Exploring hanging rock has been on my bushwalking bucket list for many many years. When I finished school I had these great intentions of trying to do every bush walk possible in the Blue Mountains. Unsurprisingly considering the size of the national park, I didn’t quite manage them all.
I’d seen pictures of hanging rock but wasn’t quite sure whereabouts in the Mountains it was located. So when I was back in Australia I decided that it was high time I got around to checking this spot out and used it as the perfect opportunity to catch up with a friend in an active manner.
The actual track to the lookout is an easy walk (or mountain bike ride) along the fire trail with a few rolling hills. Nothing particularly strenuous and you shouldn’t get lost! There’s a couple of off-shooting tracks but you just stick to the main one. At the end of the fire trail theres a fence where mountain biker’s leave their bikes and a minute or two walking along a little track until you reach the edge overlooking the Grose Valley.
From the look out it’s then a steep scramble to the edge of the actual rock itself, which literally is hanging off the side of the cliff. There is about a metre jump to get onto the hanging rock itself and its definitely something to get the adrenaline pumping. You know in yourself that you can physically jump that far across, but then the rational part of your brain is simultaneously telling you that if you fall, that’s it. The 300m sheer drop doesn’t leave much to the imagination of what could go wrong!
I didn’t dare go right to the end of the rock, unlike another crazy explorer, but I did leap across the divide, gamble with my life and survive to tell the tale!