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Charles Darwin, National Pass and Nature Track walk
Time: 5 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1 km NW of Wentworth Falls
Length: 8.6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 8.6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 903 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 903 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 There is a train station near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

Walk CLOSED
This is a wonderful circuit walk that starting at Wentworth Falls Train Station. You kick off with a lovely stroll down Charles Darwin walk to Weeping Rock where you soon come to Queen's Cascades and the wonderful views in to the valley. Now we walk partway down the cliff on the Grand Stairway to follow the Historic National Pass exploring more amazing views and then some wonderful waterfalls on the way out of the Valley Of the Waters. Before following the Nature Track back towards the station there is a optional side trip to Conservation Hut if you want a lovely cafe lunch. This walk has a lot of steps so you do need to be fairly fit to enjoy it. (open in app)


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LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
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Wentworth Falls Railway Station
Wilson Park
Int of Charles Darwin Track and Page Ave Tracks
Int of Charles Darwin Track and Wentworth Falls Fire Station Trail
Int of Charles Darwin and Parkes St Tracks
Int of Charles Darwin and Fletcher St Tracks
Int of Charles Darwin and Weeping Rock Tracks
Weeping Rock waterfall
Int of Weeping Rock and Wentworth Falls Tracks
Top of Wentworth Falls
Rocket Point Creek Intersection
Middle Wentworth Falls
Top of the Slack Stairs
Int of Valley of the Waters and National Pass Tracks
Lodore Falls
Empress Falls Crossing
Int of Valley of the Waters and Nature Tracks
Empress Lookout
Int of Valley of the Waters and Queen Victoria Tracks
Int of Lyrebird Cliff Track and Valley of the Waters Track
Int of Valley of the Waters and Overcliff Tracks
Int of Valley of the Waters Track and Shortcut Track
Int of Valley of the Waters and Nature Tracks
Lillian's Bridge
Lillian's Glen
Int of Nature and Edinburgh Castle Rock Tracks
Edinburgh Castle Rock
Int of Nature and Edinburgh Castle Rock Tracks
Int of Nature and West St Tracks
Int of Nature Track and West St Servicetrail
Int of Armstrong St Servicetrail and Nature Track
Corner of Armstrong St and Valley Rd
Wilson Park
Starting point for this hiking track: Wentworth Falls Railway Station

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

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Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Charles Darwin, National Pass and Nature Track walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Charles Darwin, National Pass and Nature Track walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Charles Darwin, National Pass and Nature Track walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Charles Darwin, National Pass and Nature Track 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 9km
Time 5 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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
3.2km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.7km has short steep hills. Whilst another 2.2km is flat with no steps and the remaining 400m is very steep.

Quality of track
4.1km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 2.4km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (2.1km) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 6km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 2.9km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 3.2km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 2.7km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 8km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 810m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Wentworth Falls Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Wentworth Falls Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus to Wentworth Falls Railway Station
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 Wentworth Falls Railway Station
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|

(0 km) Wentworth Falls Railway Station to Wilson Park
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 485 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -15 m
From Wentworth Falls Railway Station, this walk exits the station on the western side, on Station St, and turns left to head down to the Great Western Highway past the shops. At the highway, the walk crosses at the lights and turns right, heading down the hill along the foot path. This walk then turns left into Wilson Park soon after the colourful bus stop. The walk follows the footpath through Wilson Park. At the toilet block in the centre of the park, the walk tends slightly more to the left until coming to a large archway entrance to the Charles Darwin Walk, near the tennis courts.

(0.49 km) Wilson Park to Int of Charles Darwin and Parkes St Tracks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 542 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = -33 m
Continue straight: From the south-east corner of Wilson Park (near the tennis courts), this walk heads under the large wooden archway signposted as 'Charles Darwin Walk'. The walk follows the track passing a blue sign pointing to 'Wentworth Falls Waterfall' and soon after crosses the creek on a small wooden bridge. On the other side of the creek the track meanders through the open pine forest. After heading up some steps the track comes to an intersection with a sign pointing back to 'Wilson Park' (the steps on the left head up to Page Ave).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk passes the blue sign (on the right) and turns right down the steps to immediately come to an intersection just before the bridge (and a 'Charles Darwin Walk' sign).
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows 'Charles Darwin walk' sign downstream, keeping the creek on the right. The track meanders alongside the creek over some timber platforms and through a lovely Banksia grove. Soon the track heads under a pipe bridge and comes to a clearing and intersection.

