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Echo Point to Leura Forest Circuit
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.7 km SSE of Katoomba
Length: 4.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 4.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 588 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 588 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 There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

Forming a circuit around the cliffs and then the valley floor, this is a walk more then capable of convincing a walker of the beauty of the Blue Mountains National Park. There are plenty of fantastic views including Echo Point, Tallawarra Lookout and Honeymoon Point. Leura Forest is a great spot to break for lunch, and there is even an opportunity to cross a bridge to one of the Three Sisters. This walk has it all. (open in app)


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 Echo Point to Leura Forest Circuit

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Echo Point Archway Intersection
Int of the Three Sisters Pathway and Spooners Lookout path
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Track and the Three Sisters Footpath
Int of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Lady Game Bushtrack
Int of Prince Henry Cliff and Lady Carrington Lookout Tracks
Int of Prince Henry Cliff and Lady Carrington Lookout Tracks
Tallawarra Lookout
Millamurra Lookout
Int of Prince Henry Cliff and Honeymoon Lookout Tracks
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Honeymoon Lookout Tracks
Honeymoon Point
Honeymoon Point
Banksia Streamlet
Lomandra Lookout
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Burrabarroo Lookout Tracks
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Burrabarroo Lookout Tracks
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Carrington Park Track
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Forest Track
Int of Federal Pass and Jamieson Lookout Tracks
Int of Federal Pass and Jamieson Lookout Tracks
Fern Bower
Int of Federal Pass and the Amphitheatre track
Lila Falls crossing
Marguerite Cascades
Lower Linda Creek Falls
Leura Forest (Int of Federal Pass and Dardenelles Tracks)
Bottom of Giant Staircase
The Three Sisters Bridge Intersection
The Three Sisters Bridge Intersection
Top of the Giant Staircase
Top of the Giant Staircase
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Track and the Three Sisters Footpath
Oreades Lookout
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Track and the Three Sisters Pathway
Int of Three Sisters Walkway and Spooners Lookout path
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Three Sisters Walkway and Spooners Lookout path

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

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Photo Gallery

 
Information Center at Echo point
 
Information Center at Echo point +
 
View of the Three Sisters from Echo Point
 
View of the Three Sisters from Echo Point +
 
The archway exit from Echo Point
 
The archway exit from Echo Point +

 
Following the path to the Three Sisters
 
Following the path to the Three Sisters +
 
Lady Carrington Lookout
 
Lady Carrington Lookout +
 
Following the track past Honeymoon Point
 
Following the track past Honeymoon Point +

 
The view of the Valley before going down to Leura Falls
 
The view of the Valley before going down to Leura Falls +
 
The Jamison Valley from Barrabaroo Lookout
 
The Jamison Valley from Barrabaroo Lookout +
 
Jamieson Lookout
 
Jamieson Lookout +

 
Stair case on Federal pass bellow Jameison Lookout
 
Stair case on Federal pass bellow Jameison Lookout +
 
Shady chair of Federal pass above Fern Bower
 
Shady chair of Federal pass above Fern Bower +
 
Below Fern Bower
 
Below Fern Bower +

 
Infrastructure through the temperate rainforest
 
Infrastructure through the temperate rainforest +
 
Federal Pass, heading under the cliff
 
Federal Pass, heading under the cliff +
 
Lila Falls
 
Lila Falls +

 
Marguerite Cascades
 
Marguerite Cascades +
 
Eastern end of Leura Forest
 
Eastern end of Leura Forest +
 
Leura Forest picnic benches
 
Leura Forest picnic benches +

 
Leura Forest Gazebo
 
Leura Forest Gazebo +
 
The Giant Stairway, Katoomba 1935 Harry Phillips
 
The Giant Stairway, Katoomba 1935 Harry Phillips +
 
The Giant Staircase
 
The Giant Staircase +

 
The bridge across to the Three Sisters
 
The bridge across to the Three Sisters +
 
Top of the Giant Staircase
 
Top of the Giant Staircase +
 
Lady Game Lookout
 
Lady Game Lookout +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Echo Point to Leura Forest Circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Echo Point to Leura Forest Circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Echo Point to Leura Forest Circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Echo Point to Leura Forest Circuit bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 4.8km
Time 3 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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
2.9km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 940m has short steep hills. Whilst another 510m is flat with no steps and the remaining 440m is very steep.

