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National Pass
Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.9 km WSW of Wentworth Falls
Length: 4.6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 4.6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 773 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 773 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

Walk CLOSED
This walk offers fantastic views of the Jamison Valley and the surrounding cliffs. Take time to explore the historic and very scenic ledge halfway down the cliffs. There are beautiful waterfalls at both ends and recent track maintenance has made this walk easier and more enjoyable. Allow time to soak up the wonders of the cliffs and waterfalls of this area before returning to Conservation Hut via the Shortcut Track. (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 National Pass

Map of Walk

Location

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Conservation Hut
Int of Valley of the Waters Track and Shortcut Track
Int of Valley of the Waters and Overcliff Tracks
Int of Lyrebird Cliff Track and Valley of the Waters Track
Int of Valley of the Waters and Queen Victoria Tracks
Int of Valley of the Waters and Queen Victoria Tracks
Empress Lookout
Int of Valley of the Waters and Nature Tracks
Empress Falls Crossing
Lodore Falls
Int of Valley of the Waters and National Pass Tracks
Top of the Slack Stairs
Middle Wentworth Falls
Rocket Point Creek Intersection
Top of Wentworth Falls
Int of Weeping Rock and Wentworth Falls Tracks
Int of Undercliff and Fletchers Lookout Tracks
Int of Wentworth Falls and Weeping Rock Tracks (Nth)
Int with old Lookout track
Wentworth Falls Lookout
Int of Princes Rock and Wentworth Falls Lookout Track
Int of Sir H. Burrell Drive and Princes Rock Track
Jamison Lookout
Sir H. Burrell Drive Carpark (Nth)
Int of Shortcut and Breakfast Point Lookout Tracks
Int of Shortcut and Lyrebird Lookout Tracks
Int of Valley of the Waters Track and Shortcut Track
Starting point for this hiking track: Conservation Hut

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Photo Gallery

 
Conservation Hut
 
Conservation Hut +
 
The view from Queen Victoria Lookout
 
The view from Queen Victoria Lookout +
 
Crossing in front of the Falls
 
Crossing in front of the Falls +

 
The view of the cliffs from Queen Victoria Lookout
 
The view of the cliffs from Queen Victoria Lookout +
 
The Jamison Valley covered in fog
 
The Jamison Valley covered in fog +
 
The Jamison
 
The Jamison +

 
The view from below Rocket Point (near the top of the falls)
 
The view from below Rocket Point (near the top of the falls) +
 
Queen's Cascade
 
Queen's Cascade +
 
Wentworth Falls Lookout
 
Wentworth Falls Lookout +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the National Pass bushwalking track

Cross Section of the National Pass bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the National Pass bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the National Pass 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 4.6km
Time 3 hrs 30 mins
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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
2.1km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 970m is flat with no steps and the remaining 490m is very steep.

Quality of track
2.4km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (670m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 2.8km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 1.9km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 2.4km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 2.3km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 2.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 4.2km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 430m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to Conservation Hut
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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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

(0 km) Conservation Hut to Int of Valley of the Waters and Queen Victoria Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 324 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -75 m
From Conservation Hut, this walk follows the 'Valley of the Waters' sign down some timber and dirt steps passing a couple of picnic shelters. The track soon leads to the signposted intersection with the 'Short Cut Track' (still in view of the Conservation Hut).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Valley of the Waters' sign down the steps, passing an information sign. After the handrail and more signs, the track passes a couple of faint tracks (on the left, leading to an old picnic area). Further down the steps, the walk comes the end of another handrail and a three-way intersection (signposted 'Overcliff Track' and 'National Pass').
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'National Pass - Valley of the Waters' sign down the timber steps. The track passes a few faint tracks (on the left, that lead to an unfenced view point). The walk continues down the steps, soon coming to an unsignposted intersection with the Lyrebird Cliff track (on a small sandstone rock platform).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the wooden steps to almost immediately come to the signposted intersection with 'Queen Victoria Lookout' track.

(0.32 km) Int of Valley of the Waters and Queen Victoria Tracks to Queen Victoria Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 24 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -17 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Queen Victoria Lookout' sign down the steps towards the handrail. Soon the track passes a small lookout on the left and, shortly afterwards, the fence leads to the rock platform and fenced 'Queen Victoria Lookout'.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Queen Victoria Lookout Alt = 803 m
The Queen Victoria Lookout is perched above the Valley of the Waters, south-west of Conservation Hut. The fenced lookout has views into the narrow section of the valley. The views are made more dramatic by the roar of the waterfalls below and the mists which frequent the area. Empress Falls are only just visible - the main views extend down Jamison Valley. Kings Tableland (left) and Sublime Point(right) dominate the views and the eastern edge of Mount Solitary and beyond is also visible.

