Ruined Castle Walking Track

Blue Mountains National Park

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).

Total Climb

Getting there

Start/finish at Scenic World (Corner Violet Street & Cliff Drive). Free parking. Alternate start points are Echo Point (parking fees apply) and Golden Staircase trackhead on Glenraphael Drive (graded dirt road; limited free parking at trackhead).  


  • Katoomba 8930-1S topographical map (1:25k) and
  • Jamison 8930-2N topographical map (1:25k)

Route/Trail notes

Once you descend into the valley, the track basically follows the valley floot before the short but steep up to a small, rocky knoll which is known as "Ruined Castle". 


Generally no cost, depending on the starting point (you may need a day National Parks Pass if driving to the Golden Staircase trackhead on Glenraphael Drive)

Other References



Great walk, typically demanding hike out of the valley up the Golden Stairway. Intend to climb Mt Solitary next visit.

Nic Smith on Oct, 2017


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