Use the map and walking guides below to plan your adventure.

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There are many options to stock up on supplies here before you set off for your day of exploring. You may want to take a wander through the famous Carrington Hotel or the wonderful Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, or browse the many Australian souvenirs or stock up on some Lollies at the Three Sisters Souvenirs. There’s great coffee close by and a few options for a quick bite to eat too.

Named due to the many amazing art galleries here, the Arts Corner is a great place to have a stroll around the galleries and the Katoomba Street Art Walk. There are many boutique shops, op shops and quirky cafes too.

All about “the sweet” the Gingerbread House is bursting with home made treats and delicious delights. Great for kids, this 100+ year old church has been transformed into a treasure trove of sweets, sundaes and sourdough. You can have a hearty breakfast, a grazing plate, lunch or just dessert, or simply grab a milkshake to go. Whatever your desire.

A great option for a few drinks or a bite to eat, the Katoomba RSL has entertainment, a café and a restaurant (Red Poppy Brasserie) and if you’re staying in town you can make use of the courtesy bus to pick you up and drop you home.

We arrive here just 5 minutes after departing Katoomba and are greeted with an incredible view to the horizon. It is a great place to start exploring if you want to stretch your legs straight away. All of the walks from here are a minimum of 1 hour and require a reasonable level of fitness.

This is THE BEST place to hop off first and start exploring. Ideal for all fitness levels and ages, the Prince Henry Cliff Walk from Honeymoon Lookout to Echo Point will take around 35 to 40 minutes and you can literally touch the Three Sisters along the way!

Home to the famous Three Sisters, Echo Point is the main lookout in the Blue Mountains and the ideal family stop where you’ll find some wonderful short walks, amazing views and a restaurant, café, bar, information centre and amenities. a must-do.

This is the Skyway Eastern Station and is useful for those with a Scenic World Pass.

This is a wonderful place for a short walk across the cascading waterfalls and then out to Reid’s Plateau for some stunning views across the Jamison Valley to the Three Sisters. It’s only a 20-minute walk to reach Katoomba Falls and there are many other options there. You can also walk the cliff top beck to Echo Point from stop 9.

There are many different walks available here to suit all levels of fitness. A 20-minute round walk to Reid’s Plateau will reward you with stunning views, Witch’s Leap and Juliet’s Balcony are great options or you may like to tackle the Furber Steps which are hand cut into the cliff and lead all the way into the bottom of the valley.

If you have a Scenic World Pass this is where you hop off to experience the thrill of the Scenic Railway, the steepest passenger train anywhere in the world! The Skyway is the highest single-span cable car in the world and has an electri-sceni glass floor which disappears under your feet to leave you dancing on air 270 metres above the valley. Stroll the Scenic Walkway, the longest elevated boardwalk in Australia and glide above the treetops on the Scenic Cableway which is the largest and steepest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere.

A quick photo stop here gives you some wonderful memories, especially later in the day when the sun is sinking lower, leaving the sandstone cliffs dazzling like gold-leaf. A great spot for bird watching or a picnic.

Aptly named, this is not for the faint of heart. It is literally straight down and straight back up but the reward is a special one. You have amazing views into the Megalong Valley and a great photo opportunity as you stand under a huge boulder suspended between two sheer cliff faces.

One of the best kept secrets in the Blue Mountains, Cahill’s Lookout is a fantastic place for a picnic, or to read a book under a tree. It offers some spectacular views and is the very best place to enjoy a Blue Mountains sunset.

Accommodation options, restaurant and golf driving range.

Fantastic option for camping or cabin accommodation right across the street from Katoomba Falls. It’s a great way to access this area after you’ve enjoyed Scenic World and the cliff top tour.

Spoil yourself with the most amazing hand-made, world class, award winning fine chocolates or indulge with a decadent hot chocolate that you will never forget!

Affordable accommodation close to the Three Sisters.

Affordable accommodation with great stand-by rates.

One of our favorites, Shelton-Lea is a gorgeous B&B operated by Paul and Jenny who will look after your every need. Perfect for couples.

A great little park for the kids to run off some energy and the closest stop to visit the Lost Bear Gallery, a fantastic art gallery.

A superb art gallery showcasing the amazing artworks of local artist Robyn Nolan.

This is a great place for window shopping or a bite to eat. You’ll find the famous Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum where you can see over 10,000 antique teapots and indulge with a classic Devonshire Tea or High Tea.

