Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park
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.
- 4.5km loop
- Time suggested
- 2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
- Grade 4
- What to
- 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.
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- 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
- 270 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.
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