The Nitty Gritty

Location: Mount Wilson
Distance: 7.0 km
Trail style: Return
Grade: Easy – but trail can be off-trail in parts


Highlights of this trail:

  • It snowed in winter and is excellent for lilo’ing down in summer
  • Pagodas
  • Close to multiple trails around Mt Wilson.

The day my hiking party arrived at Mt Wilson, it was a winter wonderland! It had snowed overnight and it was my first experience walking on snow (and in some parts, black ice). We stuck to grassy spots to avoid slipping – but it was hard not to anyway because it was so enjoyable listening to the crunch of snow underneath our boots.

Getting there

Start of the trail begins behind the Mt Wilson Fire Station, corner of Queens Avenue and The Avenue. There is a small car park on site with clean toilets for a pre/post hike visit. An information board is also on hand for walkers to get acquainted with the area.

Snow at the start of the trail

The car park

The trail

We armed ourselves with a compass, topographic map and some trail notes from I normally snap images of the trail on my phone, but sadly I lost a bunch of images on my phone after dropping it. This reinforces why you should always have physical maps on hand and not rely on technology out in the bush!

We initially head down Queens Avenue which is a dead end, but it brings you out to magnificent views over Wollemi National Park. We then backtracked and turned left early on Du Faurs Rocks Trail, which lead back up to the main trail, signalled by a NSW National Park arrowed marker.

We followed the trail all the way up to Wollangambe River, which we cross after taking our boots off. The water was as you expect, ice cold. After a brief snack, we crossed back (brrrrr) and continued on the trail. However, where we had expected a path to the left, the track had fully overgrown and we decided the safe thing to do on this unfamiliar trail was to call it off.

Wollangambe River

Upon returning home, we realised looking at maps that we could have continued onwards as we knew that was the direction to head too, but because we veered on the side of safety when it came to doubting the path.


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Lunch break on the pagodas View from pagodas on the trail Snow covering the logs at the start of the trail So much crunchy snow!

Disclaimer: Be smart and prepare for the conditions of the day. This site accepts no responsibility for any misfortunes. 

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