Time:4 hrs
Distance:14km
Fitness:EM
Skill:EM
Ascent:190m
Maps: LPI Gosford 9131-2S 1:25000
LPI Gunderman 9131-3S 1:25000
Sketch maps: Sketch map 1 PDF
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Please note that while the maps on this web site are useful and generally contain more, and more accurate, information on trails, the relevant topographic maps should be carried on most walks. These are available from the Lands Information Centre, map shops, and most outdoor stores.

Introduction

Fee sitting on the far side of Mt Pindar with a good view out over the Hawkesbury River

Pindar Cave is an impressive sandstone overhang, capable of sheltering perhaps 50 people. It is reached by a ridge walk, so is best in spring, when the wildflowers are out, and autumn. It is better to avoid in summer, though if it has rained recently there is usually a small swimming hole not far from the cave that can be good for a dip.

Access

Access is only by rail. Catch the train to Wondabyne Station. You will need to inform the guard that you want to get off there, and travel in the last carriage. The walk starts at the southern end of the station.

Track notes

From 15 Jul 2004, last checked 15 Jul 2004

Pick up the Great North Walk track at the southern end of the station. It heads along a flat section for a short way, and then up a steep trail which climbs up the side of the hill to the west. After about 100m of vertical, you reach the top, and a fire trail starts.

Head along the fire trail for about 1km, looking for a large rocky outcrop on your left. At the far side of the outcrop a fire trail branches off the main trail. After about 500m the fire trail turns into a track, which drops between rocks and down into a saddle. The trail can be hard to follow in this section, so keep a close eye on it.

The vast Pindar Cave

The trail continues for a while along the ridge, and there is a rocky outcrop with good views in all directions that is worth a break. Continuing down into another saddle, you then have a short climb up to Mt Pindar, which is a large flat topped peak with no views. Crossing on the track to the south west side of the mountain, you reach some more rocky outcrops with good views.

Head north west on a faint trail down into the creek. 500m of walking brings you to a small waterhole, currently fairly shallow and dry. I have seen pictures of people swimming in it so with a bit of rain it would make a good swimming hole. The trail takes a left hand turn here, and after another 300m of walking you reach Pindar Cave, an amazing sandstone overhang.

From the western end of the cave, another track heads north back towards the creek. The track crosses a tributary and comes out at a large waterfall on the main creek, which has pleasant rocky ledges to sit on.

From here you can either retrace your steps, or head through the scrub along the creek, back to the waterhole. Either way, from there the same path is taken back to Wondabyne Station.

Related walks

Mt Wondabyne

Time: 5 hrs Distance: 15km Fitness: EM Skill: E Ascent: 210m

Impressive views from Mt Wondabyne, and a side trip to the pretty Kariong Brook Falls

Personal reports

15/07/2004 - Pindar Cave: Wondabyne - Pindar Cave - return (report | photos)

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