Blue Mountains National Park

Walking

Bushwalking in Blue Mountains National Park (Image: DECCW)There are walks for all ages and fitness levels. The Blue Mountains boasts one of the most complex track systems of any national park in Australia. Dating from as early as 1825, many of the constructed tracks have national, state and regional significance, and several are named to commemorate significant periods or events in our history.  The Wentworth Falls area includes the Valley of the Waters, Jamison Valley and parts of Kings Tableland, and contains a great variety of walking tracks, which take advantage of the natural landscape.

Around Katoomba and Leura many walking tracks were designed to follow the natural landscape: along cliff tops, down gullies and canyons and along valley floors. Many involve steep steps and stairs and can make for strenuous walking , but shorter walks are also available. Some tracks are historic routes, built for mining in earlier times, while others are planned tourist tracks.

Blackheath offers superb views over the Megalong and Grose valleys with a wide variety of walks. The Fairfax Heritage track beginning at the Visitor Centre is an easy, wheelchair-accessible walk and a good introduction to the upper mountains environment and the spectacular views. There are extensive walks into and through the valleys passing through many different landscapes.  

You'll find many of the park's walking tracks described below. Before setting out, make sure you have topographic maps for the areas you plan to walk in. Be prepared for all weather conditions (see average climate in the park). And always tread softly. View general safety information.

Think Before You Trek is a bush safety initiative aimed at providing bushwalkers and adventurers in the Blue Mountains with a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). View the Think Before You Trek video for more information.

Walking tracks

Fern Bower walk

Be enchanted by the lush forests and delightful waterfalls along Fern Bower walk, in Blue Mountains National Park. Adventurous families and bushwalkers will relish the short steep track from Katoomba to Leura forest, and the chance to link to the iconic Federal Pass.

This short yet challenging walking track follows an historic route through majestic tree ferns and rainforest giants including towering coachwoods. Passing a bevy of delightful waterfalls including Lila, Linda and Marguerite Falls, pause for a moment to soak in the soothing surrounds. Upon reaching the bottom of the valley you’ll enter Leura Forest, where an historic hut is all that remains of a once grand natural ‘dining hall’; now being slowly reclaimed by nature.

Enjoy a picnic amid lush coachwood forests before retracing your steps. Alternatively, choose to explore further with options to join Dardenelles Pass or to return via the Furber Steps or Scenic Railway.

Plant communities: rainforests

Princes Rock walking track

This historic track leads to one of the best lookouts in Blue Mountains National Park. Princes Rock walking track winds down from Wentworth Falls picnic area and follows a path trodden by sightseers since the late 1890s, with exceptional views over Wentworth Falls.

Keep an eye out for the old water fountains dotted along this medium track and admire their heritage design. Upon reaching the distinctive parapet-style historic lookout, gaze across the falls and Kings Tableland on your left. Mount Solitary, rising out of Jamison Valley, is a sight to be savoured and well worth the medium-sloped walk.

If all that fresh air and walking has you thinking of food, it might be time to unroll the blanket for a leisurely lunch, just like picnickers have been doing for over 100 years. Or for more things to do, visit Conservation Hut, just minutes away.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on Wentworth Falls map

Den Fenella walking track

A feast for the senses, this walk features forests, waterfalls and breathtaking clifftop views, near Wentworth Falls picnic area, Blue Mountains National Park. The medium difficulty Den Fenella walking track is short yet challenging walk and a perfect hike for experienced bush walkers.

Descending steeply, open forests give way to magnificent rainforest where dappled sunlight filters through the lush canopy. The rough track winds through a deep gorge, filled with tree ferns, keep an eye out for the wildflowers in the warmer months. The rare rock sprengelia, with delicate white flowers, grows on the nearby sandstone ledges.

Crossing a bridge in the small canyon before arriving at Lady Sees lookout, unpack the hamper for a secluded picnic. From here, soak up the majestic valley views to the soothing sounds of the falls, as Den Fenella Creek cascades over the clifftop. Invigorated and refreshed, retrace your steps or head back via Overcliff and Undercliff track.

Plant communities: rainforests

Location:  shown on Wentworth Falls map

Furber Steps-Scenic Railway walking track

If you love places where mountains and water meet, try this popular track into Jamison Valley in Blue Mountains National Park. The difficult Furber Steps-Scenic Railway walking track is full of superb views and a brilliant day trip for walkers who love a challenge with a scenic view.

Descending through the valley, you’ll enter a world of lush rainforest and cascading waterfalls. Stopping to gaze across at majestic Mount Solitary rising out of the valley floor, you might hear the call of the catbird or wompa pigeon.

Explore the lush valley on a number of short detours, making sure to stop for a memorable picnic beside the tumbling waters of Katoomba Falls. The opportunity to take the world-famous Scenic Railway or Scenic Cableway back to the top might just be too irresistible. However, if you’re after more heart-pumping action, return back up the stairs.

Location:  shown on Katoomba - Scenic Railway map


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School excursion

Visit a Real Rainforest

Dramatic Jamison Valley escarpment views, Blue Mountains National Park (Image: Lachlan Garland/OEH)Location: Blue Mountains National Park is right at Sydney’s doorstep. It is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area that protects one million hectares of bushland and wilderness recognised for its exceptional flora and fauna, landscape and ecological diversity and for its cultural significance for six Aboriginal language groups. Blue Mountains National Park protects an ancient landscape of vertical cliffs, high plateaux, windswept heath, rainforest, waterfalls and rare and ancient plants. There is a network of heritage walking tracks and trails that take extraordinary advantage of the landscape.

Objectives

Students will:

  • identify key features of a rainforest environment and open forest/ woodland environments through direct observation
  • relate Australian rainforests globally to rainforests of the world
  • understand the Aboriginal heritage of the area
  • acknowledge the vulnerability of Rainforests to natural and human induced stress
  • accept the importance of ecosystem management and protection
  • describe how the rainforest environment is changing in response to the climatic variations
  • explore the geographical processes that form and transform the Blue Mountains environment
  • explore Aboriginal and European involvement and use of the land
  • identify animals of the rainforest in the Blue Mountains.

Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing – 15 min
  • Descent into the rainforest – 45 min
  • Return via the Round Walk loop and finish at Katoomba Falls Kiosk – 60 min
  • (optional) Under Falls Track to get close to Katoomba Falls and see the Dwarf Mountain Pine - (20min)
  • Further descent via Furber Steps – 1 hour
  • Return via Scenic Railway or Cableway and finish at Scenic World – 30 min

Difficulty: medium difficulty

Park: Furber Steps-Scenic Railway walking track (Blue Mountains National Park)

Meeting place: Katoomba Falls Kiosk

Cost: $12 per student (2 hrs) or $14.50 per student (2.5 hrs) (plus additional $8 per student for Scenic Cableway/Railway option)

More info: School excursion inquiries - Blue Mountains, Phone: 02 4784 7301 (Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri)

2 to 2.5 hours, Tuesday to Friday during school term

Round walking track

A short yet spectacular track through a lush rainforest gully leading to lookouts that boast some of the most iconic views in Blue Mountains National Park. Excellent for adventurous walkers looking for a shorter route, Round walking track packs in a swag of spectacular vistas and waterfalls, that highlight the dramatic beauty of the Katoomba escarpment.

Take in the spectacular waterfall views from Reids Plateau before making your descent down the stairs into the shadowy gorge. In the spring the new fern shoots brush your legs and flocks of rosellas and lorikeets flit through the rainforest canopy.

At Vanimans lookout you’ll have unsurpassed views of The Three Sisters and Katoomba Falls. The medium difficulty track skirts the cliff edge leading to romantically named Juliets Balcony overlooking Witches Leap waterfall.

If you’re keen to further explore the dense valley, join Furber Steps which leads to Scenic World via Federal Pass.

Directions: Begin at Katoomba Falls Kiosk, down to Witches Leap, on to the Scenic Railway and return to kiosk via Cliff Top Walk.

Plant communities: rainforests

Location:  shown on Leura map

Jellybean track

When it’s time to pack up the car and get out of town, the Jellybean track offers a great day trip for you and the kids. Starting at the Glenbrook entrance to the Blue Mountains National Park, the walk follows an easy track down the hill to Jellybean pool; it’s a great spot to cool off on hot days.

This walk takes you into the Glenbrook Gorge, passing mountain spotted gums and grass trees. Keep your eye out for kestrels and other birds of prey as they glide through the air looking for food. Watch for brilliantly coloured rainbow lorikeets or the cheeky gang gang with its distinctive call, like a rusty hinge.

Stairs lead down to the pretty Jellybean pool, flanked by sandstone cliffs. If you’ve worked up a sweat you won’t be able to resist a dip and the kids will love swimming and liloing in these calm waters. Roll out the picnic blanket on one of the sandy beaches or lie back in the shade of the gums and doze off to the sounds of the bush.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands

Location:  shown on Glenbrook map

Opening hours: The Jellybean track in the Glenbrook area of Blue Mountains National Park is:

  • open 8:30am – 7pm during daylight savings
  • open 8:30am – 6pm the rest of the year

Govetts Leap descent

From its outset at Govetts Leap lookout, this hard track is bound to impress and delight adventurous walkers. Rest assured that ‘leap’ is not a suggestion but a Scottish word for waterfall; and that’s what you’ll see, from every angle on Govetts Leap descent into the wilderness of Grose Valley in Blue Mountains National Park.

You’ll be refreshed on the steep walk down by nature’s own spritzer. Crystal clear droplets will fall from the moist moss clinging to the cliff walls above. Stop to rest those knees as you gaze across the spectacular valley views, taking in the clear mountain air.

Make time for a leisurely picnic at the base of the falls, soaking up those revitalising, before making your way back up the steps. Alternatively, if you’ve still got energy to burn, take the track towards Blue Mountains Heritage Centre for a browse of the souvenirs, maps, and guidebooks available.

Location:  shown on Blackheath map

Mount Banks Summit walk

Fire/closure alerts currently apply to this location. See details below.

