Bushwalking in the Blue Mountains
From spectacular clifftop walks to eucalypt forest and waterfall trails, the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains rewards the bushwalker with wonders. You’ll find walks from easy trails suitable for all ages, to harder tracks with stairs and hikes that are recommended for experienced walkers.
Near the stunning panorama of Echo Point Lookout in Katoomba, in the heart of the Blue Mountains, the family-friendly Three Sisters Walk takes you down a gentle slope to an outcrop near the iconic landmark, rich with spiritual resonance for the region’s Aboriginal people.
For a longer walk, Prince Henry Cliff Walk is a gentle 7km track that connects Echo Point to Leura Cascades with scenic lookouts along the way. Also from Katoomba, the 12km Mount Solitary Walking Track will enchant the dedicated walker with woodland and rainforest.
Spectacular medium to hard walks take you deeper into a wonderland of secluded valleys, tumbling waterfalls, ferns and brooks. Some of the most popular walking tracks include:
- Grand Canyon track near Blackheath
- Ruined Castle Walking Track near Blackheath
- Katoomba Falls Round Walk in Katoomba
- Federal Pass in Leura
- National Pass (NB sections of this walk are currently closed) in Wentworth Falls
The Cliff Top Walking Track from Govetts Leap Lookout near Blackheath also takes you along the top of the Grose Valley and offers amazing views across the forested landscape. This walk rides high along the ridgeline with a gentle gradient and some short steep hills.
One of Australia’s classic walks, the challenging three-day Six Foot Track hike follows the route of the original 1884 horse track carved to take tourists from Katoomba to the Jenolan Caves. Before departing on any long walk make sure you are prepared. Check weather and notify friends, family or police of your plans.