The Flying Fox Backpackers loves bush walking and we are happy to offer information and suggestions regarding walks throughout the mountains.
Tracks range from a stroll along the cliff tops of echo point to strenuous hikes into the valleys through lush rain forrest.
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 Distance: 1.1km Time: 45 mins Difficulty: Hard
The Federal Pass is an excellent track that guides you past much of Katoomba’s iconic scenery. The walk starts from Cliff Drive, in Leura, and winds into the Jamison Valley, exploring Leura Forest and passing the base of the Three Sisters. The walk follows the historic Federal Pass beneath Katoomba Falls, before you catch the Scenic Railway out of the valley (the last train up is at 4:50pm).
Distance: 4.4km one-way Time: 4 hrs Difficulty: Hard
Entering into the Jamison Valley via the popular Golden Staircase, this walk climbs one of the most recognisable landmarks in the Jamison Valley – The Ruined Castle. A beautiful rock formation that offers great views over the valley as far as Wentworth Falls and Katoomba. Explore some of the history of the coal mining in this part of the Jamison Valley. Distance: 7.9km return Time: 5 hrs Difficulty: Hard
The Charles Darwin Walk follows the beautiful Jamison Creek south, arriving at the top of Wentworth Falls. Walkers can enjoy the beauty of the creek as it cascades down the frequent small waterfalls. The top of Wentworth Falls is a fantastic spot to rest, taking in wonderful views of the Jamison Valley and water tumbling over the cliffs. Well-managed and signposted, this track has bridges and boardwalk to help keep walkers’ feet dry. It is a great walk for those visiting Wentworth Falls by public transport. Distance: 5.6km one-way Time: 2 hrs Difficulty: Medium
Following Leura Creek down to a beautiful small waterfall, this is one of the prettiest short walks in the Leura area. Sit under the overhang and watch as the falls cascade down around you, then climb to great views of the Leura cliffline. This circuit track leads back to the park then onto Katoomba. Distance: 1km Time: 30 mins Difficulty: Easy
This classic walk was first established in 1907, taking walkers along the path of a canyon. In places, the track follows a path cut halfway up the cliff, keeping you out of the most dangerous section of the canyon. The creek does flood after heavy rain, so check with the National Parks office before heading into this walk. The cool temperatures in the canyon make this walk particularly special on warmer days. Start from Katoomba on a Bus from outside the Carrington Hotel. The bus will drop you off at Evans Lookout Rd, Blackheath. You will after 2 Hours arrive at Evans Lookout. From here take the Cliff Top Track to Govetts Leap Lookout. Walk up this road all the way back to Blackheath shops and catch a train back towards Katoomba. Distance: 6.8km Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Difficulty: Hard
The walk from Evans Lookout takes a very scenic route down Evans Lookout Rd Blackheath, I(nto the valley at neater Glen Car Park) before returning along the scenic Cliff Top walk. The track takes in a wide variety of vegetation as it changes altitude. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the colourful fungi along the track, and the ferns attached to the cliff wall. If it is a hot day there is opportunity to cool off with water near junctions rock. Please check out wildwalks.com for detailed information on Blackheath walking Tracks. Distance: 10.7km Time: 6 hrs 30 mins Difficulty: Hard