Tunnel View Lookout
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

10 min to 30 min
38 min to 1 h

510 m
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Hard track
Tunnel View Lookout walk is a short walk along a well-maintained management trail. At the end of the wide trail is a short narrow track leading to a large mostly flat rock platform with great views. On the far side of the gorge you can just see where train tunnel goes through the hill, you can't see the actual tunnel. You do get great views of Glenbrook Creek Gorge, the Blue Mountains and Sydney. A lovely walk. 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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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Sign and gate at start of Tunnel View Lookout walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Glenbrook Gorge from Tunnel View Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Glenbrook Gorge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Tunnel View Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
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 (-33.7860567,150.6270594)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Western Motorway, M4
  • Turn on to Ross Street then drive for 275 m
  • Turn right onto Euroka Road and drive for another 2.5 km
  • Turn left onto The Oaks Trail and drive for another 1.5 km
  • Turn left onto Euroka Road and drive for another 710 m
  • Turn left onto Mount Portal Trail and drive for another 1.3 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the dirt car park on Mount Portal Trail, this walk follows the 'Tunnel View Lookout' sign between the metal bollards (to the left of the locked gate). The walk leads past the large 'Blue Mountains National Park' information sign (on the left) and continues gently uphill along the wide management trail. After 90m the trail leads past a cliff edge warning sign (on the left). The walk continues gently uphill along the wide trail for yet another 90m to come to a turning circle at the end of the wide trail, marked with a 'Tunnel View Lookout' sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 25 m find the "Parking" (20 m on your left).
Parking
Parking

The dirt/gravel carpark (no marked bays) is found on the outside bed of the road and the start of the the signposted Tunnel View Lookout trail. The parking area will become boggy after rain.
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The dirt/gravel carpark (no marked bays) is found on the outside bed of the road and the start of the the signposted Tunnel View Lookout trail. The parking area will become boggy after rain.

After another 65 m head through/around the gate.
Then find the "Pinch Point" (on your right).
Pinch Point
Pinch Point

Alternative access around gate. The metal bollards are 110cm apart and 87cm high. The ground is mostly smooth and flat.
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Alternative access around gate. The metal bollards are 110cm apart and 87cm high. The ground is mostly smooth and flat.

Then find the "Gate" (on your right).
Gate
Gate

The metal bar gate spans the start of the trail at the carpark. There is a 74cm clearance under the bar. Alternative access between metal bollards beside gate.
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The metal bar gate spans the start of the trail at the carpark. There is a 74cm clearance under the bar. Alternative access between metal bollards beside gate.

After another 200 m find the "Trip Hazard" (on your right).
Trip Hazard
Trip Hazard

At the end of the wide trail there is a narrow track leading to the rock platform. The surface is uneaven and rocky.
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At the end of the wide trail there is a narrow track leading to the rock platform. The surface is uneaven and rocky.

Then come to "Trip Hazard".
Trip Hazard
Trip Hazard

The edge of the rock platform is overhang, unstable and likely to collapse. The rock platform also slopes towards the cliff edge. Please stay at least 5m from the edge.
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The edge of the rock platform is overhang, unstable and likely to collapse. The rock platform also slopes towards the cliff edge. Please stay at least 5m from the edge.

Turn around here and retrace the main route for 255 m to get back to the start.
About 10 m past the end is "Tunnel View Lookout".
Tunnel View Lookout
Tunnel View Lookout

Tunnel View Lookout in the Glenbrook area of the Blue Mountains National Park, provides fantastic views. The unfenced rock platform is on the top of a cliff forming the southern wall of Glenbrook Gorge. The lookout is named after the train tunnel on the other side of the gorge, built in 1911. There are amazing views across some of the taller peaks in the park to the north west and down the gorge to the plains of Western Sydney. Please stay at least 5m back from the cliff edge to avoid the risk of a significant fall.
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Tunnel View Lookout in the Glenbrook area of the Blue Mountains National Park, provides fantastic views. The unfenced rock platform is on the top of a cliff forming the southern wall of Glenbrook Gorge. The lookout is named after the train tunnel on the other side of the gorge, built in 1911. There are amazing views across some of the taller peaks in the park to the north west and down the gorge to the plains of Western Sydney. Please stay at least 5m back from the cliff edge to avoid the risk of a significant fall.

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Terrain
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Tunnel View Lookout


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 510 m
Time 10 min to 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Naturally Accessible
Slope summary:
Gentle slope mostly uphill towards the lookout. Rock platform slopes towards cliff edge.

Surface summary:
Mostly 3m wide generally smooth dirt trail. The trail and car park will become boggy after rain. The last 10m to the lookout is about 1.2m wide and rough rocky track.
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