For some of the most spectacular scenic views across Blue Mountains National Park, grab your camera and head for Mount Banks Summit walk, near Mount Wilson. The distinctive double hump of Mount Banks is visible for miles and this challenging walking track gives adventurous walkers the opportunity to explore it at close range.

From Mount Banks picnic area, you’ll ascend steeply and it’s not just the windswept dramatic landscape you’ll want to photograph. Near the unfenced summit you’ll discover a fascinating new world. The unique basalt cap is home to a tall forest of monkey gums, so named by early explorers who mistook resident greater gliders for monkeys.

Enjoy a well-earned break while taking in the magnificent panoramic views over the Grose Wilderness. From here you can truly appreciate the staggering diversity and immense beauty of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Location:  shown on Blackheath map


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Closure

Mount Banks walking and cycling track

Some areas of this park are closed due to fire damage unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. For more information, please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877; open seven days 9am to 4.30pm or visit the NSW national parks safety page.

Glenbrook Gorge track

This dynamic track is for the adventurous at heart, and will have you rock-hopping down the beautiful Glenbrook Gorge in no time. Located in the eastern reaches of Blue Mountains National Park, Glenbrook Gorge track is short yet challenging and bound to get that heart pumping.

Tracing the base of the gorge, there’s the chance to get off-track as you wade your way down the creek. Look out for the historic railway tunnel built in 1911. The rubble from its construction can still be seen on the sandbar where Glenbrook Creek meets Nepean River, near the end of the track.

Take a well-deserved breather and enjoy the tranquillity of the surrounding bush. You can choose to climb out to Lapstone Station, or if you've got more time and energy to spare, retrace your steps up the gorge and enjoy a refreshing dip in Jellybean Pool on the way back.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests

Lyrebird Dell walking track

For a short walk that is bound to recharge the batteries and revive the spirit, delightful Lyrebird Dell walking track leads through spectacular gorge country to a unique cave site of Aboriginal significance. Popular with families and birdwatchers, this medium difficulty track links to Gordon Falls lookout, and explores the lush escarpment near Leura, in the Blue Mountains National Park.

Passing through a small fern filled canyon, dotted with hanging swamps, this enchanting walk follows a creek-line to a waterfall above Pool of Siloam. You’ll discover a large sandstone cave that has a long association with the traditional Aboriginal land owners of the area.

On a misty Autumn morning, you might glimpse silvereyes or mistelle toe birds flitting through the undergrowth. Lyrebirds are often seen scratching through the leaf litter.

Directions: Go to the northern end of Lone Pine Avenue Leura.

Plant communities: rainforests, heathlands

Location:  shown on Leura map

Fairfax Heritage walking track

Wheelchair access: easy
This area is fully wheelchair-accessible.

This easy track meanders behind the dramatic cliffs of Grose Valley near Blackheath, in World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Fairfax Heritage walking track is ideal for family groups who want to experience the diverse range of vegetation and spectacular views on offer.

The graded wheelchair-accessible path winds over gentle slopes, skirting the edge of a unique hanging swamp. The path opens up to forests of peppermint and scribbly gums dotted with grass trees. In early summer, you may see the vibrant red flowers of waratahs, as well as many other colourful wildflowers. Nearing the cliffs at George Phillips and Govetts Leap lookout, enjoy expansive valley views taking in Govetts Gorge, the Jungle and Horseshoe Falls.

Drop into Blue Mountains Heritage Centre for information, maps, books and souvenirs of your Blue Mountains escape.

Location:  shown on Blackheath map


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School excursion

Logs have life inside

View from Govett's Leap Lookout, Blue Mountains National Park (Image: Christopher J Woods/OEH/Woods)Location: The Blue Mountains National Park is right at Sydney’s doorstep. It is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area that protects one million hectares of bushland and wilderness recognised for its exceptional flora and fauna, landscape and ecological diversity and for its cultural significance for six Aboriginal language groups. Blue Mountains National Park protects an ancient landscape of vertical cliffs, high plateaux, windswept heath, rainforest, waterfalls and rare and ancient plants. There is a network of heritage walking tracks and trails that take extraordinary advantage of the landscape.

Objectives

Students will:

  • explore the dry and woodland environments of this area
  • identify animals that live here
  • discuss some of the natural changes that occur in dry environments
  • observe and identify the effects of human interaction on natural places
  • identify ways in which people depend on the environment
  • recognise that Aboriginal people have interacted positively with the environment for a long time
  • investigate how animals live within the environment- through adaptation or alteration
  • search for evidence of animals and their shelters
  • compare different animals - birds, possums, reptiles, insects etc.
  • compare animal shelters with human shelters
  • learn about local plants and how they have adapted for survival
  • predict the responsibilities that humans have to the environment when making shelters, and
  • identify ways that the environment can be protected.

Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing - 15 min
  • Guided interpretive bushwalk along the Fairfax Track -1hour 30 min
  • (optional) Mini National Parks activity in the bush – (30min)
  • Prince Phillip Lookout – 10min
  • Return to Govetts Leap Lookout – 5min

Difficulty: easy

Park: Fairfax Heritage walking track (Blue Mountains National Park)

Meeting place: NPWS Heritage Centre, Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath

Cost: $12 per student including GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Blue Mountains, Phone: 02 4784 7301 (Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri)

2 hours, Tuesday to Friday during school term
School excursion

World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park

The Three Sisters in Blue Mountains National Park (Image: DECCW)Location: Blue Mountains National Park is right at Sydney’s doorstep. It is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area that protects one million hectares of bushland and wilderness recognised for its exceptional flora and fauna, landscape and ecological diversity and for its cultural significance for six Aboriginal language groups. Blue Mountains National Park protects an ancient landscape of vertical cliffs, high plateaux, windswept heath, rainforest, waterfalls and rare and ancient plants. There is a network of heritage walking tracks and trails that take extraordinary advantage of the landscape.

Objectives

Students will:

  • discover why the Blue Mountains is listed as a World Heritage site
  • understand the responsibility of levels of government to the site
  • explore a diverse woodland ecosystem and views into the Grose Valley
  • describe the geographical processes that form and transform this environment
  • describe the interrelationships between people, including traditional owners and the environment
  • understand park management strategies
  • explain how current management strategies are contributing to the sustainability of the Blue Mountains
  • describe the operation of a simple ecosystem 
  • construct a sketch map (optional)
  • use the points of a compass to determine direction (optional)
  • identify physical and cultural features on a map (optional)
  • use a topographic map (optional).

 Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions and safety briefing – 15 min
  • Guided interpretive bushwalk along the Fairfax Track – 90 min
  • Prince Phillip Lookout – 10 min
  • Finish at Govetts Leap Lookout – 5 min

Difficulty: easy

Park: Blue Mountains National Park

Locations: Fairfax Heritage walking track, Govetts Leap lookout

Meeting place: National Parks and Wildlife Service Blackheath Heritage Centre, end of Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath.

Cost: $12 per student including GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Blue Mountains, Phone: 02 4784 7301 (Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri)

2 hours, Tuesday to Friday during school term

Blue Pool walking track

A challenging yet short hike that’s well worth the effort, Blue Pool walking track leads to an idyllic swimming hole in a tranquil bush setting. Located in the Glenbrook area of Blue Mountains National Park, it’s an ideal day-trip for families or friends wanting a relaxing day out, far from the city.  

Following the track through the bush, look for the vibrant red flowers of the bottlebrush and the flowering tea tree in the warmer months. Upon arriving at the fern-fringed waterhole, quiet patience may be rewarded with a glimpse of a shy turtle coming up for air.

Enjoy a refreshing dip before rolling out the picnic rug on the sandy riverside beach. Tuck into a leisurely lunch as the currawongs and rainbow lorikeets chatter above. For views of the surrounding landscape, head to Mount Portal lookout.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on Glenbrook map

Opening hours: Blue Pool walking track, in the Glenbrook area of Blue Mountains National Park, is:

  • Open 8.30am – 7pm (Monday – Sunday during daylight savings time)
  • Open 8.30am – 6pm (Monday – Sunday during non-daylight savings time)

Euroka - Nepean River walking track

An enchanting walk through delightful woodlands and rainforest in the eastern reaches of Blue Mountains National Park. Starting from the Darug area in Euroka campground, the medium difficulty Euroka - Nepean River walk offers a great introduction to the wonders of nature for families with some bushwalking experience.

From the grassy clearing, the track leads east through a narrow canyon where the sheer walls create a rainforest hothouse for lush ferns with towering lilli-pilli and coachwood. The track descends steeply with some obstacles into Fairlight Gorge before arriving at the river, where you might see water dragons sunning themselves along the banks. In spring the wildflowers blanket the surrounds with a dazzling display of scent and colour. 

Adventurers might be tempted with a swim before enjoying a leisurely riverside picnic. Eat up as you’ll need some energy for the steep climb out before joining Bennets Ridge walking track.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on Glenbrook map

Opening hours: Euroka - Nepean River walking track, in the Glenbrook precinct, is:

  • open 8.30am – 6pm (Monday - Sunday)
  • open 8.30am – 7pm (Daylight savings)

Rocket Point lookout track

With incredible waterfall views and spectacular birdwatching, this short walking track will take you to the edge, quite literally. Historic Rocket Point lookout track boasts some of the best waterfall views in Blue Mountains National Park. Ideal for bushwalkers who are short on time but hungry for adventure, this moderate track overlaps several iconic walking tracks such as National Pass.

Starting at Wentworth Falls picnic area, you’ll reach the stepping stones at Queens Cascade on the very lip of the first of three magnificent waterfalls. Look for vibrant rainbow lorikeets and rosellas amongst the lush green forest. The picturesque track, lined with ferns and mosses, ascends steeply and gives way to heath, which erupts with colour in the spring.

Reaching the lookout, unpack a picnic and drink in the scenic waterfall and sweeping valley views. Head back on a loop track or join another track such as Overcliff-Undercliff track.

