NPWS describes the walk this way: “For some of the best scenic views in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, try the steep Mount Banks Summit walk from the picnic area, near Mount Wilson.”
The first half of the walk offers great views. We stocked up on essential provisions from Piccolo Deli, Mount Victoria. Sue makes wonderful goodies.
NPWS rate it as a Grade 4 walk: “Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.”
“From Mount Banks picnic area, you’ll ascend steeply and it’s not just the windswept dramatic landscape you’ll want to photograph. Near the unfenced summit, you’ll discover a fascinating new world. The unique basalt cap is home to a tall forest of monkey gums, so named by early explorers who mistook resident greater gliders for monkeys.”
We found the walk OK, just take your time and enjoy the views. The only disappointment was the amount of weed growth as you get near the summit. After the fires, this has become a problem throughout the mountains.
• Time: Up to 3 hours return with fluffing around and enjoying lunch
• Best time of the day: Any time
• Kid-safe: Yes with supervision, but not little ones
• Dogs on-leash: No
• Steps: Many. The NPWS has gone a great job with formed safe steps.
• Accessible: No
• Heights: Not really unless you stray from the track
• Must do rating out of 10: 6
OPTIONS: You have a few options. You can walk up and down the Summit Walk, which we did today. OR you can go up either the fire trail or summit walk and return via the other.