Here’s our guide on how to get to Hanging Rock in the Blue Mountains. We’d both seen pictures of Hanging Rock in the Blue Mountains on Instagram but no image really does justice to how scary yet amazing it is. We googled how to get to Hanging Rock but the instructions were very vague to here’s a better guide to getting there.
It’s about a 2 hour drive from Sydney city and we’ve heard that the best time to go is for sunrise but after a big night we weren’t bothered to wake up that early. Friends of ours camped there the night before which is probably the best way to go about it.
How to get to Hanging Rock
Put Ridgewell Road, Blackheath into maps and it should take you there. Where you actually want to go is called Baltzer lookout which leads to Hanging Rock. For some reason this wasn’t coming up in Apple maps but we were able to find it in Google maps. Essentially you need to follow Ridgewell Road to as far is it can take you. You’ll eventually get to a gate where you need to park the car and walk from here. Getting to Hanging Rock isn’t easy, allow for at least an hour to walk to the lookout (around 5kms). The walk to Hanging Rock itself is bushwalking at its finest, you’re just surrounded by gumtrees, dirt and the sounds of insects. It is pretty repetitive but the final destination makes it worth your while.
There will be a sign that says Baltzer Lookout so you need to follow that. The top of the lookout is absolutely breath taking. You feel your adrenaline rush as you look down at how steep the cliff drops but be sure to keep your distance. To the left you’ll have to make your way down to get to Hanging Rock. The scariest part is THIS GAP!
It may look like a small gap but when there’s a 200 metre (estimate) drop to your death in between it’s pretty scary. Word of advice – don’t hesitate and don’t look down. When you get to the other side, the furthest point of the rock is only a few metres in front of you. The way I did it was by sitting down and sliding across. Steffan was able to walk across pretty easily but I’m a scaredy cat. While actually on Hanging Rock, only look down if you dare (which I didn’t). Making that jump and walking out was so satisfying but please be super careful and only do it if you truly feel comfortable.
Drive: 2 hours from Sydney
Parking: Drive as far as you can on Ridgewell Road, stop at closed gate and park.
Walk: 3 hour round trip (1 hour there, 1 hour spent there, 1 hour back), 10.5kms
- Go at sunrise for the best photos
- Wear comfortable attire and walking shoes (with grip)
- Bring water and snacks
- If we were to do it again we would bring bicycles, there were many others cycling and it would have made it a lot shorter and easier.
We hope you enjoyed this guide on how to get to Hanging Rock in the Blue Mountains. Check out more of our other NSW adventures here.
We hope you enjoyed our guide on how to get to Hanging Rock in the Blue Mountains. Check out some of our other NSW adventures here.