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The Sun Valley Fire Trail – Lower Blue Mountains

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Published August 25th 2020
Uncovering the hidden beauty of valley
A lesser known trail, tucked away in a small semi-rural suburb of Sun Valley located between Warrimoo and Valley Heights in the lower Blue Mountains area, the fire trail starts at Rosenthal Lane.

sun valley fire trail
Rosenthal Lane

We freely follow the unsealed and rugged dirt fire trail passing between large paddocks separated by electric wired boundary fencing before reaching some bushland, without any destination in mind - just enjoying the pleasant serenity of the valley floor and allowing the path to uncover its beauty one step at a time.

The trail enters into a cool temperate fern gully forest as it follows Valley Heights Creek. The tree ferns and ground ferns dominate the understorey of valley floor creating a canopy of sweeping green ferns as far as the eyes can see - absolutely beautiful.

sun valley fire trail fern gully
Beautiful Fern Gully

We then came across a huge uprooted tree bridging the creek to the other side. Like excited children, we scrambled to climb up the log, stretched out our arms carefully treading one foot at a time balancing ourselves across and back, just for some fun.

sun valley fire trail fern gully
Balancing Log

As the path begins to veer away from the creek, we found ourselves dwarfed by gigantic tall majestic blue gum trees lining both sides of the path – absolutely breathtaking.

sun valley fire trail blue gums
Blue Gums

Towering Blue Gums
Towering Blue Gums

A little further down nestled on the right side of the path hiding behind the trees is a huge sandstone rock shelter cave. We climbed up to get a closer look at the mass of small cavities on the cave's ceiling.

Sun Valley Fire Trail
Rock Shelter Cave

Leaving the valley behind, the trail begins an uphill ascend along the foothills of the mountain gradually opening up to clear blue skies and expansive views of the surrounding native bushland and distant mountain ranges.

We stopped around the 3.5km mark for a picnic lunch and refreshments before returning back to the car. Had we continued for another 1 km or so, we would have reached Warrimoo Lookout.

This trail is relatively easy in most parts with moderate climbs towards the end which young children could easily manage.

Happy bushwalking!
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Where: Rosenthal Lane, Sun Valley
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What an awesome walk May. It's a "wish I was there" moment. Maybe one day .... Neil
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3104) 391 days ago
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