Plant communities: heathlands

Location:  shown on Wentworth Falls map

Wentworth Pass loop walking track

This challenging walking track, from Conservation Hut, explores the magical, upper section of Valley of the Waters in Jamison Valley at Blue Mountains National Park. Wentworth Pass loop walk takes in scenic waterfalls and valley views as well as magnificent open forests and dense rainforest.

The track leads to Empress lookout with exceptional views, before it plunges deep into the valley. You’ll notice the eucalypts and angophoras give way to lush fern trees and moss-covered rocks. Everywhere you look there’s water; from the gentle splashing of creeks to the dull roar of cascading waterfalls.

The pool beneath Wentworth Falls is a perfect spot to relax and revel in the moist cool because from here on, the only way is up. Taking the Slack stairs you’ll join National Pass before arriving at Wentworth Falls picnic area. Head to the ‘Hut’ for an easy lunch or unpack the picnic hamper.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on Wentworth Falls map

Overcliff-Undercliff track

For an exhilarating walk that's sure to clear the head and revive the spirit, try Overcliff-Undercliff track near Wentworth Falls, in Blue Mountains National Park. Family or friends will revel in the elements along this medium walk, leading from Wentworth Falls picnic area along the dramatic cliff edge to picturesque Valley of the Waters.

Following this scenic track, you'll pass through swamp, heath and lush rainforest, with wonderful views across Jamison Valley. Experience the dramatically exposed clifftops and large rock overhangs. In the warmer months, the area erupts with a dazzling array of wildflowers, including the vibrant red and yellow Christmas bells.

Undercliff track joins Overcliff track at Den Fenella track junction. You can round off your walk with a delicious snack by following Overcliff track to Lyrebird lookout, then climbing up the steps to Conservation Hut.

Plant communities: heathlands

Location:  shown on Wentworth Falls map

Jack Evans walking track

Named in honour of a labourer from the nearby Warragamba Dam, Jack Evans walking track leads through picturesque rock formations. Located in the southern reaches of Blue Mountains National Park, it’s a perfect hike for experienced walkers and keen nature photographers.

Passing towering angophoras and grass trees, the hard track descends steeply into the gorge. Be sure to look for the rare ground orchids when you stop to admire the shifting light and shadows across the rock walls.

Arriving at Erskine Creek, deep swimming holes provide a refreshing dip in summer. You might be lucky to glimpse a platypus in the waterways that form part of the Blue Labyrinth; an enigmatic maze of canyons and gorges.

Unpack a picnic and soak up the remote beauty of this unspoilt region, so close to civilisation. Challenge yourself with some rock-hopping along the creek before retracing your steps. Visit Glenbrook – Nepean lookout before leaving for magnificent views of Fairlight Gorge.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests

Opening hours: Jack Evans walking track, in the Glenbrook area of Blue Mountains National Park, is:

  • open 8.30am – 5.30pm (Monday – Sunday)
  • open 8.30am – 7pm (daylight savings)

Cliff Top walking track

If you’re after a challenging walk while taking in the natural beauty of Blue Mountains National Park, this track will certainly get your heart pumping. Cliff Top walking track traces the valley edge from Govetts Leap lookout to Evans lookout. Located near Blackheath, you’ll be treated to inspiring views over the iconic Grose Valley.

Passing through dense, windswept heathland, you’ll see she-oaks, banksias and stunted mallee scrub. It’s a great area for birdwatching, so keep your eyes peeled for yellow-tailed black cockatoos and king parrots. The heath comes alive with colourful displays of wildflowers in spring, attracting nectar-loving birds such as the white-naped honeyeater. Look back towards Govetts leap from Barrows lookout for brilliant waterfall views.

Crossing Govetts Leap Brook, the track leads past the junction with Braeside walking track to Evans lookout, where you can enjoy a picnic before retracing your steps. For a longer walk, consider adding Grand Canyon track.

Location:  shown on Blackheath map

Nature track

For a magnificent walk that will transport you to another world, step out on moderately challenging Nature track, near Wentworth Falls. Families and friends who enjoy a challenge will love this medium-level walking track in Blue Mountains National Park. The spectacular views, swamps, lush ferns and tranquil pools make it ideal for photography and swimming.

Passing through heathlands, you’ll soon enter a wonderland of lush ferns and ancient swamps as the dense canopy of the rainforest descends. Dare to explore the demonically-named Asmodeus Pool and relax in the eerily beautiful Floras Bath. Stop at Isobel Falls for a picnic or simply enjoy the soothing sounds of the waterfall.

Upon reaching Edinburgh Castle Rock, soak up the magnificent views deep into Jamison Valley to the south. Then, head up through the swamp – via boardwalks and stairs – to complete the loop. After all that exercise, you may not be able to resist a delicious Devonshire tea at Conservation Hut.

Location:  shown on Wentworth Falls map

Pulpit walking track

Pulpit Rock is an isolated pinnacle standing away from the cliff-face on a massive blade of rock. You can walk to it from Govetts Leap, enjoying heathlands, swamps, waterfalls, and an ever-changing view of the Grose Valley.

The track begins to the left of Govetts Leap lookout - go down the steps into the shelter of a small creek, where black wattles grow in thick stands. From here, cross the bridge and follow the track to the cliff edge. You'll pass several small lookouts on route giving you the chance to admire a breathtaking 280-degree panorama of the Grose Valley and distant mountains. Cross Popes Glen Creek before following the steps up to a lookout above Horseshoe Falls.

The track then continues along the cliffline, around hanging swamps and open heathland - look out for wildflowers in November. Eucalypt forests then become a feature of the landscape as you near Pulpit Rock lookout. Retrace your steps back to Govetts Leap or leave a vehicle at Pulpit Rock lookout, accessed via Hat Hill Road.

Location:  shown on Blackheath map

Charles Darwin walk

Historic Charles Darwin walk will have you following in the footsteps of the naturalist most famous for his theory of evolution. A popular and easy walk with early tourists to the Blue Mountains, Charles Darwin walked this track in 1836.

This walk follows the beautiful Jamison Creek south to the top of Wentworth Falls where you can take a break and enjoy the scenic views over the expansive Jamison Valley to the south. You’ll notice the blue haze, caused by the release of droplets from the eucalypts, giving the Blue Mountains its name.

Follow the creek as it cascades down several waterfalls. Enjoy the cool running waters and the hanging swamps on the hillsides. A birdwatcher’s delight, the swamp is popular with honey eaters and finches, and the raucous black cockatoos can’t resist the nearby banksias.

Directions: Begin from Wilson Park in Falls Road.

Location:  shown on Wentworth Falls map

Lockleys Pylon walking track

Lockleys Pylon walking track is an easy walk offering scenic views where you can take in the serenity of Blue Mountains National Park.

The walking track is named after J.G. Lockley, a journalist who supported conservation efforts to save the Blue Gum Forest from logging in the 1930s. This short walk meanders through the heath to a small peak overlooking the huge depths of the Grose Gorge. Golden sandstone cliffs surround the valley of eucalypt forest beneath you.

Spring is great for photograph opportunities, as you’ll walk through a sea of wildflowers, including the pink flannel flower and red lambertias. There’s also excellent birdwatching and lots of wildlife to see. If you’re lucky, you might spot the reclusive giant dragonfly.

Pack a picnic or a thermos and enjoy a hot cuppa while you admire the views. Or wander back to Leura for a gourmet meal at one of the charming local cafes.

Location:  shown on Blackheath map

Lyrebird Dell - Pool of Siloam circuit

This is a delightful walk into the cool, moist atmosphere of a small canyon. Walk past the Aboriginal shelter site and along the creek. Thick undergrowth here is the home of the small marsupial mouse, Antechinus stuartii. The Pool of Siloam, with its waterfall, makes a good rest spot before taking the track up to the Gordon Falls picnic area and out onto Lone Pine Avenue. Alternatively take the track up to Golf Links Lookout and then down Links Road, Leura.

Directions: From Gordon Falls picnic area head down the stairs following the signs to Gordon Falls. This goes gradually down until passing around a large rock formation and going under an overhang. After this the track becomes steeper, just before an intersection with signs pointing to Gladstone Rd and to Lyrebird Dell.

Plant communities: rainforests, heathlands

Location:  shown on Leura map

Echo Point to Scenic World via Giant Stairway

For a memorable day out in famous Blue Mountains National Park that takes in renowned views, try the easy walking track from Echo Point lookout to Scenic World via Giant Stairway. Pack a picnic and round up the family for a day of magnificent sights, fresh mountain air and unique history on this iconic walk.

Gaze at the scenic vista before descending the valley via the 800-plus steel and stone steps, originally constructed in 1909. Marvel at the fabulous Three Sisters from the ground up. From here it’s an easy stroll along Federal Pass to Katoomba Falls.

Arriving at Scenic World, you might be tempted to ride the historic Scenic Railway to the cliff top. Originally built in the 1880s to carry coal, it’s the steepest railway of its kind in the world and tilts at a whopping 52 degrees. Just remember, the last train up is at 4.50pm, so give yourself plenty of time to reach the station.

Ruined Castle walking track

Ruined Castle walking track is a jewel among walks in the spectacular Blue Mountains World Heritage area. Descending into Jamison Valley via the popular Golden Stairs, this hard walk lets you climb one of the most recognisable landmarks in the valley; the Ruined Castle. It’s a beautiful rock formation that offers great views over the valley as far as Wentworth Falls and Katoomba.

Descending deep into the valley, you’ll enter the cool, lush rainforest with towering coachwood and sassafrass, and a chance to spot a lyrebird. The track is an historic mining route with tell-tale embankments, cuttings and the tumbled ruins of miners’ cottages.

A steep scramble with some rock-hopping past large boulders leads to the impressive rock formation. At the top, enjoy unsurpassed views of Jamison Valley and Cedar Creek Valley. A perfect spot for a picnic before returning

Directions: Start at Golden Stairs, on Narrow Neck, turn right at bottom, follow track to Ruined Castle turnoff on right. The parking area for the start of the Golden Stairs is about 1.5 km along Narrow Neck Road.

