One of the Classic Blue Mountains Walk, probably the second most popular walking area in the Mountains.
(The Three Sisters at Katoomba trumps every where else, mainly because of the easy access to the bus coaches).
Generally this walk takes 3-4 hours for the round trip.
Be-warned though, there are LOTS of stair! Steep stairs, slippery stairs, see through stairs, bottom-less pit stairs, you name it this walk has those type of stairs.
A Google Map screen capture of the walk, plus an onsite National Parks and Wildlife Service ‘map’.
The walk can be done in either direction, but the usual is to park at Wentworthfalls, walk across the top of the falls, down the stairs to the base of the first waterfall. Cross the base of the waterfall and onto the National Pass. Follow the National Pass along the mid-line of the escarpment, and ascend the Valley Of The Waters to the Conservation Hut.
From the Conservation Hut you can return to Wentworthfalls via a couple of alternative routes. Walk along the streets. Take the shortcut track, a quick 20 minute stroll. The longest option is the Overcliff/Undercliff track that will return you to whence you started, albeit a bit more depleted physically but internally you should be glowing by now.
Now for some fun! Here are some photographs of the stairs you will encounter along the way.
National Parks and Wildlife Service must be commended for the amazing restoration job of the stairs in this area.
I have been walking this track for 30+ years and remember how worn and dangerous these stairs had become. Now they are a delighted that you can run up and down with graceful ease, well maybe if you are a professional dancer. To us mere mortals they are still a bloody hard slog!
Along the track you will see some of the new sculptures and plaques installed by National Parks And Wildlife to highlight the diversity and heritage of the area.
Images of the flora you will encounter on this fabulous walk, as well as the series of Cascades at the Valley Of The Waters end of the walk, as well as some of the amazing rock formations.
Panoramic view of the valley from along the National Pass.
For two reasons the best way to walk this track is from Wentworth Falls to the Valley Of The Waters. Firstly I personally find going down the huge stone stairway easier than coming up. Secondly, after 90% of the walk is completed you can have a drink and snack at the Conservation Hut. From there it is a brief twenty minute stroll back to your car.