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The Three Sisters Footpath
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.8 km SSE of Katoomba
Length: 1.1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 100 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 100 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: Return
Track: Hard

Going from Echo Point (the most popular lookout in the Blue Mountains) to the Three Sisters (one of Australia's most famous landmarks), this walk is extremely popular with both tourists and locals, and rightly so. Be prepared for great views of Mt Solitary, the Jamison Valley and especially great views of the Three Sisters. You can even cross a bridge to stand in a cave on one of the Sisters. (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 The Three Sisters Footpath

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of The Three Sisters Footpath bushwalking tracknotes
Map of The Three Sisters Footpath
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Map Scale 500 meters
Echo Point Information Center
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
Oreades Lookout
Int of Lady Game Lookout Track and the Three Sisters Footpath
Top of the Giant Staircase
Top of the Giant Staircase
The Three Sisters Bridge Intersection
Starting point for this hiking track: Echo Point Information Center

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

 
Echo Point Lookout
 
Echo Point Lookout +
 
View of the Three Sisters from Echo Point
 
View of the Three Sisters from Echo Point +
 
The Jamison Valley from Echo Point
 
The Jamison Valley from Echo Point +

 
Information Center at Echo point
 
Information Center at 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 +

 
Passing a nice lookout
 
Passing a nice lookout +
 
Heading down towards the Three Sisters
 
Heading down towards the Three Sisters +
 
To Lady Game Lookout
 
To Lady Game Lookout +

 
Top of the Giant Staircase
 
Top of the Giant Staircase +
 
Looking down the Giant Staircase to the Three Sisters
 
Looking down the Giant Staircase to the Three Sisters +
 
The bridge across to the Three Sisters
 
The bridge across to the Three Sisters +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the The Three Sisters Footpath bushwalking track

Cross Section of the The Three Sisters Footpath bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Three Sisters Footpath bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the The Three Sisters Footpath 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 1.1km
Time 45 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*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
340m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 140m is flat with no steps. The remaining (40m) is very steep.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 530m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
This whole walk, 530m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 530m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 530m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 530m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Catch the bus to Echo Point Information Center
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 Information Center
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 Alt = 929 m
Echo Point is the Blue Mountains' most famous and popular lookout, home to one of the best photo opportunities for the Three Sisters[1]. Visited by over two million tourists each year, this popular spot also serves as the starting point for many great walks in the area. The lookout is well fenced[2], has information signs[3][4] and stunning views across the valley to the Three Sisters[5] and Mount Solitary[6]. There are mounted binoculars and seats nearby.

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 Information Center to Echo Point Archway Intersection
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 31 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
From the front of the visitor center[7], this walk heads gently uphill, following the 'Three Sister walk' sign[8]. The walk soon passes the toilet block[fac=8015][9] and veers right to pass under the stone archway[10] and come to an intersection[11] with a path (on the right) just past the 'Blue Mountains National Park' sign[12].

(0.03 km) Echo Point Archway Intersection to Int of Prince Henry Cliff Track and the Three Sisters Pathway
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 296 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -19 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the 'Three Sisters walkway'[13] 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[14].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Three Sisters 400m' arrow[15] 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[16]. 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[17]. On the right is a small flat loose gravel area with two seats[fac=8021].

(0.33 km) Int of Prince Henry Cliff Track and the Three Sisters Footpath to Oreades Lookout
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 109 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -18 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Three Sisters, Giant Stairway' sign[18] moderately steeply downhill[fac=8024] along the smooth concrete path[19]. After about about 90m[20] this path leads past stone seat[fac=8022] (on the left) in a small sandstone overhang[21]. Check the miniature cicada sculptures[22] above the overhang. From here this walk continues downhill along the path for about 30m to find the fenced Oreades Lookout[23] (on the right).

(0.44 km) Oreades Lookout to Int of Prince Henry Cliff Track and the Three Sisters Footpath
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 20 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From Oreades Lookout platform, this walk follows the main path down the steps, keeping the valley views to the right. At the bottom of the first set of steps the walking comes to an intersection with a track (on the left).

(0.46 km) Int of Lady Game Lookout Track and the Three Sisters Footpath to Top of the Giant Staircase
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 18 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath down the gentle hill towards the Three Sisters, passing under a rock archway and coming to the top of the Giant Staircase.

(0.47 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
Continue straight: 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 turn right 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.

(0.47 km) Top of the Giant Staircase to The Three Sisters
Track: Hard - footpath,bushtrack
Length = 51 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -31 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the steep stairs, winding down the side of the cliffs, to the intersection next to the bridge (which goes across to the overhang under the First Sister).
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk crosses the bridge over to the Three Sisters.

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[24]. This iconic rock formation is popular amongst tourists and bushwalkers alike. More info

Catch the bus from Echo Point Information Center
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 Information Center
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
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 1.8 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 33.5 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 The Three Sisters Footpath.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from The Three Sisters Footpath
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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 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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