Mount Banks, Blue Mountains National Park

The prominent tabletop of Mount Banks (1,034m) is a distinctive landmark along The Botanists Way.

Named for Sir Joseph Banks, the ‘father of Australian botany’ and George Caley’s mentor, Mount Banks was the furthest point of Caley’s 1804 exploration.

Turn south off Bells Line of Road 9.5 km west of Mount Tomah and follow the gravel road 1.3 km to the picnic area in a saddle at the foot of Mount Banks.

Good views into the upper Grose Valley around Blue Gum Forest can be seen from the roadside and from the picnic area a steep but rewarding walking track leads 2.5km (return) through open heath to the basalt summit.