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There were not many people in our mini-bus, so the driver was very nice and everyone was doing... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2017
FreeJohnny
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Istanbul
Quieter than Katoomba

I have to admit the dirt road to access Fortress Rock is longer and rougher than I would have... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2017
cfhoffmann
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

There were not many people in our mini-bus, so the driver was very nice and everyone was doing whatever he was asking to be on time to the bus. Then, he said we have more time and even it is not included in out tour package, he took us there. Breathtaking view, very nice. Thanks Ben.

1  Thank FreeJohnny
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Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

I have to admit the dirt road to access Fortress Rock is longer and rougher than I would have thought from the reviews below. But we managed it in a small 2WD. After about 5 km you come to a small green sign saying 'Fortress Ridge'. The walk is not too strenuous but provides wonderful views without the crowds. Bring drinks and a picnic lunch. Shelley T's advice below was very useful on the day.

1  Thank cfhoffmann
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

Our tour had seen the 3 sisters and the falls, and as we were leaving the national park, I saw this rock, open into the valley of beautiful hills and mountains.

1  Thank WineDineandPlay
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Reviewed 23 January 2016

I have lived in the Blue Mountains for 25 years and I did not know about this walk until I came across the reviews in TripAdvisor.

When you get onto the dirt section of Mt.Hay Rd it is about 1 km to the signage telling visitors about the area.

If you drive on another 3 km and come across a small blue and white sign on the left saying Fortress Ridge.

When you pull in here you will notice a metal gate blocking off a road into the bush.

This is your walking track. The first 200 metres are the steepest you will do on the walk out to the ridge. The rest is moderate or easy.

When you get to the ridge the views are beautiful.

Great walking, nature and beautiful views. Hard to beat.

6  Thank Bruce P
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

This is a great walk out to fortress rock. Great views out over the southern cleared agricultural valley. But the best part of the walk is to continue down to Centennial Glenn and alongside Wall Ledge loop. Along the way you see a path heading to Porters Pass. It's worth turning down here for the 300 metres to the grotto. It's an amazing pool enclosed in a smooth rock circle grotto. Take swimmers and have a dip. Then come back up and continue the walls ledge path. Fantastic views. And you can watch the rock climbers in action. One of their fav spots in blue mountains.

1  Thank coogeematt
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Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

This is a reasonably easy walk with great views. After the uphill slog we continued to the left at the intersection. This ended probably 10-15 minutes later at a spectacular cliff edge.
We back-tracked, took the right hand fork and walked for another 30 minutes to a rocky outcrop with 360 degrees view of the mountains and as the day was clear we could see back to the Sydney basin. We could have gone further but needed to be back. maybe next time.

3  Thank Shelley T
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Reviewed 28 February 2015

After the crowds and coaches at Three Sisters, we decided to find a quieter view, so went to mount hay and got that and more!!
No one was there, the drive up was beautiful, giving you a feeling of wilderness and freedom, through the trees and plants.
There are many places to stop and walk, but carry onto the top, Butterbox canyon and you'll be rewarded with amazing panoramas and such quiet you feel alone and at peace.
We went for a walk and were rewarded with even more amazing views, so get out of the truck and go experience it, not just look!
I highly recommend this if like me you prefer peace and tranquility, and a chance to just 'be'

3  Thank smiletravels
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

A little way out of town along dirt road that requires some care in places. Short walk, approx 45 minutes return. Crowd-free and stunning views. You could drive further along Mt Hay Rd to further walks if you have the time.

3  Thank R0b48
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

We found this on trip advisor and are so glad we did. It's a lovely walk, not hard but the terrain is rocky so my sturdy teva sandals were appreciated. Drive out of Leura on Mount Hay road, and it becomes a pot holed gravel road ... We went in a sedan, not a four wheel drive and were fine, take it slow though! A few k's down the track, past the information signs and you'll see a small sign that says "Fortress Ridge". Park up and walk past the fire gate, a very short uphill and the rest of the walk is reasonable level. Keep to the left of the trail, at one point the track forks with one route thing downhill - you want to stay left and head on the ridge. Gorgeous views of the gorge will start to appear! We clambered down a bit from the seeming end of trail - be careful as the track ends in a huge sheer drop! You don't need to go there to have a stunning view. It's beautiful and very peaceful - avoid the huge crowds at Katoomba. Now apparently, early on in the trail there is a narrow track heading off to the right ... And I believe that this goes down to a cave called Darks's cave - but I didn't go there. Should you head right where I mentioned the track forks, you will head a few more kilometres along ... Maybe grab a bush walks book before you go. Take water, hats and sunscreen! And keep an eye out for the snakes - who really do want to keep away from you! They are protected so should you be lucky enough to see one, give it a wide berth and don't think about harming it :) Sightings are rare so you would be lucky to see one ... But it is Australia after all, and they do exist. If you want no snakes then come to New Zealand!!!! Can't resist a wee plug now, can I?

6  Thank Sarah P
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

The dirt road down Mt Hay rd can be a little rough but still okay for non 4wd's like my sedan.
The walk is not ardous from having to deal with really steep inclines but can take some time 90 mins plus so remember drinking water etc and mobile phone covergare still very good so that is a blessing.
You walk along Fortress Ridge through various scrub and bushes and eventually start to get glimpses of deep gorges and valleys in the middle distance that surprise you on first sighting.
The path gets a little covered in parts and there is a split where we took the wrong direction on the way back and had to back track to get on the right path and back to our car.
In retrospect, we should have taken the obvious much wider clear path but were in good spirits and talking too much and not paying attention.
All in all a very satisfying walk. make sure you use suncreeen take hats etc if a sunny day, not too hard to get burnt.

2  Thank TravelBug_Mike
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