(1.03 km) Int of Charles Darwin and Parkes St Tracks to Int of Charles Darwin and Fletcher St Tracks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 844 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -44 m
Continue straight: From the intersection near the pipe bridge, this walk follow the 'Wentworth Falls Waterfall' sign downstream (keeping the creek on the right). The walk soon passes another track (that crosses the creek using a small bridge on the right) and then passes a bush regeneration sign to leave the clearing. The track meanders alongside the creek for a while before heading down some stairs and crossing the creek on a bridge. On the other side the walk passes a bench seat and then comes to an intersection with the signposted 'Parkes Street' track (on the right).
From this intersection, this walk heads downstream (keeping the creek to the left). The walk crosses the creek on a foot bridge and follows the creek closely soon passing a beautiful set of cascades.
After cascades, the walk goes down a steep section of stairs and once again crosses the creek. The track continues along a section of boardwalk before joining up with a track that continues beside the creek. This goes along a mixture of boardwalk and bush track until coming to an intersection with a track, with 'Fletcher St' and 'Falls' signs.

(1.87 km) Int of Charles Darwin and Fletcher St Tracks to Weeping Rock waterfall
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 815 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -26 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the creek downstream along a mixture of bush track and boardwalk. The track continues down until crossing two small creeks. Soon after these two small creeks, the track comes to an intersection, with 'Wentworth Falls' and 'National Pass Trail' signs.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the steps following the 'Weeping Rock Circuit' sign to the creek a short distance away. Soon the track comes beside Jamison Creek, a lovely flat section of the creek on top of the waterfall. The track continues downstream and across a slippery rockshelf and down a staircase beside the falls. At the bottom of the stairs is another slippery rock platform and a pool at the bottom of Weeping Rock waterfall.

Weeping Rock Alt = 804 m
Weeping Rock is a waterfall on Jamison Creek, upstream of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains National Park. The water falls over the wide circular top overhang, to then cascade down the rocks to a pool below. A staircase beside the falls helps walkers view this waterfall from different angles. This is a nice cool spot on hot days. The rocks are slippery and there are no fences, care is needed.

(2.69 km) Weeping Rock waterfall to Int of Weeping Rock and Wentworth Falls Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 41 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the bottom of Weeping Rock waterfall, this walk heads downstream (keeping the creek to the left), up some steps and passes another great view of Weeping Rock. After passing between some large rocks, the walk comes to a 3-way intersection, with a sign pointing back to 'Weeping Rock Circuit' and 'Darwins Walk'.

(2.73 km) Int of Weeping Rock and Wentworth Falls Tracks to Top of Wentworth Falls
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 61 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Wentworth Falls' and 'Wentworth Pass' signs down the steps. The track soon comes to a nice view of Jamison Creek, where it continues to wind down the hill and open up at a fenced rock platform at the top of Wentworth Falls. Here the walk crosses Jamison Creek using the stepping stones, to reveal a lovely waterhole and Queen's Cascades(the creek may be impassable after rain). This is the top of the Wentworth Falls.

Queen's Cascades Alt = 799 m
Queen's Cascades[1] are a lovely set of falls on the Jamison Creek at the top of Wentworth Falls. The creek heads down the wide, two-stage cascades into a sandy pool. From the pool, the water flows between the stepping stones, under the fence and down the very tall Wentworth Falls. There are also great views to Sublime Point across the valley.

(2.79 km) Top of Wentworth Falls to Rocket Point Creek Intersection
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 25 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the top of Wentworth Falls, this walk heads away from the falls (keeping the valley view to the right). With the handrail on the right, the track soon crosses a small creek and comes to a three-way intersection and a 'Rocket Point Circuit' sign.

Grand Stairway Alt = 792 m
The Grand Stairway is a very memorable section of the National Pass in the Blue Mountains National Park. The stairway is reported to be 'the tallest outdoor staircase in Australia' [2] and was built in the early 1900's by hand (and dynamite). This stairway, and the rest of the National Pass, was built by a team nicknamed 'the Irish Brigade' for the cost of £430 [3]. Today, the Grand Stairway is well-maintained and provides walkers access to the valley below Wentworth Falls.

