Day 1 – Drive from Sydney CBD to Katoomba, Echo Point Lookout of Three sisters, walk Leura Cascades
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 Cascades. 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 Katoomba Cascades, 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 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 – Pulpit Rock to Evans Lookout and Grand Canyon
These two walks together create the ultimate Blue Mountains walk. Starting at Pulpit Rock and its amazing lookout platforms, the track heads along the tops of cliffs looking over Grose Valley. Enjoy a series of lookouts and small grottos until we reach Govetts Leap Lookout. Govetts Leap is a great location for a delicious morning tea along the way. After morning tea we make our way to the Grand Canyon area, from where we will head down into the absolutely 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. There is some rock hopping in the valley but a very doable and outstanding trail.
After the sensational canyon walking we have to ascend out of there! Finishing at Evans Lookout, it’s a flat stroll back to the bus that’s waiting to take you back for 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, the Grose 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.