Posts Tagged ‘Lost World’


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


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