Quality of track
2.2km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.3km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 1.3km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 20m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 3.7km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 1.1km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 4.4km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 450m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 4.6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 200m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 4.4km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 410m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


No permits are required



Catch the bus to Echo Point Archway Intersection
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Echo Point Archway Intersection
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk Parking fees apply in the area.
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 --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Echo Point Information Centre Alt = 947 m
This modern building at Echo Point is a great source of information. It is open daily from 9am-5pm (except Christmas Day). There is a large range of books, maps and information about the area (and ice creams). There are toilets opposite the entrance[fac=8015], and mobility parking opposite[fac=8014]. For more information, phone 1300 653 408. More info

(0 km) Echo Point Archway Intersection to Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Lady Carrington Lookout Tracks
Track: Moderate - footpath,servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 607 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -43 m
From the intersection, this walk heads along the 'Three Sisters walkway'[1] footpath, initially keeping the metal fence to the right. The smooth concrete path leads up and over a rise then leads gently downhill for about 80m to a signposted three-way intersection[2].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Three Sisters 400m' arrow[3] downhill along the concrete path, keeping the valley to the right. After about 15m the walk leads past a stone seat[fac=8018] (on the left), with a blue tongue lizard sculpture[4]. The walk continues gently downhill for another 60m to pass another sandstone seat (on the left)[fac=8019]. From here the path winds gently downhill for another 70m to find yet another sandstone seat (on the left)[fac=8020]. The path continues downhill for another 45m to find a clear intersection marked with a large 'Three Sisters Walk' sign[5]. On the right is a small flat loose gravel area with two seats[fac=8021].
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the track winding up the hill and through the bush, away from the cliffs and the valley, for about 50m before coming to the intersection of the Lady Game track.
Turn left : From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Leura Cascades' sign along the bush track, winding around through the bush and following the cliffs (further down the hill to the right) around the valley until coming to the intersection with the Lady Carrington Lookout track.

(0.61 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff and Lady Carrington Lookout Tracks to Lady Carrington Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 22 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -12 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads out to the cliffs, going down a small flight of stairs and following the metal railing. Shortly after, the walk breaks out onto a fenced-off rockshelf, signposted as Lady Carrington Lookout.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Lady Carrington Lookout Alt = 917 m
Lady (Cecelia) Carrington was wife of Lord (Charles Robert Wynne) Carrington. The couple explored parts of the Blue mountains in the late 1800's and had a number of places named in their honour. Lady Carrington Lookout is long, narrow and fenced (twice). The lookout is perched up on a sandstone block and provides views over Jamison Valley.

(0.61 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff and Lady Carrington Lookout Tracks to Tallawarra Lookout
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 170 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -17 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Leura Cascades' sign along the bush track which winds through the forest, gradually climbing up a long gentle hill. The track then flattens out and follows a metal fence-line to the 'Tallawarra Lookout' shortly after (marked on some maps as 'Tallawalla Lookout').

Tallawarra Lookout Alt = 920 m
Tallawarra Lookout[6] is a small, fenced lookout near Silver Mist Picnic Area, along Prince Henry Cliff walk. The lookout provides an excellent view of Sublime Point and Kings Tableland. Leura Falls and Gordon Creek both flow through the valley below. There are a few bench seats just near the lookout. (Note: the lookout is marked as 'Tallawalla Lookout' on some maps.)

(0.78 km) Tallawarra Lookout to Millamurra Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 60 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -3 m
Veer left: From the lookout, this walk follows the 'Leura Cascades' sign along the bush track winding around the edge of the valley for a short while before coming to the fenced-off rock platform signposted as 'Millamurra Lookout'.

Millamurra Lookout Alt = 924 m
Millamurra Lookout is on a fenced, elevated rock platform on the side of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk. There are views of the Jamison Valley, including the Leura Falls Creek and Sublime Point. There is also a great view along the Kings Tableland escarpment to the right.

(0.84 km) Millamurra Lookout to Int of Prince Henry Cliff and Honeymoon Lookout Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 387 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 26 m Descent = -26 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track, keeping the valley down to the right, as it continues along for a short while before coming to the Honeymoon Lookout, which is up the hill on the left-hand side of the track. The track passes the lookout and comes to the intersection of the bush track heading up to the lookout straight after.

(1.22 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff and Honeymoon Lookout Tracks to Honeymoon Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 27 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads up the short hill to the concrete platform just off Cliff Drive, signposted as 'Honeymoon Lookout'.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Honeymoon Lookout Alt = 931 m
Honeymoon Lookout is a fenced lookout on Cliff Drive, just north of Katoomba High School. There is a short track that links this lookout to Prince Henry Cliff Walk. There is a bus stop at the lookout. The area is shaded by a few trees and provides views out to Sublime Point and Kings Tableland.

