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Start: Woodford Station
End: Richmond Station
Total distance: 66km
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Lost World is a beautiful lookout above Glenbrook Creek. It is not that easy to get to – either a hike down into the valley and up again from Springwood station and Martins Lookout, or a hike down into the valley and up again from Glenbrook station. The latter hike was what I did with my bike. The easiest access by bike is from Woodford station, down the Oaks Track and then turn-off onto St Helena Ridge Trail.

The road to Lost World along the St Helena Ridge track is a bit bumpy, turning into a narrow track which involves a bit of bush-bashing. The road from there back to Glenbrook involves hauling the bike over boulders and the like. In the valley is a beautiful water hole – Duck Hole. A nice swim is warranted, as it a jump into the water from the rope.

Riding to Lost World in the morning light

Riding to Lost World in the morning light

The road narrows

The road narrows

The path to Lost World

The path to Lost World

The path to Duck Hole

The path to Duck Hole

The path to Duck Hole

The path to Duck Hole

Duck Hole

Duck Hole

Duck Hole

Duck Hole

Hawkesbury Heights

Hawkesbury Heights

Lost World

Lost World


Start: Hornsby Station
End: Richmond Station
Total distance: 136km
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I followed the Colo River from where it flows into the Hawkesbury upstream as far as you can cycle. The road along the river is beautiful and peaceful. You have to walk the last 3km through private property to get to the Colo Meroo campground in the national park.

A shorter version of this trip would start and finish in Windsor or Richmond.

Road along the Colo River

Road along the Colo River

Withered signpost along the Colo River

Withered signpost along the Colo River

The Colo River

The Colo River

Heading towards Wheeny Creek

Heading towards Wheeny Creek

Wheeny Creek

Wheeny Creek


Start: Lithgow Station
End: Lithgow Station
Total distance: 95km
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The Newness Plateau lies behind Lithgow in the Blue Mountains. A 40km dirt track from Lithgow runs along the plateau to the Glowworm tunnel from where you can drop down into the Wolgan Valley. There are lots of little side roads to amazing places like Lost City.

Lost City is a beautiful viewpoint over rock pagodas that look like skyscrapers of an abandoned city. There is not a soul there and you really feel like you are at the end of the world.

Road to Lost City

Road to Lost City

Lost City

Lost City

The Glowworm Tunnel is more frequented by people – an old train tunnel connecting the Newness Plateau to the Wolgan Valley. Glowworms live in the tunnel, and in the middle, where it is completely black, they slowly appear as your eyes get adjusted to the (lack of) light.

Road to the Glowworm Tunnel

Road to the Glowworm Tunnel

Road to the Glowworm Tunnel

Road to the Glowworm Tunnel

Glowworm Tunnel

Glowworm Tunnel

Glowworm Tunnel

Glowworm Tunnel

Wolgan Valley

Wolgan Valley

Returning to Lithgow, you climb up to a beautiful view looking back to the Wolgan Valley.


Starting train station: Wentworth Falls
Ending train station: Glenbrook
Total distance: 84km
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My eyes had been on the Erskine Range Trail that connected (according to Google Maps) the Kings Tableland Road to Warrangamba Dam. I didn’t know if it existed, and whether it was passable. Well, it exists, and it is closed.

Instead I followed the Anderson and Oaks trails to Glenbrook. They are little fire trails through the beautiful Blue Mountain bush a long way from the hustle and bustle of life.

Kings Tableland Road

Kings Tableland Road

Kings Tableland Road

Kings Tableland Road

Oaks Trail

Oaks Trail


Starting train station: Windsor
Ending train station: Windsor
Total distance: 104km
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It is a pleasant cycle along the Hawkesbury River on both sides of the river from Windsor to Wisemans Ferry. There are ferries to cross the river at Sackville and Lower Portland. The southern side is bitumen the whole way. On the northern side, it is mostly a sand road north of Lower Portland.

The River is buzzing with water-skiers, and most places where you can enter the water are taken by houses, camping grounds or waterski companies. Following a dead-end road to Half Moon Farm brings you away from the activity, where a half moon is possible.

Half Moon Farm

Half Moon Farm

Half Moon Farm

Half Moon Farm

Half Moon Farm

Half Moon Farm

Hawkesbury River

Hawkesbury River


And so they stood, in their beautiful pink wedding dresses, their hair done up nicely, dainty on the road in front of their stationary VW bus wedding chariot. The bus revved up. Again. But the wheels refused to turn. After filming the ordeal I was pulled in to push the bus up the short ramp from the ferry to the road. The slope must have been all of 3%.

The wedding party

The wedding party

Today’s trip was from Gosford to Windsor along the Hawkesbury River. Google showed me a little road called Popran Road that performed a massive shortcut to the river. There were some locked gates, but, maybe doable. Plan B was the long way around through Mangrove Mountain.

Avoiding the motorway and the motorway bridge, I wiggled down to the valley floor and back up again on the old road. It was quiet and lovely, if a bit more strenuous.

The old Pacific Highway

The old Pacific Highway

The shortcut was through Glenworth Valley – a big horse riding area in a beautiful valley. The owners were lovely and let me through, onto Popran Rd and through to the Hawkesbury River.

Glenworth Valley

Glenworth Valley

Popran Road was lovely, although I couldn’t stop for long because of the ferocious mosquitos. They seemed to like the mangroves which were on the river shore.

Popran Rd

Popran Rd

Mangroves

Mangroves

Then along a lovely quiet road following the Hawkesbury River to Wisemans Ferry. The road back to Windsor was familiar, livened up by the wedding party ordeal.


The more remote sounding, the more appealing. I saw Lost World on the internet, and knew I had to go there. At the end of a long, bumpy, dead-end path, Lost World is a rock on the edge of a cliff, overlooking a beautiful Blue Mountains valley. I heard a coooo-eeee from the other side of the valley. And then silence again. They were far away, and couldn’t see me. I was at Lost World.

Lost World

Lost World

Every week I go to explore the option I discovered the week before. Last week I met some people that told me of an app with offline bike routes, and in particular of the routes south of the main trainline through the Blue Mountains. Starting at Wentworth Falls, I cycled past a swimming hole to Woodford, and then the ‘classic’ Oaks Trail.

The waterhole was silent. The road was closed for cars, and there is no way to get there except by cycling. The water was warm and still, and there was a trickle over the waterfall at the far end of the pool. I went for a cool-off swim and a relax in the mountain pool.

Ingar Pool

Ingar Pool

After the swim, I realised why the cars can’t get there. The road I came down was blocked, and the other road is too steep for most cars. Brakes screeching, I slid down the dirt track, crossed the river, and pushed my bike up the other side to Woodford.

Bedford Creek

Bedford Creek

On the way to Bedford Creek

On the way to Bedford Creek

From Woodford, the ‘classic’ Oaks Trail is sandy, bumpy and up and down. But, the side road to Lost World is steeper, bumpier and just as much soft sand. There were mountain bikers hooting along the Oaks Trail. There wasn’t a soul on the path to Lost World.

Road to Lost World

Road to Lost World

Road to Lost World

Road to Lost World

Road to Lost World

Road to Lost World

Lost World

Lost World

Forest fire

Forest fire

Lost World

Lost World