(0.32 km) Int of Valley of the Waters and Queen Victoria Tracks to Empress Lookout
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 57 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -18 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the steps away from 'Queen Victoria Lookout' keeping the rock face to the right. The track soon passes under a sandstone overhang and then down more steps to come to the fenced and signposted 'Empress Lookout'.

Empress Lookout Alt = 801 m
Empress Lookout is a fenced and signposted lookout, perched on a sandstone overhang above the Valley of the Waters Creek. There is a view down to part of the Empress Falls and into the canyon. The views are filtered through the surrounding trees. It makes for a good spot to catch your breath when walking into, or out of, the Valley of the Waters.

(0.38 km) Empress Lookout to Int of Valley of the Waters and Nature Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 92 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -20 m
Turn right: From Empress Lookout, this walk heads down the wooden steps, keeping the handrail and valley to the left. Soon the walk heads downs a series of steep metal staircases that zigzag down the hill. At the bottom of the staircases, the walk follows the handrail through a long sandstone overhang. The track then heads down some steps to come to an intersection with the 'Nature Track' and a sign pointing back to 'National Pass - Tea Rooms'.

(0.47 km) Int of Valley of the Waters and Nature Tracks to Empress Falls Crossing
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 87 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -14 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'National Pass - Valley of the Waters' sign down the lower track (with the valley initially to the right). The walk heads down the steps following the handrail and, soon after the sharp right bend, the walk crosses Isabel Creek using the stepping stones. Soon, the walk heads down a timber staircase, through a sandstone overhang and winds down the stone steps. After passing a great view of Empress Falls, the track crosses the Valley of the Waters Creek in front of Empress Falls using the stepping stones. (These creeks may not be passable after rain)

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.

(0.56 km) Empress Falls Crossing to Lodore Falls
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 73 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -9 m
Continue straight: From in front of Empress Falls, this walk heads downstream along the track, keeping the creek to the left. After passing the 'Track' sign (pointing back up to the falls), the walk heads down the steps (with handrail). Soon the steps lead to the base of a wide cascade - Sylvia Falls.
From Sylvia Falls, this walk heads downstream along the track, keeping the creek and handrail to the left. Soon after heading down a staircase, the walk comes to a creek crossing at the base of Lodore Falls.

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.

(0.63 km) Lodore Falls to Int of Valley of the Waters and National Pass Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 22 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: From Lodore Falls, this walk crosses the Valley Of the Waters Creek, keeping the handrail and main valley to the right (This creek may be impassable after rain). The walk then heads down the stairs under a small overhang to soon come to an intersection with Wentworth Pass and a 'National Pass - Conservation Hut' sign pointing back up.

(0.66 km) Int of Valley of the Waters and National Pass Tracks to Top of the Slack Stairs
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.45 km Time = 1 hr 23 mins
Climb = 411 m Descent = -410 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'National Pass - Wentworth Falls' sign up the steps, keeping the valley on the right. After a series of steps (that soon bend around), the walk climbs a staircase up the side of the cliff. At the top, the walk follows the ledge through the small overhangs to then wind along a stepping-stone path along the side of the valley. Passing a sandstone bench-seat, the walk passes a couple more handrailed sections and small creeks. The walk then opens up on a large clear ledge, with great views of Mount Solitary to the right. After passing another similar open ledge, the walk leads further along the cliff. Before long, the walk comes to another handrailed section, with a timber platform that heads 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 right. Soon the track heads along a fairly open ledge and comes to a vantage point with great views into the valley. From here, the walk continues along the base of the cliff, mostly along stepping stones. After passing a few more small creeks, the walk comes to a 'Y' intersection at the top of the 'Slack Stairs', with a sign pointing back to 'Valley of the Waters'.

(2.11 km) Top of the Slack Stairs to Middle Wentworth Falls
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 269 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 88 m Descent = -117 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows 'National Pass - Wentworth Falls' sign along the upper track. The track soon bends left and picks up a handrail on the right. The track makes its way along the base of the cliff, with great views to Wentworth Falls. Soon the track passes under a low sandstone overhang (be sure to duck), then continues around the side of the valley and, before long, starts to head steeply down a series of stairs. At the bottom of these stairs, the the walk follows the handrail across the rock-platform to to come to the pool and creek crossing (halfway up 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.

(2.37 km) Middle Wentworth Falls to Rocket Point Creek Intersection
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 327 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 98 m Descent = -36 m
Continue straight: From the pool (halfway up Wentworth Falls), this walk cross the creek using the small stone-slab bridges. The track then heads up the rock steps next to the creek, to then turn right and head away from the creek and into the denser forest. The walk follows the stone steps and stepping stones up the hill to soon come to a long flight of stairs, cut into the rock (with a handrail). Here the walk heads up the steep National Pass - about halfway up the steep climb, the walk passes a 'No Access Cliff Point' sign and fenced-off area. After the sign, the walk continues to the top of the stairs, where the track flattens out and passes a small, square hole in the rock and wonderful views across the valley and of Wentworth Falls.
The walk then heads up the wooden staircase and through several more sandstone overhangs as it continues to climb up the series of steps. After the walk leaves the main cliff, it comes to an intersection (with a faint track to the right) and a 'Rocket Point Circuit' sign, just before a small creek crossing.

