3 hrs 45 mins
Solitary Kiosk and Restaurant
(0km) Int of Cliff Drive and Prince Henry Cliff Walk → Int of Federal Pass and Jamieson Lookout Tracks
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk heads along the bush track, away from the Echo Tree Lookout, winding along the well-defined bush track for a short while before coming to the signposted intersection of the track to Leura Forest.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Leura Forest’ sign along the bush track, winding down the hill for a short while before dropping down a set of wooden steps, to the signposted intersection with the ‘Jamieson Lookout’ track.
(0.14km) Int of Federal Pass and Jamieson Lookout Tracks → Jamieson Lookout
(0.14km) Int of Federal Pass and Jamieson Lookout Tracks → Fern Bower
(0.23km) Fern Bower → Lila falls crossing
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Federal Pass Leura Forest’ sign down the long metal staircase, to cross the bridge over Linda Creek in front of Lila Falls.
(0.57km) Lila Falls crossing → Marguerite Cascades
(0.75km) Marguerite Cascades → Leura Forest
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk crosses Linda Creek just below a pleasant cascade using the foot bridge with a handrail. This walk then continues along the bush track that winds along the valley floor, to the signposted ‘Leura Forest’. From here, the walk continues along the wide bush track, passing a few picnic tables, and winding through the forest to an open area with a large gazebo and an information sign at the intersection of the Federal Pass and the Dardenelles tracks.
(1.07km) Leura Forest (Int of Federal Pass and Dardenelles Tracks) → Int of Furber Steps and Scenic Railway Track
1 hr 33 mins
Veer left: 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). 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.)
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’).
(4.24km) Int of Furber Steps and Scenic Railway Track → Scenic World
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.
(4.24km) Int of Furber Steps and Scenic Railway Track → Scenic Railway (Bottom Platform)
(4.41km) Scenic Railway (Bottom Platform) → Scenic World
Maps for the Federal Pass walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Six Foot Track||1:50 000 Map Series||Six Foot Track||NSW-six-foot-track|
|Katoomba||1:25 000 Map Series||89301S KATOOMBA||NSW-89301S|
|Katoomba||1:100 000 Map Series||8930 KATOOMBA||8930|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||3 hrs 45 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||No experience required (1/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
3.1km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.1km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 380m is flat with no steps and the remaining 200m is very steep.
Quality of track
4km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 410m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 300m follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 20m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 3.8km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 910m has directional signs at most intersection.
This whole walk, 4.7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 4.7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 4.7km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
Starting near Solitary Restaurant in Leura, this walk heads into the bush passing Echo Tree Lookout. The track the follows the Prince Henry track to Federal Pass, soon coming to Jamiesons Lookout. Jamiesons Lookout provides a great view across the valley, with a bench seat to help you rest and take it in. Consider starting or ending the walk with a snack at Solitary Restaurant.
Total climbing: 21m
308 m Return
A great walk exploring the upper section of Furber Steps. Starting at the Katoomba Kiosk, this walk visits Witches Leap, Juliets Balcony and Vanimans Lookout to loop back to the Kiosk. There are great views down the Kedumba Valley and of many of the surrounding features. A well shaded walk with some pleasant rain forest areas along a well signposted track. There are plenty of stairs, mostly with handrails.
Total climbing: 52m
854 m Circuit
This popular walk descends into the Jamison Valley, passing great views of Mt Solitary and Katoomba Falls. Be sure to allow time to explore as many of the side trips as possible as these are just amazing (especially the cascading water at Katoomba Falls). To save the walk back up the hill, take a ride on the Scenic Railway (make sure you get there before the last train at 4:50pm).
Total climbing: 46m
869 m Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
This short walk starts from, and returns to, the Carrington park track head and takes you to the Bridal Veil Lookout, on the western side of the Leura Cascades. This lookout provides you with a spectacular view, just a short stroll from Katoomba. This is a great walk for those keen to start bushwalking. There are a couple of other possible side trips to lookouts along the way.
