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Federal Pass Track
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.7 km SSE of Katoomba
Length: 3 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 3 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 261 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 261 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This walk starts at the world renowned Echo Point lookout. After exploring the Three Sisters, the walk descends steeply into the valley and meanders around the base of the Three Sisters and Katoomba Falls. A leisurely and exciting ride up the Scenic Railway replaces the long walk back up the hill. (open in app)


There are closed areas in Blue Mountains National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Scenic Railway - Federal Pass Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Echo Point Archway Intersection
Spooners Lookout Intersection
Int of the Three Sisters Footpath and Spooners Lookout Footpath
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Track and the Three Sisters Footpath
Int of Lady Game Lookout Track and the Three Sisters Footpath
Top of the Giant Staircase
Top of the Giant Staircase
The Three Sisters Bridge Intersection
The Three Sisters Bridge intersection
Bottom of Giant Staircase
Int of Federal Pass, Scenic Railway and Dardenelles Tracks
Cooks Crossing
Int of Furber Steps and Scenic Railway Track
Int of Furber Steps and Vera's Grotto Track
Furber Lookout
Int of Furber Steps and Lynes Point Track
Queen Victoria Lookout
Int of Furber Steps and Katoomba Falls Lookout Track
Rainforest Lookout
Int of Katoomba Falls Round Walk and Furber Steps
Int of Katoomba Falls Round Walk and Juliets Balcony Track
Vanimans Lookout
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Katoomba Falls Round Walk
End of wooden footbridge
Int of Furber Steps and Scenic Railway Track
Scenic Railway (Bottom Platform)
Starting point for this hiking track: Echo Point Archway Intersection

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Six Foot Track 1:50 000 Map Series NSW-six-foot-track 
 Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301S 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
Echo Point Discovery Centre
 
Echo Point Discovery Centre +
 
The archway exit from Echo Point
 
The archway exit from Echo Point +
 
Following the path to the Three Sisters
 
Following the path to the Three Sisters +

 
Track to Three Sisters
 
Track to Three Sisters +
 
Track down to Three Sisters
 
Track down to Three Sisters +
 
Footpath to Three Sisters
 
Footpath to Three Sisters +

 
Three Sisters Sign
 
Three Sisters Sign +
 
Heading down towards the Three Sisters
 
Heading down towards the Three Sisters +
 
The Giant Staircase
 
The Giant Staircase +

 
Metal staircase
 
Metal staircase +
 
Federal Pass sign
 
Federal Pass sign +
 
The Jamison from the Int of the Federal Pass and Dardenelles Tracks
 
The Jamison from the Int of the Federal Pass and Dardenelles Tracks +

 
Sign on Federal Pass
 
Sign on Federal Pass +
 
Federal Pass below Three Sisters
 
Federal Pass below Three Sisters +
 
Following the Federal Pass track
 
Following the Federal Pass track +

 
bridge over Kedumba Creek
 
bridge over Kedumba Creek +
 
Three Sisters from Furber Lookout
 
Three Sisters from Furber Lookout +
 
Track under rock overhang
 
Track under rock overhang +

 
Track to train
 
Track to train +
 
An old Coal Miners Train
 
An old Coal Miners Train +
 
Entrance to Scenic World
 
Entrance to Scenic World +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Scenic Railway - Federal Pass Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Scenic Railway - Federal Pass Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Scenic Railway - Federal Pass Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Scenic Railway - Federal Pass Track bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 3km
Time 3 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 780m has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 300m is flat with no steps and the remaining 230m is very steep.

Quality of track
Around 2.3km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 970m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
This whole walk, 3.3km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 3.3km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 3.1km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 200m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 3.3km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Echo Point Archway Intersection
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive to Echo Point Archway Intersection
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk Parking fees apply in the area.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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Echo Point Visitor Information Centre Alt = 954 m
This modern building at Echo Point is a great source of information. It is open daily from 9am-5pm (except Christmas Day). There is a large range of books, maps and information about the area (and ice creams). There are toilets opposite the entrance, (including wheelchair-accessible facilities). For more information, phone 1300 653 408. More info

(0 km) Echo Point Archway Intersection to Int of Lady Game Lookout Track and the Three Sisters Footpath
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 432 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -45 m
From the archway, this walk follows the lower of the two footpaths heading away from Echo Point, for approximately 30m, before coming to the intersection of the Spooners Lookout track.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the gentle hill and along the footpath. This soon flattens out for a short period before climbing back up to the intersection of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath heading away from the 'Y' intersection and bending around to the right. The path winds down the long, gentle hill until it flattens out, coming to an unnamed lookout opposite the intersection of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk and the Three Sisters footpath.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath down the gentle hill, keeping the cliffs and the valley down the hill to the right as it winds down to the intersection of the Oreades Lookout Track.

