Blue Mountains City Council

GBMT Near Katoomba
GBMT Near Medlowbath
GBMT Sign across from Blackheath Train Station

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Great Blue Mountains Trail (GBMT)

The Great Blue Mountains Trail is a big idea, to develop a regional trail from east to west across the Blue Mountains ridgeline, accessible from all towns, villages and train stations along the way. The Trail links to the Anderson, Ingar and the Oaks fire trails to the east, and will eventually link up with Lithgow and Oberon trail networks to the west. The first section of the Trail is ready to enjoy, with more to come.

The Upper Mountains component, the GBMT, will extend from Wentworth Falls through to Mount York and will provide a variety of pedestrian and cyclist opportunities to travel through the scenic natural areas and heritage townships of the Blue Mountains.

The State Government Sydney Regional Recreation Trails Framework lists the Great Blue Mountains Trail as a Priority 1 project.

Once completed, these tracks, trails and picnic sites along the escarpment will become iconic destination and experiences in NSW and Australia that will not only cater for the millions of people that visit the Blue Mountains each year, but will also serves as an important recreation and commuting trail linking residents from smaller townships to the district centre of Katoomba.

Blue Mountains City Council has been successful in obtaining funding from the Federal Government towards the construction of a new walking and cycling track in the Blue Mountains. Currently there is neither a dedicated on or off highway cycle route from Katoomba to Mount Victoria.

The Great Blue Mountains Trail is identified in the Blue Mountains Bike Plan 2020 which was adopted by the Council in 2009. Once completed, the Trail will play an important role in meeting the growing demand for safe cycling facilities whilst providing a safe corridor connecting residents and tourists with town centres and natural bushland environments.

For now, you can discover the wonders of the Trail between Katoomba and Blackheath. If time allows, extend your adventure by adding a side trip to the Six Foot Track, Narrow Neck, Porters Pass, and major tourist attractions such as Echo Point and Scenic World in Katoomba, and Govetts Leap and Evans Lookout in Blackheath. You can also take a well earned break and enjoy the character of local towns and villages along the way.

The Trail will be easy accessable and supported with trail marks and brochure/maps.

Council is continuing to seek funding for the completion of others section of the Trail.

 

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> Map and Information 2015