Mount Piddington is located just south of Mount Victoria; on the summit is the Piddington trig station, which – a little unusually – is sitting on the roof of a picnic shelter.
The trig is one of the highest in the Blue Mountains at 1,094m above sea level – the nearby Victoria Trig on One Tree Hill is just a few metres higher.
The lookout and trig point is named after William Richman Piddington: a colonial treasurer under Henry Parkes, who owned land on the site and “felled many trees on its summit in order that visitors might enjoy the view” in the 1860s. It’s now a public reserve, and with trees no longer being felled so as to improve the view, the outlook over the Kanimbla Valley is somewhat obscured by vegetation.
The view is better in the morning light; at the end of the day, you’re facing west and into the setting sun, so while you can get some great sunser photos it’s harder to get good photos of the valley.
Bushwalks from Mount Piddington
Mount Piddington is the start or ending point of a few bushwalking tracks through the Piddington Reserve, including:
- Boronia Point – 1.3km return
- Pulpit Rock – 1.5km one-way
- Coxs Cave Circuit – 1.6km loop (see map below)
- Hornes Point – 2.2km return
- Mount Piddington Reserve to Fairy Bower – 3km return
Getting to Mount Piddington / Piddington Trig
Parking along the unsealed Mount Piddington Road, and a very small carpark near the summit area, where there’s a covered picnic tables and a toilet. An unfenced rock platform provides partly obscured views over the Kanimbla Valley to the west. It’s 1.3km (3min drive) from Mount Victoria, or a 1.5km walk from Mount Victoria railway station.