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Victoria Falls to Pierces Pass
Time: 2 Days Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
6.9 km N of Blackheath
Length: 8.9 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 8.9 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 854 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 854 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Route: Hard

This is a magnificent overnight walk, allowing time to really explore the area. Enjoying views of Victoria Falls and other cascades makes a great way to start this walk. The campsite of Burra Korain Flats is not as popular as Acacia Flats, enhancing the serenity of the Grose Valley. The walk out via Pierces Pass is steep, with the great views encouraging regular photo stops (especially when you need an excuse to catch your breath). (open in app)

This walk passes through a remote area and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.
There are Closed areas in Blue Mountains National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Victoria Falls to Pierces Pass

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Victoria Falls to Pierces Pass
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Victoria Falls Rd car park
Victoria Falls Lookout
Int. Victoria Creek Cascades and Victoria Falls Tracks
Int. Victoria Creek Cascades and Victoria Falls Tracks
Int. Top of Falls and Victoria Creek Tracks
Int. Top of Falls and Victoria Creek Tracks
Int. Bottom of Falls and Victoria Creek Tracks
Int. Bottom of Falls and Victoria Creek Tracks
Burra Korain Flat Camping Area
Burra Korain Flat Camping Area East
Int. Pierces Pass and Grose River Tracks
Int. Pierces Creek and Pierces Pass Tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: Victoria Falls Rd car park

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301S 
 Mount Wilson 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301N 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
Start of Victoria Falls Track
 
Start of Victoria Falls Track +
 
View from Victoria Falls lookout
 
View from Victoria Falls lookout +
 
Walker on Victoria Falls Track
 
Walker on Victoria Falls Track +

 
View below Victoria Cascades
 
View below Victoria Cascades +
 
Victoria Falls
 
Victoria Falls +
 
Track down to Victoria Falls
 
Track down to Victoria Falls +

 
Leaf
 
Leaf +
 
Burra Korain Flats camping area
 
Burra Korain Flats camping area +
 
Creek crossing near Burra Korain Flat Camping Area
 
Creek crossing near Burra Korain Flat Camping Area +

 
Track along the Grose River
 
Track along the Grose River +
 
View of cliffs across the Grose Valley
 
View of cliffs across the Grose Valley +
 
Pierces Pass Track
 
Pierces Pass Track +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Victoria Falls to Pierces Pass bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Victoria Falls to Pierces Pass bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Victoria Falls to Pierces Pass bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Victoria Falls to Pierces Pass bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 9km
Time 2 Days
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Grade 5/6

Route: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 7km of this walk is very steep, whilst the remaining 1.8km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
4.4km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 3.9km follows a rough unclear track. The remaining (590m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
5km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 3.5km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (100m) is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 8km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 590m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) and another 560m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (40m) has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to Victoria Falls Rd car park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Sorry there are no driving directions, but you can see the start of this walk on this map

Free Beacon Hire Alt = 0 m
A Personal Locating Beacon (PLB) is a hand-held device that, when triggered, sends a message to the emergency services with your location. The emergency services staff can then look at your trip intention forms and decide how best to help you. In the Blue Mountains, you can borrow these for no charge, just complete this Trip intention form, and a borrowing form. The device can be picked up from:
NPWS Office - Govetts Leap Rd Blackheath - 9am to 4pm 7 days Ph: 02 4787 8877
Katoomba Police Station - 217 Katoomba St Katoomba - Anytime Ph: 02 4782 8199
Springwood Police Station - 4 Jerseywold Avenue Springwood - Anytime Ph: 02 4751 0299
More info

(0 km) Victoria Falls Rd car park to Victoria Falls Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 103 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -15 m
From the car park, this walk follows the sign to 'Grose Valley Lookout' down the hill. The walk then winds down some steps for approximately 50m to a lookout.

Victoria Falls Lookout Alt = 905 m
Victoria Falls Lookout, Blue Mountains NP, has an easterly aspect over the Grose Valley. Although the lookout is named after the wonderful Victoria Falls, there are no views of the falls from this lookout.