(1.22 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Honeymoon Lookout Tracks to Honeymoon Point
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 102 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -16 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track, keeping the valley and the cliffs down the hill to the right as it winds through the forest, until it comes to the signposted 'Honeymoon Point', shortly after the metal fence starts of the right.

(1.33 km) Honeymoon Point to Banksia Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 26 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -36 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads out to the cliffs along the track, until coming to an intersection signposted as 'Banksia Lookout'. The view is largely blocked by trees.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Banksia Lookout Alt = 871 m
Banksia Lookout is a fenced lookout along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, down a few steps from Honeymoon Point. The lookout provides views of Sublime Point and Kings Tableland. The clearing for the old sewage treatment plant, down in the valley on the Sublime Point Trail, is still visible from this lookout.

(1.33 km) Honeymoon Point to Banksia Streamlet
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 67 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -4 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading away from the lookout, keeping the valley down the hill to the right as it winds down a set of wooden steps to the signposted Banksia Streamlet.

(1.39 km) Banksia Streamlet to Lomandra Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 192 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: Keeping the valley down the hill to the right, the walk crosses the streamlet at the wooden bridge. The track continues up the wooden steps on the other side to the top of the hill, where the track flattens out and continues past a picnic chair and along the side of the hill to the Lomandra Lookout.

Lomandra Lookout Alt = 920 m
Lomandra Lookout is a fenced lookout along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, near Katoomba. Unlike other lookouts in the area, there are no sweeping distant views, but atop this cliff there is a great close-up view of the canopy of the surrounding bush. There is a bench seat on the rock platform, making a nice place for a rest.

(1.59 km) Lomandra Lookout to Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Burrabarroo Lookout Tracks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 334 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -23 m
Continue straight: From the Lomandra Lookout, this walk follows the bush track, keeping the valley down to the right, as it winds through thick forest along the side of the hill, winding all the way around and up a set of wooden steps to the signposted intersection of the 'Burrabarroo Lookout' track.

(1.92 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Burrabarroo Lookout Tracks to Burrabarroo Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 51 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -8 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Burrabarroo' sign along the track, passing a picnic seat and climbing up a short set of rock steps to the top of a rock platform. The walk continues down the steps on the other side, around the base of a rock platform and along the bush track for a short while longer, to the Burrabarroo lookout.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Burrabarroo Lookout Alt = 914 m
This small, fenced lookout is just off the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, near Carrington Park. The view looks over the valley and out to Sublime Point and Kings Tablelands in the distance. The lookout is perched on the top of a rocky buttress at the end of a small point, giving great views.

(1.92 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Burrabarroo Lookout Tracks to Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Forest Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 351 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -18 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Leura Cascades' sign, climbing up the wooden steps and continuing along the bush track that winds through the forest, until coming to the intersection with the Carrington Park track.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Leura Cascades 1km' sign down the wooden steps and along the bush track, winding through the forest until coming to the signposted intersection of the 'Leura Forest' Track.

(2.27 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Leura Forest Track to Int of Federal Pass and Jamieson Lookout Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 42 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -3 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Leura Forest' sign along the bush track, winding down the hill for a short while before dropping down a set of wooden steps, to the signposted intersection with the 'Jamieson Lookout' track.

(2.31 km) Int of Federal Pass and Jamieson Lookout Tracks to Jamieson Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 19 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Jamieson Lookout' sign along the short bush track to the rock shelf at the Jamieson Lookout.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Jamieson Lookout Alt = 922 m
Jamieson Lookout is a fenced lookout at the east end of the Federal Pass track, and just off Prince Henry Cliff Walk. The lookout has a bench seat and provides great views up the Jamison Valley, along Kings Tableland escarpment and past Mount Solitary. The lookout is perched up on a large rock buttress, giving views unobscured by trees.

(2.31 km) Int of Federal Pass and Jamieson Lookout Tracks to Fern Bower
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 93 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -36 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the dirt path, heading down the long set of wooden and rocky steps. The walk winds down past a picnic chair under a cliff overhang, and continues down the steps into the valley and through the forest to the Fern Bower information sign.

Fern Bower Alt = 892 m
Fern Bower is an especially pleasant part of the Blue Mountains National Park, protected from heat and providing a great environment for fern trees, bracken ferns and moss to thrive. Fern Bower is a signposted area along the Federal Pass walking track, just below Jamieson Lookout and next to Linda Creek. This is a nice place to stop, rest and enjoy the bird noises.

