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Ruined Castle walking track

Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Ruined Castle walking track.

Track grading

Features of this track


6.6km return


4 - 5hrs

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

Experienced bushwalkers


Very steep


Many steps

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles

Getting there and parking

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    Ruined Castle walking track is in the Katoomba area of Blue Mountains National Park. To get there:

    • Turn off Great Western Highway at Katoomba
    • Follow the signs to Scenic World. Continue along Cliff Drive and turn left onto unsealed Glenraphael Drive towards Narrow Neck.
    • Follow the unsealed road around 2km to the Golden Stairs carpark, where this walk starts.
    • For a longer walk, you can park at the Katoomba Kiosk, near Scenic World, and walk along Federal Pass and Mount Solitary walking track, to connect with Ruined Castle walking track.


    Parking is available on Glenraphael Drive.


    Toilets and picnic facilities are located at Katoomba Falls picnic area on Cliff Drive.

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    Safety messages

    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.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).



    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.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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