This is a wonderful option for accommodation with a famous hot breakfast and gorgeous gardens.

The larges resort in the Blue Mountains, Fairmont is a great place for families to stay with a full-sized movie theatre, large and well-equipped games room, train rides, merry-go-round and more. Adjacent to Leura Golf Club for those who enjoy a hit.

Here you’ll find a fantastic walk to the Pool of Siloam and the Lyrebird Dell. It’s about an hour and is a great walk for those who are staying a little longer.

Designed and built in the 1930s by a prominent landscape architect named Paul Sorensen, the Everglades is a garden-lovers dream. The grand old Art Deco house stands proud amongst almost 13 acres of landscape designed European gardens.

A wonderful walk here will take you down to where you can step into an ancient sandstone cave and search for Aboriginal carvings in the stone. You can access the stunning Pool of Siloam and finish your walk at Gordon Falls for some lovely views and a short cliff top walk.

It’s just a 5-minute walk down to the Gordon Falls Lookout for a unique view across the valley to the back of the Three Sisters. There’s a short cliff top walk to Elysian Rock and Olympian Rock and we think it’s one of the best views in the Blue Mountains.

Bursting with trains, trams and tracks this wonderful collection is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Toys, trains and railway memorabilia as well as Barbie Dolls and much more. Topped off with 12 acres of stunning gardens and an Amphitheatre across the street with stunning views, this is a great option for families.

Gorgeous cascading waterfalls in a rainforest type environment with towering tree ferns, gently falling water and birds singing playfully, this is such a peaceful experience.

Great for a family picnic of some playtime for the kids and also the stop for those who are staying at the Cottage on The Mall accommodation.

A superb café, restaurant and bar, Leura Garage utilizes local produce and wines and offers a stunning seasonal menu.

There’s no need to travel back to Katoomba for trains, most stop here too.

Great for a few drinks or a bistro meal, also woodfired pizza.

Purely for accommodation, this stop is convenient for those who are staying around this area.

Trains depart here in both directions.

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To see the Walking Guide for each walk, click on the link below.

Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Honeymoon Lookout to Echo Point
40min

Walk 1 (Stop 6 to 7)

This is the very best place to hop off first, and if you only have time for one walk, this should be the one!

It takes just a few minutes more than walking to the Three Sisters from Echo Point, and gives you unique views and a real sense of peace and tranquility as you meander along the cliff top.

Head right around the front of the lookout to begin walking the cliff top towards the Three Sisters.

Along the way there are a number of lookouts and you’ll easily have time to stop at each one for some photographs or to simply enjoy the view.

When you reach the top of the Giant Stairway, turn left and walk down the first set of steps that lead onto the Honeymoon Bridge.

It’s here that you can cross the bridge and literally step out onto the famous Three Sisters.

From there, come back up the steps and turn left to continue to Echo Point.

Buses depart here for both Scenic World and Leura so ask the driver which direction the bus is going before you leave.

Three Sisters Walk
Echo Point to the Three Sisters return
30min

Walk 2 (Stop 7 to 7)

This walk is perfect for the whole family.

Begin by walking through the stone archway, next to the Echo Point Visitor Centre, stroll through the eucalypt forest, whilst enjoying the numerous bird calls along the way.

You may see many different birds, including the beautiful Crimson Rosella, Cockatoo or Bower Bird, and quite possibly the elusive Lyrebird.

As you stroll towards the Giant Stairway and down to the Honeymoon Bridge to walk onto the famous Three Sisters.

Giant Stairway / Federal Pass
Echo Point to Katoomba Falls or Scenic World
120min

Walk 3 (Stop 7 to 10/11)

Follow Walk 2 to the Honeymoon Bridge, but continue down the Giant Stairway.

Once you reach the bottom of the steps you are on the Federal Pass walking track.

Turn right (west) and follow the pass around the base of the Three Sisters; keep an eye out for lyrebirds along this stretch of the walk.

After about 30 minutes you will come to the base of Katoomba Falls, and then enter into the region around Scenic World.

You can return to the cliff top by riding the Scenic Railway and meet the Explorer Bus at Stop 11, Scenic World.

Or if you really want to test your fitness, allow an extra 30 – 40 minutes and climb back up by the Furber Steps to Stop 10.