(0.43 km) Int of Lady Game Lookout Track and the Three Sisters Footpath to Top of the Giant Staircase
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 9 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath down the gentle hill towards the Three Sisters, passing under a rock archway and coming to the top of the Giant Staircase.

(0.44 km) Top of the Giant Staircase to Lady Game Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - bushtrack
Length = 11 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath down the hill towards the Three Sisters for about 10m before coming to the Lady Game Lookout.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Lady Game Lookout Alt = 896 m
Lady Game Lookout is a narrow, fenced lookout above the Three Sisters. The track to this lookout starts just near the archway which marks the start of the Giant Staircase. Lady Game Lookout provides a bird's-eye view over the Three Sisters and is a popular stop whilst exploring the area.

(0.44 km) Top of the Giant Staircase to The Three Sisters Bridge Intersection
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 32 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -24 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the steep stairs, winding down the side of the cliffs, to the intersection next to the bridge (which goes across to the overhang under the First Sister).

(0.47 km) The Three Sisters Bridge Intersection to The Three Sisters
Optional sidetrip: Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - bushtrack
Length = 6 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -11 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk crosses the bridge over to the Three Sisters.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

The Three Sisters Alt = 845 m
This well-known rock formation can be found just south of Katoomba, and can be viewed from many of the cliffside lookouts, from Narrow Neck all the way around to Sublime Point. Historically, this formation appears in Aboriginal 'Dream Time' stories, where three sisters were transformed into stone[1]. This iconic rock formation is popular amongst tourists and bushwalkers alike. More info

(0.47 km) The Three Sisters Bridge intersection to Bottom of Giant Staircase
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 197 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -154 m
Veer left: From the bridge, the walk goes steeply down the cliff using the metal Giant staircase with handrails. Along the way there are magnificent views of the valley, with chairs to help enjoy various outlooks. The walk continues to descend steeply until coming to an intersection with a flat bush track, signposted as the 'Dardenelles Walking Track'.

(0.67 km) Bottom of Giant Staircase to Int of Federal Pass, Scenic Railway and Dardenelles Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 289 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 33 m Descent = -36 m
Turn right: From the bottom of the Giant Staircase, the walk follows the 'Scenic Railway' sign, keeping the main cliff to the right. The track continues with some great views over the Valley, and at several points, there are small seats to enjoy these fine views. The track then comes to a well-signposted intersection, with signs pointing along the 'Federal Pass Track' and 'Dardanelles Pass'.

(0.96 km) Int of Federal Pass, Scenic Railway and Dardenelles Tracks to Cooks Crossing
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.72 km Time = 52 mins
Climb = 179 m Descent = -169 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Federal Pass' sign towards 'Scenic Railway', keeping the main cliffs on the right. Not long after the intersection, the track passes 'under the sisters' rock formation (signposted[2]). From here, the track turns and continues along a relatively stretch and, at several points, passes some notable rock formations and caves embedded in the cliffs. There are occasional good views that are not shrouded by the trees. The walk continues until coming to the base of Katoomba Falls, crossing these using a metal bridge know as 'Cooks Crossing'. (Just across the bridge, there is a picnic table.)

(2.68 km) Cooks Crossing to Int of Furber Steps and Scenic Railway Track
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 169 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -12 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south-west away from Katoomba Falls along the bush track, soon passing the signposted 'Turpentine Tree'. Shortly after this tree, the track comes to an intersection with another bush track and set of stairs (on the right, signposted as 'Furber Steps').

(2.85 km) Int of Furber Steps and Scenic Railway Track to Scenic World
Alternate Exit: Track: Hard - bushtrack,footpath ( Show detail)
Length = 702 m Time = 24 mins
Climb = 233 m Descent = -36 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the stairs. After the first section, the walk flattens out slightly as it zigzags up the hill. The track also goes under several large overhangs before coming to an intersection and a 'Vera's Grotto' sign.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Scenic Skyway' sign up the wooden steps and across the short wooden boardwalk to the other side. The track continues with the hand railing on the left, until reaching the base of the Furber Steps. From here, the walk continues up the concrete steps, zigzagging steeply up the side of the cliff, until reaching the Furber Lookout at the base of the last flight of steps.
Continue straight: From the Furber Lookout, this walk heads up the concrete stairs, climbing to the top.
The walk passes the 'Furber Steps' signpost and continues along the bush track, winding up along the side of the hill until coming to the intersection of the Furber Steps and the Lynes Point tracks.
Turn left : From the lookout, this walk follows the bush track, heading down the short metal staircase to the intersection of the Lynes Point bush track at the bottom.
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk heads up the stairs, climbing to the top. Here it continues along the bush track, winding past a large rock overhang with a bench seat underneath and through the forest for a short while, to the signposted intersection of the 'Underfalls Walk'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the track follows the bush track heading up the hill, winding up through the forest for a short while. Soon the track bends slightly around to the right and comes to the Rainforest Lookout, at the base of the set of wooden steps.
Turn left : From the Rainforest Lookout, this walk heads up the wooden steps, climbing to the top where it comes to a 'T' intersection with the 'Round Walk' track.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Scenic Skyway' sign down the wooden steps, then flattens out for a short distance before continuing up the other side, climbing up the long, steep set of wooden steps. At the top, the walk comes to the intersection of the Round Walk and the Juliets Balcony track (unsignposted).
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads to the top of the metal stairs. The track then continues steeply up through the bush, climbing to Vanimans Lookout.
Turn left: From Vanimans Lookout, this walk heads up the wooden steps, climbing up the hill through the bush until it comes to the intersection with the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the only unsignposted bush track up the gentle hill. It winds up the wooden steps, bending around to the left until it flattens out at the intersection with the Scenic World footbridge.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the wooden footbridge that winds around the back of the Scenic World multi-story car park, to the concrete footpath. The walk continues around the main building, climbing up some concrete steps to the main entrance of Scenic World. (End of the alternative exit track)

