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National Pass

Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Overview

National Pass is closed between Valley of the Waters and Slacks Stairs due to rockfall. From Wentworth Falls picnic area, you can walk the upper section of this loop walk, atop the escarpment, for epic lookouts with sweeping views of the waterfalls and Jamison Valley.

Where
Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park
Distance
4.5km loop
Time suggested
2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Check the weather before you set out as some sections of the track can become impassable after rain.
  • Please take care and stay on the track as there are hidden cliff edges in this area of the park. Children should be supervised.
  • This track has sections of steep stairs.

Built into the side of the cliff, National Pass is a spectacular walking track offering unrivalled views of the many natural wonders of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park.

Your journey begins at Wentworth Falls picnic area, where you can stroll over to Jamison lookout and take in magnificent views of the valley below. Follow the steps towards Fletchers lookout and down to the top of Wentworth Falls waterfall. There are also easy detours to Weeping Rock or Rocket Point lookout.

Beyond the stepping stones you'll meet the historic Grand Stairway, built by hand in the early 1900’s. As you descend to the base of the waterfall, spare a thought for the men who built it using picks and shovels, with a bit of dynamite for good measure, more than 100 years ago. You'll need to turn back when you reach Slacks Stairs.

Visitors can access the Valley of the Waters, including Empress, Silvia and Lodore Falls from Conservation Hut. The 1km Shortcut track connects Wentworth Falls picnic area with Conservation Hut. Enjoy a snack or cuppa at the hut or bring a picnic and take advantage of the facilities at the picnic area.

Take a virtual tour of National Pass captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.

Conservation program:

Bush Trackers

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.

Charles Darwin walk, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton
Hikers walk along cliff-edge National Pass, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Craig Marshall