If Mick Dundee, from the movie ‘Crocodile Dundee’, was standing here I bet that’s what he would say.*
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]
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.
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.
But the only thing about Hassans Walls is… who was Hassan? ♦
Photos taken Easter 2009, with my old Canon PowerShot A550
* Mick Dundee: “That’s not a knife. [he pulls out a large bowie knife] … THAT’s a knife.”
145 km from Sydney CBD (2 hours 4 mins)
287 km from Canberra CBD (4 hours 1 min) [Google Maps]