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Golden Stairs walking track

Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park

Affected by closures, check current alerts 

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 24 March 2023, 11.19am

Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Mar 2023, 11.19am.

Closed areas: Parts of Blue Mountains National Park closed

Many walking tracks, roads and fire trails within Blue Mountains National Park remain closed following sustained wet weather causing subsidence hazards, major landslides or infrastructure upgrades. 

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk.
  • Honeymoon Point lookout is closed due to upgrade works.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Tallawalla lookout and Solitary Restaurant is closed from Monday 27 to Tuesday 28 March for a helicopter operation.
  • Fern Bower, Amphitheatre track, Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass are closed from Monday 27 to Tuesday 28 March for a helicopter operation.
  • Federal Pass between Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass junction below the Three Sisters is closed from Monday 27 to Tuesday 28 March for a helicopter operation.
  • Lila Falls track, between Fern Bower/Amphitheatre junction and Lindeman Pass junction is closed from Wednesday 15 March 2023 due to track maintenance.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
  • Lyrebird Dell walking track is closed due to track maintenance. 
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Lady Darley track is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck, Ruined Castle and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
  • Mount Solitary Route and Ruined Castle campground are closed due to subsidence.
  • Tallawalla lookout is closed for upgrade works.
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. 

Wentworth Falls

  • Conservation Hut is closed for renovations due to open late 2023. 
  • Valley of the Waters track is closed below Sylvia Falls. There is no access to Roberts Pass, Vera Falls, Hippocrene Falls or Wentworth Falls from Valley of the Waters.
  • Queen Victoria and Empress lookouts are closed from Monday 30 January 2023 until further notice, for upgrade works.
  • Charles Darwin walk is closed where it traverses council-managed land due to upgrades. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • National Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Wentworth Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the western end. You can walk in to Ingar campground via Andersons or Bedford Roads.
  • The track connecting Rocket Point loop to Chester and Little Switzerland trails will be closed intermittently until Friday 24 March 2023 due to track works.  
  • The trail connecting Jamison Creek to Chester Road will be closed intermittently until Friday 24 March 2023 due to track works.
  • Kedumba Valley Road will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians from Monday 27 March until Friday 31 March 2023 to allow for rock and tree removal.  Pedestrian access to Kedumba Valley is available via the lower end of Federal Pass walking track.

Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work (opening April 2023).
  • Govetts Creek access routes including Horse track, Govetts Leap Descent and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) are closed due to landslides.
  • Pulpit walking track is closed from Cripps lookout to Pulpit Rock lookout. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for further information.
  • Perrys Lookdown campground is closed.
  • Horse track and Rodriguez Pass are closed due to rock falls and landslides. Entry is not permitted due to serious risk of injury or death. Entry is not permitted into the Grose Valley from Govetts Leap, Evans lookout, Grand Canyon track, or South of Acacia Flat.
  • The Mount Banks area including the picnic area and Summit walking track will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians from Monday 20 March 2023 until Friday 21 April 2023 to allow for road repairs.

Woodford, Lawson, Springwood

Empire Pass is closed for track maintenance.  

Canyons and rock climbing

Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed or the site is listed in this alert.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 16 Mar 2023, 11.08am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Mar 2023, 6.26pm

Fires - Advice: Craigs Rd, Curraweela

There is a fire in this park called Craigs Rd, Curraweela. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Mar 2023, 11.19am

Closed areas: Parts of Blue Mountains National Park closed

Many walking tracks, roads and fire trails within Blue Mountains National Park remain closed following sustained wet weather causing subsidence hazards, major landslides or infrastructure upgrades. 

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk.
  • Honeymoon Point lookout is closed due to upgrade works.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Tallawalla lookout and Solitary Restaurant is closed from Monday 27 to Tuesday 28 March for a helicopter operation.
  • Fern Bower, Amphitheatre track, Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass are closed from Monday 27 to Tuesday 28 March for a helicopter operation.
  • Federal Pass between Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass junction below the Three Sisters is closed from Monday 27 to Tuesday 28 March for a helicopter operation.
  • Lila Falls track, between Fern Bower/Amphitheatre junction and Lindeman Pass junction is closed from Wednesday 15 March 2023 due to track maintenance.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
  • Lyrebird Dell walking track is closed due to track maintenance. 
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Lady Darley track is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck, Ruined Castle and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
  • Mount Solitary Route and Ruined Castle campground are closed due to subsidence.
  • Tallawalla lookout is closed for upgrade works.
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. 

