Home arrow Hiking near Sydney arrow Flat Top     

Bushwalking track notes, photographs, maps and more for Flat Top are found in each of the tabs below
Flat Top
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
8 km NNE of Leura
Length: 1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 46 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 46 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

The walk to the summit of Flat Top is a very short climb. A treat awaits at the summit, with a near-360 degree view of the surrounding valleys, including the Grose Valley. There are also great views to other features including Mt Hay and Lockleys Pylon. The walk and mountain itself may be short, but the views are spectacular and well worth exploring. (open in app)

There are closed areas in Blue Mountains National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Flat Top

Map of Walk


                Sponsor of Flat Top bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Flat Top
Problem loading PDF Try here
Map Controls - Show Contours | Hide Path | Hide Distances | Hide Names
Map Scale 500 meters
Flat Top car park
Starting point for this hiking track: Flat Top car park

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301S 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

Start of Flat Top Track
Start of Flat Top Track +
Track up Flat Top
Track up Flat Top +
Flat Top Track
Flat Top Track +

Lambertia formosa (Mountain Devil)
Lambertia formosa (Mountain Devil) +
Trig station on Flat Tops summit
Trig station on Flat Tops summit +
View from Flat Top
View from Flat Top +

View from Flat Top
View from Flat Top +
View from Flat Top
View from Flat Top +
Trig station on Flat Tops summit
Trig station on Flat Tops summit +


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Flat Top bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Flat Top bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Flat Top bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Flat Top bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 1km
Time 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
This whole walk, 510m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 510m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

This whole walk, 510m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 510m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 510m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

This whole walk, 510m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes

Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Flat Top car park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Sorry there are no driving directions, but you can see the start of this walk on this map

(0 km) Flat Top car park to Flat Top Summit
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 514 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 38 m Descent = -8 m
From the car park, this walk crosses the road to the opening in the thick wire fence, then follows the 'Flat Top' sign up the sandy track. After approximately 50m, the track passes an alternate exit to the management trail (on the left). The track continues up the hill, tending right up a steeper, rockier gradient. The track continues up to three metal ruts on the left of a rocky outcrop. The track heads up to the flat of the plateau, leading along an overgrown management trail to an obvious trig station.

Drive from Flat Top car park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Sorry there are no driving directions, but you can see the end of this walk on this map

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk
Since this walk starts on a low grade road
Google can't give you a route plan to the start.
View the location on a road map here --> See the start of the walk on a map
From the end of the walk
Since this walk ends on a low grade road
Google can't give you a route plan from the end.
View the location on a road map here --> See the end of the walk on a map

Near by

Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge

Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 8.6 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 9 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 26.6 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 27.2 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 27.9 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Flat Top.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Flat Top
Click to re-center search
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 26 km (to the ENE)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 26 km (to the ESE)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 26 km (to the NW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
34 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 34 km (to the W)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 minutes ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
A few showers.
A few showers.
12.0°C (feels like 7.0°)
22 km/h from the W
69% humidity     (as at 19/09:00am)
Sun      16°A few showers.
Mon|Shower or two. Becoming windy.
Tue|10°Showers. Windy.
Wed|13°Shower or two. Windy.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Blue Mountains National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 19th of April 2015 11:00 AM
Cahills lookout Katoomba
As a result of a recent bushfire, Cahills lookout remains closed until further notice. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Council on (02) 4780 5000.
Claustral Canyon access change
Access to Claustral canyon via the previous route across private land at Mount Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mount Tomah residents and avoid using private land. Alternative access from the west side of Mount Bell has been identified. For more information, please contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 open seven days 9am to 4.30pm or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Three Sisters walking track closure
National Parks & Wildlife Service are continuing works on the Three Sisters Walking Track between Echo Point and the Three Sisters. This is a major upgrade of this popular track, improving facilities for visitors. The next stage of works requires that access to the Three Sisters and the Giant Stairway be closed while new lookout structures are constructed and track works are underway. From March 16 the following attractions are closed:
  • The Giant Stairway is closed. No exit possible from Federal Pass to Three Sisters.
  • Lady Game lookout and Honeymoon Bridge are closed. There is no walking track access to the Three Sisters.
  • Three Sisters Track remains closed from Echo Point
Works will be ongoing for the next 3 months. The following alternative attractions are open:
  • Echo Point lookout with all views of the Three Sisters
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk to Leura. Diversions will be in place.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk towards Scenic World and Katoomba Falls.
Thank you for your patience while works are underway. We regret this closure is unavoidable during the Easter holiday period due to the nature and timetable of the works. Safety of our visitors is our priority. For more information, please contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Federal Pass, Prince Henry Cliff walk, Three Sisters - Honeymoon Bridge, Echo Point to Scenic World via Giant Stairway
Waratah Native Gardens
Some areas of this park are closed due to a major landslip event occurring across The Gorge Walking Track. Closed areas include The Gorge Walking track in the Blue Mountains National Park. A full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The Gorge Walking track is closed at the entry trackhead however the Waratah Native Gardens and picnic area located off Valley Ridges Road Berambing (west of Bilpin) has now been reopened. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. For more information, please contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines
Waratah Native Gardensp picnic area closed for maintenance
Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance, we apologise for any inconvenience. .Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury Area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Walker Feedback

Add NewSearch
Dr Jon - Picture IP:121.44.133.xxx | 2009-03-21 22:28:08
Sydnat - Well worth it if you happen to IP:121.44.56.xxx | 2010-06-14 12:35:15
Nice little short walk up to a 360 view of the area. Definitely worth doing if you are here for another walk.
DJ - 'Getting There' map is incor IP:121.217.115.xxx | 2012-09-02 07:16:06
As at 1/9/2012 the 'Getting There' map shows the start / end point in the wrong place. The carpark and walk start is about 2km further along MtHay Rd just past the obvious cliffline. The carpark is an obvious layby with a metal cable fence around it. On Google Maps the carpark is visible on the northern side of the bend in the road, and the walking track can be seen heading due south from the bend.
admin - getting there map Super Administrator | 2012-09-02 22:13:42
Thanks DJ
Thanks for the feedback, sorry for any trouble the map caused.
It seems that Google does not this last section of road as drivable, so they stop the instructions early. I have changed the map now to just give a point on the map as to where the car park is. Hopefully that will make it better for people in the future. Thanks for making Wildwalks better.
Matt :)
Write comment
[b] [i] [u] [url] [quote] [code] [img] 
Security Image

Powered by JoomlaCommentCopyright (C) 2006 Frantisek Hliva. All rights reserved.Homepage: http://cavo.co.nr/

Loading the images not too much longer now :)

-server web1.wildwalks.com- Page was generated in 0.020001 seconds Copyright | Privacy | About us | Disclaimer | Contact Us | Sponsorship | Newsletter