Three Sisters Walk
Echo Point to the Three Sisters return
30min

Walk 4 (Stop 9 to 10)

This walk is perfect for the whole family.

Begin by walking through the stone archway, next to the Echo Point Visitor Centre, stroll through the eucalypt forest, whilst enjoying the numerous bird calls along the way.

You may see many different birds, including the beautiful Crimson Rosella, Cockatoo or Bower Bird, and quite possibly the elusive Lyrebird As you stroll towards the Giant Stairway and down to the Honeymoon Bridge to walk onto the famous Three Sisters.

The Round Walk
Katoomba Falls to Ried’s Plateau
20min

Walk 5 (Stop 10 to 10)

From Stop 10 walk along the path and down the concrete stairs following the sign to Reid’s Plateau and take in the stunning views of the Jamison Valley.

Then return and follow the sign post directing you to Furber Stairs, down past Witches Leap to the next junction where you carry on straight ahead.

The track will start to climb back up to Juliet’s Balcony with stunning views of the waterfall and Jamison Valley all the way across to the Three Sisters.

You will then continue to climb and circle back to the top. This is not a difficult walk and it only takes around 20 minutes to complete.

But, of course, like any of the walks that we recommend, there’s no rush and no rules, so you can take as long as you want.

Furber Steps
Katoomba Falls to Scenic World
120min

Walk 6 (Stop 10 to 11)

This is a great walk which follows Walk 5 up to the Round Walk junction where you continue down past a series of lookouts, to the hand cut Furber Steps.

Towards the bottom of the steps is a naturally curved rock amphitheater – let out a loud “Coo-eee” to get an echo from the rocks.

The track finishes at a T intersection with the Federal Pass track.

Turn left and walk a little way to the base of Katoomba Falls, where you can look up and see the water plummeting into the valley. (If you continue east along this path you will eventually come to the base of the Giant Stairway).

Turn back now and go past the base of the Furber Steps to reach the lower station of the Scenic Railway where you can catch a ride up to Scenic World (pay for your ticket at the top).

The first section of the boardwalk connects the Scenic Railway with the Cableway, and has many interpretive signs along the way.

Along this track you can see the entrance to the coal mine that the railway was originally built to service. 

Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Katoomba Falls to Echo Point
60min

Walk 7 (Stop 10 to 7)

From Stop 10 head down the steps and take the left path at the cross roads to Katoomba Cascades.

Cross at the cascades and up the steps and follow the sealed path out past the Skyway Eastern Station to the Cliff View Lookout.

Pause and take in the views, before continuing on to the left along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk. You will pass a number of lookouts on your way to Echo Point.

Wollumai Lookout, Allambie Lookout, Lady Darley Lookout and finally arrive at Queen Elizabeth Lookout.

You can spend some time at Echo Point before hopping back on the Explorer Bus for more amazing things.

There’s a shorter version of this walk from the Skyway (Stop 8) too.

Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Carrington Park to Echo Point
90min

Walk 8 (Stop 5 to 7)

Beginning just across the road from Stop 5 and heading right, this walk allows for some superb views of the King’s Tableland.

On a clear day, you can see down to Mount Gibraltar in the NSW Southern Highlands.

It’s a little bit challenging to begin with, but soon becomes a very pleasant cliff top walk, and there’s every chance you won’t see another soul all the way!

Pause at Honeymoon Lookout along the way, and then follow directions for Walk 1 back to the Three Sisters and Echo Point.

This is a great place to start if you want to stretch your legs for a big day of exploring, or if you’re planning to stay for a few days you can do this walk on your second or third day.

Bridal Veil Falls
Carrington Park to Leura Cascades
60min

Walk 9 (Stop 5 to 31)

Start by walking directly down the street to the Kiah Lookout, then through the small gateway and down the steps.

We suggest a slight detour to visit Fossil Rock Lookout along the way.

Return to the main path and head towards Leura Cascades.

Avoid the path on the right leading down to the Amphitheatre and Fern Bower, which will add at least another 45 minutes and many very steep steps to your walk.

You will eventually come down a set of steps to meet the creek flowing down from the cascades.

Turn right and walk a few metres to reach the top of Bridal Veil Falls. Make your way back upstream following the route of Walk 10.

To catch the Explorer Bus at Stop 31(Leura Cascades), continue to the picnic area and turn right towards the main road, continue across the road and up the pathway to the corner of Malvern Road and Leura Mall.

