Day 1 – Drive from Sydney CBD to Katoomba, Echo Point Lookout of Three sisters, walk Katoomba Cascades – Gordon Falls
We depart Sydney CBD at 8am, heading for the beautiful Blue Mountains. Enjoy a delicious morning tea at Wentworth Falls while getting to know your walking companions after which we enjoy a walk around the falls.
After a short drive to Katoomba we walk from Katoomba Cascades, past famous the Echo Point lookout (Three Sisters) for a lovely picnic lunch, and finish with a 5km stretch along Prince Henry Cliff Walk to Leura. The walking today is relatively easy, whilst taking in some of the highlights of the area. The cliff walk offers great views to Mount Solitary and valleys.
Note, as we walk in the morning and the afternoon, please wear your hiking clothes on the bus and bring your day pack ready to go.
Day 2 – Ruined Castle
After a short drive the walk starts off at Scenic World Katoomba, where we quickly leave the tourist scene behind. Descending down Furber Stairs, we get close to the impressive cliffs and waterfalls, and into lush wet sclerophyll forest.
After the descent, the trail skirts the base of the cliffs; there is a bit of rock to negotiate, but generally a comfortable walk, with changing vegetation and forest types. We enjoy morning tea on the trail and lunch at the ruined castle, with sensational views to Mount Solitary and across the Jamison valley. We return via the same trail for a short while after lunch before ascending out of the valley on a different set of stairs; for a change of scenery and it just so happens to be a shorter ascent. Bonus!
Day 3 – Pulpitt Rock to Grand Canyon
These two walks together create the ultimate Blue Mountains end-to-end walk. Starting at Pulpitt Rock and it’s amazing lookout platforms, the track heads along the tops of cliffs looking over Grose Valley, enjoying a series of lookouts and small grottos until we reach Evan’s Lookout. Govett’s Leap is a great location for a delicious morning tea along the way. From there your group will head down into the remarkable Grand Canyon. A wonderful world of hanging gardens, rocky creeks and fern-lined gullies. It really is one of the best walks in Australia, and the recently refurbished trail has improved the underfoot conditions. Still a bit of rock hopping in the valley but quite a doable and outstanding trail.
After the sensational canyon walking we have to ascend out of there! Finishing at the closest Grand Canyon car park with the bus waiting to take you back to a warm shower and a hearty meal at your accommodation in Katoomba. This day offers some of the best walking in Australia
Day 4 -Pierce’s Pass – Grose Valley
After a scenic drive to Pierces Pass we head to a very quiet part of the Blue Mountains, Grose River Valley. The walk starts off with tree ferns and cliffs, and an easy descent into beautiful eucalypt forest. The descent to the river gets a bit steeper – which means the descent also can be challenging – but the views of the peaceful valley are worth it.
At the river there are some spots for us to enjoy and soak up the stunning scenery before the ascent, and a return to the city beckons. The drive to Sydney is about 2.5 hours from Blackheath.