Narrow Neck trail
Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park
Fire affected area
Some areas of this park were affected by fire in 2019/2020. You’ll notice some changes to the landscape, as well as signs of recovery. Some areas may remain closed for longer to allow habitat to recover or because we’re repairing park infrastructure. Stay safe with these after-fire tips for visitors.
Narrow Neck trail is an exhilarating cycling and walking adventure atop the isolated Narrow Neck peninsula. It offers incredible views, birdwatching and wildflowers in Blue Mountains National Park, near Katoomba.
- Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park
- No wheelchair access
- 19km return
- Time suggested
- What to
- Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, helmet, bike repair kit, personal locator beacon, snacks, suitable clothing
- Please note
- Narrow Neck trail is popular with both bike riders and walkers. Allow 5-6hrs to walk this return trail.
- Riders, please give way to walkers.
- If you're cycling from Katoomba train station, it's a 5km ride to the start of this trail, at the locked gate on Narrow Neck.
- 4WD vehicles are recommended along unsealed Glenraphael Drive and Narrow Neck Plateau trail to the locked gate.
- It's a good idea to fill in the free trip intention form and hire a personal locator beacon before you set out.
This challenging mountain bike ride is recommended for mid-level to experienced mountain bike riders, and self-sufficient hikers.
Starting from the locked gate 2km along unsealed Narrow Neck Road, the trail travels the length of the high plateau to Clear Hill, deep in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. As you cycle through open forest, heath and swamplands you’ll be treated to breathtaking views, wildflowers and photo opportunities at every turn.
At its narrowest point, the cliffs fall away on either side of the trail, with the Jamison Valley on one side and Megalong Valley on the other - you’ll feel on top of the world. At the end of the trail take in the views stretching across to the Wild Dog Mountains, Kanangra Wilderness, and part of Lake Burragorang.
Narrow Neck is a paradise for birdwatchers. Banksias and other nectar-producing plants make the shrub and heathlands a favourite breeding site for honeyeaters like the eastern spinebill and New Holland honeyeater. In spring and autumn you might see migrating yellow-faced honeyeaters, or wedge-tailed eagles performing their figure-eight courtship dance high above the valley.
Long-distance walkers can also tackle Narrow Neck as part of the 45km Katoomba to Kanangra hike.
Are you planning a bushwalk, going somewhere remote or where the weather is extreme? Stay safe by planning your trip for all conditions and telling someone about it.
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.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and Blackheath office
- 9am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- 02 4787 8877
- 270 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath NSW 2785
- in the Katoomba area of Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Katoomba area is always open but some locations may close at times due to maintenance, poor weather or fire danger.