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Hagley Gap & Penlyne Castle

Getting there & away

From Papine in Kingston minibuses and route taxis run regularly to Mavis Bank, but less frequently to Hagley Gap via Gordon Town. Avoid starting out on Sunday.

Most hotels (including Whitfield Hall and Wildflower Lodge) in the Blue Mountains offer 4WD transfers to Penlyne Castle from Mavis Bank (from US$20 per vehicle) or Kingston (from US$40). The Wildflower and Whitfield transfers are untrustworthy in late evening, when drivers often don’t show up (or refuse to continue), stranding people in Mavis Bank. Be sure to arrange a transfer for no later than mid afternoon.

If driving, continue through Mavis Bank to Mahogany Vale and cross the Yallahs River.

Penlyne Castle is reached via a 5km dirt road that ascends precipitously from Hagley Gap. Only 4WD vehicles with low-gear option can make the journey, which is dauntingly narrow and rugged.

Hagley Gap & Penlyne Castle