Alternatively you can continue the cliff top walk to Gordon Falls via Olympian Rock.

Leura Cascades
Leura Cascades return
60min

Walk 10 (Stop 31 to 31)

Leura Cascades is one of the most scenic spots in the Blue Mountains. A well-maintained track leads you down through a narrow valley shaded by tall tree ferns, with the sound of falling water following you every step of the way.

This is one of those special places where you’ll really want to spend more time.

We recommend at least one hour.

This short walk takes you down the creek past a never-ending series of lovely small waterfalls, with corridors of tree ferns arching overhead, to the brink of Bridal Veil Falls.

The track starts from the picnic area above Leura Cascades.

A short flight of steps curve down to a wonderful view of the Meeting of the Waters, where two creeks come together in a picturesque scene framed by bridges and ferns.

The path leads down under a canopy of tree ferns, then crosses the creek on a wooden bridge.

From here the steps down begin in earnest, with some sections of wooden boardwalk carrying you over trickling side streams.

At the bottom of the track you cross a second bridge and walk under a deep rock overhang for a view of the final cascade.

A few metres further down is the spectacular lookout at the top of Bridal Veil Falls, with views down the canyon and across the dense canopy of rainforest.

To return to the Explorer Bus, simply retrace your steps to return to Stop 31. If you choose to stay later, it’s just a short walk into Leura. 

Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Leura Cascades to Gordon Falls
60min

Walk 11 (Stop 31 to 29)

This walk along the famous Prince Henry Cliff Walk offers some commanding views, especially in the afternoon light, and takes you through a fascinating variety of typical Blue Mountains habitats.

The first section of the route follows the Leura Cascades walk all the way to the base of the lower cascades.

On the return trip, look out for the track on your right with a sign pointing to Gordon Falls and the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.

This runs close to the clifftop all the way to Gordon Falls, and takes you through patches of low heath (full of native birds including honeyeaters and wattlebirds) and fern-filled areas of hanging swamp – important reserves of water in this dry environment.

There are a number of superb view points on the cliff top track as you walk towards Gordon Falls, including Tarpeian Rock, Olympian Rock and Elysian Rock.

Take a detour and walk down the steps to the Gordon Falls Lookout before you hop back on the bus.

Gordon Falls
Gordon Falls Lookout return
20min

Walk 12 (Stop 29 to 29)

The short walk down to Gordon Falls Lookout earns you a unique view that takes in the back of the Three Sisters, the 200m drop of Gordon Falls, a small slice of distant Lake Burragorang, and the long craggy finger of Sublime Point.

Best of all, you can often have this secluded spot all to yourself.

This is a very short and easy walk, starting along a broad track under tall eucalypt trees that leads to a short but steep staircase down the side of a rock platform to the lookout.

Add Walk 13 to this, it’s perfect!

Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Gordon Falls to Olympian Rock
20min

Walk 13 (Stop 29 to 30)

From the Gordon Falls Lookout, you can walk along the escarpment to Olympian Rock in about 20 minutes.

On the way, you cross a bridge over a deep slot canyon, and go past an amazing little spot called Elysian Rock.

From Olympian Rock, you climb up the stairs and you hit the road right next to Stop 30 opposite the Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum.

You can either go in and check out the museum, enter the amphitheater via $2 coin in the turnstile or simply hop back on the bus at Stop 30.

Lyrebird Dell (Pool of Siloam)
Lyrebird Dell to Gordon Falls
60min

Walk 14 (Stop 28 to 29)

A walk filled with Aboriginal history and sparkling waterfalls.

Watch out for lyrebirds scratching around the forest leaf litter; hear the kookaburras laughing as you descend towards an ancient sandstone cave to search for Aboriginal carvings in the stone, tens of thousands of years old.

It is thought that the cave was used as a shelter by the Aboriginal tribes and there were many artefacts found inside.

You can then continue on to the Pool of Siloam and take a dip under the waterfall before continuing on to Gordon Falls at Stop 29 or heading back to Stop 28 to re-join the Explorer Bus. 

It’s a fantastic spot for a picnic, or just a little peace and tranquility, and a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Golf Links Walk
Gladstone Road to Lyrebird Dell
60min

Walk 15 (Stop 26 to 28)

From Stop 26 walk south for a short distance along Gladstone Road towards the cliff top.