Plant communities: rainforests

Location:  shown on park map

Leura Cascades Fern Bower

Leura Cascades Fern Bower circuit is a moderately challenging track along an impressive cliff line, with waterfalls and gorgeous scenic views. A great walk for those who love to get amongst it, you’ll venture deep into the lush vegetation of Jamison Valley in Blue Mountains National Park. With so many lookouts and vistas, it’s a photographer’s paradise.

From Leura Cascades picnic area, this medium track leads to a magnificent lookout over the top of Bridal Veil Falls before winding down to the base pools, where you’ll be refreshed with cool, moist air. Here the track joins the Amphitheatre track, which follows the mid point of the cliff back to Fern Bower track.

Following down into the dense rainforest where light filters through the dense canopy, listen for the call of the catbird or wompa pigeon. The Amphitheatre track then joins Fern Bower track, which takes walkers back up to the Prince Henry Cliff walk near Cliff Drive, a short way from the picnic area.

Directions: Begin at Leura Cascades picnic area, off Cliff Drive

Location:  shown on Leura map

Dardenelles Pass loop walking track

This challenging walk offers a feast of waterfalls, rainforest, and breathtaking views both above and below the cliff line near Echo Point lookout in Blue Mountains National Park. Definitely for the adventurous, Dardenelles Pass loop walking track joins the bottom of the Giant Stairway with Leura Forest, beneath the cliffs in the Jamison Valley.

Descending the Giant Stairway, you’ll enter a dense canopy of magnificent coachwood, sassafrass, and lilly pilly, where crystal clear creeks lead to picturesque Marguerite Cascades. There’s no shortage of idyllic picnic spots in this lush wonderland, so be sure to stop a while and enjoy the tranquillity. Leura Forest, at the base of the cliffs, even has convenient picnic tables and shelters, amid the beauty.

From Leura Forest take the Fern Bower track back up to The Prince Henry Cliff walk, on Cliff Drive near Leura.

Location:  shown on Katoomba - Echo Point map

Mount Banks Road cycle route

Fire/closure alerts currently apply to this location. See details below.

A spectacular cycling route that takes in awe-inspiring views, wilderness and diverse vegetation that makes the Blue Mountains National Park so famous. Beginning at the picnic area, Mount Banks Road offers sweeping views of the Grose Valley near Mount Tomah. It’s an ideal trail for cyclists, walkers and families who love a wilderness day-trip without the crowds.

Winding through woodland and open heath, look for wildflowers along the cliff edges. This medium difficulty gravel road takes you deep into unspoilt wilderness, passing Mount Banks before arriving at the cliff-top at Banks Walls. Gaze across the magnificent valley to Grose River, Govetts Leap and the spectacular Blue Gum Forest.

Bring your binoculars for a spot of birdwatching as majestic wedge-tailed eagles are often seen soaring on the valley thermals. Unpack a bite to eat or head back for lunch at the picnic tables.

Location:  shown on Blackheath map


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Mount Banks walking and cycling track

Some areas of this park are closed due to fire damage unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. For more information, please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877; open seven days 9am to 4.30pm or visit the NSW national parks safety page.

Murphys fire trail – Woodford to Murphys Glen campground

Murphys fire trail, from Woodford to Murphys Glen campground, offers a unique driving tour through unspoilt heathlands. Situated in Blue Mountains National Park, only a short drive from local townships, it’s a great track for driving, walking and mountain biking.

Following a narrow ridge top with scenic views across Cumberland Plains, you might be sharing the track with swamp wallabies and goannas. As the trail descends into the campground, the heath gives way to majestic forests. Whether camping or picnicking, be sure to admire the towering stand of gums that fringe the nearby the creek.

Spring is a great time to visit as the seemingly harsh landscape and sandstone rock platforms erupt with an extravagant wildflower display. Hardy mallee ash, banksia and trigger plants, growing in the sandstone rock clefts, dazzle with vibrant blooms.

Perrys lookdown to Blue Gum Forest walking track

Taking in the air at the Blue Mountains is almost a national pastime, and your best chance to do that is on this challenging and rewarding walk. From Perrys lookdown, take a moment to gaze across the beautiful valley.

Descending the steep track of the Perrys lookdown to Blue Gum Forest walking track, you’ll pass a large swamp before making your way down the steep cliff line. With one eye on the ladder and one on the sky, watch for the red headed gang gang and yellow tailed black cockatoo; this is a great walk for birdwatching.

Follow the track to the edge of the spectacular Blue Gum Forest where tall gums rise out of the fertile ground. Lean against the trunk of a deanes blue gum for a bite to eat and listen for the tinkling call of the bell miner. From here return up the cliffs or pitch your tent at the nearby Acacia Flat campground.

Location:  shown on Blackheath map

National Pass

Built into the side of the cliff, the National Pass is a spectacular walking track offering unrivalled views of the many natural wonders of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park.

Your journey begins at Conservation Hut where you can grab a map, information, water and other supplies for the walk. When you reach Queen Victoria lookout you’ll marvel at the valley and sandstone cliffs, which feel more dramatic by the roar of the waterfalls below. As you enter the Valley of the Waters you’ll be greeted by a set of beautiful waterfalls, including Empress, Silvia and Lodore Falls. You'll then reach the historic Grand Stairway, built by hand in the early 1900’s –  as you’re making your way up, spare a thought for the men who built it using picks and shovels, with a bit of dynamite for good measure, more than 100 years ago. The walk will then take you to Wentworth Falls and Jamison lookouts, both offering magnificent views. You can stay at the Wentworth Falls picnic area for a picnic or barbecue lunch or walk back to Conservation Hut for a hot cuppa.

There is really so much to see along this walk, so be sure to pack your camera to capture the views and wildlife you spot along the way.

Track notes: download maps, photos and detailed directions from the Wildwalks website.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on Wentworth Falls map


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The National Pass Challenge

Walking the National Pass, Blue Mountains National Park (Image: R Garthwin/OEH)Location: Blue Mountains National Park is right at Sydney’s doorstep. It is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area that protects one million hectares of bushland and wilderness recognised for its exceptional flora and fauna, landscape and ecological diversity and for its cultural significance for six Aboriginal language groups. Blue Mountains National Park protects an ancient landscape of vertical cliffs, high plateaux, windswept heath, rainforest, waterfalls and rare and ancient plants. There is a network of heritage walking tracks and trails that take extraordinary advantage of the landscape.

Objectives

Students will:

  • explore a diversity of ecosystems, including rainforests, wet and dry open forests and hanging swamp
  • describe the geographical processes that form and transform this environment
  • describe the interrelationships between people, including tradional owners, and the environment
  • discusss geographical issues from a range of perspectives
  • understand park management strategies of the area
  • describe the operation of a simple ecosystem 
  • construct a sketch map (optional)
  • use the points of a compass to determine direction (optional)
  • identify physical and cultural features on a map (optional)
  • use a topographic map (optional).

 Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing - 15 min
  • Descend via Wentworth Falls – 60 min
  • Lunch and rest at base of Falls – 20 min
  • Proceed along National Pass – 60min
  • Rest and snack - 10 min
  • Ascend via Valley of the Waters to The Conservation Hut – 60 min
  • Short Cut Track back to Wentworth Falls Picnic Area – 15 min

Difficulty: hard

Park: National Pass (Blue Mountains National Park)

Meeting place: Wentworth Falls Picnic Area

Cost: $22 per student including GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Blue Mountains, Phone: 02 4784 7301 (Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri)

4 hours, Tuesday to Friday during school term
School excursion

The National Pass Challenge

National Pass in Blue Mountains National Park (Image: D Finnegan/OEH)Location: Blue Mountains National Park is right at Sydney’s doorstep. It is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area that protects one million hectares of bushland and wilderness recognised for its exceptional flora and fauna, landscape and ecological diversity and for its cultural significance for six Aboriginal language groups. Blue Mountains National Park protects an ancient landscape of vertical cliffs, high plateaux, windswept heath, rainforest, waterfalls and rare and ancient plants. There is a network of heritage walking tracks and trails that take extraordinary advantage of the landscape.

Objectives

Students will:

  • explore a diversity of ecosystems, including rainforests, wet and dry open forests and hanging swamp
  • describe the geographical processes that form and transform this environment
  • describe the interrelationships between people, including tradional owners and the environment
  • discuss geographical issues from a range of perspectives
  • understand park management strategies of the area
  • describe the operation of a simple ecosystem 
  • construct a sketch map (optional)
  • use the points of a compass to determine direction (optional)
  • identify physical and cultural features on a map (optional)
  • use a topograohic map (optional).

Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing - 15 min
  • Descend via Wentworth Falls – 60 min
  • Lunch and rest at base of Falls – 20 min
  • Proceed along National Pass – 60min
  • Rest and snack - 10 min
  • Ascend via Valley of the Waters to The Conservation Hut – 60 min
  • Short Cut Track back to Wentworth Falls Picnic Area – 15 min

Difficulty: hard

Park: National Pass (Blue Mountains National Park)

Meeting place: Wentworth Falls Picnic Area

Cost: $22 per student including GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Blue Mountains, Phone: 02 4784 7301 (Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri)

4 hours, Tuesday to Friday during school term

Burramoko Ridge (Hanging Rock) cycle trail

For an awe-inspiring ride to the edge of the magnificent Grose Wilderness, Burramoko cycle trail leads along a ridge to a dramatic rocky bluff. A trail of medium difficulty, it’s an ideal nature day trip in Blue Mountains National Park, near Blackheath. With scenic valley views and crisp mountain air, it’s a sublime ride for adventurous cyclists and bushwalkers.

Meandering through heathlands and open forests, look for the distinctive grass trees, with creamy coloured flowers in the spring. Ending at Baltzers lookout, also known as Hanging Rock, you’ll feel on top of the world as you gaze across the scenic tree-lined gorge fringed by golden cliffs.

