentials like water.


Anvil Rock is in the Blue Mountains National Park, so National Park rules apply,

Wind eroded cave is just 400 meters to the west, approx 10 minutes from Anvil Car park

Wind Eroded Cave taken from the net

Continue on to Perry's Lookdown, and Pulpit Rock which are nearby. Camping is offered at Perry's Lookdown campground; refer NPWS website for more details.

Due to fires in the area, please check the RFS site.
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Where: Continue along Hat Hill Road, following the signs to Pulpit Rock lookout.
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magical place a very short walk compared to some of the walks thank you
by zanes (score: 1|89) 3131 days ago
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