(2.41 km) Fern Bower to Int of Federal Pass and the Amphitheatre track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 320 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -150 m
Continue straight: From the information sign, the walk follows the track down the steps, passing a 'Rich History' information sign before coming down to the signposted intersection with the Amphitheatre track, at the top of a metal staircase.

(2.73 km) Int of Federal Pass and the Amphitheatre track to Lila falls crossing
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 23 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -18 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Federal Pass Leura Forest' sign down the long metal staircase, to cross the bridge over Linda Creek in front of Lila Falls.

Lila Falls Alt = 736 m
Lila Falls is a thin waterfall on Linda Creek. The Federal Pass crosses the creek (on a bridge) in front of these falls, just below the intersection with the amphitheatre. The waterfall is not the most spectacular one in this valley, but it is a nice cool spot to catch your breath.

(2.75 km) Lila Falls crossing to Marguerite Cascades
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 175 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 37 m Descent = -90 m
Continue straight: From the Lila Falls, this walk follows the track heading down the hill, winding down a wooden walkway keeping the creek to the left. The track hugs the rock wall and passes under a shallow overhang. The walk continues down a staircase, then turns back down into the gully where it come to the taller and slender Linda Falls.
After passing Linda Falls the walk follows the wooden steps down through the gulley, crossing the creek again before heading down to the Marguerite Cascades.

Marguerite Cascades Alt = 684 m
Marguerite Cascades are a series of small cascades finishing with a taller waterfall of a few metres height, dropping into a shallow sandy pool. The cascades are on Linda Creek and a small bridge crosses the creek at the base of the falls as part of the Federal Pass walking track. The cascades are a nice place to sit and listen to the water running and the local birds in this cool shady area.

(2.92 km) Marguerite Cascades to Leura Forest
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 321 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 50 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: From the 'Marguerite Cascades'[7], this walk follows the timber steps downhill, winding steeply for a short while until coming to an intersection with a faint track, marked with a timber 'Federal Pass' sign[8], just beside a foot bridge[9].
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk crosses Linda Creek just below a pleasant cascade[10] using the foot bridge with a handrail[11]. This walk then continues along the bush track that winds along the valley floor, to the signposted 'Leura Forest'. From here, the walk continues along the wide bush track, passing a few picnic tables, and winding through the forest to an open area with a large gazebo and an information sign at the intersection of the Federal Pass and the Dardenelles tracks.

Leura Forest Alt = 721 m
Leura Forest is a great picnic area in the Jamison Valley at the junction of the Federal Pass and Dardenelles Tracks. This place was home to a popular tea house (also known as 'Lady Carrington Dining Hall') from the late 1800's[12]. Today walkers can still enjoy the historic rotunda and the foundations of the original tea house[13]. The picnic area provides a great rest spot under the shade of the lilli pilli and coachwood forest.

(3.24 km) Leura Forest (Int of Federal Pass and Dardenelles Tracks) to Bottom of Giant Staircase
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 873 m Time = 27 mins
Climb = 108 m Descent = -89 m
Turn right: From the pergola at Leura Forest, this walk follows the 'Dardenelles Track' sign (the sign is up the hill behind the pergola) which heads up the stairs towards the cliff face, before turning left behind Leura Forest. The walk then leaves the shade of the forest, along a track with many fallen logs, until coming to the base of the Giant Staircase (signposted).

(4.12 km) Bottom of Giant Staircase to The Three Sisters Bridge intersection
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 204 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 151 m Descent = -20 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the sign up the 'Giant Staircase'. This climbs steeply (with handrails) until coming to an intersection with a bridge that goes across to the First of the three Sisters. Along the way, there are chairs in which to rest from the climb and enjoy the magnificent views of the valley.

(4.32 km) The Three Sisters Bridge Intersection to The Three Sisters
Optional sidetrip: Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - bushtrack
Length = 11 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk crosses the bridge over to the Three Sisters.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

The Three Sisters Alt = 845 m
This well-known rock formation can be found just south of Katoomba, and can be viewed from many of the cliffside lookouts, from Narrow Neck all the way around to Sublime Point. Historically, this formation appears in Aboriginal 'Dream Time' stories, where three sisters were transformed into stone[14]. This iconic rock formation is popular amongst tourists and bushwalkers alike. More info

(4.32 km) The Three Sisters Bridge Intersection to Top of the Giant Staircase
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 40 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the bridge, the walk heads up the staircase steeply to the top. The stairs have handrails and climb up the side of the cliffs to the intersection with the Lady Game Lookout track.

