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McMahons Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park

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by EvE (subscribe)
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Published February 8th 2013
Get some fresh air on Sunday afternoon
If you are, like me, waking up late on Sunday gloomy afternoon but still looking forward to some excitement and fresh air before the weekend is gone and a new busy week starts, you might like checking out some easy 4 wheel drive treks around Blue Mountains.

One of the the treks that allows you to combine a leisure 4WD drive with a short distance walk to a very nice lookout to enjoy the views over lake Burragorang, is The Kings Tableland trek.

Approximately 80 km from Sydney, it starts at the junction of the Great Western Highway and Tableland Road. The road changes to unpaved trek and enters Blue Mountains National Park. The trek keeps for approximately 24 kilometres and reaches McMahons Lookout picnic area, which has a fireplace area and a toilet.

Walk to the lookout
Bush track


There are 2 walking tracks to the lookout, which offers amazing views over the lake. The longer one, 800 m, winds through the bush and the red trunks of the trees, leading to a platform with a panoramic view of the lake. The other, shorter walk of 300 m from the picnic ground leads to another platform that offers visitors amazing views of the area.

Panoramic View over Lake Burragorang
Views from McMahons Lookout


There are a few side fire trails on the way that might lead deep into the bush but considering it was already afternoon and we did not give the car enough petrol, we decided to leave exploring the unknown for the next visit.

Over the top
Lake in the afternoon


Even on a grey afternoon the view from the lookout was magical, the air was fresh and the birds were singing. The place doesn't seem to be frequented by too many fellow travellers as on the way to the lookout we only saw three cars passing by (one of which was a conventional 2WD) and a couple of walkers close to the National Park entrance. However, this spot is definitely worth a stop when traversing the area of Blue Mountains.

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Why? A great way to spend Sunday afternoon
When: Anytime
Where: Blue Mountains NP
Cost: Free
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