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Katoomba area

Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

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

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The dazzling natural beauty of Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls has drawn visitors for over 100 years. Echo Point is a Blue Mountains favourite. Marvel at the 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 the short Round walking track. It’s easily combined with a Scenic World ride (fees apply). 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 go far from the carpark 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 snack at Conservation Hut. Then walk it off via the rock overhangs and summer wildflowers of Overcliff-Undercliff track. The Valley of the Waters is a shady retreat 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. Intrepid hikers will want to tackle the fabled Six Foot track.

Highlights in this area

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

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

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

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Trip intention form

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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Hand holding a phone with NSW National Parks app on screen. Photo: Branden Bodman/DPIE
Sylvia Falls, Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/OEH