With all that crisp mountain air and exercise, enjoy a picnic lunch with million dollar views. If you love the thrill of cycling check out Mount Banks road cycling route.

Grand Canyon track

Arresting sandstone walls, ever-present waterfalls and abundant native plants line the awesome Grand Canyon track near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. The historic loop track takes you into the heart of this World Heritage-listed landscape. It's an intimate and adventurous track which walkers have trodden since 1907.

Setting out from Evans lookout, the well-shaded track meanders through luscious native vegetation of ferns and golden wattles, and remains close to Greaves Creek, all of which combine to make this a particularly good walk for the summer months. Shorten the loop by leaving a second car at the Evans Lookout Road entrance or spend the day and stop for lunch at the nearby picnic area before returning to the lookout.

Although there are loads of semi-ledges which make up this challenging walk, you don’t need specialist hiking or abseiling equipment, so comfortable walking shoes are all you’ll need to get out there and explore. Still feeling energetic? Try the nearby Cliff Top walking track.

Directions: The track starts at the Grand Canyon Loop Track carpark. Walk to Neates Glen, then go down the hill through open woodland until you reach areas of rainforest. This is where the Grand Canyon begins. Head down into it, crossing the creek at the bottom. The cliffs now tower 100 m above you.

Descend a flight of stairs to reach the 'Rotunda', a sandy beach with an eroded overhang which is a great rest spot. Then follow the creek downstream, passing through a tunnel formed by a rock fall and then around and under the waterfall (be careful not to slip on the wet rocks). Now you're really in the depths of the canyon, among the ferns and mosses.

Continuing downstream the canyon broadens, and the track crosses the creek many times. The path may be hard to find in places. It winds along the creek to the intersection with Rodriguez Pass, and then crosses Greaves Creek and begins to climb up to Evans Lookout. You'll be following a narrow gully through rainforest and tall open forest - notice how much drier and warmer the atmosphere becomes as you ascend.

The forests are dominated by Blue Mountains ash and black wattle trees, which eventually give way to exposed heathland near the top of the valley. Finally, you'll arrive at Evans Lookout, where there are spectacular views across the Grose Valley. You'll find toilets and drinking water here, before walking back to the Grand Canyon Loop carpark.

Location:  shown on Blackheath map


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Australian School of Mountaineering

ASM is Australia's longest established and most experienced adventure school and guiding company. ASM is based in the Blue Mountains, one of the world's most outstanding wilderness areas, containing thousands of square kilometres of rainforest, canyons, plateaus and sandstone cliff-line.

We offer a huge range of the finest guided adventures, tours and outdoor technical courses in abseiling, rockclimbing, canyoning, and wilderness navigation, all conducted in the spectacular Blue Mountains, as well as mountaineering and snow camping in the Snowy Mountains in winter.

More info: Australian School of Mountaineering, Phone: 02 4782 2014 (international +612 4782 2014)

As required
School excursion

Grand Canyon - an Iconic Blue Mountains Walking Track

Grand Canyon Heritage Walk, Blue Mountains National Park (Image: P Cardow/OEH)Location: The Grand Canyon heritage track is located in Blackheath, in the upper Blue Mountains, a 1 hour 45 min drive from Sydney’s CBD. The Blue Mountains National Park and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (protecting one million hectares of bushland and wilderness) are ancient landscapes composed of vertical cliffs, high plateaux, windswept heath, rainforest and waterfalls which are recognised for their ecological diversity and cultural significance to six Aboriginal language groups.

Objectives

Students will:

  • identify key features of a rainforest environment and open forest/ woodland environments through direct observation
  • relate Australian rainforests globally to rainforests of the world
  • understand Aboriginal heritage of the area
  • acknowledge the vulnerability of rainforests to natural and human induced stress
  • accept the importance of ecosystem management and protection
  • describe how the rainforest environment is changing in response to the climatic variations
  • explore the geographical processes that form and transform the Blue Mountains environment
  • explore Aboriginal and European involvement and use of the land
  • identify animals of the rainforest in the Blue Mountains.

 Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing -15 min
  • Descend from Neats Glen into The Grand Canyon -1 hour
  • Picnic or lunch next to creek and/ or in a cave -20 min
  • Proceed alongside the Canyon -45 min
  • Rest and snack stop -15 min
  • Proceed along the base of the Canyon -20 min
  • Ascend up to Evans Lookout -45 min
  • Evans Lookout -10min
  • To Evans Lookout car park and toilets -10 min

Optional extra*: Blackheath Heritage Centre and Govetts Leap Lookout (1 hour) 

*Nearby is the Blackheath Heritage Centre that can be added onto the trip as an optional extra. The Heritage Centre provides an educational interpretive display centre, gift shop and theatrette with a short walk to Govetts Leap Lookout.

Difficulty: hard

Park: Grand Canyon track (Blue Mountains National Park)

Meeting place: Neats Glen carpark, 3km down Evans Lookout Rd, Blackheath

Cost: $22 per student including GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Blue Mountains, Phone: 02 4784 7301 (Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri)

4 hours, Tuesday to Friday during school term
School excursion

Grand Canyon - an Iconic Blue Mountains Walking Track

Grand Canyon Heritage Walk, Blue Mountains National Park (Image: P Cardow/OEH)Location: The Grand Canyon heritage track is located in Blackheath, in the upper Blue Mountains, a 1 hour 45 min drive from Sydney’s CBD. The Blue Mountains National Park and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (protecting one million hectares of bushland and wilderness) are ancient landscapes composed of vertical cliffs, high plateaux, windswept heath, rainforest and waterfalls which are recognised for their ecological diversity and cultural significance to six Aboriginal language groups.

Objectives

Students will:

  • identify key features of a rainforest environment and open forest/ woodland environments through direct observation
  • understand the current land management practices of this environment
  • describe strategies for future ecological sustainability of the area
  • relate Australian rainforests globally to rainforests of the world
  • understand Aboriginal heritage of the area
  • acknowledge the vulnerability of rainforests to natural and human induced stress
  • accept the importance of ecosystem management and protection
  • describe how the rainforest environment is changing in response to the climatic variations
  • explore the geographical processes that form and transform the Blue Mountains environment
  • explore Aboriginal and European involvement and use of the land
  • identify animals of the rainforest in the Blue Mountains.

 Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing -15 min
  • Descend from Neats Glen into The Grand Canyon – 1 hour
  • Picnic or lunch next to creek and/ or in a cave - 20 min
  • Proceed alongside the Canyon - 45 min
  • Rest and snack stop - 15 min
  • Proceed along the base of the Canyon - 20 min
  • Ascend up to Evans Lookout - 45 min
  • Evans Lookout - 10 min
  • To Evans Lookout car park and toilets - 10 min

Optional extra*: Blackheath Heritage Centre and Govetts Leap Lookout   (60 mins)

*Nearby is the Blackheath Heritage Centre that can be added onto the trip as an optional extra. The Heritage Centre provides an educational interpretive display centre, gift shop and theatrette with a short walk to Govetts Leap Lookout.

Difficulty: hard

Park: Grand Canyon track (Blue Mountains National Park)

Meeting place: Neats Glen carpark, 3km down Evans Lookout Rd, Blackheath

Cost: $22 per student including GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Blue Mountains, Phone: 02 4784 7301 (Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri)

4 hours, Tuesday to Friday during school term
School excursion

Grand Canyon - an Iconic Blue Mountains Walking Track

Grand Canyon Heritage Walk, Blue Mountains National Park (Image: P Cardow/OEH)Location: The Grand Canyon heritage track is located in Blackheath, in the upper Blue Mountains, a 1 hour 45 min drive from Sydney’s CBD. The Blue Mountains National Park and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (protecting one million hectares of bushland and wilderness) are ancient landscapes composed of vertical cliffs, high plateaux, windswept heath, rainforest and waterfalls which are recognised for their ecological diversity and cultural significance to six Aboriginal language groups.

Objectives

Students will:

  • identify key features of a rainforest environment and open forest/ woodland environments through direct observation
  • understand how geographical information enables sustainable management of issues affecting the Australian environment
  • recognise the responsibility of the levels of government to conservation and sustainability
  • relate Australian rainforests globally to rainforests of the world
  • understand Aboriginal heritage of the area
  • acknowledge the vulnerability of rainforests to natural and human induced stress
  • accept the importance of ecosystem management and protection
  • describe how the rainforest environment is changing in response to the climatic variations
  • explore the geographical processes that form and transform the Blue Mountains environment
  • explore Aboriginal and European involvement and use of the land
  • identify animals of the rainforest in the Blue Mountains.

 Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing - 15 min
  • Descend from Neats Glen into The Grand Canyon – 1 hour
  • Picnic or lunch next to creek and/ or in a cave - 20 min
  • Proceed alongside the Canyon - 45 min
  • Rest and snack stop - 15 min
  • Proceed along the base of the Canyon - 20 min
  • Ascend up to Evans Lookout - 45 min
  • Evans Lookout - 10 min
  • To Evans Lookout car park and toilets - 10 min

Optional extra*: Blackheath Heritage Centre and Govetts Leap Lookout    (60 mins)

*Nearby is the Blackheath Heritage Centre that can be added onto the trip as an optional extra. The Heritage Centre provides an educational interpretive display centre, gift shop and theatrette with a short walk to Govetts Leap Lookout.

Difficulty: hard

Park: Grand Canyon track (Blue Mountains National Park)

Meeting place: Neats Glen carpark, 3km down Evans Lookout Rd, Blackheath

Cost: $22 per student including GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Blue Mountains, Phone: 02 4784 7301 (Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri)

4 hours, Tuesday to Friday during school term

Prince Henry Cliff walk

If you’re fond of magnificent views, famous lookouts, and iconic scenery, then look no further than Prince Henry Cliff walk, in Blue Mountains National Park. Following the cliff edge from Katoomba Cascades to Gordon Falls, near Leura, this moderate walking track boasts some of the best views in NSW.

