Solitary Restaurant to Fossil Rock
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

5 min to 10 min

235 m
return

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Moderate track
This short walk starts at Solitary Restaurant on Cliff Drive, and soon arrives at the lookout at Fossil Rock, with great views down the valley. If you are feeling a bit more energetic, there is an optional side trip to Bridal Veil Lookout, giving great views of the Bridal Veil waterfall. This walk can be topped off with a snack from the kiosk back up on the road. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharug & Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Solitary Point Cafe. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Monument on Cliff drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track above Fossil Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Fossil Rock lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Fossil Rock lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bridal Veil lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7214798,150.3194272)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom
  • Turn on to Bathurst Road, BMD then drive for 165 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Gang Gang Street, BMD and drive for another 105 m
  • Turn right onto Lurline Street, BMD and drive for another 800 m
  • Turn left onto Merriwa Street and drive for another 530 m
  • Continue onto Cliff Drive, BMD and drive for another 225 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 8 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the top of the stairs, this walk follows Cliff Drive down the gentle hill towards the point, passing the restaurant and the sandstone pillar, to the signposted intersection of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Cliff Drive.
Leura parking (about 9 m back from the start).
After 70 m come to the "Solitary Kiosk and Restaurant".
Solitary Kiosk and Restaurant
Solitary Kiosk and Restaurant

Solitary Restaurant offers fine dining in a heritage-listed building overlooking the beautiful Jamison Valley, as well as housing a kiosk for a more casual lunch. The kiosk is open for lunch 7 days a week, from 10am to 4pm (opens 11am weekdays in winter). The kiosk provides a casual dinning experience, with breakfast foods from $10 and lunches around $15 per dish. The restaurant is open for lunch 7 days from 12-4.30pm, and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm. Light lunches start from $14, and dinners from $55 for a mouth-watering 2 course meal. Contact details - 90 Cliff Drive, Leura Falls Ph: 02 4782 1164.
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Solitary Restaurant offers fine dining in a heritage-listed building overlooking the beautiful Jamison Valley, as well as housing a kiosk for a more casual lunch. The kiosk is open for lunch 7 days a week, from 10am to 4pm (opens 11am weekdays in winter). The kiosk provides a casual dinning experience, with breakfast foods from $10 and lunches around $15 per dish. The restaurant is open for lunch 7 days from 12-4.30pm, and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm. Light lunches start from $14, and dinners from $55 for a mouth-watering 2 course meal. Contact details - 90 Cliff Drive, Leura Falls Ph: 02 4782 1164.

At the intersection of Prince Henry Cliff Walk & Cliff Drive turn right, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk (a walking track).
After another 25 m head down the steps (about 10 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Bridal Veil Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Continue straight.
Then find the "Fossil Rock" (7 m on your left).
Fossil Rock
Fossil Rock

Fossil Rock is a fenced lookout along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, near Katoomba. The lookout is close to Cliff Drive and gives great views along the Jamison Valley and over Mount Solitary, and along the far end of Kings Tableland. The sandstone floor of the lookout is mostly natural and has a few steps cut in it. The rock provides some natural sculptures to enjoy.
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Fossil Rock is a fenced lookout along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, near Katoomba. The lookout is close to Cliff Drive and gives great views along the Jamison Valley and over Mount Solitary, and along the far end of Kings Tableland. The sandstone floor of the lookout is mostly natural and has a few steps cut in it. The rock provides some natural sculptures to enjoy.

(Fossil Rock) Continue another 15 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 115 m to get back to the start.
"Fossil Rock".

An optional side trip to Bridal Veil Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 85 m come to "Bridal Veil Lookout".
Bridal Veil Lookout
Bridal Veil Lookout

Bridal Veil Lookout provides a great views over Leura Forest and the Jamison Valley. Mount Solitary stands proudly in the distance. In keeping with its name, there are views of Bridal Veil Falls to the east. There is a small bench seat, but no shade.
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Bridal Veil Lookout provides a great views over Leura Forest and the Jamison Valley. Mount Solitary stands proudly in the distance. In keeping with its name, there are views of Bridal Veil Falls to the east. There is a small bench seat, but no shade.

Continue another 0 m to find Bridal Veil Lookout at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 135 m to the main route.
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Solitary Restaurant to Fossil Rock


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 235 m
Time 5 min to 10 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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