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Charles Darwin walk

Blue Mountains National Park


Take this easy stroll from for scenic views, magical waterfalls and excellent birdwatching near the picturesque Wentworth Falls.

Blue Mountains National Park
2km one-way
Time suggested
1hr 15min
Please note

  • This walk is actually outside the boundaries of the national park and is managed by Blue Mountains City Council. It's a good option if you're travelling by public transport.
  • Parking, picnic and toilet facilities are available at Wilson Park and in the national park at Wentworth Falls picnic area.
  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of water.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch.
  • The Think Before You Trek initiative operates in this park, please check out the website when planning your hike.
  • Please tale care as the ground may be muddy and slippery in areas. There are some sections of stairs.

Follow in the footsteps of the famous naturalist, Charles Darwin, who walked this popular track in 1836. Starting from Wilson Park, today's visitors can stroll the boardwalk and bush track through open forest, shrub, and hanging swamps to the national park boundary, where the walk meets Weeping Rock loop.

Along the way, Jamison Creek's rock pools and cascades are tranquil spots to cool your feet on a hot day. Bird watchers should keep an eye out for honeyeaters, shrub wrens, and the raucous black cockatoos that can't resist the native banksia trees.

From the park boundary, it's only 400m to Wentworth Falls via picturesque Weeping Rock, or 15mins to Wentworth Falls picnic area. Spend some time exploring the many walks and lookouts in the park, including Fletchers lookout, that offer incredible views of the waterfall and vast Jamison Valley, before retracing your steps back along the walk or taking Falls Road from Wentworth Falls picnic area back to town.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Bush Trackers

Bush Trackers was created to encourage children to engage with the environment in and around the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area. This program highlights the natural and cultural splendour of the greater Blue Mountains through education initiatives and bushwalks.

Charles Darwin walk, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton

Park info

  • in Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and Country NSW regions
  • Blue Mountains National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. Some parts of the park close overnight; details are provided for specific attractions.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies only at attractions in the Glenbrook area.

    Buy an annual pass.
  • More
    • Blue Mountains (Glenbrook)
      (02) 4720 6200 (Infoline)
      Contact hours: Entry station is open weekends, public holidays and school holidays only.
    • Blue Mountains National Park, Bruce Road, Glenbrook NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4739 6665
    • Richmond
      (02) 4588 2400
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4588 5335
    • Oberon
      (02) 6336 1972
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6336 2122
See more visitor info
Charles Darwin walk, near Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains. Photo: Elinor Sheargold/OEH.