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Fortress Ridge View, Blue Mountains, c1543

ABOUT: An off the beaten track walk to a stunning vista looking down the Grose Valley with Fortress Ridge on the right and Blackheat lookouts on the left, with a view of the less seen Grose Waterfall deep in the valley below. Fantastic on a partially cloudy way with sun rays spotting the valleys walls and river below.

PHOTO EQUIPMENT TO BRING: Although a shortish walk bring lightweight gear for the final cliff edge views. A light tripod and neutral density grads and an ideal lens is around 24mm – but 35mm or wider down to 16mm useful. A 100mm lens is good for shots looking down Fortress Walls on the right.

GETTING TO THE SPOT/S: Drive down Mount Hay (ungraded 4WD) road for about 15 minutes after it turns into a dirt track. At a bend after a couple of steep declines you will see the Fortress Car Park on the left. Park here and walk through the barrier up hill and then on the track for about 30-35 mins. Don’t turn right onto the longer Lockleys route. The viewpoint is obvious at the cliff edges.

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