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Mount Solitary walking track

Blue Mountains National Park


The challenging Mount Solitary walking track in Blue Mountains National Park offers experienced bush walkers historic heritage and scenic views.

Blue Mountains National Park
12km return
Time suggested
6 - 9hrs
Grade 5
What to
Drinking water, snacks, clothes for all weather conditions, hat, first aid kit, compass, personal locator beacon, topographic map, sunscreen
Please note

It's a good idea to fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB when planning your hike. Bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS

For a chance to go wild, pack your hiking boots and head for Mount Solitary walking track in Blue Mountains National Park. A challenging track that will enchant experienced bushwalkers, it passes through heath, woodlands and rainforest with spellbinding views and birdwatching.

From the historic Federal Pass, walk where the old horse drawn tramway once ran to Ruined Castle. From Koorowall Knife Edge it’s a rough unformed track up along the ridge of Mount Solitary, with a short detour to Chinamans Gully which offers spectacular valley views. 

At the top, bask in the spellbinding views and look for eagles surfing the valley thermals.

Gaze across Jamison Valley before you revel in the textured hills and dramatic Katoomba cliff-line. To the south lie the rugged ravines of Wild Dog mountains and the unspoilt Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness.

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.
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    • 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
See more visitor info
Mount Solitary Walking Track, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/NSW Government