(2.81 km) Rocket Point Creek Intersection to Middle Wentworth Falls
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 327 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 36 m Descent = -98 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'National Pass To Wentworth Pass' sign along the clear track, keeping the handrail on the right. The track soon comes to the cliff. From here the National Pass heads though a series of sandstone caves and down plenty of stairs, most of which are cut into the stone. The views into the valley and of Wentworth Falls are stunning.
After passing a fairly long rock-shelf at the bottom of the timber stairs (and the square hole in the cliff), this walk heads down a long set of steep stone stairs to come to a fenced 'No Access Cliff Point' area. From here, the pass continues down more steep stone stairs until reaching the moister area at the bottom of the cliff. The track continues down the hill along the steps and stepping stones. As the track approaches the creek, it zigzags down to the stone-slab bridges and crosses Jamison Creek. From here, there is a small side track up to the pool, at the bottom of the falls (halfway down the main Wentworth Falls).

Middle of Wentworth Falls Alt = 734 m
The National Pass crosses Wentworth Falls halfway down its long drop. At this crossing, NPWS have installed sandstone block bridges to improve access for walkers. There are a few side tracks that have been used to explore the area - beware of the slippery rocks and unfenced ledges. There is also a great view into the valley from where the water continues to fall on it long journey further into the valley. This is a lovely spot to cool down on a warm day.

(3.14 km) Middle Wentworth Falls to Top of the Slack Stairs
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 269 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 117 m Descent = -88 m
Continue straight: From pool and creek crossing (halfway up Wentworth Falls), this walk follows the track (keeping the main valley to the left) away from the falls. The track heads across the rock-platform and timber bridge, with the handrail on the left, then up a series of steep stairs. As the track flattens out, it winds around the side of the valley at the base of a large cliff (on the right). Following the stepping stones, the track heads under a low sandstone overhang (be sure to duck) - past this overhang, there are great views back to the waterfall. The track then rounds the corner to the right, coming to an intersection marked with a 'National Pass' sign and a sign pointing back to 'Wentworth Falls' (at the top of 'Slack Stairs').

(3.41 km) Top of the Slack Stairs to Int of Valley of the Waters and National Pass Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.45 km Time = 1 hr 23 mins
Climb = 410 m Descent = -411 m
Continue straight: From the intersection at the top of 'Slack Stairs', this walk follows the 'National Pass - Valley of the Waters' sign up the few steps, keeping the main valley to the left. The walk soon crosses a creek (and waterfall) using the stepping stones. The walk continues along the cliff-line, up the stairs and along more stepping stones to pass over a couple of smaller creeks. Soon after passing a great vantage point, the walk comes to a handrailed timber platform that passes behind a waterfall from Den Fenella Creek.
From the Den Fenella Creek waterfall, this walk heads along the path, keeping the valley views to the left. After passing a few open ledges with great valley views, the walk heads into another valley and crosses a small creek. The walk continues along the cliff line as it bends right, into the Valley of the Waters, passing a sandstone bench seat and few small creeks. The walk then crosses a timber platform through a sandstone overhang then heads down the stairs to a lovely ferntree valley. From here, the walk continues down the stairs, soon coming to an intersection with Wentworth Pass and a 'National Pass - Wentworth Falls' sign pointing back.

(4.86 km) Int of Valley of the Waters and National Pass Tracks to Lodore Falls
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 22 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'National Pass - Conservation Hut' sign up the steps, keeping the creek to the left. After heading under the overhang and up the timber steps, the walk crosses the Valley Of the Waters Creek in front of Lodore Falls (using the stepping stones). This creek may be impassable after rain.

Lodore Falls Alt = 768 m
Lodore Falls are a lovely set of falls on the Valley of the Waters Creek. The narrow falls have a staircase on one side and stepping stones (and handrail) crossing the bottom, making it easier for walkers to appreciate this waterfall from many angles. Just beyond the handrail, the water falls over another cliff, providing a great view down the valley.

(4.88 km) Lodore Falls to Empress Falls Crossing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 73 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From Lodore Falls, this walk heads upstream, up the staircase, keeping the creek on the right. The steps climb to the base of a wider cascade - Sylvia Falls.
From Sylvia Falls, this walk heads up the stairs, keeping the handrail and creek to the right. The path heads up the hill, passing a 'Track' sign before coming to a creek crossing in front of the tall Empress Falls.

