Best Blue Mountains Bush Walks & Hikes

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Top 10 Blue Mountains Walks – Your Guide to Blue Mountains Bush Walking

The Blue Mountains offers over 140km of walks and hikes. They range greatly. You can find easy less than 1 hour walk, more strenuous 1-day hike and even 3-day hike is possible, see the famous Six Foot Track. Be sure to check weather forecast, difficulty grade and required time. Carry plenty of water and enjoy

Katoomba Falls Round Walk

Katoomba Falls round walk is one of the most overlooked tracks in the Blue Mountains. This circuit track passes beautiful Katoomba waterfalls, lush rainforest, has got easy access, perfect location near Katoomba Kiosk, camping place and Scenic World.

Kedumba River falls about 150 meters in 2 main stages. Track from the Furber Steps is used to access the first section. The Katoomba Falls itself can be viewed from many lookouts on this track

The best starting point is at the car park at Scenic World, located on Violet Street off Cliff Drive. From the Scenic World main entrance follow the ‘Prince Henry Cliff Walk’ signs down the concrete steps and around to the back of the building, reach wooden footbridge and an intersection with the Prince Henry Cliff Walk. From there, continue down and follow sign Scenic Railway.

Reach Vaniman’s Lookout opposite Reids Plateau. This area offers fantastic views of Three Sisters, Kedumba Valley and the view is of the surrounding trees, good for birdwatching.

Another stunning lookout is Juliets Balcony near Orphan Rock, under the Scenic Skyway. The lookout can be reached off the Furber Steps track.

Highly recommended is Rainforest Lookout for an opportunity to get close to the rainforest canopy. Shady area is appreciated in the summer when temperatures can reach 30 degrees Celsius.

Katoomba Falls Track Map
GradeMedium
Time1-1.5 hrs
Views***
Waterfalls***
Rainforest***

Grand Canyon Track ~ Blackheath

The track is located in Blackheath area, 20min from Katoomba. It’s graded as a hard track, following a creek and passing canyon, good walking shoes and spirit for adventure is recommended.

The track starts at Evans lookout, humidity guarantees luscious vegetation of ferns and golden wattles, close to a Greaves creek, refreshing temperatures in the summer. 

The walk was established in 1907. The creek does flood after heavy rain, Thre is a Blue Mountains National Park office in Blackheath, check current conditions if unsure.
Sandstone walls, waterfalls and abundant birdlife make it very popular walking track

Grand Canyon Path near creek
GradeMedium Plus
Time4 hrs
Distance5 km Circuit
Views**
Waterfalls**
Rainforest***

National Pass ~ Wentworth Falls

Starting at the picnic area, this walk offers amazing views of the waterfall cascading down into the Jamison Valley, before reaching the historic Grand Stairway. The National Pass is a spectacular walking track offering great views.  Wentworth falls is 3 tiered waterfalls, 187m tall. Water in the waterfall is the collection of rainwater seeping through plus natural creek runs into it ensures it is a permanent waterfall all year round.

As you enter the Valley of the Waters you’ll be greeted by a set of waterfalls, namely Empress, Silvia and Lodore Falls. Climb back out of the valley, reaching Conservation Hut. Used by bushwalkers in the 19th century, these days operating as a cafe with veranda and having a fireplace in winter.

This walk offers fantastic views of the Jamison Valley and the surrounding sandstone cliffs. There are beautiful waterfalls at both ends and recent track maintenance has made this walk easier and more enjoyable. Allow time to soak up the scenery before returning to the car park via the Shortcut Track.

Map National Pass Track
GradeHard
Time4.5 hrs
Distance6 km
Views***
Waterfalls***
Rainforest***

Federal Pass ~ Leura-Katoomba 

It is a popular walk offering magnificent views of Jamison Valley. From Leura Forest to Katoomba Falls, the track was extended on the old horse-drawn coal tramway line and nowadays reaches Ruined Castle. This historic walking track follows the forests, waterfalls and the iconic Three Sisters. You can join Federal Pass at four places. Keep in mind there is a challenging climb or back up the valley there. Dense forests and cool waterfalls are ideal to visit in warmer months.

If you like your scenic views from the ground up, you’ll love this magnificent walk through Jamison Valley.

Descending any of the stairways gives you access to the historic track, scenic views as it passes cliff line. The track goes through dense forests and cool clear waterfalls, possibility to have a picnic.

Forest leura trail
GradeHard
Time6.5 hrs
Distance13 km
Views***
Waterfalls**
Rainforest***

Cliff Top Trail ~ Blackheath

Cliff Top Trail ~ Blackheath ~ 2-3 hrs This track follows the cliff edge from Govetts Leap lookout to Evans lookout near Blackheath town overlooking Grose Valley. This is the perfect track to warm up on a winters months.