Wentworth Falls

  • Conservation Hut is closed for renovations due to open late 2023. 
  • Valley of the Waters track is closed below Sylvia Falls. There is no access to Roberts Pass, Vera Falls, Hippocrene Falls or Wentworth Falls from Valley of the Waters.
  • Queen Victoria and Empress lookouts are closed from Monday 30 January 2023 until further notice, for upgrade works.
  • Charles Darwin walk is closed where it traverses council-managed land due to upgrades. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • National Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Wentworth Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the western end. You can walk in to Ingar campground via Andersons or Bedford Roads.
  • The track connecting Rocket Point loop to Chester and Little Switzerland trails will be closed intermittently until Friday 24 March 2023 due to track works.  
  • The trail connecting Jamison Creek to Chester Road will be closed intermittently until Friday 24 March 2023 due to track works.
  • Kedumba Valley Road will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians from Monday 27 March until Friday 31 March 2023 to allow for rock and tree removal.  Pedestrian access to Kedumba Valley is available via the lower end of Federal Pass walking track.

Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work (opening April 2023).
  • Govetts Creek access routes including Horse track, Govetts Leap Descent and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) are closed due to landslides.
  • Pulpit walking track is closed from Cripps lookout to Pulpit Rock lookout. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for further information.
  • Perrys Lookdown campground is closed.
  • Horse track and Rodriguez Pass are closed due to rock falls and landslides. Entry is not permitted due to serious risk of injury or death. Entry is not permitted into the Grose Valley from Govetts Leap, Evans lookout, Grand Canyon track, or South of Acacia Flat.
  • The Mount Banks area including the picnic area and Summit walking track will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians from Monday 20 March 2023 until Friday 21 April 2023 to allow for road repairs.

Woodford, Lawson, Springwood

Empire Pass is closed for track maintenance.  

Canyons and rock climbing

Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed or the site is listed in this alert.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Tue 21 Mar 2023, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Tue 21 Mar 2023, 12.02pm

Closed areas: Six Foot track - Bowtells Bridge closure

Bowtells swing bridge on Six Foot Track is closed to public access due to safety concerns. An upgrade is being planned with an approximate reopening date of the end of 2023. Signage is up and barriers are in place.to prevent access onto the bridge.

Crown Lands, who manages the bridge, is advising track users not to attempt to cross Coxs river. Any attempts to cross the river are at visitors’ own risk and are discouraged due to the potential for slips or falls, rainfall and risk of flash flooding. For further information see sixfoottrack.com

 

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2022, 4.48pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Mar 2023, 11.12am

Closed areas: Ingar Road partial closure

There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to the section of Ingar Road past the end of Queen Elizabeth Drive. Please do not enter private property.

This means there is no vehicle access to Ingar campground. You can access Ingar campground by hiking in via Andersons fire trail or Bedford Road.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Thu 23 Feb 2023, 4.32pm to Fri 31 May 2024, 4.49pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Mar 2023, 11.37am

Safety alerts: Remote walking track conditions

Remote routes within the Kanangra Wilderness Area including Kanangra to Katoomba (K2K) trail have been impacted by heavy fire regrowth and flood damage.

If you plan to walk in the area, please ensure you have appropriate level of experience, navigation skills and equipment.

Mobile reception is limited so alternative communication methods are strongly recommended.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Wed 1 Feb 2023, 9.40am to Thu 6 Apr 2023, 11.51am. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Mar 2023, 9.52am

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

Abercrombie River National Park and State Conservation Area are closed until Thursday 6 April 2023 due to construction work on damaged river crossing and campgrounds.

Bummaroo Ford campground remains open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. This park will reopen as soon as works are complete.

Applies from Wed 1 Mar 2023, 9.31am to Wed 31 May 2023, 9.31am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Mar 2023, 9.46am

Closed areas: Kanangra Boyd National Park management trail closures

The following fire trails in Kanangra Boyd National Park are closed from Thursday 30 June 2022 to Wednesday 31 May 2023 due to flooding events and track conditions:

  • Beefsteak Creek
  • Budthingaroo
  • Mumbedah
  • Ben Lomond
  • Gilbraltar

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kanangra area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Thu 3 Nov 2022, 10.57am to Mon 1 May 2023, 10.58am. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Jan 2023, 8.51am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ongoing program

From Thursday 3 November 2022 to Monday 1 May 2023 NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting program in the following areas: 

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park (southern sector)
  • Wollemi National Park (Wolgan Valley area) 
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Area
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Please contact the local Kanangra NPWS area office at Oberon on 02 6336 6200 for more information.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/golden-stairs-walking-track/local-alerts

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