This area of Leura is especially beautiful in spring, when the carefully tended gardens burst into flower, and in autumn, when deciduous trees turn vivid shades of red and gold.

When you reach the cliff top, a track to your left leads to Golf Links Lookout – one of the Blue Mountains hidden treasures – with a fantastic view along the cliff line towards the Three Sisters and Narrow Neck plateau. (Allow an extra 30 minutes to walk there and back.)

Even without making the side trip, you can enjoy an unusual and commanding view into the Jamison Valley before making your descent through the little gorge towards the beautiful Pool of Siloam.

From the Pool of Siloam, you can make a decision to go either to Lyrebird Dell or to Gordon Falls.

Either way is just as beautiful as the other.

If you’re after cliff top views then Gordon Falls is definitely the best choice.

From there you will get an amazing view across the Jamison Valley towards the back of the Three Sisters.

Or head to Lyrebird Dell to search for ancient Aboriginal carvings in the stone.

Devil’s Hole
Devil’s Hole to Cahill’s Lookout
90min

Walk 16 (Stop 13 to 14)

 From the bus stop, walk towards the cliff and follow the track down, down and down.

You will pass through many different types of vegetation and possibly spot some wildlife along the way.

At some points you will need to slip and slide.

It’s important that when you get to the Devil’s Hole, that you turn around and retrace your steps, because if you keep going you will end up deep in the Megalong Valley and beyond.

Follow the track back up and then head west along the roadway towards Cahill’s Lookout.

This is a perfect place to rest and recuperate whilst waiting for the bus, then hop on and head somewhere else amazing! 

Dardanelles Pass
Kiah Lookout to Katoomba Falls
240min

Walk 17 (Stop 5 to 10)

From Kiah Lookout you take a scenic descent to Leura Forest, here there are some historic signs that show photos of this tranquil clearing in the bush from over 100 years ago.

 Take the Dardanelles Pass towards the base of the Giant Stairway, and note how the bush dries out as you leave the protected sanctuary of the forest.

Carry on past the Giant Stairway to the Federal Pass taking time to look up now and then at the Three Sisters as you walk around their feet.

You will pass the bottom of Katoomba Falls then begin your climb, gently at first until you reach a junction.

To your left is the easy option of Scenic World (fares apply at the top), and to your right the hand cut Furber Steps.

Wentworth Falls
Fairmont Resort to Wentworth Falls
90min

Walk 18 (Stop 25 to WF)

If you’re staying for multiple days and you’ve covered everything around the bus circuit, this is a fantastic walk which will take you to Wentworth Falls where you can spend a whole day exploring.

When you’re finished, you can walk to Wentworth Falls Railway Station and catch the train back to Katoomba.

Hop off at Stop 25 Fairmont Resort.

From here you can start the amazing 1 hour walk via Lilian’s Bridge to The Conservation Hut There are many options available to you along the way or after you arrive.

Just after Lilian’s Bridge is the option of turning off towards the Valley of the Waters winding down towards the Jamison Valley, crossing the cascading waterfalls via stepping stones on your way to either the many views of the National Pass or the rainforest of the Wentworth Pass.

Both tracks take you to Wentworth Falls and the Grand Stairway to finish at the main lookout.

Another option is to continue towards The Conservation Hut and take the turn off for the less strenuous but equally stunning Overcliff Undercliff Track with its many lookouts and photo opportunities.

This walk will also take you to Wentworth Falls. Allow a full day of exploring here if you can and finish at Wentworth Falls Village for a drink or two.

Walk 1 (Stop 6 to 7)

Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Honeymoon Lookout to Echo Point
40min

This is the very best place to hop off first, and if you only have time for one walk, this should be the one!

It takes just a few minutes more than walking to the Three Sisters from Echo Point, and gives you unique views and a real sense of peace and tranquility as you meander along the cliff top.

Head right around the front of the lookout to begin walking the cliff top towards the Three Sisters.

Along the way there are a number of lookouts and you’ll easily have time to stop at each one for some photographs or to simply enjoy the view.

When you reach the top of the Giant Stairway, turn left and walk down the first set of steps that lead onto the Honeymoon Bridge.

It’s here that you can cross the bridge and literally step out onto the famous Three Sisters.

From there, come back up the steps and turn left to continue to Echo Point.

Buses depart here for both Scenic World and Leura so ask the driver which direction the bus is going before you leave.