Total climbing: 69m
892 m Return
A great circuit walk near Scenic World, Katoomba. This walk heads into a temperate rain forest, following a shrouded trail through Witches Leap, a small creek crossing, before emerging near Katoomba Kiosk. The kiosk is a good spot to stop for a coffee before heading back along the flat trail to Scenic World. Special features of this walk include the great views from Juliet’s Balcony.
Total climbing: 89m
Note: There is no car transport option to the start of this walk.
1.1 km Circuit
This is a excellent return walk, starting from the Katoomba kiosk and winding down to the Furber Steps, where it continues along a well signposted side track to the Katoomba Falls lookout. As this walk starts and finishes at the Kiosk, it is can be a great place to grab some tucker before heading off on the walk, or for a coffee afterwards.
Total climbing: 116m
1.1 km Return
This walk starts from Scenic World and winds part way down the Furber Steps and along a small, well travelled side track to the Katoomba Falls lookout. Providing great views, and plenty of visitor information at Scenic World, this is a great walk for those who like waterfalls, ferns and grottos, and don’t mind steps.
Total climbing: 146m
1.2 km Return
For those looking for a walk involving more than simple boardwalk, this trail winding through the temperate rain forest could be just the thing. Katoomba Falls cannot fail to dazzle as they cascade down the cliffs, and the opportunity to stop for a quick cup of coffee in Katoomba Falls Kiosk makes this walk all the more appealing.
Total climbing: 159m
1.5 km Circuit
1 hr 45 mins
This walk starts from the Katoomba Kiosk, on Cliff Drive, winds down to the bottom of Furber Steps and continues to the base of the Katoomba Falls. There are optional side trips to Katoomba Falls lookout and Vera’s Grotto on the way. By the creek at the base of Katoomba Falls is a great spot to enjoy a packed lunch, before walking back up the hill (alternatively, catch the scenic railway back up).
Total climbing: 272m
1.7 km Return
This walk explores the eastern end of Federal Pass track. Starting near Carrington Park, on Cliff Drive, the walk descends steeply, passing the Jamieson Lookout, Fern Bower and Lila and Linda falls. A couple more stair cases and the track comes to Marguerite Cascades. A side trip down to Laura Forest is also described, this is a nice spot to rest.
Total climbing: 368m
1.7 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
This pleasant walk starts at the popular Scenic World, in Katoomba, where the Scenic Railway and the Skyway are located. The walk finds its way down the Furber steps, where there are some great side trips to lookouts. At the bottom, the walk heads around through the forest to the base of the Katoomba falls. This is a great spot for a lunch break before tackling the climb back up to the top.
Total climbing: 302m
1.7 km Return
3 hrs 45 mins
This is one of the most popular tourist walks in the Katoomba area. The walk follows the cliffs along a well maintained and signposted track between two popular destinations, Scenic World and Echo Point. You will see amazing views of the Jamison Valley and Mt Solitary before enjoying the majesty of the Three Sisters.
Total climbing: 192m
2.1 km One way
1 hr 15 mins
This walk starts from Carrington Park and winds down into the valley below, to Leura Forest. Leura Forest was a pleasure ground in years gone by, and now boasts a nice little picnic area with a shelter, picnic tables and seats. This is a great spot for lunch. Take some time to explore the forest before climbing back up the valley the way you came.
Total climbing: 432m
2.3 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
A great walk for those exploring Scenic World as it passes the old coal-mining sites of Katoomba. Following the base of the cliffs the views are largely shrouded until breaking out into the open at the Landslide. As you walk, be sure to look up and see if you can spot any abseilers, especially in the Malaita Point area.
Total climbing: 353m
2.7 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
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.