(0.1 km) Victoria Falls Lookout to Int. Victoria Creek Cascades and Victoria Falls Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.27 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -358 m
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk heads past the 'Victoria Falls' sign, down the hill. It leads across the hill for a short while before turning right and following the steps downhill for approximately 100m. The track then tends left, steeply down through a rocky outcrop, then continues winding across the hill under rocky outcrops (on the right). The track winds left, down through the rock again, to steeply zigzag down the hill for some time, moving away from the rocky outcrop, into ferns and more grassy undergrowth. The track heads steeply down towards the sound of the cascades at the signposted intersection.

(1.38 km) Int. Victoria Creek Cascades and Victoria Falls Tracks to Victoria Creek Cascades
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 94 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Cascades', heading towards the noise of the falling water. It follows the hillside through the rainforest vegetation to the creek bank. The track then continues over the slippery rocks to the bottom of the falls.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Victoria Cascades Alt = 626 m
Victoria Cascades, Blue Mountains NP, is a shorter run of water than the larger Victoria Falls. These cascades rush over a slope of rock to continue down to Victoria Falls. The cascades, made by Victoria Creek, are worth a look on your way down to Victoria Falls. However, on a a trip up from Victoria Falls, these smaller cascades may be somewhat overshadowed by the larger falls.

(1.38 km) Int. Victoria Creek Cascades and Victoria Falls Tracks to Int. Top of Falls and Victoria Creek Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 15 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Burra Korain Flat', heading down the stairs for a short distance to another signposted intersection.

(1.39 km) Int. Top of Falls and Victoria Creek Tracks to Top of Falls
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 22 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -1 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Top of Falls' sign, down the hill to Victoria Creek. The track then turns left, descending steeply on some rocks. This walk continues downstream along a rockshelf to the top of Victoria Falls.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

(1.39 km) Int. Top of Falls and Victoria Creek Tracks to Int. Bottom of Falls and Victoria Creek Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 95 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -19 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Burra Korain Flats' heading up the hill and then down to a railing, overlooking the Victoria Falls. The track then winds down the slippery hillside, descending to an intersection in front of a large, mossy rock.

(1.49 km) Int. Bottom of Falls and Victoria Creek Tracks to Victoria Falls
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 45 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the track follows the hillside towards the sound of a waterfall, keeping the creek some distance below to your left. The track soon opens out onto the cliff of the waterfall. The track then swings around the right-hand side to go up the scree slope to venture behind the waterfall.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Victoria Falls Alt = 608 m
Victoria Falls, Blue Mountains NP, is a large waterfall dropping over a grey rock overhang. The cascade is produced by Victoria Creek dropping over the approximately-15m cliffs. A scree slope leads up behind the falls, and below the falls the rocks are very slippery. These falls are well worth a visit, with the great views from the top of the falls, and the accessibility of the bottom of the falls, making a great trip.

(1.49 km) Int. Bottom of Falls and Victoria Creek Tracks to Burra Korain Flat Camping Area
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.35 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -126 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the track downhill towards the creek, keeping the creek to you right, so soon come to a clearing beside the creek. Here the walk crosses the creek to find a sign pointing to 'Burra Korain Flat' (visible before crossing the creek). (This creek may be impassable after rain). The walk turns left to follow the 'Burra Korain Flat' sign downhill, keeping the creek to your left for over 1km. The track winds and undulating through ferns and rocky outcrops, to open out into the Burra Korain Flat Camping Area, which is signposted.

Burra Korain Flat Camping Area Alt = 488 m
Burra Korain Flat Camping Area, Blue Mountains NP, is a small clearing between the Victoria Creek and Grose River. The campsite is well signposted and has nice sitting logs and plenty of space for a few tents. Water can be accessed from either river or creek but should be treated before use.

Overnight stay Goto day 2 notes

Day 2


(2.84 km) Burra Korain Flat Camping Area to Int. Pierces Pass and Grose River Tracks
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 3.9 km Time = 1 hr 50 mins
Climb = 312 m Descent = -415 m
Continue straight: From the campsite, this walk heads down the hill to the creek and then across it. The track continues up through a grassy area to a clearing with a fireplace and BBQ and a sign to 'Acacia Flat'.
Continue straight: From the camping area, this walk follows the 'Acacia Flats' sign down to the creek. The track crosses the creek and continues along the right-hand bank, heading downstream. The track then undulates and winds on the right side of the creek for approximately 3km in a south-easterly direction. The track crosses a number of creeks, and continues undulating along the south side of the Grose River to an intersection, with a sign pointing back to Burra Korain.

