ESTIMATE: 10 hours
GRADE: Hard day walk
TRACK: Well defined
but rough. Track
poor on final climb.
ATTRACTIONS: Challenging ascent. Magnificent views.
MAP/S: CORANG 1:25000
Bushwalking in the Budawangs by Ron Doughton.
These track notes are intended for evaluation purposes only
and should not be relied upon as a sole guide to this walk/climb. They should
be used in conjunction with the suggested topographical map/s and guide book/s
listed above. Inexperienced trekkers/climbers are advised to read our getting
recent years this has become one of the most popular day walks in the Budawangs
due to it's spectacular views and challenging ascent. The Castle should not be
attempted in wet or windy conditions as the scrambles become too dangerous.
following the driving
directions park your car at Long Gully (CORANG 445874). Walk along
the well defined track for a few hundred metres until you come to the river crossing.
Care should be taken if the water is up. A rope is sometimes in place to assist
bushwalkers in crossing. If you are inexperienced in river crossing you are advised
to read our section on skills
& techniques. For a more in-depth coverage of river crossing
we recommend reading
Being Outside by Tim Macartney-Snape.
on the other side, the track winds it's way through an old logging area. The remaining
tree stumps are sad indicators of the size of the magnificent trees that once
track begins to climb steeply as you make your way up onto the Kalianna Ridge.
The track continues to climb steadily as it brings you to the base of the Castle
ahead is a steep conglomerate slope which usually has a length of climbing rope
installed. This route should be ignored as the ropes cannot be trusted. A safer
and possibly more interesting ascent of this section can be found by following
around to your left. You will find a gully with ample hand and foot holds. This
approach will bring you to a knoll at the top of the gully.
here several tracks lead off to your left and eventually all join the main route
to the Castle. From here the going gets quite tough and slow as you crawl under
scrub and over boulders. The route along the Castle's lower cliffline can be daunting
to newcomers to the sport.
will encounter some beautiful sections along the route consisting of huge boulders,
overhangs and pools fed by water dripping from above. There are several ways to
navigate your way through the boulderous sections. Commonsense should prevail
here as some routes are safer than others.
along you will come to a large overhang which is an obvious rest/lunch spot for
bushwalking parties. (CORANG 448906). The track winds on upward to eventually
emerge at the saddle between The Castle and Mt. Nibelung. Before reaching the
saddle you will be confronted by a fork in the track. From here take the right
hand route towards The Castle. Continue upwards until you reach The Tunnel. The
words "The Tunnel" painted on the rock are an obvious landmark. Climb
through the tunnel to emerge on the eastern side of The Castle.
track rises up along a ramp then steps up onto a steep rocky section marked by
arrows. Keep watch for an arrow picked into the rock directing you left across
a steep slope. This turn is easily missed. The
left turn is done by maneuvering around two boulders. Care should be taken as
this section is exposed. From here the track leads up towards the Tadpole Tale
so named because of it's resemblance to a tadpole's tale with The Castle being
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upwards around some rock masses to emerge at a narrow flat area. Follow the track
south and around the base of several large rocks. You will encounter a steeply
rising rock mass in a partial overhang which needs to be negotiated. The two most
popular ways to tackle it are; send the most competent member in the group to
the top with a rope. When it is secured, the rest of the group can ascend aided
by the rope. The second is to make your way around the mass utilising a series
of ledges and cracks. This is a difficult part of the ascent and needs to be done
with care and commonsense.
final section of the climb is via a steep sloping boulder situated above a platform.
The boulder leads to a ramp-like crack blocked by a tree. Again, the most competent
member of the group should climb to the tree and secure a rope for the others
to climb by.
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short chimney climb is your next task followed by a series of ledges which lead
to the summit.
on top of the summit plateau the breathtaking views open up before you. Make your
way along the poorly defined track to the apposite end of The Castle. A visitor's
book is usually available to record your accomplishment. Water is usually available
on the plateau.
aware that the return journey to your car can take as long as the ascent, so leave
the summit with ample time to spare.
be aware, especially with this particular walk, that this walk should NOT be attempted
aided by these track notes alone. They are intended for evaluation purposes only.
You are advised to use the guide book and map listed above.