Echo Point to Scenic World via Giant Stairway

New South Wales

For a memorable day out in famous Blue Mountains National Park that takes in renowned views, try the easy walking track from Echo Point lookout to Scenic World via Giant Stairway. Pack a picnic and round up the family for a day of magnificent sights, fresh mountain air and unique history on this iconic walk.

Gaze at the scenic vista before descending the valley via the 800-plus steel and stone steps, originally constructed in 1909. Marvel at the fabulous Three Sisters from the ground up. From here it’s an easy stroll along Federal Pass to Katoomba Falls.

Arriving at Scenic World, you might be tempted to ride the historic Scenic Railway to the cliff top. Originally built in the 1880s to carry coal, it’s the steepest railway of its kind in the world and tilts at a whopping 52 degrees. Just remember, the last train up is at 4.50pm, so give yourself plenty of time to reach the station.

976m
Maximum Elevation
624m
Total Climb

Getting there

Drive to Cliff Drv, KATOOMBA NSW.  As this is a one-way walk it is recommended parking at Scenic World and getting the bus to Echo Point (otherwise you'll need to walk back). 

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Route/Trail notes

You can start the walk at the arch entrance way to the left of the Information Centre at Echo Point.  Follow the signage to the Grand Stairway down into the valley then follow the signage back to Scenic World.  You can return via the Furber Steps or via the Scenic World Railway (it's pretty fun, it costs $16 which is payable once you reach the top).  See reference links or attached GPS for fuller detailed directions.

Permits/Costs

NIL.  If you ride the optional Scenic Railway it will cost $16.

Other References

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/Walking-tracks/Echo-Point-to-Scenic-World-via-Giant-Stairway

http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/blue-mountains-katoomba/echo-point-to-scenic-world-via-giant-stairway.html

Comments

Absolutely beautiful walk. 800 stairs sounds like a lot but the time flies as every couple of minutes you are blessed with amazing view after view. Another fantastic walk in the Blue Mountains . The Scenic Railway was fun but very quick.

rob.bushman on 6 Jun, 2015

Simply stunning walk - loved every minute!

Deb on 20 May, 2015

Schedule in a full day of exploring with the beautiful advantage points and various walks. This one isn't long but highly recommend shoes with grip as I only managed to do half as a result of the very steep stairs, high wind factor and recent rains. Heeled boots will not get you far! Pity coz I looked fabulous. Lol 😉

stepitup on Jun, 2008

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