Bushwalk 4 - Lapstone Tramway & Zig Zag Railway

Bushwalk 4 - Lapstone Tramway & Zig Zag Railway

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Bushwalk 4 - Lapstone Tramway & Zig Zag Railway

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Bushwalk 4 – Lapstone Tramway & Zig Zag Railway – Sunday 22nd September, 2019 – Sydney Course

Escape to the great outdoors with our resident bushwalking guide, Greg Williams, who has been leading bushwalks around Sydney for over 33 years. You can book each bushwalk individually or book the 'Bushwalking – Sunday Adventure Bushwalks Package' which includes all four bushwalks at a discounted price.

Bushwalk 4 – Lapstone Tramway & Zig Zag Railway: On this walk we follow sections of the historic Lapstone Zig Zag Railway. See how the first trains traversed the mountains. Explore this historic zig zag railway site and see remnants of the Pointsman’s cottage and the Lucasville station. Visit a giant sandstone Viaduct and be amazed at how it was built.

The railway was opened in 1867 to enable trains to negotiate the mountain’s eastern escarpment. The railway survived 25 years before being replaced with a deviation tunnel that allowed trains through to Glenbrook. The present day railway line by-passes both the Zig Zag and the deviation, and was completed in 1913. See the remnants of the old Pointsmans Cottage, the Lucasville Station and the Zig Zag’s Top Points.

After visiting Top Dead End we will descend to view the amazing Knapsack Viaduct. The Sandstone Viaduct was built in 1864, spans 396ft with five supporting arches and is 127ft high. The Viaduct gave access to vehicles crossing Knapsack Gully and was part of the Western Highway onto the Blue Mountains. Other areas of interest include a lookout, the Glenbrook deviation tunnel and its cutting.

All bushwalks have morning tea provided with tea, coffee and delicious chocolate treats available.

Macquarie Community College also operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Chatswood, Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more. Enrol online today or call us to have a chat about your options.

Course Outline

  • Rating: Moderate - Moderately challenging
  • Distance: 10km

Course Outcome

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • Discovered new trails around Sydney and Greater Sydney Basin
  • Have more confidence and experience in bushwalking
  • Been inspired to accept new challenges
  • Gained an understanding of bushwalking preparedness and safety

What to Wear/Bring

On our bushwalks you will need:

  • Sturdy comfortable shoes
  • Clothes for all weather conditions
  • Wet weather gear (if required)
  • Hat
  • Small backpack
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Snacks, lunch
  • Water bottles

A Course Information Guide regarding the bushwalk will be provided beforehand. Please consult the Course Information Guide prior to the walk for comprehensive information on meeting places, start times, travel directions and more.

Important Information

Participants are expected to arrange their own transport to get to each meeting place on time, so that the group can start on schedule.

  • Meeting Place: Glenbrook
  • Driving Instructions: Allow minimum 50mins travel time from Macquarie Park.

Event Amendments

  • Bushwalks can sometimes be re-scheduled to an alternative location due to park closures, bushfires, flooding, and for other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Bushwalk amendments are usually sent out by email or by phone on the Friday/Saturday before the walk.
  • To ensure you are properly informed of any changes, please be sure to enrol with your current email address and mobile phone number.

Operational Conditions and Postponements

  • Macquarie Community College reserves the right to alter or postpone the bushwalk/s or part thereof due to extremes of weather or changes to operational conditions such as road closures, bushfires or conditions beyond our usual control. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary and advertised departure times, but no guarantee can be made and no compensation shall be made for failure to meet those times.
  • Our bushwalks take place in all but exceptional weather conditions. Conditions such as mist, fog showers, rain and windy conditions do not usually affect the event operation. However, if the weather is deemed to be extreme, the event/s will be postponed to another date. Pre-paid event fees will be credited to the new date or a future event.

Prerequisite

The College conducts a wide range of bushwalks for people who have little or no bushwalking experience right through to the experienced bushwalker.

Our walks are generally staggered in such a way that it allows for you to gain experience as you progress through the term. Although no previous bushwalking experience is necessary for many of our walk, some bushwalking experience along with a greater level of fitness is desirable for walks which are listed as challenging. Each walking trail is generally suitable for most fitness levels. If you have any questions, please contact us on 1300 845 888.

Delivery Mode

This course is delivered in the outdoors.