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Round Walk
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3 km S of Katoomba
Length: 0.9 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.9 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 52 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 52 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

A great walk exploring the upper section of Furber Steps. Starting at the Katoomba Kiosk, this walk visits Witches Leap, Juliets Balcony and Vanimans Lookout to loop back to the Kiosk. There are great views down the Kedumba Valley and of many of the surrounding features. A well shaded walk with some pleasant rain forest areas along a well signposted track. There are plenty of stairs, mostly with handrails. (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 Round Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Round Walk
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Katoomba Falls Kiosk
Int of Katoomba Kiosk Track and Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Int of Katoomba Kiosk Loop and Witches Leap Track
Witches Leap
Int of Katoomba Falls Round Walk and Furber Steps
Int of Katoomba Falls Round Walk and Juliets Balcony Track
Int of Katoomba Falls Round Walk and Juliets Balcony Track
Vanimans Lookout
Int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Katoomba Falls Round Walk
Int of Katoomba Kiosk Track and Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Katoomba Kiosk Track and Prince Henry Cliff Walk

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
 Six Foot Track 1:50 000 Map Series NSW-six-foot-track 
 Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89301S 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
Katoomba Kiosk
 
Katoomba Kiosk +
 
Parkland at Katoomba Kiosk
 
Parkland at Katoomba Kiosk +
 
Steps near int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Reids Plateau loop
 
Steps near int of Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Reids Plateau loop +

 
Following the hardened dirt track
 
Following the hardened dirt track +
 
Sign and track to Reids Plateau
 
Sign and track to Reids Plateau +
 
Heading down towards Reids Plateau
 
Heading down towards Reids Plateau +

 
Round Walk sign
 
Round Walk sign +
 
Round Walk sign and arrow
 
Round Walk sign and arrow +
 
What a rest area
 
What a rest area +

 
Track down to Witches Leap
 
Track down to Witches Leap +
 
Witches Leap
 
Witches Leap +
 
Through Witches Leap
 
Through Witches Leap +

 
Crossing the creek that flows from Witches Leap to Veras Grotto
 
Crossing the creek that flows from Witches Leap to Veras Grotto +
 
Vanimans Lookout
 
Vanimans Lookout +
 
Mist from Vaniman's Lookout, 1940 Wallace Green
 
Mist from Vaniman's Lookout, 1940 Wallace Green +

 
Round Walk sign
 
Round Walk sign +
 
Furber Steps Info Sign
 
Furber Steps Info Sign +
 
Rainforest Lookout
 
Rainforest Lookout +

 
Juliets Balcony view
 
Juliets Balcony view +
 
Juliets Balcony
 
Juliets Balcony +
 
Track under boulder
 
Track under boulder +

 
Below Juliets Balcony
 
Below Juliets Balcony +
 
Track near Vaniman's Lookout
 
Track near Vaniman's Lookout +
 
Track around the hillside
 
Track around the hillside +

 
Looking through the trees to the Katoomba Falls
 
Looking through the trees to the Katoomba Falls +
 
Prince Henry Cliff top walk
 
Prince Henry Cliff top walk +
 
Prince Henry Cliff top walk
 
Prince Henry Cliff top walk +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Round Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Round Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Round Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Round Walk 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 850m
Time 45 mins
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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 Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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
450m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 200m has short steep hills. Whilst another 110m is very steep and the remaining 100m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
450m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 370m follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (40m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
This whole walk, 850m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 710m of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 150m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 850m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 770m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 90m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Katoomba Falls Kiosk
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 Katoomba Falls Kiosk
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 --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Katoomba Falls Kiosk Alt = 932 m
The Katoomba Falls Kiosk serves a variety of light and healthy meals including breakfast, lunch and Devonshire teas. A drink enjoyed here will add to the experience of any local bushwalk. For more information, phone (02) 4782-4868. More info

(0 km) Katoomba Falls Kiosk to Int of Katoomba Kiosk Loop and Witches Leap Track
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 74 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
From Katoomba Falls Kiosk, this walk heads out the front doors and turns left following the side of the building, past the car park to the small park, which it crosses, passing the water fountain and the large information signs to the signposted intersection of the 'Prince Henry Cliff Walk' and the track heading to 'Scenic Railway & Skyway'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Reids Plateau' sign down the concrete stairs, passing a 'Greenspace Project' sign. The walk continues down to the bottom of the stairs and to the intersection of the Katoomba Falls Walk and the Prince Henry Cliff Walk (unsignposted).

(0.07 km) Int of Katoomba Kiosk Loop and Witches Leap Track to Int of Katoomba Falls Round Walk and Juliets Balcony Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 327 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -36 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Katoomba Falls Track' sign down the hill, winding down a few sets of wooden steps as it passes a small rest area at a rock overhang, and continues down through the gully to the Witches Leap Lookout.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the track heading down the hill, winding down some wooden steps that zigzag back down towards the creek, which it crosses at the footbridge. The walk then continues up a short hill and along through the forest, winding down a few more sets of wooden steps before coming to the signposted intersection of the Furber Steps track.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Scenic Skyway' sign down the wooden steps, then flattens out for a short distance before continuing up the other side, climbing up the long, steep set of wooden steps. At the top, the walk comes to the intersection of the Round Walk and the Juliets Balcony track (unsignposted).

(0.4 km) Int of Katoomba Falls Round Walk and Juliets Balcony Track to Juliets Balcony
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 12 m Time =
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the short set of wooden steps, winding up to the raised rock platform, and along the bush track to the edge of the fenced-off rock shelf.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Juilets Balcony Alt = 902 m
Juliets Balcony is a spectacular lookout, perched on top of a rock buttress near Orphan Rock, under the Scenic Skyway. The lookout provides sweeping views of the start of the Kedumba Valley, from Katoomba Falls to the Three Sisters. The lookout is accessed by a staircase, off the Furber Steps track. The fenceline continues along the lookout, forming a long, fenced balcony.

(0.4 km) Int of Katoomba Falls Round Walk and Juliets Balcony Track to Vanimans Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 107 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -4 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads to the top of the metal stairs. The track then continues steeply up through the bush, climbing to Vanimans Lookout.

Vaniman's Lookout Alt = 909 m
Vaniman's Lookout is a fenced, long and narrow lookout on the cliff edge, opposite Reids Plateau. The view looks directly over the Three Sisters across the Kedumba Valley, under the Scenic Skyway. The lookout was considered one of the finest views on the Three Sisters in the 1900's. The lookout was named after Chester Melvin Vaniman in 1905, a well-know adventurer and artist from the USA, who visited the Blue Mountains in 1903[1]. More info

(0.51 km) Vanimans Lookout to Int of Katoomba Kiosk Track and Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 297 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -6 m
Turn left: From Vanimans Lookout, this walk heads up the wooden steps, climbing up the hill through the bush until it comes to the intersection with the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Caravan Park' sign along the bush track that winds along the side of the hill, heading through the forest to the signposted intersection of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk at the back of the park, near the Katoomba Falls Kiosk.

(0.81 km) Int of Katoomba Kiosk Track and Prince Henry Cliff Walk to Katoomba Falls Kiosk
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 49 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk crosses through the park, passing the large information signs and the water fountain, arriving at the Katoomba Kiosk.

Catch the bus from Katoomba Falls Kiosk
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 Katoomba Falls Kiosk
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
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
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


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 1.3 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 1.7 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 29.7 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 30.4 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 30.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Round Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Round Walk
Click to re-center search
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
28 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 28 km (to the W)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 29 km (to the NNW)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 30 km (to the E)
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 2 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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