Passing several unique hanging swamps, take a look at the variety of sedges, rushes and grasses. In summer, you may see the beautiful yellow and gold flowers of Christmas bells. With over 20 lookouts offering magnificent views of Jamison Valley and three waterfalls, this track is a visual delight at any time of year. From Echo Point lookout, you’ll see the iconic Three Sisters.

Pick and choose the length of your walk, picking up the track at various lookouts along Cliff Drive. Unroll the picnic blanket when you’ve found the perfect spot and enjoy a picnic lunch with a million-dollar view.

Location:  shown on Katoomba - Echo Point map


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Land and Water Management

The Three Sisters in Blue Mountains National Park (Image: DECCW)Location: Blue Mountains National Park is right at Sydney’s doorstep. It is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area that protects one million hectares of bushland and wilderness recognised for its exceptional flora and fauna, landscape and ecological diversity and for its cultural significance for six Aboriginal language groups. Blue Mountains National Park protects an ancient landscape of vertical cliffs, high plateaux, windswept heath, rainforest, waterfalls and rare and ancient plants. There is a network of heritage walking tracks and trails that take extraordinary advantage of the landscape.

Objectives:

Students will:

  • identify the key features of the land and water ecosystems of the Blue Mountains through direct observation
  • explore and describe the geographical processes that form and transform the Blue Mountains environments
  • acknowledge the vulnerability of ecosystems to natural and human induced stress
  • explain the interaction of the physical and human elements of the environment
  • accept the importance of ecosystem management and protection
  • understand the spatial and ecological dimensions of the Blue Mountains Area
  • describe how the Blue Mountains environment is changing in response to the climatic variations
  • explain how current management strategies are contributing to the sustainability of the Blue Mountains environment
  • label a line sketch.

Program outline

  • Welcome, introduction and safety briefing - 10 min
  • Echo Point Lookout - 10 min
  • Guided interpretive bushwalk along Prince Henry Cliff Walk - 1hr 15 min
  • Katoomba Falls Rainforest via The Round Walk - 45 min
  • Finish at Katoomba Falls Kiosk - 5 min
  • Difficulty: hard

    Park: Prince Henry Cliff walk (Blue Mountains National Park)

    Meeting place: Echo Point, end of Lurline St, 2km from the town centre of Katoomba

    Cost: $14.50 per student including GST

    More info: School excursion inquiries - Blue Mountains, Phone: 02 4784 7301 (Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri)

    2.5 hours, Tuesday to Friday during school term

    Red Hands Cave walking track - Blue Mountains National Park

    This track has most likely been used by the Darug people for thousands of years, and you too can walk in their footsteps. Red Hands Cave walking track, in the Glenbrook region of Blue Mountains National Park, winds through remote bushland to one of the best Aboriginal stencil galleries in the Sydney Basin.

    From Glenbrook Causeway, follow the medium track along Campfire Creek where you’ll see axe grinding grooves on the water’s edge. Keeping to the right at the track junction, you might see eastern water dragons sunning themselves. Climbing steadily through the gully, you’ll reach the sandstone overhang of Red Hands Cave.

    Enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in the unspoilt bush, as rainbow lorikeets and gang gangs chatter above. Retrace your steps or continue the longer loop walk. For a refreshing swim, detour via the swimming holes along Blue Pool walking track.

    Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests

    Location:  shown on Glenbrook map

    Opening hours: Red Hands Cave walking track, in the Glenbrook area, is:

    • open 8:30am – 7pm (Monday – Sunday during daylight savings)
    • open 8:30am – 6pm (Monday – Sunday the rest of the year)

    Federal Pass

    If you like your scenic views from the ground up, you’ll love this magnificent walk through Jamison Valley.

    Originally built by the Katoomba community, from Leura Forest to Katoomba Falls, the track was extended on the old horse-drawn coal tramway line and now goes all the way to Ruined Castle, on the other side of Jamison Valley.

    This historic walking track follows the base of the cliffs from Leura to Ruined Castle, passing forests, waterfalls and the iconic Three Sisters. You can join Federal Pass at four places and each junction involves a challenging climb down and back up the valley.

    Descending any of the stairways to join the historic track, marvel at the scenic views of the dramatic cliff line. You’ll pass through dense forests and cool clear waterfalls, so pick your spot for a picnic.

    If you’re after a real heart-pumping finish, take the stairs back to the top, or enjoy an exhilarating train ride to the top at Scenic World.

    Directions: Federal Pass links Katoomba and Leura, at the bottom of the cliff. Descend at Fern Bower and go to Leura Forest. From Leura Forest, follow the signs to Federal Pass (Dardanelles Pass is a slightly shorter route that passes the bottom of the Giant Stairway.)

    If planning to return to Scenic World to catch the train: last train up is at 4:50pm (fare applies). To return to Katoomba by bus from Scenic World, phone Mountainlink on (02) 4782 3333.

    Location maps

    Narrow Neck trail

    For an invigorating cycling route that takes you deep into the unspoilt wilderness of Blue Mountains National Park, head to Narrow Neck trail. A challenging ride suitable for novice and experienced cyclists, the track traces the elevated platform of Narrow Neck Peninsula near Katoomba.  With breathtaking scenic views, wildflowers and photo opportunities at every turn; keen bushwalkers won’t want to miss out either.  

    From the gate, you’ll cycle through open forest, heath and swamplands with superb scenic views all the way. At one point, the cliffs fall away on either side and you’ll feel on top of the world. The trail opens up to heathland with spectacular views over Lake Burragorang.

    If you’re after more cycle tracks through the mountains, try McMahons Point. For an additional challenge, cycle from the station, and you’ll be rewarded with extra views of both Jamison and Megalong valleys.

    Location:  shown on park map

    Wentworth Falls to Murphys Glen via Ingar campground

    For an experience that gets you deep into the heart of unspoilt bushland in southern Blue Mountains National Park head for Wentworth Falls to Murphys Glen via Ingar campground. An unsealed road popular with walkers and cyclists and only a couple of hours from Sydney; it’s the perfect quick nature getaway.

    From Kings Tableland the sweeping views of undulating bushland are inspiring. The houses are replaced with bushland and the trail winds forests, heath and unique rock formations. At Ingar campground enjoy a swim in one of the magical waterholes and unpack a picnic. With so much to explore, you might be tempted to pitch a tent and stay a while.

    Relatively flat, it’s a good ride for beginner mountain bikers. More experienced cyclists who are ready to take on the challenge of the Bedford Creek gorge can check out Murphys trail - Wentworth Falls to Woodford cycling route.

    McMahon's Point ride - Wentworth Falls

    For unending views across Lake Burragorang and the vast wilderness beyond, grab a bike or enjoy 4WD driving along McMahon’s Point – Wentworth Falls. A spectacular cycling day trip, this track follows an unsealed road from Wentworth Falls south along the cliff-line. Of medium difficulty, with a number of steep climbs, it’s ideally suited to riders looking for a challenge.

    After several kilometres the sealed road and suburbs give way to expansive bushland with scenic glimpses of Jamison Valley. Passing the historic Queen Victoria Hospital, the road turns to gravel and winds through forest and heath. On the way stop off at Battleship Tops an Aboriginal site that is slowly being restored by local community groups.

    Arriving at the lookout, you’re at a height of 500m above the massive reservoir that supplies most of Sydney’s water. After all that exercise and fresh air, enjoy a hearty picnic lunch at the tables provided and drink in the scenic wilderness views.

    Murphys trail - Wentworth Falls to Woodford

    From Wentworth Falls this picturesque trail highlights pristine bushland in the central part of Blue Mountains National Park. Choose to mountain bike or walk along Murphys trail – Wentworth Falls to Woodford. With great campgrounds, magical waterfalls and unique Aboriginal sites along the way, it’s the perfect nature getaway for adventurous cyclists or walkers.

    Starting on Ingar firetail, you’ll wind through unspoilt heath and open forest for 9km. At the intersection with Bedford Creek fire trail, there’s an optional detour to Ingar campground where you can enjoy a refreshing swim and picnic lunch.

    From Bedford fire trail it’s a steep descent to Bedford Creek where forest gives way to rainforest and inviting waterholes. Joining Murphys fire trail, there’s an optional detour to the tall forests at Murphys Glen campground.

    The ride to Woodford takes in open heath with views across the lower mountains towards Sydney and the Cumberlain Plain.

    Location:  shown on Woodford map

    Mount Hay Road – Leura

    Leading to the edge of the renowned Grose Wilderness, Mount Hay Road – Leura is an unsealed road ideally suited for cycling and car touring. Packed with walking tracks, wildflowers and breathtaking views, it’s a great day out in Blue Mountains National Park.

    With several steep sections, it’s generally an easy ride across the sandstone plateau. As the light filters through the canopy of scribbly gums overhead, you might glimpse the distinctive giant dragonfly, unique to this area. Along the clifftops, rare pink flannel flowers, which germinate after fire, create a carpet of vivid colour.

    Arriving at the end of the road, marvel at the majestic gorge views across to the highest peak, Mount Banks, and down to the magnificent Grose River below. Unpack a picnic for a well-deserved lunch before the next adventure begins. There’s nearby walking tracks as well as rock climbing and canyoning for the well-prepared, experienced canyoners who are looking for a challenging experience in a unique environment.

    Greater Blue Mountains drive

    Wheelchair access: medium

    • Some locations are wheelchair accessible

    On a road trip which encompasses 1,200km of sealed road, you’ll be utterly consumed by the parks and towns along the Greater Blue Mountains Drive.

    This epic journey over the vast sandstone plateau of WollemiYengoGardens of StoneBlue MountainsKanangra-BoydNattai and Thirlmere Lakes national parks shows off some of the best scenery in Australia.

    In Katoomba, you can’t go past an expedition down the giant stairway beside the Three Sisters. Or if you’re in Glenbrook park your vehicle and take a break at the Glenbrook Visitor Centre, where you can grab some refreshments and meander along the Blue Pool track. A stop at Conservation Hut in Wentworth Falls is a must for a hot cuppa and a tasty scone.

