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Katoomba area

Blue Mountains National Park

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Katoomba area is the heart of Blue Mountains National Park. This popular day trip from Sydney is home of the iconic Three Sisters as well as Grand Cliff Top Walk. It's packed with world-class views and waterfalls, including Wentworth Falls.

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The dazzling natural beauty of the Wentworth Falls, Leura, and Katoomba areas has drawn visitors to Gundungurra County for over 100 years. Why not immerse yourself in the best of the Blue Mountains and hike 19km over 2 days between these villages on Grand Cliff Top Walk?

Echo Point is a Blue Mountains favourite where you can marvel at famous views of the Three Sisters rock formation, Mount Solitary, and the dramatic sandstone cliffs towering above the Jamison Valley.

From family-friendly strolls to challenging descents into World Heritage-listed wilderness, Katoomba area is a walker’s paradise. Take in ever changing views along Prince Henry Cliff walk which boasts over 20 lookouts and 3 waterfalls between Katoomba and Leura. Swap cliff top for cool rainforest on Round walking track which is easily combined with a Scenic World ride. The historic Giant Stairway will test your legs as it zig zags down the cliff face to meet the heart-pumping Federal Pass.

Short on time? Head to Wentworth Falls. You won’t have to stroll far from the picnic area to find a panoramic lookout or scenic walk to a cascading waterfall. Wentworth Falls track and historic Princes Rock lookout are highlights. Enjoy a relaxing picnic serenaded by birdsong or grab a meal at Conservation Hut. Then walk it off via the rock overhangs and summer wildflowers of Overcliff-Undercliff track. The Valley of the Waters offers a shady retreat with facilities on a hot summer day.

Thrill seekers can take to 2 wheels along the exhilarating Narrow Neck peninsula, also a popular spot for abseiling and rock climbing tours. The fire trails of Kings Tableland offer remote mountain biking and camping adventures, while intrepid hikers will want to tackle the fabled Six Foot track.

Highlights in this area

Aerial view of two people crossing a bridge over a creek while hiking Darwins walk near Wentworth Falls. Credit: Remi Brand/DPE © Remy Brand


Darwins walk

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Federal Pass, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Craig Marshall © OEH


Federal Pass

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Water cascades over rock ledges at Empress Falls at the end of Empress Canyon in Blue Mountains National Park. Photo credit: David Finnegan © DPIE


Empress Canyon

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Nature track, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton © OEH


Nature track

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National Pass, Blue Mountains National Park. Views of Wentworth Falls waterfall plunging down into the Jamison Valley. Photo © David Finnegan


National Pass

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Are you planning a long hike, off-track or overnight adventure, or visiting a remote part of the Greater Blue Mountains wilderness? We recommend you fill in a trip intention form and carry a personal locator beacon (PLB) for your safety.

Mt Hay, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold


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