(4.36 km) Top of the Giant Staircase to Lady Game Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - bushtrack
Length = 12 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -12 m
Turn left : From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath down the hill towards the Three Sisters for about 10m before coming to the Lady Game Lookout.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Lady Game Lookout Alt = 896 m
Lady Game Lookout is a narrow, fenced lookout above the Three Sisters. The track to this lookout starts just near the archway which marks the start of the Giant Staircase. Lady Game Lookout provides a bird's-eye view over the Three Sisters and is a popular stop whilst exploring the area.

(4.36 km) Top of the Giant Staircase to Int of Lady Game Lookout Track and the Three Sisters Footpath
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 18 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath up and away from the lookout, passing under a rock archway and continuing up the gentle hill to the intersection with the Cliff Drive access track.

(4.38 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Track and the Three Sisters Footpath to Oreades Lookout
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 20 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the stone/concrete steps on the main path to almost immediatly find an unnamed, fenced lookout platform[15] (on the left).

(4.4 km) Oreades Lookout to Int of Prince Henry Cliff Track and the Three Sisters Footpath
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 109 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From Oreades Lookout, this walk heads uphill along the path for about 30m to pass a stone seat[fac=8022] (on the right), in a small sandstone overhang[16]. Check the miniature cicada sculptures[17] above the overhang. From here the walk leads moderately steeply[fac=8024] uphill along the smooth concrete path[18] for about 90m[19], to come to a clear intersection marked with a large 'Three Sisters Walk' sign[20]. On the left is a small flat loose gravel area with two seats[fac=8021].

(4.51 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Track and the Three Sisters Pathway to Int of the Three Sisters Pathway and Spooners Lookout path
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 195 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the large 'Echo Point' sign[21] uphill along the smooth concrete path. The path leads uphill for about 45m
to find a sandstone seat (on the right)[fac=8020]. From here the path continues winding gently uphill for another 70m to pass another sandstone seat (on the right)[fac=8019]. From this seat the path continues gently uphill for another 60m past yet another similar stone seat[fac=8018] (on the right), this seat has a blue tongue lizard sculpture[22]. After another 15m
this walk comes to a clear signposted Y-intersection[23].

(4.7 km) Int of Three Sisters Walkway and Spooners Lookout path to Echo Point Archway Intersection
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 101 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Katoomba & Echo point' arrow [24] uphill along the concrete path, initially keeping the metal fence to the left. The path leads uphill for about 80m then over a rise to head downhill for short distance to an intersection with a track[25] (on the left) just before the stone archway[26] near Echo Point.

Catch the bus from Echo Point Archway Intersection
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Echo Point Archway Intersection
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk Parking fees apply in the area.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
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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)
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 1.7 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 2.2 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 28.9 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 33.4 km
Kangaroo Tent City Cnr Mulgoa & Blaikie Rds, Penrith (02) 4733 4111 33.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Echo Point to Leura Forest Circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Echo Point to Leura Forest Circuit
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5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
29 km (to the WNW)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 29 km (to the WNW)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 29 km (to the E)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 30 km (to the NNW)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 35 km (to the NE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
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
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      27°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu16°|26°Shower or two.
Fri15°|28°Mostly sunny.
Sat12°|22°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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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Kevin Toto - nice walk for the fairly fit p IP:221.133.196.xxx | 2008-08-12 08:48:57
this took me 1.5 hrs all up considering i was running the top half but as soon as u get to the stairs to decend it never ends :D from the northside tho. i would recommend people to go down the greatstairway rather than go up it unless your looking for a good workout or challenge.
I enjoyed the track very much have fun trekking :P :P
Kevin Toto - alternatively IP:221.133.196.xxx | 2008-08-12 15:12:32
alternatively u can also go down the northside stairs ,and if u are too tired to go up the Great staircase u can go along the bottom walkway :) till u get to scenic world roughly 2-3km more or 20-30 min walk :)
catt - super IP:101.119.17.xxx | 2014-05-11 23:36:34
Leura forest is stunning. the giant staircase is hard but ok if you take it slowly and use the handrails to pull yourself up. i personally find it tougher going up the other way - ie; up through fern bower. A lot of leeches in the forest between Feb - April if its been raining so take precautions.
Tejas - re: super IP:110.20.186.xxx | 2014-05-23 11:43:35
catt wrote:
Leura forest is stunning. the giant staircase is hard but ok if you take it slowly and use the handrails to pull yourself up. i personally find it tougher going up the other way - ie; up through fern bower. A lot of leeches in the forest between Feb - April if its been raining so take precautions.


Different people are different. For me going up the Fern is easier - wider in parts with more spaces for breaks. The Giant Staircase is narrow and steep, i only ever go down.
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