Mount Solitary walking track
Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park
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.
- Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park
- No wheelchair access
- 34km loop
- Time suggested
- 3 days
- Grade 5
- Trip Intention Form
It's a good idea to let someone know where you're going. Fill in a trip intention form to send important details about your trip to your emergency contact.
If you're planning to loan a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) from one of these locations, wait and fill out your trip intention form in person.
- What to
- Drinking water, clothes for all weather conditions, first aid kit, compass, personal locator beacon, topographic map, snacks, hat, sunscreen
- Please note
- You can buy maps and trail guides from Blue Mountains Heritage Centre at Blackheath or Katoomba visitor centre at Echo Point.
- Check for Total Fire Bans before you set out and get the latest track conditions from staff Blue Mountains Heritage Centre.
- You’ll need to treat water from the creeks, waterholes and tanks before drinking.
- This walk is located in the Waragamba catchment for Sydney’s drinking water. Don’t wash dishes in creeks or rivers. Please walk at least 50m from rivers and creeks before toileting and bury toilet waste at least 15cm deep.
- Take a bag for rubbish and carry everything out with you.
For a chance to go wild for 3 days, pack your hiking boots and head for Mount Solitary walking track. A challenging track to enchant experienced bushwalkers, it passes through cool temperate rainforest, mountain heath, and tall Eucapytus forest.
Starting at Katoomba Falls Kiosk, descend Furber Steps to Federal Pass and walk the track where a horse-drawn tramway once ran. Day 1 covers 7km, passing by picturesque tree ferns and mountain blue gums. After 4.5hrs you’ll be refilling your water and pitching a tent at Ruined Castle campground amid the mining ruins from 1882. Take a short walk to the rock formation know as Ruined Castle and watch the sun set over the cliffs with deep shadows engulfing the Jamison Valley.
The second day is the hardest and you’ll need 8hrs to cover 9km of difficult terrain. Get the heart pumping with a hike up Koorowall Knife Edge along a rough unformed track on the western ridge of Mount Solitary.
When you reach Chinamans Gully via a short detour you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views and wedge-tailed eagles surfing the valley thermals. Bask in spellbinding views across Jamison Valley. To the south, spot the rugged ravines of the Wild Dog mountains and the unspoilt Kanangra-Boyd wilderness. Take a moment to admire the hardy mountain heath, old man bankias, and scribbly gums while listening for the call of peregrine falcons.
Continue across the top of Mount Solitary before descending the steep eastern slope to Kedumba River campground. Remember to treat the water you collect from Kedumba River before drinking. Listen out for lyrebirds, possums and owls as you settle in for an evening of true bush-camping.
The third and final day involves a 14km walk. From Kedumba River you’ll continue to follow Mt Solitary walking trail for 2km. When you meet Sublime Point fire trail, follow it to the west, passing Jamison and Leura Falls Creeks. Wander through Leura forest and into the rainforest gully known as Fern Bower. Look out for the splash of red waratah flowers amid the grey forest gums if you happen to be here in spring.
Finally, cool down under the spray of Linda or Lila, two waterfalls close to the track, before tackling the ascent back up the cliffline and into Katoomba. If you opt to follow Prince Henry cliff top walk you’ll finish back at Furber Steps where you started.
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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
- End of 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.