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Golden Stairs walking track

Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Overview

Golden Stairs walking track is a short, steep walk, near Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. Though challenging, it offers incredible views and access to the Jamison and Kedumba valleys.

Where
Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park in Sydney and surrounds, Country NSW
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
1.6km return
Time suggested
1hr - 1hr 15min
Grade
Grade 5
What to
bring
Drinking water, first aid kit, sunscreen, hat, raincoat, snacks, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing

Experienced walkers will enjoy the challenge of walking down and back up Golden Stairs walking track. The 200-metre descent through multiple cliff bands offers fantastic views of Dogface Landslide and the Three Sisters, as well as Jamison Valley and Mount Solitary.

Once you reach Federal Pass at the bottom, take some time to rest and look for lyrebirds, black cockatoos and rosellas. Summer walkers may also see dragon lizards and snakes, so tread carefully and respect the native wildlife that call this area home.

You’ll want to save some energy for the climb back to the top as it’s very steep and takes around 45 minutes. If you’re walking in spring or summer you’ll see wildflowers like waratahs and mountain devils, and you might catch the sweet smell of pink boronias.

Golden Stairs walking track is a popular starting point for overnight walkers who can continue their adventure along Federal Pass. Heading south you’ll reach Ruined Castle, Mount Solitary and the Kedumba Valley. To the north, you’ll continue on to the Landslide, Three Sisters, Giant Stairs, and Leura Forest.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • Federal Pass, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Craig Marshall © OEH

    Federal Pass

    Historic Federal Pass is a challenging walk in Blue Mountains National Park. Set out from either Leura or Katoomba and enjoy views of the Three Sisters, waterfalls and Scenic World. 

  • Korowal Knife Edge on Mount Solitary, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton © OEH

    Mount Solitary walking track

    Take a challenging, multi-day hike over Mount Solitary in Blue Mountains National Park. Enjoy scenic mountain views, historic heritage, and bush camping, starting out from Katoomba.