At the eastern end, the old railway formation is
reached from Skarratt Park, in Governors Drive, Lapstone, just
beyond the highway exit.
After a few hundred metres, the line crosses Tunnel
(look for the stone culvert near the left-hand gully wall) and the
vegetation gets thick. Nutrient-rich run- off from 50 years of mushroom farming
activities in the tunnel has turned the cutting into a hydroponic weed
farm, full of quicksand-like mud.
In the late 1990's, the author abandoned an attempt to
walk up the cutting, concluding that a machete & gumboots would be
needed to reach the tunnel. A visit in mid 2000 revealed that some
machete-wielding enthusiasts had recently cleared a path, & made a
start on clearing privet & lantana.
The path leaves the railway bed short of the tunnel,
ascending a narrow ridge separating the weed choked, water-logged
cutting, from a water course. The author has followed the floor of the
cutting up to the mouth of the tunnel, & found the mud to be
deeper than his gumboots. You cannot enter the tunnel. Stick to the
track, it's a lot easier!
Above the portal, a track
leads south to the old tramway route, built to carry materials to the
Glenbrook Gorge tunnel site. The tramway crosses Explorers Rd
just east of the primary school, and continues to Bluff Lookout. Just
west of the lookout, you can find remains of a funicular
railway descending into Glenbrook Gorge.
There is also a track to the end of
nearby Lucasville Rd & Hillside Cres. From Hillside
Cres, a footpath leads under the highway to the RAAF base - you can
walk down Knapsack St to the zig-zag & Knapsck
More bushwalking opportunities...