Exploring the Blue Mountains is made easy by its bushwalking trails and tracks amidst a natural scenery leading to the many scenic attractions. There’d be over a hundred tracks throughout this World Heritage-listed national park with difficulty levels ranging from easy to the most difficult. There are trails that can be dated back a century ago and there also new tracks recently opened for public access.
Guided bushwalks are available in the towns of Katoomba, Wentworth Falls, Blackheath, Leura, Lithgow, and other towns and localities within the Blue Mountains regions. For newbies and first-timers to Blue Mountains tours, having a tour guide is not only informative but also the safest you don’t get lost in the wilds.
Some tracks may require a long preparation and that they’re recommended to experienced hikers; the easier trails can also be the crowded ones where you walk with other travellers and get to know new mates along the way.
Here are some of the recommended bushwalking trails to follow to make your Blue Mountains tours easier, more fun, and exciting:
- National Pass
The 4.5-kilometre circuit National Pass traverses a number of lookouts including the great vantage points to view the Jamison Valley and Wentworth Fall, which is arguably the most beautiful waterfall in the region. It is one of the earliest bushwalk trails in the Blue Mountains dating back to the beginning of the 20th century.
Some sections of the trail were carved and built on the cliffsides. The Grand Stairway is a major part of the track, the steps of the stairway were carved on the sandstone into the valley floor giving the public access to the incredible views of Wentworth Falls. It takes at least 3 hours to complete the circuit with a difficulty level of medium and moderate to hard.
- Federal Pass
Built in the early 1900s, the historic Federal Pass links the two impressive waterfalls of the Jamison Valley – Katoomba Falls and Wentworth Falls. This 8-kilometre trail is one of the famous tracks in the tourist town of Katoomba leading hikers to the amazing views of the Three Sisters, the Jamison Valley, Katoomba Falls, Wentworth Falls, and views from the Bottings Lookout. The Ruined Castle can also be accessed through this trail via the Golden Stairs.
The difficulty level of the track is from moderate to hard, and it takes at least 12 hours to complete the circuit starting from Leura to the Ruined Castle. Joining the Federal Pass can be accessed in four places. Originally, the path was built to connect Leura Forest and Katoomba Falls, and then later extended to the other side of the valley where the Ruined Castle stands.
- Six Foot Track
Used to be a horse track built in 1884, the Six Foot Track starts from Katoomba all the way to the Jenolan Caves. It takes at least three days to traverse this 44-kilometre trail that passes through rivers and waterfalls and a suspension footbridge Bowtells Swing Bridge. The footbridge was designed to provide hikers with a safe passage when the flow of the Coxs River is heavy.
There are camping areas along the way to spend the night. This track is only for experienced hikers who are capable of hiking long distances. Following this long trail requires a certain fitness level as the difficulty level is not for the fainthearted.
- Grand Canyon Walk
First became accessible to the public in 1907, Grand Canyon Walk is a moderate to hard walking trail circuit stretching 6 kilometres. It allows you to cross many creeks and waterfalls, walls of rocks and cliffs, and a verdure rainforest with wild animals and diverse birdlife. The track may be one of the most spectacular in the area luring thousands of hikers every year. Also, it is one of the oldest trails and a favourite Blue Mountains tours track.
- Katoomba Falls Round Walk
This 1-kilometre circuit leading you to the base of the magnificent Katoomba Falls can be completed in an hour. With a medium difficulty level, there’s a picnic area nearby with facilities including a toilet. The trail is short, but the views are amazing – a lush rainforest with lively birdlife, spectacular views of the Jamison Valley, and the impressive Katoomba Falls highlighting a 150-metre descent into the valley floor.