Extend your Greater Blue Mountains Trail (GBMT) ride with a visit to Anvil Rock. You can also catch the train or drive to Blackheath and explore from there, or link to the Hanging Rock Trail.


  • 17km return from Blackheath Station
  • 35km return from Blackheath Station via Anvil and Hanging Rock
  • 34km return – from Blackheath Station to Anvil Rock and return to Katoomba via GBMT

Time Required: 3-5 hours. depending on skill level, lunch and sightseeing stops

Grade: Medium

Fitness Level: Average fitness required. Expect to walk some hills – it’s all part of the fun! It’s also a great excuse to stop and check out the views

Experience: Beginner and up. Always ride within your ability

Terrain: Graded fire trail

Trail Surface: Rocky, Gravel, Sandy, Clay, Waterbars

Supplied with hire: Bike / Helmet / Puncture repair kit / Pump / Map

Note: Mobile reception is variable. Weather can change rapidly so pack clothing accordingly. Always have a minimum of 2 litres of water on you.


The Anvil Rock Trail follows a well-graded road along a ridge line out to two fantastic lookouts – one taking in the rock itself, and the other at Perry’s Lookdown. This ride is a great off-road introduction for new riders –  there are no major climbs, and the reasonably smooth dirt road make for a fast, easy ride. Fantastic views of the Blue Mountains are on offer for most of the ride and on a clear day the Sydney skyline is clearly visible.

Another classic Blue Mountains “out and back” adventure, this ride follows Hat Hill Road out of Blackheath, eventually transforming into a gentle fire trail and flowing out to the lookouts. You won’t get lost on this ride, and can also expect to encounter some traffic, as the trail is also open to cars – these views are for everybody to enjoy!

This ride can be combined with Hanging Rock and the Cliff Drive route to create an all-day epic taking in the best views the mountains have to offer.


Further Info:

Cycle Life HQ Guide

National Park Alerts