(2.85 km) Int of Furber Steps and Scenic Railway Track to Scenic Railway (Bottom Platform)
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 167 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -15 m
Continue straight: From the bottom of Furber Steps, this walk follows the 'To base of scenic railway' sign keeping the handrail on the left, and following the flat bush track. This track passes through a small gate over a metal bridge at the bottom of the Scenic Railway.

(3.02 km) Scenic Railway (Bottom Platform) to Scenic World
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - transport
Length = 299 m Time = 26 mins
Climb = 210 m Descent = -8 m
Turn left: From the bottom platform, this walk heads up to the cliff top using the Scenic Railway. Hang on tight! This 415m-long journey is the world's steepest railway. Use of the railway costs $10 for adults and $5 for children one-way. Last train normally at 4:45pm (opens at 9am). More info
Note: The distance and altitude change for this ride is not included in the total for this walk.

Scenic World Alt = 951 m
Scenic World is one of the most renowned tourist attractions of Katoomba and the Blue Mountains. Located on the cliffs of the Jamison Valley [3], visitors can enjoy a ride on the Scenic Railway (the world's steepest incline railway) or the Scenic Cableway, into the Jamison Valley, and explore the Scenic Walkway from the base. Alternatively, the Scenic Skyway offers a bird's eye view over the valley, with a glass floor to enhance the experience. Scenic World also features a revolving restaurant, a cafe and a kiosk, in addition to the documentary theatre and souvenir shop. Rides can be purchased, starting from $16 for adults and $10 for children, and combination or family passes are available. More info

Drive from Scenic World
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Catch the bus from Scenic World
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 1.7 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 2.2 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 28.9 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 33.4 km
Kangaroo Tent City Cnr Mulgoa & Blaikie Rds, Penrith (02) 4733 4111 33.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Scenic Railway - Federal Pass Track.
Channel Call sign
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5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
29 km (to the WNW)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 29 km (to the WNW)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 29 km (to the E)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 30 km (to the NNW)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 35 km (to the NE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place. (Downloaded 9 minutes ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Partly cloudy.
Partly cloudy.
10.4°C (feels like 8.5°)
7 km/h from the NE
83% humidity     (as at 28/09:00am)
Fri      20°Partly cloudy.
Sat|24°Mostly sunny.
Sun13°|27°Shower or two. Possible storm.
Mon15°|28°Showers. Possible storm.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Blue Mountains National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park
Closure information last downloaded Friday 28th of November 2014 12:00 PM
CLOSED AREAS
Claustral Canyon access change
Access to Claustral canyon via the previous route across private land at Mount Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mount Tomah residents and avoid using private land. Alternative access from the west side of Mount Bell has been identified. For more information, please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877; open seven days 9am to 4.30pm or visit the NSW national parks safety page.
Mount Banks walking and cycling track
Some areas of this park are closed due to fire damage unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. For more information, please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877; open seven days 9am to 4.30pm or visit the NSW national parks safety page.
Locations affected: Mount Banks Summit walk, Mount Banks Road cycle route
Three Sisters walking track closure - Three Sisters - Honeymoon Bridge
Three Sisters track will be closed from Echo Point to the start of the Giant Stairway for major upgrade works to improve facilities for visitors. Works will commence from Monday 24 November 2014 and will be ongoing for the next 6 months. Access to the Giant Stairway, and Prince Henry Cliff walk to Leura is open. For more information, please contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Waratah Native Gardens
Some areas of this park are closed due to a major landslip event occurring across Gorge walking track. Closed areas include The Waratah Native Gardens precinct of Blue Mountains National Park.
A full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The precinct will be closed at the Valley Ridges Road Berambing entry gate (west of Bilpin). This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. For more information, please contact NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

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