Bushwalking in the Blue Mountains
Whether you’re out for a gentle stroll with the family or embarking on a vigorous multi-day trek with calf-burning descents to the valley floor, the Blue Mountains has a bushwalk to suit every level of ability and enthusiasm. And the rewards? Immersion into nature. Solitude. Fresh air. Wildlife galore. And incredible views of rugged escarpments, distant peaks, tumbling waterfalls and silent forests – a balm for body and soul.
Walks for all ages
In the heart of the Blue Mountains, near the breathtaking panorama of Echo Point Lookout in Katoomba, the family-friendly Three Sisters Walk takes you down a gentle slope to an outcrop near the iconic landmark, resonating with spiritual significance for the region’s traditional owners.
Another longer but still easy walk is the seven-kilometre Prince Henry Cliff Walk from Echo Point to Gordon’s Falls in Leura; while the Cliff Top Trail from Govetts Leap Lookout to Evans Lookout in Blackheath offers spectacular views over the vast Grose Valley. This walk rides high along the ridgeline with a gentle gradient and some short steep hills.
Spectacular medium to hard walks take you deeper into a wonderland of secluded valleys, tumbling waterfalls, moody canyons, ferns and brooks. The 12km Mount Solitary Walking Track from Katoomba will enchant the dedicated walker with woodland and rainforest.
Other walks that will get the heart pumping 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
Multi-day hikes for experienced walkers
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 Jenolan Caves.
Before departing on any long walk make sure you are prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips, check weather, and notify friends, family or police of your plans. You can also register your trip online with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service or at the Heritage Centre near Govetts Leap.