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Wongara Ridge to Mt Banks via Oronga Canyon - 5 November 2017


Not many bushwalkers get into Oronga Crevasse and I'm not surprised.

An examination of the Mt Wilson topo map would suggest this is an easy walk, out across Wongara Hill to the cliffs, down into Oronga Gully, up onto Oronga Ridge and across to Mt Banks.

Oronga Gully is more complex than the topo map would have you believe. Approaching from the west it is 150 metres down through unmarked cliffs to the bottom of Oronga Canyon and another 20 metres to get to the bottom of Dunphy's Oronga Crevasse.

There is no direct route and you have to work through multiple cliff lines and around impossible gullies. Thick bush in places means you can only see a few metres in front making it harder to pick a route.

Once at the end of Oronga Canyon the view is wonderful. A rock shelf projects out into the Grose Valley half-way down the the cliff line. You look up and around and see those unmarked cliffs and can only be amazed. You can walk a short distance upstream into the constricted canyon section till blocked by a rock wall.

After leaving the Oronga Crevasse the walk follows the canyon upstream for some 250 metres to find a climb out on the eastern side. There are a couple of options, depending on weather or tolerance to exposure.

After the canyon there is a pleasant walk up onto Oronga Ridge through open forest. There are a couple of routes across to Mt Banks. You can go straight down into Banks Gully and up to the Car Park or you can walk to the end of Oronga Ridge and then through the gully and up to the Car Park.

Blue Mountains National Park (NSW)



Mt Wilson 8930-1N
Central Blue Mountains (Dunphy)

548 819 - 553 812

900 metres metres

Wongara Ridge to Mt Banks via Oronga Canyon - 5 November 2017
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