A fairly easy-to-reach Blue Mountains trig, Flat Top is reached by a short bushwalk from the Mount Hay Road. Near the start of the trail, there are some nice views back over the Mount Hay Road and towards Mount Stead (to the north) and Mount Hay (further away to the north-east).
As the name of the trig suggests, Flat Top is a fairly flat, tabletop hill on the Mt Hay Range.
The trig is in fairly good condition, although its nameplate is missing.
There are some nice views from the trig point in all directions, towards Mount Hay, the ridges of the Grose Valley and towards the Hawkesbury River in the far distance.
It’s worth continuing past the trig towards the edge of the cliffs, where there is a view to the east and south.
It’s a short 1.1km return walk that you can do in under half an hour. Other bushwalks along the Mount Hay Road include:
- Butterbox Point – 2.8km return (easy). Spectacular views and interesting rock formations.
- Fortress Rock – 3km return (easy). More spectacular views than Flat Top.
- Mount Hay – 3.6km return (easy/moderate). Great views along the way, but none from the summit which is in forest
- Doctor Darks Cave – 4.3km return (easy/moderate). Interesting cave – combine with Fortress Rock
- Lockleys Pylon – 7.8km return (easy). Nice views – continue to Du Faur Head for even better views
- Fortress Ridge Lookout – 9km return (easy). Longer walk with some spectacular views.
- Fortress Creek Falls – 9km return (moderate/hard). Unique views from a cliff-top waterfall.
Getting to Flat Top Hill
The start of the bushwalk to Flat Top Hill is signposted, and has a small parking area along Mount Hay Road, about 10.2km (20min drive) from Leura. Most of the road is unsealed, and the condition varies – it’s generally suitable for any vehicle, but after storms can become very rough and a 4WD is recommended.