The Grand Cliff Top Walk is a scenic 20-kilometre, 2-day walking experience in the Blue Mountains National Park linking Wentworth Falls, Leura and Katoomba.
The Blue Mountains National Park has some of the oldest and most popular bushwalks in Australia. The new walk will span the entire escarpment, providing a world-class experience with stunning views for domestic and international travellers.
Walkers will be able to stop and enjoy a night in a mountain village, choosing from a variety of accommodation options, and complete the track the following day. The Grand Cliff Top Walk is accessible from different locations, allowing walkers to tailor the length of their walk.
What the project involves
The Grand Cliff Top Walk is being delivered in partnership with Blue Mountains City Council to create a unique visitor experience showcasing some of the most majestic mountain scenery in Australia.
The project will connect existing tracks and pathways, complete missing links, and improve lookouts to create a 20-kilometre walk starting at Wentworth Falls and traversing the escarpment through to Scenic World in Katoomba.
National Parks and Wildlife Service staff and Blue Mountains City Council are working together to improve amenities and existing walking tracks, including building thousands of new steps, many carved from stone, to ensure the walk is in keeping with the area's traditional 100-year-old sandstone paths and is well protected from bushfire.
Blue Mountains City Council is working to repair Charles Darwin Walk, at Wentworth Falls, which was affected by flooding in 2020, 2021 and 2022. The walk along Jamison Creek will form one of the main entry points to the Grand Cliff Top Walk.
Once fully completed, the Grand Cliff Top Walk will become an iconic experience for visitors to the Blue Mountains, showcasing some of Australia's most spectacular and rugged World Heritage landscapes.
Much of the trackwork is completed, including Overcliff-Undercliff and many sections of the Prince Henry Cliff walk to Echo Point. Prince Henry Cliff walk between Echo Point and Katoomba Falls is scheduled to be completed in early April 2023. Visitors can also enjoy the new facilities at Valley of the Waters lookout.
While it is currently possible to walk from Wentworth Falls to Katoomba, stage one of the Grand Cliff Top Walk major upgrade project (Wentworth Falls to Fairmont and Gordon Falls to Scenic World) will be completed by mid-2023, and stage 2 (connecting Charles Darwin Walk and Sublime Point Road) is scheduled for completion in 2024.