Hikers discover a jaw-dropping natural rock arch hidden in the middle of a major Aussie national park – here’s how to find itTravellers are flocking to a secluded natural rock arch in the Blue Mountains Dargan Arch is on the outskirts of the national park two hours west of Sydney It is near the town of Bell along a hidden trail through dense bushlandThe spectacular arch is a popular spot for photographers and nature lovers As it is hard to find, it is likely visitors will have the hidden gem all to themselves
Aussie travellers are venturing through secluded bush to see a spectacular natural arch rock formation in the middle of a national park.
Dargan Arch is tucked away in a relatively untouched part of the Blue Mountains National Park near the small town of Bell, a two hours west of the Sydney CBD.
A popular spot for photographers and perfect for a winter day trip, the sandstone arch is the remains of a collapsed cave and towers high above the bushland.
Aussie travellers are venturing to the spectacular Dargan Arch, a hard-to-find hidden gem of the Blue Mountains
Dargan Arch is tucked away in a relatively untouched part of the Blue Mountains National Park, near the small town of Bell, a two hours west of the Sydney CBD
A popular spot for photographers and perfect for a winter day trip, the sandstone arch is the remains of a collapsed cave and towers high above the bushland
As Dargan Arch is hard to find, most visitors find they have the rarely-visited hidden gem all to themselves.
Travellers need to venture off the beaten track to get to the rock arch starting from a sandy car park of Sandham road near the town of Dargan.
A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it bit of tape is tied around a metal pole indicating the beginning of the trail which is a hiker’s little-known sign to others something interesting is nearby.
As Dargan Arch is hard to find, most visitors find they have the rarely-visited hidden gem all to themselves
Hikers can walk over the bridge which stretches 15metres long then brave down the steep but straightforward escapement down the the bottom of the arch offering a unique perspective
From there, adventurers can journey along an easy fire trail for just over a kilometre then scramble over an unmarked rocky slope for 250metres to find the dramatic natural landmark.
Hikers can walk over the bridge which stretches 15metres long then brave the steep but straightforward escapement down beneath the arch offering a unique perspective.
The return hike is about 1.6kilometres long and takes roughly 40 minutes not including time to stop and snap jaw-dropping images or take in the scenery.
People are warned there are no safety rails atop the arch and the rocks can be slippery in wet weather so are advised to be extra cautious of the nine-metre drop.
How to get to Dargan Arch Turn off the highway at Bell onto Sandham Rd and follow this back towards Dargan for approximately 3.5km. The last bit is dirt and can be fairly corrugated at times. Look for the turn off marking power pole 384. There is usually a small sign nailed to a tree marking the pole numbers at each intersection. Turn right and follow this under the power lines.You will need to park hear as the road gets rough and is normally blocked as it continues into the scrub on the other side. Walk down the old 4WD track for approximately 500m to it’s end and then continue on the foot track that heads off slightly to the left. This will bring you down to a bend in the ravine and a view over the top of the arch.With a bit of care you can continue down to the left and scramble down into the gully upstream of the arch, then follow it back around to the underside of the arch with access to the adjoining caves. Return back the way you came in.
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