Empress Falls Alt = 780 m
Empress Falls is a spectacular waterfall in the Valley of the Waters. The Valley of the Water Creek comes out of the slot in the cliff and tumbles down a series of cliffs to a sandy pool. The fall is the site of the last abseil in a popular canyon, making a great site for walkers in the area. Stepping stones help walkers cross below the falls. There is a small overhang next to the falls, giving the area shade and offering a great place to rest.

(4.95 km) Empress Falls Crossing to Int of Valley of the Waters and Nature Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 87 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the bottom of Empress Falls, this walk crosses the creek using the stepping stones, keeping the handrail on the left. On the way up the hill, the walk passes closer to Empress Falls before zigzagging up to a sandstone overhang and timber staircase. At the top of the staircase, the walk crosses Isabel Creek using the stepping stones. The track then winds up the hill, soon coming to an intersection with the 'Nature Track' and a sign pointing back to 'National Pass - Valley of the Waters'. (These creeks may not be passable after rain)

(5.04 km) Int of Valley of the Waters and Nature Tracks to Conservation Hut
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 473 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 113 m Descent = -14 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the wooden steps, following the 'National Pass - Tea Rooms' sign. The walk soon heads though a long rock overhang to the base of a metal staircase. The walk climbs the series of steep metal staircases zigzagging up the hill. After climbing some wooden steps, the walk comes to the fenced and signposted 'Empress Lookout'.
Turn left: From the Empress Lookout, this walk heads up the wooden steps away from the lookout. The walk heads up the hill, soon passing under a sandstone overhang then up more steps, coming to a 'Y' intersection with the signposted 'Queen Victoria Lookout' track (on the right).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads away from 'Queen Victoria Lookout' up the set of stairs to almost immediately come to a 'Y' intersection with the unsignposted Lyrebird Cliff track (on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the timber and dirt steps, away from the valley views. The track passes a few faint tracks (on the right, that lead to an unfenced view point). The track soon comes to a signposted intersection with the 'Overcliff Track'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'National Pass - Tea Rooms' sign up the steps, with the handrail on the left. After a short time, the track passes a couple of faint tracks (on the right, leading to an old picnic area). Heading up the main steps, the walk passes another handrail (and signs) then an information sign, before coming to a three-way intersection with the 'Shortcut Track'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the steps towards the building. The walk passes a couple of picnic shelters (on the right) before coming to the road and the front of the 'Conservation Hut'.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Conservation Hut Alt = 893 m
Conservation Hut is a small cafe perched above the Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park. The hut was opened in 1963 as a meeting place for the local conservation movement. Rebuilt, Conservation Hut opened as a cafe in 1993, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Around the Conservation Hut is a small parking area, public toilets, picnic shelters, town water and B&B's. For further information or bookings call (02) 4757 3827. More info

(5.04 km) Int of Valley of the Waters and Nature Tracks to Lillians Glen
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 431 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 42 m Descent = -43 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Nature Track' sign down a few steps and over a small wooden bridge, coming to a clearing, picnic table and small waterfall.
From the picnic table, this walk heads up the steps, passing a 'Welcome to the Nature Track' information sign (point 1). The track turns right and passes three numbered posts (2,3,4) - After number 3, the track heads down hill. Soon after the handrail starts, the walk comes to an intersection just before Lillian's Bridge and post number 5.
Continue straight: From post number 5 at Lillian's Bridge, this walk heads up the stairs away from the handrail, keeping the bridge and valley to the left. The track makes its way around the hill, passing a few handrails before heading down to some stepping stones across the creek. (This is a nice but slippery spot to enjoy, with a small waterfall to the right). After crossing the stepping stones, the track heads over a small rise to come back down and cross the creek again, on another set of stepping stones. This is signposted 'Lillians Glen'.

Lillian's Glen Alt = 790 m
Lillian's Glen is a moss and fern filled section on the 'Valley of the Waters' Creek (where the Nature Track crosses the creek, south of Edinburgh Castle Rock). There are stepping stones to help cross the creek. Lillian's Glen is a great spot to rest and enjoy the area, especially on warmer days. For the sure-footed, a short clamber upstream to Asmodeus Pool[4] at the bottom of a waterfall, is worthwhile - a very nice spot at the end of a narrow canyon[5].

