Most of the incredible views within the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Blue Mountains are only accessible on foot, making this national park one of Australia’s premier destinations for hikers, trekkers, and backpackers. Here are some of the best walking trails and bushwalks for outdoor enthusiasts in New South Wales.
Leura Cascades Circuit
The trip from Leura Cascades to Bridal Veil Falls is an easy walk ideal for families. It takes most hikers an hour or less, and despite its reputation as a low-impact walk, the trail still provides a beautiful outdoor experience. Hikers can sit under the overhang and watch the falls rush down, while the more adventurous can climb to the top of the Leura cliff for even better views.
Three Sisters Walk
The Three Sisters represent one of the most iconic sights in Blue Mountains National Park, and this half-mile (1-kilometer) walk near Echo Point offers changing views of the peaks, including a close view of the first sister. This easy walk is an excellent option for families.
It takes approximately an hour to complete the 1.2-mile (2-kilometer) hike to Jellybean Pool, a swimming hole popular with families. Though it doesn’t afford the hilltop views of some more difficult treks, its nearby picnic tables, easily accessible toilets, and rare birds make this freshwater swimming hole worth the trip.
One of the most famous bushwalks in all of Australia, National Pass begins at the Wentworth Falls picnic area before making a 2.8-mile (4.5-kilometer) circuit past many panoramic lookout points with views of the waterfalls and Jamison Valley.
Cliff Top Walking Track
This 2-mile (3-kilometer) trail in Blackheath runs between Govetts Leap and Evans Lookout, two of the most impressive lookout points in the Blue Mountains. With stellar views of Grose Valley, the walk connects with popular Grand Canyon Walk.
It takes three days to traverse the 27-mile (44-kilometer) Six-Foot Track leading from Katoomba to the Jenolan Caves. Along the way, hikers are treated to views of rivers, waterfalls, and the spectacular Bowtells Swing Bridge over the Coxs River.