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' [1] 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 [2]. Today, the Grand Stairway is well-maintained and provides walkers access to the valley below Wentworth Falls.

(2.7 km) Rocket Point Creek Intersection to Top of Wentworth Falls
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 25 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk keeps the handrail on the left and cross a small creek using the stepping stones. The track soon leads to a large pool, Queen's Cascades and a fenced creek crossing, the top of Wentworth Falls.

Queen's Cascades Alt = 799 m
Queen's Cascades[3] 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.

(2.73 km) Top of Wentworth Falls to Wentworth Falls Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 479 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 66 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From top of Wentworth Falls, this walk crosses the creek on the stepping stones keeping the view to the left (the creek may be impassable after rain). The walk heads up the log steps (passing some more nice views of Jamison Creek) to soon come to a three-way intersection, with a sign pointing back to 'Wentworth Falls' and 'Wentworth Pass'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Undercliff Track' sign, keeping the main valley to the left. The walk soon heads up a gentle set of steps and comes to a four-way intersection with 'Fletchers Lookout' (not far to the left).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Wentworth Falls Picnic area' sign up the steps, away from 'Fletchers Lookout'. Soon the track comes to a 'T' intersection, with a sign pointing back to 'Wentworth Falls'.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Wentworth Falls Picnic Area' sign up the log steps. The track soon passes some views to the left and then comes to an intersection (at a sharp right-hand bend), with a track closed at the time of writing. Here there is a sign pointing back to 'Wentworth Falls - National Pass'.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the steps, following 'Wentworth Falls Picnic Area' signs. The walk soon heads through a sharp left bend, then continues up the hill, passing several information signs. At the top of the steps, the track breaks out to Wentworth Falls Lookout on Sir H. Burrell Drive.

Wentworth Falls Lookout Alt = 853 m
Wentworth Falls Lookout, in the Blue Mountains National Park, is beside Sir H Burrell Drive. The lookout is fenced and has a large information sign about the area. There are some bench seats and great vistas. There is a view to Wentworth Falls (in the valley to the left), but the most captivating view is across the Jamison Valley to Mount Solitary. There are also great views of the Kings Tableland (left), Sublime Point (right) and Narrow Neck (far right) escarpments. This is a great place to enjoy the scope of this World Heritage listed area.

(3.21 km) Wentworth Falls Lookout to Int of Sir H. Burrell Drive and Princes Rock Track
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 182 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -13 m
Veer left: From Wentworth Falls Lookout (next to Sir H. Burrell Drive), this walk follows the 'Princes Rock Lookout' sign down the log stairs. Soon the track passes an old water trough on the right (not suitable for drinking). Soon after this, the track comes to a 'T' intersection, with a post pointing back up to 'Wentworth Falls Lookout'.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the steps, following the 'Car Park' arrow. The track soon passes a sign pointing back to 'Princes Rock Lookout' and comes to the footpath on the side of Sir H. Burrell Drive.

(3.39 km) Int of Sir H. Burrell Drive and Princes Rock Track to Jamison Lookout
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 137 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -3 m
Turn left: From the top of the steps, this walk follows the footpath against the flow of traffic, keeping Jamison Valley to the left. Soon the footpath leads past the information sign to the fenced and signposted Jamison Lookout (and great views).

Jamison Lookout Alt = 858 m
The recently renovated Jamison Lookout is on Sir H Burrell Drive, in the Blue Mountains National Park. The lookout has a wonderful view to the south, down the Jamison Valley to Mount Solitary and beyond. This is a great wheelchair-accessible viewpoint with a large information sign and bench seats. The lookout is fenced, and is located just below the Wentworth Falls Picnic Area.

(3.52 km) Jamison Lookout to Sir H. Burrell Drive Car Park (Nth)
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 86 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From Jamison Lookout, this walk heads through the large car park to the far side of the lower parking area, coming to the signposted 'Short Cut Track' trackhead.

Wentworth Falls Picnic Area Alt = 869 m
The Wentworth Falls Picnic Area is in the Blue Mountains National Park on Sir H Burrell Drive (Wentworth Falls). The picnic area is host to a couple of wonderful lookouts and some good facilities. A large car park, toilets (wheelchair accessible), picnic tables, free electric BBQs, town water and information signs. This is a great spot to relax between walks in the area.