Total climbing: 282m
3.1 km One way
This walk starts at the most popular lookout in the Blue Mountains, and passes one of Australia’s most famous landmarks, The Three Sisters. After descending into the valley and enjoying the views along the bottom of the cliffs you catch the scenic railway back up the hill. With great views of the valley, and a beautiful forest environment, this is a popular walk. All the more because at the end, the world’s steepest railway is available to take walkers back up to the top of the cliffs. This walk is not suitable for people with heart or breathing difficulties and for those with a fear of heights.
Total climbing: 273m
3.1 km One way
Starting at Australia’s most popular lookout and passing one of the most beautiful sets of waterfalls in this part of the park, this is one of the most breathtaking cliff walks around Katoomba. Signposted as part of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, this walk passes stunning lookouts including Copelands, Burrabarroo and Honeymoon lookouts. Each of these offers surprise after surprise in their magnificence.
Total climbing: 204m
3.2 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
3.3 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This walk starts from the popular Echo Point, in Katoomba, and winds down to the base of the Three Sisters via the Giant Stairs. From the bottom of the stairs the track follows Dardanelles pass to the Leura Forest, a great place for lunch. The track then heads back to the Giant Stairs along the Federal Pass and climbs back up to Echo Point. This walk will visits popular and hidden treasures of the area.
Total climbing: 512m
3.8 km Circuit
This walk is a fantastic way to see Leura Forest. The walk descends from Carrington Park, visiting Leura Forest and following a loop along the base of the cliffs and beneath the Three Sisters, before climbing back up to Carrington Park. This walk explores a variety of forests types and a few waterfalls. Leura Forest is a lovely picnic area, a great place to relax.
Total climbing: 674m
4.8 km Circuit
Forming a circuit around the cliffs and then the valley floor, this is a walk more then capable of convincing a walker of the beauty of the Blue Mountains National Park. There are plenty of fantastic views including Echo Point, Tallawarra Lookout and Honeymoon Point. Leura Forest is a great spot to break for lunch, and there is even an opportunity to cross a bridge to one of the Three Sisters. This walk has it all.
Total climbing: 588m
4.8 km Circuit
This walk offers a grand way to explore above and below the cliffline of Echo Point in Katoomba. Starting and finishing at Echo Point, the walk passes the Three Sisters and heads down the steep Giant Staircase. The walk along Dardenelles Pass is lovely as it winds through many areas of rainforest. The walk then climbs up Federal Pass and returns to the scenic Echo Point along the cliff tops.
Total climbing: 595m
4.8 km Circuit
This walk starts from the popular Scenic World, in Katoomba, and winds down the Furber steps into the Jamison Valley, following the bush track around the Three Sisters, before climbing up the Giant Staircase and returning along the clifftops. This walk takes you on a crash course of the Blue Mountains National Park, providing you with great views, green forests, and iconic rock formations.
Total climbing: 722m
5.8 km Circuit
5 hrs 30 mins
Exploring below the cliffs on the western side of the Scenic Railway, this walk passes some spectacular lookouts, especially the view from the Landslide. In addition to this, it goes through beautiful shrouded forest before climbing steeply up the Golden Staircase. Once out of the valley, be prepared for a long walk back along dirt and asphalt roads to Scenic World.
Total climbing: 723m
5.9 km Circuit
3 hrs 30 mins
With approximately equal parts cliff-walk and forest track, this track truly shows what the cliff edges of the Jamison Valley have to offer, especially at Tarpeian and Fossil Rocks. There is a beautiful descent into the valley, as well as the mystique of Leura Forest, and a number of great spots to take a break along the way. The walk finishes with an exciting ride to the top of Scenic World on the world’s steepest railway.
Total climbing: 697m
6.6 km One way
Any walk that begins with a trip on the world’s steepest railway is bound to be exciting, but its the tranquility of Leura Forest that makes this walk extra special. From the bottom of the Scenic Railway, this walk goes through the cool forest at the base of the cliffs, until reaching Leura Forest. This is a great spot to relax and enjoy the serenity of a day in the bush before returning back along the bush track.
