Mount Solitary walking track

Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park

Affected by closures, check current alerts 

Overview

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.

Where
Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
34km loop
Time suggested
3 days
Grade
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.

Price
Free
What to
bring
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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

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/mount-solitary-walking-track/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mount Solitary walking track.

Track grading

Grade 5

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    3 days

  • Quality of markings

    No directional signage

  • Gradient

    Very steep and difficult

  • Distance

    34km loop

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Very experienced bushwalkers

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Mount Solitary walking track is in the Katoomba area of Blue Mountains National Park. To get there by car:

    • Drive west from Sydney on Great Western Highway to Katoomba
    • Turn into Katoomba Road and follow signs to Cliff Drive
    • Park at Katoomba Kiosk overnight, located near Katoomba Oval on Cliff Drive.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Parking

    Free parking is available near Katoomba Kiosk and Katoomba Oval, on Cliff Drive. 

    If using a two cars you can park the second car at Kedumba Valley gate on Kedumba Valley Road.

    By public transport

    Catch the train to Katoomba. From here you can walk to Furber Steps near Katoomba Kiosk and Scenic World, or take the local hop-on hop-off tourist bus down to Katoomba Kiosk on Cliff Drive.

    Facilities

    Most facilities are available in Katoomba, Leura, and Wentworth Falls, including accommodation. 

    Toilets

    Toilets only available at Ruined Castle.

    • Non-flush toilets

    Picnic tables

    Picnic facilities only available at Ruined Castle.

    Carpark

    Overnight parking available at Katoomba Kiosk car parking area, next to Katoomba oval.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    The walking track is a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    Multi-day, backcountry walking safety

    • This walk is only suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable and self-reliant with backcountry hiking and camping. 
    • Know your route. Maps and trail guides can be purchased from Blue Mountains Heritage Centre at Blackheath or Katoomba visitor centre at Echo Point.
    • Visit Katoomba Police station and complete a trip intention form before you start this 3-day walk. Tell family and friends where you’re going and when you’ll be back. 
    • Hire a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) from Katoomba Police station before you set off.
    • Call (02) 4787 8877 to talk to staff at NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath get the latest track conditions.
    • The weather in this area is highly variable. Sudden cold changes are common and walkers are at high risk of exposure. Bring warm, water-proof clothing.
    • Bring a topographic map, compass, and GPS or other electronic navigational device.
    • Allow enough time during daylight hours to complete each section of the walk.
    • This walk includes strenuous hill climbs over rough ground. The trail from Ruined Castle to Sublime fire trail is Grade 5 and navigation skills are required as there is no signage.
    • Stay on the track; shortcuts are misleading and damage the environment. 
    • Bring proper equipment to treat the water from tanks, creeks, or waterholes before drinking. Many walkers become sick after drinking dirty water.
    • Bring enough food for this 72hr adventure. An additional supply of high energy emergency food like nuts or dried fruit trail mix is recommended. 
    • Include someone with first aid training on your walk.

    Camping safety

    Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

    • Don’t camp under large trees, especially those with dead or hollow branches. Heavy rain and strong winds can cause trees and branches to fall suddenly.

    Fire safety

    During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.


    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

    Permitted

    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    Camping


    Gathering firewood

    Prohibited

    Cycling

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Katoomba (1 km)

    Katoomba is at the heart of most of the stunning natural attractions that make up the Blue Mountains National Park. You can admire deep valleys, sandstone plateaus, waterfalls and native animals from the many walking trails and lookouts near Katoomba.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Leura (30 km)

    Worked up an appetite after a bushwalk or from breathing in the crisp air of the Blue Mountains? Leura is known for its quality cafes, restaurants and speciality food shops including Cafe Bon Ton and leura garage, the charming Silk's Restaurant and Solitary at Leura Falls.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Lithgow (83 km)

