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Ruined Castle walking track

Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

The hard Ruined Castle walking track rewards with historic mining heritage and scenic views over Jamison Valley in Blue Mountains National Park near Katoomba.

Where
Blue Mountains National Park
Distance
6.6km return
Time suggested
4 - 5hrs
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • It's a good idea to check the Think Before You Trek website when planning your hike, and bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

    Ruined Castle walking track is a jewel among walks in the spectacular Blue Mountains World Heritage area. Beginning at the Golden Stairs and descending into Jamison Valley, this hard walk lets you climb one of the most recognisable landmarks in the valley; the Ruined Castle. It’s a beautiful rock formation that offers great views over the valley as far as Wentworth Falls and Katoomba.

    Descending deep into the valley, you’ll enter the cool, lush rainforest with towering coachwood and sassafrass, and a chance to spot a lyrebird. The track is an historic mining route with tell-tale embankments, cuttings and the tumbled ruins of miners’ cottages.

    A steep scramble with some rock-hopping past large boulders leads to the impressive rock formation. At the top, enjoy unsurpassed views of Jamison Valley and Cedar Creek Valley. A perfect spot for a picnic before returning

    Take a virtual tour of Ruined Castle walking track 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
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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
      More
    See more visitor info
    Ruined Castle walking track, Blue Mountain National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin