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Federal Pass

Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

Historic Federal Pass is an easy valley walk offering views of the Three Sisters, waterfalls and Scenic World, accessed from Leura or Katoomba, in Blue Mountains National Park.

Where
Blue Mountains National Park
Distance
9km one-way
Time suggested
4hrs 30min
Grade
Hard
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note

  • The Think Before You Trek initiative operates in this park, so please check out the website when planning your hike.
  • The Scenic Railway operates regularly during the day, with the last train departing at 4.50pm.
  • For information regarding the price of Scenic Railway tickets, contact Scenic World.

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

Originally built by the Katoomba community, from Leura Forest to Katoomba Falls, the track was extended on the old horse-drawn coal tramway line and now goes all the way to Ruined Castle, on the other side of Jamison Valley.

This historic walking track follows the base of the cliffs from Leura to Ruined Castle, passing forests, waterfalls and the iconic Three Sisters. You can join Federal Pass at four places and each junction involves a challenging climb down and back up the valley.

Descending any of the stairways to join the historic track, marvel at the scenic views of the dramatic cliff line. You’ll pass through dense forests and cool clear waterfalls, so pick your spot for a picnic. Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.

If you’re after a real heart-pumping finish, take the stairs back to the top, or enjoy an exhilarating train ride to the top at Scenic World.

Take a virtual tour of Federal Pass captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Google Trekker, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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
    More
    • Richmond
      (02) 4588 2400
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4588 5335
    More
    • Oberon
      (02) 6336 1972
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW
    More
See more visitor info
Hanging rock, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: David Finnegan