(3.61 km) Sir H. Burrell Drive Carpark (Nth) to Int of Shortcut and Breakfast Point Lookout Tracks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 616 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 38 m Descent = -22 m
Turn left: From the 'Short Cut Track' sign in the Sir H. Burell Drive car park, this walk follows the sign to 'Conservation Hut'. The wide track soon turns left and winds through the bush, tending to the left - there are a number of anti-erosion systems in place to step over. In time, the track comes to a four-way intersection intersection, signposted as the ways to 'Conservation Hut', 'Breakfast Pt LO' or up 'to Murphys Lane.

(4.23 km) Int of Shortcut and Breakfast Point Lookout Tracks to Conservation Hut
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 391 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -13 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads north-west along the flat bush track following the signs to Conservation Hut. Soon the track comes to an intersection with another track (on the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads north along the 'Shortcut' track, heading away from Wentworth Falls picnic area. Soon the track turns left and crosses a small creek using a bridge. From the creek, the track gradually heads up the hill via log steps. Soon the walk comes to a 'T' intersection where there are several signs, including one pointing up towards 'Conservation Hut' and another down to the 'Valley of the Waters'.
Turn right: 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'.

Drive from Conservation Hut
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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 4.8 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 4.8 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 24.5 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 29.1 km
Kangaroo Tent City Cnr Mulgoa & Blaikie Rds, Penrith (02) 4733 4111 29.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to National Pass.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from National Pass
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4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 25 km (to the E)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 30 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
33 km (to the W)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 33 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
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Wed      27°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu16°|26°Shower or two.
Fri15°|28°Mostly sunny.
Sat12°|22°Possible late shower.
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Blue Mountains National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Grand Canyon walking track
The Grand Canyon walking track will be closed from Wednesday 14 October 2015 to mid-June 2016. The closure is necessary to allow work to continue on improving the walking track. Access for canyoners will be on weekends only. Access from Evans Lookout via Beauchamp Falls to the Grose Valley will remain open. Evans Lookout carpark, Loop carpark, and Neates Glen carpark will remain open. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 47878877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Cheryl Crossland - Ms IP:203.35.32.xxx | 2010-06-28 05:12:36
Hi Guys,
we had a wonderful day on this walk,the views were amazing & the Leaders were great, and we thank them very much.
As we had "L" plates on for bushwalking I would not recommend this walk for new walkers as there are a lot of steep steps,our Leader told us 1000 steps but Im not sure exactly.A nice flat walk would have been better for us,but we considered it an adventure and we cant wait for our next walk.
Regards
Cheryl
Sydnat - A 'must do' IP:121.91.223.xxx | 2010-08-10 12:45:36
If you had a short list of 'must do' bushwalks in Australia, this would have to be on it. The walk is exceptionally well done in terms of molding access into cliffs etc, giving you easy access yet immersing you into the natural surroundings. Despite this, it has a very slightly commercialistic / unrealistic feel to it, perhaps because of its popularity.

On the whole though, it is superb. Stairways and ladders cut into the sides of cliffs, lookouts over sheer drops, waterfalls and opportunities to cool off, spectacular views, a range of habitats, the list goes on.

Most people are suited to the walk and I'd classify it as pretty safe, although I did meet a few that found the heights etc scary.

I've done it twice, and both times did it backwards, for some reason, starting along the short cut and then going from the falls back to the hut. Two and a half hours for us both times.

This is a must do!
Simon Leplaw - Early Morning Walk IP:121.209.172.xxx | 2011-01-30 08:28:48
[i]Get out and do this walk, it’s a great one.

I too did it in reverse, mostly as the climb up Wentworth falls looked easier to go down rather than up, and I wanted to approach the grand stair case with the track / cliff going around the corner just like in all the pics you see.

I noted that the national pass is not mentioned on the sign at the slacks stairs junction, which lead me to go down the stairs where I came across a couple of National Parks staff who were doing some track improvements. They confirmed the route and I headed back up to continue on the Nation Pass.

Slacks Stairs were worth the detour.

2.5 hrs Inc the detour.[/i]
Annanelle - A little misty today IP:121.218.39.xxx | 2011-09-25 14:08:00
I went our and did this track today, and in typical blue mountains fashion, the weather turned from warm to misty over the weekend.
The views would have been great, but we couldn't see many of them. The few dry, sheltered parts were a blast! The waterfalls were very cool and the sheer height was amazing.

The stairs were a little steep, but what you walk down, you must walk up, right?
Hint, take wet weather gear, decent shoes(saw a lot of people in plastic ponchos and raybans) and take your time.
Perry - A great walk IP:165.228.83.xxx | 2013-03-05 01:01:54
We do this walk quite often (living locally), but the other day we were trapped for 4 or so hours by a freak storm that flooded both Wentworth Falls and Empress Falls.

Story and great photos here: the thing to remember though is how quickly the conditions can change.
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