Gooch's Crater Trail is a 4.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Newnes Plateau, New South Wales, Australia that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.7 km Elevation Gain: 138 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching


A short walk to explore one of the curious features of the Blue Mountains - a hanging swamp surrounded by sand stone cliffs and rock pagodas.

no shade
over grown
Sat Mar 23 2019

Drive in needs AWD or 4WD. No signage and trail unclear at crater. Worth the walk, the crater is beautiful, green and cool. Quite breathtaking and very peaceful, had the trail to ourselves.

Sat Dec 09 2017

A beautiful short loop through a pristine hanging swamp. The drive in could be tricky in wet weather with a 2wd. Requires some clearance. The only disappointing part is see the coal mining in the distance as you start the walk. This is near the Gardens of Stone National Park which is under threat from coal mining. See before it is despoiled by the mining industry.