Total climbing: 622m
6.7 km Return
4 hrs 30 mins
This walk starts from the popular Scenic World tourist spot. The walk winds down into the Jamison Valley via the Furber steps, heads west around the edge of the valley, past the landslide, and climbs the Golden Stairs, before returning to Scenic World along the roads. This is a great day walk, providing access to some nice, optional side trips. As an alternative to the walk down, you can take the popular Scenic Railway down into the Jamison Valley.
Total climbing: 769m
6.8 km Circuit
Going from Katoomba to Leura, this walk covers the top of the cliff line and most of the major lookouts. With brilliant vistas all along the way, the views of the Jamison Valley are truly amazing. Time should be set aside to dawdle along the cliffs and soak up the serenity of the cliffs.
Total climbing: 575m
6.8 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
This classic trail follows along the base of the cliffs from Leura to the Golden Stairs, passing many of the more popular sights of the Katoomba region. Travelling through beautiful forest environments, this is one of the longer walks in the area. Leura Forest and Kedumba Falls are both great places to sit and take a break along the journey.
Total climbing: 989m
8 km One way
This is a great walk, with much to offer photographers and those who only have a day in Katoomba. The walk descends into the valley from Solitary Kiosk before climbing up the scenic (and steep) Furber steps and soaking up the views around the rim of the valley. A great way to take in both the valley and the cliff tops of Katoomba.
Total climbing: 1009m
9.4 km Circuit
5 hrs 30 mins
This is a very popular, full day walk, in the Katoomba Area, offering great views of the valley. The walk follows the edge of the cliffs, through the undergrowth, from the Scenic Railway to the Ruined Castle. There are great views to enjoy from the Ruined Castle. Arrive back in time to catch the Scenic Railway back up, or be prepared for the walk up Furber Steps, an alternate exit.
Total climbing: 963m
12.4 km Return
7 hrs 30 mins
One of the longer day-walks in the Katoomba area, this track goes from the very popular Scenic World to the fantastic lookout on top of the Ruined Castle and then on to the amazing Mt Solitary. Be prepared for a long, but amazing, day of viewing the Jamison Valley. Make sure you are back to catch the train up in time, or be prepared to walk out one of the alternate routes, either via Furber Steps or via the Golden Staircase.
Total climbing: 1345m
16.2 km Return
This is the two day version of this popular and challenging walk. This walk passes popular sights including the Landslide, Ruined Castle, Mt Solitary and Wentworth Falls, and is a great way to explore the Jamison Valley. Water is rarely available at the campsite, with the Kedumba River being the only source of reliable water in the middle of this walk.
Total climbing: 2135m
29.2 km One way
Circling the Jamison Valley, this spectacular three day walk is packed with great views and beautiful scenery. From Scenic World the walk heads around the base of the cliffs before climbing up to the Ruined Castle and then Mt Solitary. Walkers can rest in the sheltered Chinaman’s Gully campsite overnight (don’t expect water). Day two takes a rough track across Solitary and down to the Kedumba River. On the third day, the walk climbs to King’s Tableland and the beautiful and amazing Wentworth Falls.
Total climbing: 2147m
29.3 km One way
On this 3 day walk you will explore some remote areas around the Kedumba Valley, and some of the most famous spots in the Blue Mountains. The walks starts at Scenic World to head down Furber Steps and follow the Federal pass past the Scenic Railway, the land slide, to an optional side trip up Ruined Castle. The walk then climbs steeply up to Mount Solitary to stay the night. The next day the walk heads steeply down to cross the Kedumba River then follows the trail through the valley to stay near Leura Creek. Day three brings you back to the federal pass, the up the Giant Stair case, past the Thee Sisters and some grand lookouts back to the start of the walk.