    Woodford – Oaks trail

    For an invigorating ride or walk that will work your muscles and clear your head, try Woodford - Oaks trail in Blue Mountains National Park. The track leads from Woodford to Glenbrook and makes a great day out in the mountains for friends or family looking for heart pumping adventure and fresh mountain air.

    Take in the expansive scenic views as the medium trail winds through heath, gradually giving way to open forest. Arriving at The Oaks picnic area, named for the nearby casuarinas, enjoy a well-earned lunch. From here, the track continues as a dedicated cycle track with a steep ride up Glenbrook Gorge to the station.

    In the warmer months, the aroma of wildflowers and eucalypts mingle to create a heady perfume. It’s also a very popular track for cyclists and runners, and attracts over 850 participants for the annual Woodford to Glenbrook Classic.

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    Opening hours: Woodford - Oaks trail, in the Glenbrook area of Blue Mountains National Park, is:

    • Open 8:30am – 6pm (Monday – Sunday)
    • Open 8:30am – 7pm (Daylight Savings)
    • Please note: cyclists and walkers have 24hr access

    Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest walking track

    The Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest walking track is a real heart starter with expansive views across the northern end of the iconic Grose Valley. Take a moment to breathe in that famous Blue Mountains air before you descend the valley towards the magnificent Grose River.

    The track follows a spur down into the valley, passing the lush vegetation of the Fairy Grotto. From here you’ll enter the dense rainforest and see towering coachwood and sassafras, while epiphytes and orchids cling to the trunks. Skirting the cliffs, the track takes you through open forest where you might see vibrant crimson rosellas or perhaps a wedge-tailed eagle circling above.

    Crossing the Grose River, notice how the canopy thickens as you approach Blue Gum Forest. Picnic under the towering blue gums before heading back or, if you’re keen on overnight camping, take the short walk to the Acacia Flat campground for a night in the rugged wilderness.

    Location:  shown on Blackheath map

    Six Foot walking track

    Looking for an exhilarating adventure that will give your mind and body a hard yet exhilarating workout? The dynamic Six Foot walking track packs it all into a three-day hike for enthusiastic bushwalkers. Winding through state forests and Blue Mountains National Park, this historic track takes in heritage sites, heath, woodlands, and rainforest, with several opportunities for excellent overnight camping.

    Following an 1884 heritage horse track, this challenging walk starts near Katoomba, passing cascading waterfalls and wild rivers into the Megalong Valley and village, before crossing a unique swing bridge, climbing the range, and arriving at Jenolan Caves.

    At night, cook up a hearty meal and enjoy some stargazing before falling asleep to the sounds of the bush. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like completing the entire walk, shorter sections can be undertaken.

    Location:  shown on park map


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    Sydney Coast Walks

    Walking in Royal National Park with Sydney Coast WalksSydney Coast Walks are the Sydney walking people. With some of the city's best natural beauty only accessible on foot, Sydney Coast Walks provides expertly guided half day, full day and overnight hiking adventures through Sydney Harbour and Royal National Parks, enabling guests to reconnect with nature in Australia's largest city. Small groups, maximum 12 guests, for a better walking experience.

    Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tours

    Royal National Park Walking Tours

    • Jibbon Aboriginal Tour Learn the traditions of the Dharawal Aboriginal people, view thousand-year-old rock carvings and listen to Dreaming stories.
    • Marley Explore Royal's majestic sandstone coastline on a full day walk.
    • Wattamolla (Coast Track) Discover awe-inspiring views and fascinating history as you hike the iconic Coast Track. Enjoy a fully catered and supported camping experience.

    When: year-round. Bookings essential.

    More info: Sydney Coast Walks, Phone: 02 8521 7423 (international +612 8521 7423)

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    Greater Blue Mountains drive – The Mounts

    Wheelchair access: medium

    • Some stops along this car route have wheelchair accessible facilities

    Greater Blue Mountains drive – The Mounts is like a tasting plate of this iconic NSW mountain range. The high altitude scenic driving and cycling route allows you to sample some of the Blue Mountain’s best lookouts, forests, waterfalls, gardens and picnic areas. While the drive is about an hour, take as long as you like to explore the winding back roads through various towns and natural environments.

    Along the way you’ll have the chance to stop off at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, see the heathlands of Mount Banks and picnic at Pierces Pass near Walls lookout. You can explore the heritage gardens and temperate rainforests of Mount Wilson and Mount Irvine.

    Bring a picnic lunch with you or take advantage of the local cafes and restaurants along the way. If you’re a keen cyclist or touring by 4WD, you can complete the circuit across Bowens Creek.

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    Achievement Concepts

    Achievement Concepts specialises in Corporate Leadership Development Programs. We use the outdoors as a practical 'classroom' to put into practice strategic planning, decision making, communication and leadership skills that have been taught to leaders, then we debrief and translate the learning back to the corporate environment. There is also much learning for executives on a personal level in our programs. We are not in the adventure tourism business, nor do we do 'fun and games' for corporate events.

    More info: Achievement Concepts, Phone: 02 9552 1480 (international +612 9552 1480)

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    Activity Tours Australia

    Three Sisters in Blue MountainsBe transported from the centre of Sydney into the heart of the enchanting Blue Mountains.

    Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park to see kangaroos and koalas up close, take in the view at Echo Point and see the famous Three Sisters at Katoomba.

    We offer great prices, experienced and friendly guides, award-winning tours plus complimentary pick-ups and returns for most city hotels.

    Tailored private charters are very popular for different group sizes.

    Compare the prices and don't miss out on this enjoyable tour when visiting Australia.

    More info: Activity Tours Australia, Phone: 02 4227 9902 (international +612 4227 9902)

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    AEA Luxury Tours

    For over 20 years AEA Luxury Tours has been providing complete luxury, small group touring packages across Sydney and New South Wales, continually setting the benchmark for first class itineraries, guides and vehicle comfort. Not only do guests benefit from a more personalised small group service but additionally guests are able to enjoy some very memorable experiences that no other tour company provides.

    Our Diamond Series range of touring specialises in premium, luxury charters tailored for clients wishing to experience the best Australia has to offer. These private experiences are the ultimate in first class touring.

    We also operate a wide range of extended outback Australia tours to many off-the-beaten track destinations in Australia. These small, group tours include accommodation, and we visit national parks and areas that are only accessible with our custom made vehicles, offering a complete experience in total comfort.

    More info: AEA Luxury Tours, Phone: 02 9971 2402 (international +612 9971 2402)

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    Australian Photography Tours

    Photography Tuition at The Cobblers, Royal National ParkOur classes and workshops cater for beginners to intermediate levels of photography utilising easily accessed locations. Classes are held during the day time and in particular the early hours of the morning from first light to sunrise and sunset to last light.

    Photography classes are available I the rainforests of Royal National Park, Blue Mountains National Park, Kamay Botany Bay National Park and Budderoo National Park in the Shoalhaven Region of NSW. Some rainforest photo classes may involve a short leisurely bushwalk up to 3-4 kilometres along recognised trails or walkways.

    Often one encounters mist and frost in winter time, a combination which creates moody surreal views as the rising sun warms the frosty ground, perfect for our classes. Our tours focus on colour, texture and form found in the natural environment which includes the bush, coast, mountains, rainforest, heritage and art.

    Custom or tuition and workshops are available at any of our locations.

    More info: Australian Photography Tours, Phone: 02 4628 2528 (international +612 4628 2528)

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    Australian School of Mountaineering

    ASM is Australia's longest established and most experienced adventure school and guiding company. ASM is based in the Blue Mountains, one of the world's most outstanding wilderness areas, containing thousands of square kilometres of rainforest, canyons, plateaus and sandstone cliff-line.

    We offer a huge range of the finest guided adventures, tours and outdoor technical courses in abseiling, rockclimbing, canyoning, and wilderness navigation, all conducted in the spectacular Blue Mountains, as well as mountaineering and snow camping in the Snowy Mountains in winter.

    More info: Australian School of Mountaineering, Phone: 02 4782 2014 (international +612 4782 2014)

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    Australian World Expeditions

    World Expeditions is Australia's original trekking and adventure travel company. Since 1975 World Expeditions has operated quality treks and adventures around the globe.

    More info: Australian World Expeditions, Phone: 02 8270 8400 (international +612 8270 8400)

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    Auswalk

    Auswalk offers quality accommodated walking holiday packages in many destinations.

    Self-guided inn-to-inn walking holidays in the Blue Mountains and Snowy Mountains. Walk from one comfortable accommodation to the next through the national park. We move your luggage ahead for you. Follow our detailed walk notes and marked maps. Start any day of the year in season.

    Group guided walking holidays in the Snowy Mountains. Join a group with two knowledgeable guides and hike through the area, staying in comfortable accommodation at night. We also have a spring snowshoeing trip in the Snowy Mountains.

    Privately guided trips ranging from 1 to 5 days in the Sydney Harbour area and Blue Mountains.

    More info: Auswalk, Phone: 03 5356 4971 (international +613 5356 4971)

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    Blue Mountains Adventure Company

    Canyoning in the Blue Mountains (Wollemi National Park)One hundred kilometres west of Sydney lies one of nature's most magnificent creations, the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains.

    Endless stretches of sandstone cliffs, dramatic waterfalls and hidden canyons make up a landscape of stunning natural beauty. It provides a fantastic environment for the thrilling adventure activities of abseiling, canyoning, rock climbing, mountain biking and bushwalking - a lifetime's worth of adventuring is to be had in Sydney's beautiful backyard.

    Blue Mountains Adventure Company (BMAC) was established in the Blue Mountains in 1984 as a specialist abseiling and rock climbing school. A few years later later BMAC became Australia's first licensed canyoning tour operator.

    Our guides are highly qualified, experienced and safety conscious and mighty friendly. Our adventures still run for small groups, so you get the attention and experience you deserve. We'll run most of our expeditions for two or more people on any day. Tours are available all year round (except Christmas and Boxing Day.)

