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Wind Eroded Cave

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by Rota (subscribe)
Still out and about
Published September 29th 2014
A very big yellow rock
Blackheath is one of many fantastic areas in the Blue Mountains for excellent walks, and has a number of campsites and stunning lookouts. But if you are not into camping, or don't feel up to the challenging climb that is often the only way to get to the best views, you have another option. There is an unusual rock formation that can be found a short drive from Blackheath. It is known as the Wind Eroded Cave.

To get there, follow the mostly-gravel Hat Hill road from Blackheath. Any 2WD vehicle can traverse the road, and there is some beautiful natural scenery along the way. When you come to the fork in the road, take the turnoff to Anvil Rock.

The road continues on for another 500 metres after which you arrive at a small car-park. To the left a sign marks the way along a trail. It begins as a descent but soon levels off into a short, mostly flat walk to the cave that takes less than 5 minutes to reach.

The Wind Eroded Cave is also known as Wave Rock because of it's distinctive wave-like overhang that is comprised of worn away rock rising far above in visible layers. As it's name suggests, the formation was created by wind erosion, caused by particles in the air effectively sandblasting the rocks over time.

Not until you climb up into it, can you get a feel for just how massive it is.

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Find yourself dwarfed by this massive cave

From this height you can see views of Mount Bank and the Grose Gorge. This is a great spot to bring visitors as it is not as busy as other popular sites, but is uniquely magnificent while being particularly easy to access.

With it's shades of yellow, and unusual shape, the formation is a favourite of amateur as well as professional photographers and has been photographed at sunset in particular, with stunning results.

While not widely known, the Wind Eroded Cave is a majestic natural formation that's worth a visit. You can also access the Anvil Rock Lookout from this location, which is only a few minutes walk away.
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Why? See a unique rock formation
Where: Hat Hill Road, Blackheath, Blue Mountains
Cost: Free
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