    Hassans Walls Lookout, near Lithgow, is the highest in the Blue Mountains. Admire Mt Wilson, Mt York, Mt Tarana and Mt Blaxland as well as the pretty Hartley Valley below. To the south are the Kanimbla and Megalong valley and Mt Bindo. While there, go for a walk or ride around the lookout.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Mount Solitary walking track is in Katoomba area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A haven for plants and animals

    Critically endangered Megalong Valley bottlebrush, Blue Mountains. Photo: Steven Douglas/OEH

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    Wentworth Falls waterfall, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Destination NSW

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    Activities at your fingertips

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    Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

    View of Mount Solitary from Ruined Castle, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Aine Gliddon/OEH

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    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    •  Superb lyrebird, Minnamurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

      Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)

      With a complex mimicking call and an elaborate courtship dance to match, the superb lyrebird is one of the most spectacular Australian animals. A bird watching must-see, the superb lyrebird can be found in rainforests and wet woodlands across eastern NSW and Victoria.

    • Wedge-tailed eagle. Photo: Kelly Nowak

      Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)

      With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.

    • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo. Photo: Peter Sherratt

      Yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

      The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is one of the largest species of parrot. With dusty-black plumage, they have a yellow tail and cheek patch. They’re easily spotted while bird watching, as they feed on seeds in native forests and pine plantations.

    • Eastern water dragon. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

      Eastern water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii)

      The eastern water dragon is a subaquatic lizard found in healthy waterways along eastern NSW, from Nowra to halfway up the Cape York Pensinsula. It’s believed to be one of the oldest of Australian reptiles, remaining virtually unchanged for over 20 million years.

    • Closeup of a laughing kookaburra's head and body. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

      Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

      Of the 2 species of kookaburra found in Australia, the laughing kookaburra is the best-known and the largest of the native kingfishers. With its distinctive riotous call, the laughing kookaburra is commonly heard in open woodlands and forests throughout NSW national parks, making these ideal spots for bird watching.

    • Echidna. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

      One of only 2 egg-laying mammals in the world, the short-beaked echidna is one of the most widespread of Australian native animals. Covered in spines, or quills, they’re equipped with a keen sense of smell and a tube-like snout which they use to break apart termite mounds in search of ants.

    Plants

    • Old man banksia, Moreton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

      Old man banksia (Banksia serrata)

      Hardy Australian native plants, old man banksias can be found along the coast, and in the dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone mountain ranges of NSW. With roughened bark and gnarled limbs, they produce a distinctive cylindrical yellow-green banksia flower which blossoms from summer to early autumn.

    • Grass trees, Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

      Grass tree (Xanthorrea spp.)

      An iconic part of the Australian landscape, the grass tree is widespread across eastern NSW. These Australian native plants have a thick fire-blackened trunk and long spiked leaves. They are found in heath and open forests across eastern NSW. The grass tree grows 1-5m in height and produces striking white-flowered spikes which grow up to 1m long.

    • A red triangle slug on the trunk of a scribbly gum tree in Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold/OEH

      Scribbly gum (Eucalyptus haemastoma)

      Easily identifiable Australian native plants, scribbly gum trees are found throughout NSW coastal plains and hills in the Sydney region. The most distinctive features of this eucalypt are the ‘scribbles’ made by moth larva as it tunnels between the layers of bark.

    • Smooth-barked apple. Photo: Jaime Plaza

      Smooth-barked apple (Angophora costata)

      Smooth-barked apple gums, also known as Sydney red gum or rusty gum trees, are Australian native plants found along the NSW coast, and in the Sydney basin and parts of Queensland. Growing to heights of 15-30m, the russet-coloured angophoras shed their bark in spring to reveal spectacular new salmon-coloured bark.

    • Close up photo of a waratah flower, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Simone Cottrell/OEH.

      Waratah (Telopea speciosissima)

      The beautiful waratah is not only the NSW floral emblem, it's also one of the best-known Australian native plants. This iconic Australian bush flower can be found on sandstone ridges around Sydney, in nearby mountain ranges and on the NSW South Coast. The waratah has a vibrant crimson flowerhead, measuring up to 15cm across, and blossoms in spring.

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