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Visit Zig Zag Bridge in the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains offer so many surprises! One of the most secret spots is the Zig Zag Railway. Located about 150km west of Sydney, it's a great stop if you're spending a day in the Blue Mountains. This bridge is a little tricky to get to, but hopefully my directions will help you get there!

History of the Zig Zag Bridge

Built in the 1960's, this railway was predominately used by steam trains to transport people and produce from the NSW plains to Sydney. The railway was in use until 2013 when a fire hit the railway. Now, it's a hidden railway with epic views over the Blue Mountains. It's an easy hike that you can visit on a day trip from Sydney.

How to get there

The easiest way to reach Zig Zag bridge is by car. It's about 150km away or about a 2.5-3 hour drive from central Sydney. To start your trip, put Lithgow in your GPS. From Lithgow, take Chifley Road towards Clarence. On the side of the road, you'll see a wider gravel area and you can park here. This is the exact GPS location on Google Maps for the parking spot.

Once you reach the parking spot, you'll notice a natural trail. Start walking along the trail and you'll see a large circular dip in the trail on the right hand side. This is about a 10-15 minute walk from the beginning.

Once you reach the dip, take a right directly into the bush. You'll be going off trail. Walk in a straight line from the bush and you'll hit the iconic Zig Zag Bridge!

Hopefully these google maps are more helpful for a visual. It's a bit of a tricky spot to find, but with these maps, the bridge is about a 30 minute walk from the car park.

What you need

Make sure to wear some comfortable walking shoes as you'll be walking along a trail and then going through the short bush. It is slightly cooler in the Blue Mountains than in Sydney, so pack a light jacket.

You can fly your drone from the bridge, but it does get extremely windy, so make sure to check out the wind conditions from the bridge.

Hope you have an amazing time visiting this hidden spot in the Blue Mountains!

A HUGE shoutout to Bec for leading us to this iconic bridge! You can follow her on instagram @becadamss_

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