We like to think we’re pretty adventurous here at We Are Explorers. But there’s one adventure we haven’t been on – a quest to find a giant penis hidden deep in the Blue Mountains.


Heads up! The Penis Cairn has been removed by a local Bushwalking Club as the site it’s on has important significance to Traditional Owners. We’d encourage you to instead go and explore some of the other incredible places the Blue Mountains has to offer.

Luckily, we know a man who did just that. Meet Michael Connolly, 53 from the Blue Mountains who discovered the rather unusual cairn back in September last year.


Brooke: How did you find out about the giant penis cairn? 

Michael: I’m an avid bushwalker and I go walking almost every day. One day, I was researching trails to walk using the high definition mapping site, Six Maps, and was zooming in on ridgelines to see where tracks lead. That’s when I spotted it – it stuck out like the proverbial! 


How hard was it to get there? 

It’s about a 2.5km walk from where the national park gate is, and there are no discernible tracks to get to it. I had to find it by topo map/dead reckoning. There had also been a hazard reduction burn a few months earlier so the area was still very blackened when I went, which resulted in me getting covered in soot.


How long do you think it’s been there/how do you think it got there? 

It’s been there quite a while I think as the rocks look quite weathered. Whoever did it must have spent a lot of time gathering the rocks. Also, as there are no tracks to it now, it makes me think it was done quite a long time ago. I did have someone comment that they’d seen it a few years ago when they explored the ridge above it, but who did it we may never know!*



Would you go back? Or was the giant penis cairn a one-off kinda adventure? 

I’m always up for adventures like this and I find many unusual things and post them on my Facebook page Short Walks Around Penrith and the Blue Mountains. I’ve slowed down now (due to work change), but at one stage I was out bushwalking every day on my work lunch break and then after work. I’m always looking for new areas to explore.


Any advice for others intrigued by the giant penis cairn? 

Be aware that it’s fairly inaccessible and although it’s in a national park, there are no marked tracks. You would need a topo map and a good ability to navigate.


*Here at We Are Explorers we love a bit of fun, but remember that creating cairns and moving rocks can cause damage to the environment. It’s better to leave things where they are!

Photos by Michael Connolly