(5.47 km) Lillian's Glen to Edinburgh Castle Rock
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 398 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 88 m Descent = -21 m
Continue straight: From Lillian's Glen, this walk heads up the stairs away from the creek, passing the 'Lillian's Glen' sign. The track winds up the hill for some time (passing a handrail) until just after post marker 7, where the track heads through an sandstone overhang to comes to an unfenced view point with great valley views.
From the view point, this walk heads away from the valley views through the sandstone overhang, keeping the rockface to the right. After the cave, the walk heads up the stairs to follows a tall rock wall (on the right) and comes to post marker 8. From the number 8 post, the walk heads up the stairs, as the track flattens it come to a three-way intersection with a 'Edinburgh Castle Rock' sign and post 9.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads past the sign saying 'Edinburgh Castle Rock' towards the unfenced rock and great views - this is Edinburgh Castle Rock.

Edinburgh Castle Rock Alt = 859 m
Edinburgh Castle Rock is a signposted, unfenced viewpoint on the Nature Track, in the Blue Mountains National Park. The rock platform has an interesting formation, with an uneven surface of circular lines. From Edinburgh Castle Rock, there is a view left, up the valley towards the houses on the ridge. Looking right, down the Valley of the Waters, it is possible to see the escarpment of Kings Tablelands.

(5.87 km) Edinburgh Castle Rock to Int of Nature and Edinburgh Castle Rock Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 14 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -2 m
Turn around: From Edinburgh Castle Rock, this walk heads away from the valley views for a short distance, to a three-way intersection with the Nature Track and the 'Edinburgh Castle Rock' sign.

(5.88 km) Int of Nature and Edinburgh Castle Rock Tracks to Int of Nature Track and West St Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 537 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 54 m Descent = -18 m
Turn right: From the intersection, (with Edinburgh Castle Rock on the right), this walk heads up the gentle hill. The track heads through the bush before crossing a gully using a small metal bridge. Climbing out of this gully on the timber steps, the walk then heads up some metal stairs, and then more timber steps to come to a three-way intersection with 'West Street' Track and a sign pointing back down the 'Nature Track'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Valley of the Waters Picnic Area' sign up the steps. The track soon flattens out and heads through the bush for a little while until coming to a 'T' intersection with the wide West St trail and a 'Nature Track Circuit' sign.

(6.42 km) Int of Nature Track and West St Servicetrail to Int of Armstrong St Servicetrail and Nature Track
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 346 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -17 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Valley of the Waters Picnic Area' sign along the trail, passing the back of a house (on the left). The track soon narrows and then passes the back of another house with a private track (on the left). The trail starts heading uphill and, about 60m later, comes to a three-way intersection with a 'Conservation Hut 11min' sign (marking the track on the right).

(6.77 km) Int of Armstrong St Servicetrail and Nature Track to Corner of Armstrong St and Valley Rd
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 103 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads uphill along the wide clay track. This is rough and rocky. The track soon emerges onto the corner of Armstrong St and Valley Rd, Wentworth Falls.

(6.87 km) Corner of Armstrong St and Valley Rd to Wilson Park
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 1.2 km Time = 21 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -55 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down Armstrong Rd for some time. The walk then turns left onto Falls Rd to continue up the footpath, with the road to the left. When the tennis courts appear on the right, the walk tends right, into the park. The walk continues into the park to the intersection above the stairs and Jamison Creek pondage.

(8.07 km) Wilson Park to Wentworth Falls Railway Station
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 485 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -13 m
Turn left : From the the archway in Wilson Park, this walk heads away from the tennis courts, keeping the creek on the right. At the far end of the park, the walk comes to the Great Western Highway and turns right. After about 150m, this walk crosses the highway at the traffic lights and heads up Station St, past the shops and up to Wentworth Falls Railway Station on the right.

Catch the train from Wentworth Falls Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Wentworth Falls Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus from Wentworth Falls Railway Station
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 Wentworth Falls Railway Station
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
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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 6 km
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 6.1 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 23.6 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 28.1 km
Kangaroo Tent City Cnr Mulgoa & Blaikie Rds, Penrith (02) 4733 4111 28.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Charles Darwin, National Pass and Nature Track walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Charles Darwin, National Pass and Nature Track walk
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4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 24 km (to the E)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 29 km (to the NE)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 31 km (to the NW)
5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
34 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 34 km (to the W)

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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