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Thursday, 27 February 2014

THE OVERCLIFF TRACK, WENTWORTH FALLS BLUE MOUNTAINS NSW AUSTRALIA



In the period 1880-1910, a maze of walking tracks and lookouts was developed in the Wentworth Falls Reserve under the supervision of a local group of trustees. They were determined to provide access to as many points of interest as possible and today’s tracks and lookouts are essentially those developed at that time.
The present day Undercliff and Overcliff Tracks meet at the bridge over Den Fenella Creek, a point easily reached from the western end of the Wentworth Falls Picnic Area. The National Parks and Wildlife Service has spent a lot of time and effort in rebuilding and restoring these historic tracks and it is only a few months since the Den Fenella track was reopened with many good improvements.         
Restored track

For information on Den Fenella and the Undercliff Track, see this blog entry.
Lady See's Lookout is closed
From the bridge over the creek the track ascends to Lady See’s Lookout, then to Breakfast Point Lookout. At this point the track remains closed, following storm damage early in 2013. This means it is necessary to take the Murphy’s Lane track up the hill until it crosses the Short Cut Track, at which point you can turn left to the Conservation Hut or right to the Picnic Area. On the day I did this walk, I returned directly to the Picnic Area.
When the rest of the Overcliff Track has been restored, this will include Lyre Bird Lookout, from which  another track ascends to the Short Cut Track. Close by is Queen Victoria Lookout, near the point where the descent into the Valley of the Waters begins. Otherwise, continue up the hill to the Conservation Hut (for a well earned break at the cafĂ©) or return to the Picnic Area along the Short Cut Track.
Sir John and Lady See bought Yester Grange in Wentworth Falls in 1902 as their country residence. At that time Sir John was the Premier of New South Wales. Sadly, Lady See (born Charlotte Mary Matthews) died in March 1904. Sir John resigned soon after and died in 1907. The lookout was opened in 1904 at a ceremony attended by Sir John. It had previously been known as “Picnic Point”.
At the time of writing, the lookout was closed and in need of repair. It is to be hoped that the NP&WS will soon attend to this and the repair and upgrading of the entire Overcliff Track, which is in need of some serious maintenance work.
 NOTE The track was reopened some time in 2014, except for Lady See's Lookout.
For the Wild Walks information on this walk click here.
For my video of this walk, click here. My Blue Mountains You Tube playlist is here . I have three other playlists - on gem hunting/mining, Glen Innes and New Zealand.
View Near Lady See's Lookout

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