Passing through dense heathland, you’ll see she-oaks, banksias and stunted mallee scrub. It’s a great area for birdwatching (yellow-tailed black cockatoos and king parrots). The heath comes alive with displays of wildflowers in spring, attracting even more birds. Crossing Govetts Leap Brook, the track passes the junction with Braeside walking track, an opportunity to see ”hanging gardens”. 

Cliff Top walking track Google Maps
GradeMedium
Time2 hrs
Distance3 km
Views***
Waterfalls***
Rainforest*

Govetts Leap Fairfax Heritage Track ~ Blackheath 1hr ~ wheelchair acessible

Govetts Leap Lookout is a popular spot offering the view of the Grose Valley where you can view the cliffs leading back up to Perry Lookdown and Evans Lookout. It is considered as good as three sisters. You can enjoy the scenery without the crowds. At the top of the escarpment is a picnic ground, toilets and access to cliff top walks plus the Fairfax Heritage Track which is suitable for wheelchairs and prams.
The track is educational, and one of view offering views, wildflowers and easy access.

Fairfax Heritage Track Map
GradeEasy
Time1 hr
Distance2 km
Views***
Waterfalls**
Rainforest*

Ruined Castle Walking Track

Ruined Castle Walking Track Ruined Castle walking track is special among walks in the Blue Mountains area. Beginning at the Golden Stairs and descending into Jamison Valley, this hard walk takes you to famous landmarks in the valley; the Ruined Castle. It’s a beautiful rock formation that offers great views over the valley as far as Wentworth Falls and Katoomba. Descending deep into the valley, you’ll enter the cool, lush rainforest with towering coachwood and sassafrass, and a chance to spot a lyrebird. The track is a historic mining route.

View from Ruined castle
GradeHard
Time5 hrs
Distance8 km return
Views***
Waterfalls
Rainforest***

Furber Steps Scenic Railway Track

Furber Steps Scenic Railway Walking Track This popular track into Jamison Valley in Blue Mountains National Park. The difficult Furber Steps-Scenic Railway walking track is full of superb views, lush rainforest and cascading waterfalls. The opportunity to take the famous Scenic Railway or Scenic Cableway back to the top might be what you need after difficult track. 

Map Furbes Steps
GradeMedium
Time1.5 hrs
Distance2 km Circuit
Views***
Waterfalls***
Rainforest***

Overcliff Undercliff Track 

Overcliff Undercliff Track Overcliff-Undercliff track near Wentworth Falls passes along the dramatic cliff edge to picturesque Valley of the Waters. This scenic track pass through swamp, heath and lush rainforest offering the views across Jamison Valley. The dramatic clifftops and large rock overhangs. Undercliff track joins Overcliff track at Den Fenella track junction. You can round off your walk with a delicious snack by following Overcliff track to Lyrebird lookout.

GradeEasy
Time1.5 hrs
Distance2 km Circuit
Views***
Waterfalls***
Rainforest**

Six Foot Track Katoomba

Six Foot Track is a three-day hike. It passes state forests and Blue Mountains National Park, this historic track takes in heritage sites, heath, woodlands, and rainforest, and few camping sites.
This track can be undertaken in smaller sections as well.
It follows an 1884 heritage horse track, it starts near Katoomba, passing cascading waterfalls and rivers into the Megalong Valley and village, crossing swinging bridge, reaches the range, and final stop is Jenolan Caves.
Bookings must be made before commencing your walk.

Prince Henry cliff Walk sign

Prince Henry Cliff Walk

The Prince Henry Cliff Walk is a 6.8km (around 3.5 hrs one way) walking trail between Scenic World in Katoomba and Gordon Falls Lookout in Leura.
It follows the cliff edge overlooking Jamison Valley with lots of beautiful lookout points along the way to enjoy some of the best views in the Blue Mountains.

Named in honour of the third son of King George V and Queen Mary, the Prince Henry Cliff Walk was opened in 1936

Some of the highlights along this popular walking track are Katoomba Cascades, the Three Sisters, Echo Point, Leura Cascades and Olympian Rock lookout point.

Map Prince Henry Cliff Walk
GradeMedium
Time3.5 hrs
Distance7 km Circuit
Views***
Waterfalls***
Rainforest**

Safety

Every year around 130 bushwalkers get lost or need rescuing in Blue Mountains National Park. Most people are found within 24 hours

At least 2L of water per person
Waterproof and windproof clothing to keep you warm
Plenty of food and snacks
Hat and sunscreen
Topographic map and compass (know how to use them) plus download the NSW National Parks app.
Matches and a torch
First aid kit
Insect repellent