(6.73 km) Int. Pierces Pass and Grose River Tracks to Pierces Pass car park
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.12 km Time = 1 hr 23 mins
Climb = 496 m Descent = -22 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads down into the creek bed, in the unsignposted direction (ie neither towards 'Burra Korain' nor 'Acacia Flats'). The track heads upstream for approximately 20m, where it crosses to the other side. The track crosses to the right of a small pool, which is above a small rocky section of the creek. The track then heads up from the creek to begin steeply climbing up the stairs, then follows the top of the spur for some time. The track tends left across the hill as the spur line widens, then the walk meanders up along the hillside for approximately 400m. As the vegetation becomes scattered with boulders, the track turns in to the cliffs of Pierces Pass. The vegetation becomes thicker and darker under the rainforest vegetation as the track leads between the cliff lines. The walk leads up many stairs to an intersection approximately 10m before the roots of a large upturned tree, with the creek below to the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, past the roots of the upturned tree. The track continues to wind up the hill and below a rocky outcrop. The track tends left out of the gully to come up to the car park.

Pierces Pass Alt = 860 m
Pierces Pass, Blue Mountains NP, is a passage through the cliffs from the Bells Line of Road. The pass is popular with rock climbers, who use it as an access track to the cliffs.

Drive from Pierces Pass car park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
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Getting there

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Driving Directions
To the start of the walk
Since this walk starts on a low grade road
Google can't give you a route plan to the start.
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From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 15.6 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 16 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 16.1 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 16.8 km
Richmond Camping Supplies 340 Windsor St , Richmond (02) 4578 3004 42.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Victoria Falls to Pierces Pass.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Victoria Falls to Pierces Pass
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6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 16 km (to the WNW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
29 km (to the WSW)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 29 km (to the WSW)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 30 km (to the E)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 36 km (to the ESE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Central Ranges fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
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Blue Mountains National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Grand Canyon walking track
The Grand Canyon walking track will be closed from Wednesday 14 October 2015 to mid-June 2016. The closure is necessary to allow work to continue on improving the walking track. Access for canyoners will be on weekends only. Access from Evans Lookout via Beauchamp Falls to the Grose Valley will remain open. Evans Lookout carpark, Loop carpark, and Neates Glen carpark will remain open. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 47878877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens
Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge Walking track. No access to the area is permitted.Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Prince Henry cliff walk, Leura
Blue Mountains City Council wishes to advise that Prince Henry cliff walk between Majestic lookout and the junction with the Leura Cascades walk is currently closed due to a landslip. Detours will be in place and clearly signposted around the affected area. Access from the Leura picnic area to the cascades is unaffected. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Tourism on 1300 653 408 or Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Butterbox Swamp track
The traditional access to Butterbox Canyon via the endangered swamp is now closed and rehabilitated. No access permitted. Canyoners should use the new track provided. Temporary signage is in place.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Claustral canyon access change
Access to Claustral canyon via the previous route across private land at Mount Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mount Tomah residents and avoid using private land. Alternative access from the west side of Mount Bell has been identified. For more information, please contact the Blue Moauntains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Cahills lookout - Katoomba
As a result of a recent bushfire, Cahills lookout remains closed until further notice. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Council on (02) 4780 5000.

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens
Waratah Native Gardens Some areas of this park are closed due to a major landslip event occurring across The Gorge Walking Track. Closed areas include The Gorge Walking Track in the Blue Mountains National Park. A full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The Gorge Walking Track is closed at the entry trackhead however the Waratah Native Gardens Day Use and Picnic Area located off Valley Ridges Road Berambing (west of Bilpin) has now been reopened. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. For more information, please contact NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines


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Kate - Day 1 feedback IP:220.233.95.xxx | 2015-10-26 07:46:22
Myself and a group of friends hiked into Burra Korain campsite and back as a weekend camping trip. The trail down to Victoria Falls was surprisingly well maintained, and while a little steep in section (lots of switchbacks), was relatively simple. Immediately after the falls, the terrain can be a little trickier with some scrambles where the path has been washed out, but this does not continue for long. It took us about 80 minutes to get to the camp site (excluding breaks at the falls on the way down). It is a really lovely trip, with a lot of water holes to swim in (if only the water wasn't so cold!!). I also spied some aboriginal grinding grooves near the creek crossing after the falls, which was a treat for the English people I was with, who had never seen them before.
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