Blue Mountains National Park

Summary

The Blue Mountains National Park is one of the most popular in Australia. 81kms west of Sydney, it boasts more than 140kms of walking tracks with spectacular scenery and wildlife.

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Medium
10 km return
2 hrs

Blue Gum Swamp

A circuit which consists of Shaws Ridge to the east and Springwood Ridge on the west. The trail descends into the valley which separates the two ridges through an area known as Blue Gum Swamp.

Very Easy
200 m return
10 mins

Evans Lookout

A brilliant introduction to the wonders of Blue Mountains National Park, Evans lookout offers breathtaking views over Grose Valley. Located near Blackheath, it’s a perfect day trip from Sydney, and a great base for adventurous bushwalkers who want to get amongst it.

Take in the clear mountain air as you unpack the picnic hamper. You’ll be able to see the line of Govetts Creek winding its way through the expansive valley floor.

Hard

Faulconbridge to Glenbrook via Lost World

One of the many routes through the Blue Labyrinth, the two-day walk from Faulconbridge to Glenbrook in the lower Blue Mountains combines tracks along Sassafras and Glenbrook Creeks with sweeping views from Lost World Lookout. It's a varied walk with lots of potential camping sites.

Medium
6 km return
3 hrs

Grand Canyon Track

“Creeks, waterfalls and spectacular views are just some of the things that make this walk really great.”

Arresting sandstone walls, ever-present waterfalls and abundant native plants line the awesome Grand Canyon track near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. The historic loop track takes you into the heart of this World Heritage-listed landscape. It's an intimate and adventurous track which walkers have trodden since 1907.

Setting out from Evans lookout, the well-shaded track meanders through luscious native vegetation of ferns and golden wattles, and remains close to Greaves Creek, all of which combine to make this a particularly good walk for the summer months. Shorten the loop by leaving a second car at the Evans Lookout Road entrance or spend the day and stop for lunch at the nearby picnic area before returning to the lookout.

Although there are loads of semi-ledges which make up this challenging walk, you don’t need specialist hiking or abseiling equipment, so comfortable walking shoes are all you’ll need to get out there and explore.

Hard
22 km one-way
2 days

Katoomba to Wentworth Falls via Mt Solitary

A fairly solid 2-day walk that takes you along the Jamison Valley from Katoomba (and optionally up) to Ruined Castle, over Mt Solitary and back up to Wentworth Falls. There’s some steep sections (up and down!) on both days, rewarded by some great views, waterfalls and cascades and nice walking trails. It can easily be done by public transport, or with a car shuffle.

Medium
7 km return
2 hrs

Lockleys Pylon

Lockleys Pylon walking track, just near Leura, is an easy walk offering scenic views, outstanding photography opportunities, wildflower displays and birdwatching. It's possible to extend this walk by taking a (steep) track down to the Blue Gum Forest.

Hard
29 km one-way
2 days

Mt Victoria to Blackheath via Blue Gum Forest

The longest of the Grose Valley bushwalks is from Mt Victoria to Blackheath via Blue Gum Forest, which follows the Grose River from Victoria Falls to the Blue Gum Forest and then Govetts Creek to Evans Lookout at Blackhheath. You could also ascend via Govett’s Leap, making the walk slightly shorter, or take the spectacular Grand Canyon track to finish at Neates Glen. It can be done as a 2-day walk, or three days if you camp at Burra Korain near Victoria Falls and then at Blue Gum Forest (Acacia Flat).

Medium
6.8 km one-way
3.5 hrs

Prince Henry Cliff Walk

If you’re fond of magnificent views, famous lookouts, and iconic scenery, then look no further than Prince Henry Cliff walk, in Blue Mountains National Park. Following the cliff edge from Katoomba Cascades to Gordon Falls, near Leura, this moderate walking track boasts some of the best views in NSW.

Passing several unique hanging swamps, take a look at the variety of sedges, rushes and grasses. In summer, you may see the beautiful yellow and gold flowers of Christmas bells. With over 20 lookouts offering magnificent views of Jamison Valley and three waterfalls, this track is a visual delight at any time of year. From Echo Point lookout, you’ll see the iconic Three Sisters.

Pick and choose the length of your walk, picking up the track at various lookouts along Cliff Drive. Unroll the picnic blanket when you’ve found the perfect spot and enjoy a picnic lunch with a million-dollar view.

Medium
800 m return
30 mins

Pulpit Rock Lookout Walk

If you’ve got something to shout about, then head for Pulpit Rock lookout near Blackheath in Blue Mountains National Park. Jutting out on a dramatic blade of rock, you might be lost for words or end up singing the praises of the sweeping views of vast forested gorges and magnificent Grose Valley below.

Unpack the picnic basket and enjoy a remote lunch on this isolated pinnacle, far from the popular tourist spots. There are several lookouts from this prime position, affording an almost 360˚ panorama across the dramatic cliff lines to Mount Banks and distant mountains.

Hard
8 km return
4 hrs

Ruined Castle Walking Track

The Ruined Castle Walking Track takes you to the iconic Ruined Castle located on the middle of the ridge between Mt Solitary and Castle Head. You will travel down the Golden Stairs and encounter beautiful rain forest full of bird life before arriving at this natural rock formation. The Ruined Castle itself is a great spot for lunch and photos as it boasts 360 degrees views of the surroundings (including the Three Sisters).