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National Pass

Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

Starting at Conservation Hut, this walk passes waterfalls and lookouts before reaching the historic Grand Stairway. Head to Wentworth Falls for a picnic or barbecue. Take a virtual tour of National Pass captured with Google Street View Trekker.

Where
Blue Mountains National Park
Distance
5.4km
Time suggested
3hrs 30min
Grade
Hard
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • It's a good idea to check out the Think Before You Trek website when planning your hike, and bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • Check the weather before you set out as some sections of the track can become impassable after rain.
  • There is limited mobile reception in areas of this park.

Built into the side of the cliff, the National Pass is a spectacular walking track offering unrivalled views of the many natural wonders of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park.

Your journey begins at Conservation Hut where you can grab a map, information, water and other supplies for the walk. When you reach Queen Victoria lookout you’ll marvel at the valley and sandstone cliffs, which feel more dramatic by the roar of the waterfalls below. As you enter the Valley of the Waters you’ll be greeted by a set of beautiful waterfalls, including Empress, Silvia and Lodore Falls. You'll then reach the historic Grand Stairway, built by hand in the early 1900’s –  as you’re making your way up, spare a thought for the men who built it using picks and shovels, with a bit of dynamite for good measure, more than 100 years ago. 

The walk will then take you to Wentworth Falls and Jamison lookouts, both offering magnificent views. You can stay at the Wentworth Falls picnic area for a picnic or barbecue lunch or walk back to Conservation Hut for a hot cuppa.

There is really so much to see along this walk, so be sure to pack your camera to capture the views and wildlife you spot along the way.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Tours and events at this location

  • National Pass walk, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Craig Marshall Copyright:NSW Government

    Inbound study tour: National Pass

    Join a guided walk for international students along National Pass, an award-winning heritage walking track. You’ll wander through rainforests, discover waterfalls and explore sandstone cliffs with superb views of Blue Mountains National Park.

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Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

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
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    • Richmond
      (02) 4588 2400
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4588 5335
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    • Oberon
      (02) 6336 1972
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6336 2122
    More
See more visitor info
People walking along the cliff path. Photo: Craig Marshall