    Visit our website or call us anytime to find out more.

    More info: Blue Mountains Adventure Company, Phone: 02 4782 1271 (international +612 4782 1271)

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    Colourful Trips

    South Coast day tripColourful Trips is a tour operator and travel agency specialising in the international youth and adventure market. We offer a schedule of regular departures for day trips from Sydney that give people the opportunity to explore the amazing range of national parks on offer, within a three hour driving radius from Sydney.

    Private or charter groups are also catered for so call us or send an email, so we can help you explore nature.

    More info: Colourful Trips, Phone: 02 9318 0853 (international +612 9318 0853)

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    Getabout Adventures

    Experience natureJoin Getabout Adventures for a tour or training, and experience our award winning service. As the first nationally accredited tour operator in NSW, our tours are informative, fun and educational.

    Our instructors and guides are committed to providing an enjoyable and safe experience. You can tag along in your own vehicle or join as a passenger in our luxury vehicles. Getabout with us and get an adventure of a lifetime!

    More info: Getabout Adventures, Phone: 1300 660 320

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    High and Wild

    A mere 10 minute walk brings you to the start of the canyon. You wade into the creek that descends into the narrow slot-like canyon and within a few seconds you are jumping into a rock pool, the first of many jumps and swims! Canyoning is an exciting affair with water jumps, exhilarating swims, waterslides and fantastic scenery. A relaxing lunch surrounded by ancient tree ferns and towering rock formations allows some rest before the steep exit. Once back on the plateau, you can enjoy magnificent views as you walk through the rugged wilderness of the Blue Mountains.

    High and Wild offers adventures in abseiling, canyoning and rock climbing. We have over 20 years' experience and can tailor the right adventure for you.

    More info: High and Wild, Phone: 02 4782 6224 (international +612 4782 6224)

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    Life's an Adventure

    Visitors to Sydney and the Blue Mountains will love Life's An Adventure's extensive range of active day experiences and overnight adventures. Choose from a range of unique and personalised kayaking, hiking and mountain biking guided tours with a maximum of 15 participants. Adventures are paced to suit you, with average fitness levels suitable for most activities. Tours are available daily and include gourmet food and the option of hotel pick-ups from the Sydney CBD or Manly area.

    More info: Life's an Adventure, Phone: 02 9913 8939 (international +612 9913 8939)

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    Patrick's Friendly Tours

    See one of countless amazing views in the Blue Mountains with Patrick's Friendly ToursPatrick's Friendly Tours was established in order to provide a service that offers a relaxed and friendly environment. For this reason we specialise in small groups of no more than 12 passengers (unless otherwise requested by private groups), which allows us to give a more personalised service.

    All our services are provided in 3 languages, English, Spanish and Japanese, with the tours separated according to the language so that our customers can communicate and enjoy our commentaries at ease.

    We aim to provide our clients with maximum enjoyment of all the days highlights. Our clients visit as many locations as possible escorted by our friendly and knowledgeable guide, while allowing enough time to get acquainted with each visited area, and fully enjoy the experience we offer, taking home unforgettable memories.

    Our services include: Sydney City Sights - Blue Mountains - Bushwalking - Jenolan Caves - Hunter Valley (wine tasting) - Private Charters.

    More info: Patrick's Friendly Tours, Phone: 02 9799 5942, 0438 330 433 (international +612 9799 5942, +61438 330 433)

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    River Deep Mountain High

    Remote canyonSee Aboriginal sites, wildlife, cliffs and chasms, remote locations, enjoy country-style meals and learn from specialist local guides.

    We provide an amazing array of adventure programs and activities, including bushwalking (hiking), abseiling (rappelling), canyoning, rock climbing, mountain biking, 4WD tours and photo safaris. These can be offered as stand-alone products or in combination e.g. abseiling and canyoning.

    Programs range from half a day to full days and beyond. Overnight and multi-day guided hikes are available, some with vehicle support. Private tours and safaris depart from Sydney, with quality camping in our exclusive Blue Mountains Safari Camp.

    More info: River Deep Mountain High, Phone: 02 4782 6109 (international +612 4782 6109)

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    Runaway Tours

    Established in 2003, we are a small, boutique, Sydney-based company specialising in tours to the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley Beer and Wine tasting, Sydney City Sights and Sydney by Night. Our specialist guides speak English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Cantonese and Mandarin.

    The private charter Blue Mountains tour includes your own personal tour guide, sightseeing in the World Heritage-listed national park and much more.

    More info: Runaway Tours, Phone: 0410 545 117 (international +61410 545 117)

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    Simmo's Offroad Tours

    Simmo's Offroad Tours is based in the central west of New South Wales, offering 4WD-based eco tours catering for small groups.

    Simmo's 4WD Tours are perfect for couples, families, or small groups of friends; they provide private charter scenic 4WD tours, winery tours, 4WD tag-a-long tours and fully-catered overnight camping adventures.

    More info: Simmo's Offroad Tours, Phone: 0415 641 343 (international +61415 641 343)

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    Spirit Safaris

    Outback & Wilderness ToursAustralian Outback & Wilderness Tours

    One-day and extended small group tours in 4WD vehicles.

    Private eco tours visit remote wilderness, Aboriginal rock art sites and wild nature.

    More info: Spirit Safaris, Phone: 1300 763 188 (International +61417244600)

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    Sydney Coast Walks

    Walking in Royal National Park with Sydney Coast WalksSydney Coast Walks are the Sydney walking people. With some of the city's best natural beauty only accessible on foot, Sydney Coast Walks provides expertly guided half day, full day and overnight hiking adventures through Sydney Harbour and Royal National Parks, enabling guests to reconnect with nature in Australia's largest city. Small groups, maximum 12 guests, for a better walking experience.

    Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tours

    Royal National Park Walking Tours

    • Jibbon Aboriginal Tour Learn the traditions of the Dharawal Aboriginal people, view thousand-year-old rock carvings and listen to Dreaming stories.
    • Marley Explore Royal's majestic sandstone coastline on a full day walk.
    • Wattamolla (Coast Track) Discover awe-inspiring views and fascinating history as you hike the iconic Coast Track. Enjoy a fully catered and supported camping experience.

    When: year-round. Bookings essential.

    More info: Sydney Coast Walks, Phone: 02 8521 7423 (international +612 8521 7423)

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    The Collaroy Centre

    The Collaroy Centre is owned and operated by The Salvation Army. We self fund our programs by providing quality facilities and programs for our guests. Every cent of profit from these programs is used to run activities and camps for the needy and marginalised of society.

    The Collaroy Centre specialises in hiking expeditions for the Adventurous Journey component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. We offer practice and qualifying hikes across Bronze, Silver and Gold levels in each of the school holidays, and can also customise trips specifically for your school or corporate group.

    The Collaroy Centre is always focused on its clients, and all programs are tailored to specific needs and desired outcomes.

    More info: The Collaroy Centre, Phone: 02 9982 9800 (international +612 9982 9800)

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    The Outdoor Education Group

    Bushwalking ProgramsThe Outdoor Education Group (OEG) is a unique, independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides experiential adventure-based learning programs to schools throughout NSW and Victoria. OEG runs programs in a diverse range of natural environments throughout NSW.

    Our programs run from one day up to 30 days and offer activities such as bush walking, canoeing, rafting, cycling, snow shoeing and many more.

    OEG envisages a world where more people respect and take responsibility for themselves, others and the natural world, and act to support positive relationships, healthy communities and the sustainability of life.

    Our mission is to deliver excellence in outdoor education through partnerships with schools in order to prepare young people for the personal, social and environmental challenges in their lives.

    More info: The Outdoor Education Group, Phone: 02 4869 6700 (international +612 4869 6700)

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    Travel Center Group

    Beautiful Blue Mountains at Wentworth Falls One of the leading travel agencies in Asia, specialising in the Korean market.

    We take people from the center of Sydney into the heart of the Blue Mountains, visiting Wentworth Falls, Scenic World and Echo Point.

    We also visit Featherdale Wildlife Park to allow you to see a wide range of Australian animals, including taking time to feed a kangaroo and take a photo with koalas.

    We offer friendly and experienced guides and great value prices.

    More info: Travel Center Group , Phone: 02 92675848 (international +612 92675848)

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    Tread Lightly Eco Tours

    Excellent Hiking, remote area, 1400 ft waterfallsTread Lightly Eco Tours provides interpretive guided bush tours in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. All tours follow full minimal impact best practice with low carbon footprint assessment. Our office is carbon neutral (solar) and our vehicle is carbon reduced.

    We are the only advanced ecotourism accredited guided tours in the Blue Mountains and recently became the highest credible ecotourism guide company in NSW by the University of Newcastle.

    Our professional interpretive guides cover local geology, fauna and flora, Aboriginal culture, bush food, fire, astronomy and venomous creatures.

    More info: Tread Lightly Eco Tours, Phone: 0414 976 752 (international +61414 976 752)

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    Waratah Adventure Tours

    Waratah Adventure Tours Waratah Adventure Tours was established in Sydney in 1986 as a small group operator. Since then our company has evolved into a nature-based tour company specialising in accommodated tour modules from Sydney, on the East Coast, the Red Centre, Top End and tropical Far North Queensland.

    More info: Waratah Adventure Tours, Phone: 02 9908 4697 (international +612 9908 4697)

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    Wild Women on Top

    Wild Women on Top Coastrek ViewsWild Women on Top specialise in adventure fitness training for women. Our 10-week trek training programs and Wild Weekends operate in and around NSW's spectacular national parks and prepare women for trekking adventures both in Australia and overseas.

    We also run the Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek, which is a 100km trek along the world class coast of Sydney. This is an event for women and mixed teams, including corporates, who are interested in participating in team building challenges to promote health through walking and raising funds for charity.

    In addition this, Wild Women on Top offer Wild Weekends to assist women in preparing for extreme and moderate trekking challenges.

    More info: Wild Women on Top, Phone: 0434 027 912 (international +61434 027 912)

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