That’s not a view…THAT’S a VIEW!

If Mick Dundee, from the movie ‘Crocodile Dundee’, was standing here I bet that’s what he would say.*

Hassans Wall Lookout, The Blue Mountains, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

Australian Sphinx?

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I’ve been to places that are higher but not many that have the spectacular sheer drop to the valley floor like Hassans Walls. The ‘Walls’ are pillars and buttresses of sandstone rising above the fertile Hartley Valley, in Australia’s Blue Mountains.

Even Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia, didn’t give me quite the same dizzy sense of height, since it’s already on the highest plateau of the Australian Alps and the other peaks and ranges aren’t far below.

‘Hassans Walls Lookout is the highest lookout in the Blue Mountains at approximately 1,100 metres above sea level.’ [Destination New South Wales website]

View from Hassans Walls, New South Wales, Australia

View to Coxs River Valley, I think

The Walls afford a mind-boggling view across the Hartley and Coxs River Valleys. Even on the drizzly, overcast day we were there we could see farms and dams, the smoke plumes from distant power stations, and to the right, the highway twisting away from the escarpment.

Hassans Walls view to Hartley Valley, New South Wales, Australia

View of Hartley Valley

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To me, Hassans Walls is just as magnificent as Echo Point at Katoomba, with far fewer tourists so you can get more up-close and personal with the splendour. Bench seats perch on the cliff edge. A fenced walkway leads across the rock platform to a pulpit-like column. And a small natural cave provides a unique bunker to view the panorama.

Hassans Walls towers and cave, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

Magnificent rock walls! See that cave at the top middle…

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Hassans Walls cave, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

…you can go inside!

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But the only thing about Hassans Walls is… who was Hassan?  

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Photos taken Easter 2009, with my old Canon PowerShot A550

Another of my photos of Hassan Walls Lookout here

* Mick Dundee: “That’s not a knife. [he pulls out a large bowie knife] … THAT’s a knife.”

[Quote from Crocodile Dundee (motion picture). Dir. Peter Faiman. Perf. Paul Hogan, Linda Linda KozlowskiJohn Meillon. Rimfire Films, 1986.]

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Hassans Walls Reserve tourist drive, Lithgow Tourism: http://www.lithgow-tourism.com/hassans.htmAnd it’s only 45 minutes to Jenolan Caves from here.

Hassans Walls Reserve in the Blue Mountains, near Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

145 km from Sydney CBD (2 hours 4 mins)

287 km from Canberra CBD (4 hours 1 min) [Google Maps]

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5 comments on “That’s not a view…THAT’S a VIEW!

  1. […] Another of my photos of Hassan Walls Lookout here and my full post on Hassans Walls here. […]

  2. […] Another of my photos of Hassan Walls Lookout here and my full post on Hassans Walls here. […]

  3. BeluChi says:

    Amazing views!, and totally different that those pictures we usually see of the Blue Mountain.
    I hope to be able to go one day 🙂

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