Total climbing: 2863m
33.8 km Circuit
Other Nearby walks
Starting from Solitary Restaurant on Cliff Drive in Leura, this track heads down to the historic Copelands Lookout, providing great views across Jamison Valley. Copelands Lookout is a fairly large lookout with a natural sandstone floor and hand-built sandstone walls. This one way of enjoying great views of the Jamison valley without the hustle and bustle of Echo Point. The walk also offers an optional side trip to the Bridal Veil Lookout, where you can see the falls by the same name.
Total climbing: 57m
570 m Return
This short walk starts at Solitary Restaurant on Cliff Drive, and soon arrives at the lookout at Fossil Rock, with great views down the valley. If you are feeling a bit more energetic, there is an optional side trip to Bridal Veil Lookout, giving great views of the Bridal Veil waterfall. This walk can be topped off with a snack from the kiosk back up on the road.
Total climbing: 19m
150 m Return
This short walk starts from, and returns to, the Carrington Park track head and winds down along the Prince Henry cliff walk to the Burrabarroo Lookout. There are great views across the Jamison valley and Leura Forest from the lookout. Being such a short walk to a great lookout, this is a great walk if you don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to see a great piece of the mountains.
Total climbing: 52m
582 m Return
Following Leura Creek down to a beautiful small waterfall, this is one of the prettiest short walks in the Leura area. Sit under the overhang and watch as the falls cascade down around you, then climb to great views of the Leura cliffline, before this circuit track leads back to the park.
Total climbing: 62m
844 m Circuit
This is a short walk out from the beautiful Leura Park. The walk heads past cliffs, the cascades, large ferns and even a historic bridge. The walk is a great one to do between meals at a picnic. Leura Cascades themselves are a great set of waterfalls, and worth taking the camera for.
Total climbing: 62m
844 m Circuit
From Leura Park to Gordon Falls Park, this diverse walk offers fantastic views of the Jamison Valley, as well as two great side trips down to some smaller waterfalls. Don’t be fooled by their size – they are quite beautiful. Be sure to allow extra time for the side trips (especially Gordon Falls), in order to sit and reflect as the water cascades around you.
Total climbing: 200m
1.8 km One way
1 hr 15 mins
The walk out to Copelands Lookout and back is a walk with some variety. The track winds down past some cascades, then past some views into the Jamison Valley and then another view of the cascades. This walk is capped off with the view from Copelands Lookout before returning to Leura Park.
Total climbing: 99m
1.5 km Return
Starting at Leura Park, this walk passes above Leura Cascades before working its way along the route of Prince Henry’s Cliff Walk. The walk winds past many lookouts with brilliant views over the Jamison Valley. The views are even more exceptional from the turn-around point at Gordon Falls Lookout.
Total climbing: 380m
3.6 km Return
This walk is relatively short and takes in some magnificent views. The walk visits Olympian, Bridal Veil View and Tarpeian Lookouts, which are all perched high on top of the cliffs. A great walk, exploring some of the quieter, but still very spectacular, lookouts in the Blue Mountains.
Total climbing: 170m
2 km Circuit
This short walk from Cliff Drive, Leura, heads out to pretty Bridal Veil View Lookout. At the base of a staircase, the lookout provides great views of Bridal Veil Falls. There is also an optional side trip to Tarpeian Rock, which is well worth the extra time, providing great views up the Jamison valley.
Total climbing: 64m
954 m Return
This short walk starts from Cliff Rd in Leura and heads out to Tarpeian Rock Lookout, crossing over Prince Henry Cliff Walk. The lookout provides breathtaking views down the Jamison Valley and along the Kings Tableland to Mount Solitary. The floor of the lookout is interesting in it’s own right, with fascinating circular pattens.
Total climbing: 31m
432 m Return
Lyrebird Dell is a glorious and culturally significant location in the Blue Mountains. This walk follows the shortest route to the picnic area in a large sandstone cave. You will find the cave nestled into the hillside beside a lovely waterfall. The cave enjoys a long history with the traditional owners and is home to an basic picnic area, making a great place to be still and enjoy this valley.
Total climbing: 38m
538 m Return
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.