Best Blue Mountains Bush Walks & Hikes

Grand Canyon Track ~ Blackheath ~ 3hrs The track takes you into the heart of this World Heritage-listed area. It’s an adventurous track. From Evans lookout, the track meanders through luscious vegetation of ferns and golden wattles, close to a creek, refreshing environment especially for the summer months. Some sections can be challenging, but you don’t need specialist equipment, so comfortable walking shoes are all you’ll need.

National Pass ~ Wentworth Falls ~ 4hrs Starting at picnic area, this walk offers amazing views of the waterfall plunging down into the Jamison Valley, before reaching the historic Grand Stairway. The National Pass is a spectacular walking track offering unrivalled views. Pass cascading water at Wentworth Falls, then head to the historic Grand Stairway, built by hand in the early 1900’s. As you enter the Valley of the Waters you’ll be refreshed by a set of waterfalls, including Empress, Silvia and Lodore Falls. Climb back out of the valley, reaching Conservation Hut. These days operating as a cafe. 

Federal Pass ~ Leura-Katoomba It is a popular walk offering magnificent views of Jamison Valley. From Leura Forest to Katoomba Falls, the track was extended on the old horse-drawn coal tramway line and nowdays reaches Ruined Castle. This historic walking track follows the forests, waterfalls and the iconic Three Sisters. You can join Federal Pass at four places. Keep in mind there is a challenging climb or back up the valley there. Dense forests and cool waterfalls are ideal to visit in warmer months.

Cliff Top Trail ~ Blackheath ~ 2-3 hrs This track follows the cliff edge from Govetts Leap lookout to Evans lookout near Blackheath town overlooking Grose Valley. This is the perfect track to warm up on a winters months.

Passing through dense heathland, you’ll see she-oaks, banksias and stunted mallee scrub. It’s a great area for birdwatching (yellow-tailed black cockatoos and king parrots). The heath comes alive with displays of wildflowers in spring, attracting even more birds. Crossing Govetts Leap Brook, the track passes the junction with Braeside walking track, an opportunity to see ”hanging gardens”. 

Govetts Leap Lookout Fairfax Heritage Track ~ Blackheath ~ 1hr ~ wheelchair accesible Govetts Leap Lookout is a popular spot offering the view of the Grose Valley where you can view the cliffs leading back up to Perry Lookdown and Evans Lookout.. At the top of the escarpment is a picnic ground, toilets and access to cliff top walks plus the Fairfax Heritage Track which is suitable for wheelchairs and prams.

Ruined Castle Walking Track Ruined Castle walking track is a special among walks in the Blue Mountains area. Beginning at the Golden Stairs and descending into Jamison Valley, this hard walk takes you to famous landmarks in the valley; the Ruined Castle. It’s a beautiful rock formation that offers great views over the valley as far as Wentworth Falls and Katoomba. Descending deep into the valley, you’ll enter the cool, lush rainforest with towering coachwood and sassafrass, and a chance to spot a lyrebird. The track is an historic mining route.

Furber Steps Scenic Railway Walking Track This popular track into Jamison Valley in Blue Mountains National Park. The difficult Furber Steps-Scenic Railway walking track is full of superb views, lush rainforest and cascading waterfalls. The opportunity to take the famous Scenic Railway or Scenic Cableway back to the top might be what you need after difficult track. 

Overcliff Undercliff Track Overcliff-Undercliff track near Wentworth Falls passess along the dramatic cliff edge to picturesque Valley of the Waters. This scenic track pass through swamp, heath and lush rainforest offering the views across Jamison Valley. The dramatic clifftops and large rock overhangs. Undercliff track joins Overcliff track at Den Fenella track junction. You can round off your walk with a delicious snack by following Overcliff track to Lyrebird lookout.