View to Lanyon Falls cut, Knolls 1, 2 and 3, ‘Little Monks’ and Big Monks

Sunday morning 8 January 2023: Morning summer time stroll – Mt Rob Roy (and Lanyon Falls added on the day) * – M/M. Key features are a detour up a creek line and open spur instead of the Banks Steep Track, and a very pleasant off-track descent west from Mt Rob Roy through woodland. The rest is fire trail; a little long grass. An early start at 6.30am to beat the heat, finished by around 11am. RU⇧4it with an R and B! Around 10km and 600vm.


From Garmin Connect – Distance: 12.06km | Climb: 777m | Time: 3:40 moving + 1:15 of stops = 4:55 | Grading: M/M; M(11).

Photographs Photographs are available here.
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Track Notes

This trip was a repeat of 23 Nov 22, where you can see photos of the cascade and Lanyon Falls doing their water thing.

With a nod from the walkers, we added to the originally advertised trip to visit Lanyon Falls and return via the knolls to its north.

Walking at 6.45am and, although it was not warm then, the temperature crept up to 20ºC and it felt a bit hot in the grasslands without shade. A blue-sky day.

First leg was up the creek line behind the flood mitigation weir, water hardly flowing. Cascade dry.

Dry Cascade on creek above flood mitigation weir

Turned south and climbed an open spur via a handy gate in a fence line to hit the Banks Steep Track. The Rob Roy Link Track and final little footpad took us up to the hill and trig. Not much of a view.

Treed-out view from Mt Rob Roy

Claimed the hill/trig for CBC’s personal challenge RU⇧4itA quick water break.

The second leg took us back along the Rob Roy Link Track a bit, then SW-ish down a spur to a fence crossing and onto the lower fire trail. I always enjoy this bit.

Little balls on Rice Flowers

Here we gained a view of some of the rest of the route.

View to Lanyon Falls cut, Knolls 1, 2 and 3, ‘Little Monks’ and Big Monks

Third leg was west-ish across the grasslands, soggy last trip but dry now. We winkled down a spur to the south of Lanyon Falls for a view from the side. Dry.

Lanyon Falls from the side – dry today

Popped back up to the east a bit, across the top of a gully and down to hit the creek line and scramble down to the top of the falls.

Lanyon Falls from the top

The next leg was to exit N from the falls across three knolls to Big Monks. A few puff stops from me and a whoopsie as I missed a pad turn and we ended up in the impenetrable shrubbery. My excuse was that I wanted to experience it. Back on the planned route, good views to Mt Tennent and so on.

PeakFinder view to the SW from the climb to Knoll 1

Open going from Knoll 1 through Knolls 2 and 3. That’s except for a few thistles.

Big Monks and ‘Little Monks’ from Knoll 3

Up to a bag of Big Monks.

View from Big Monks

The fifth leg took us first to ‘Little Monks’. A nice stone throne.

Stone throne on ‘Little Monks’

Then down to the Black and White Mine, currently hidden amongst St Johns Wort.

St Johns Wort surrounding the Black and White Mine

Diggings at the Black and White Mine

Continued NW down the spur to the gate at the SE corner of Banks.

The last leg was a fire trail bash along the back of the Banks houses. Used the opportunity to de-seed our gaiters and pants.

Great to catch up with old friends and walk with a new one. Thanks all. You have an ‘R’ and a ‘B’.

Relive the Trip
Track Map

Here’s where we went. On Tuggeranong 1:25000 map from © BKK Enterprises Pty Ltd, Mona Vale NSW 2103 Used with permission.

Track Mt Rob Roy and Lanyon Falls

The AllTrails map is here, where you can pan and zoom.


4 walkers – Jan H, Stephen J, Sandra T, me.

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