Katoomba Falls to Echo Point via Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

1 h to 2 h

2 km
oneway

↑ 256 m
↓ -245 m

Moderate track
This walk is a lovely clifftop walk above the Jamison Valley, with extensive views out to Mt Solitary. The Three Sisters make a wonderful highlight, along with great views from Echo Point Lookout. The walk takes in many additional lookouts along the way, each with its own unique view of the Blue Mountains. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharug & Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Katoomba Kiosk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign and track to Reids Plateau. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Heading down towards Reids Plateau. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track from Reids Plateau. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Round Walk sign and arrow. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Intersection on Prince Henry Cliff Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View of the Scenic Skyway from the Kedumba River Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Katoomba Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Following Kedumba River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Children playing in Katoomba Falls Waterfall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stepping stones across the Kedumba River at the base of Katoomba Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Signpost along the Prince Henry Cliff walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Prince Henry Cliff Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Katoomba falls park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Following the path to the Cliff View Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Prince henry Cliff walk north of Cliff View Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View of Mount Solitaty from Clif View lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Under a small overhang Near Katoomba Falls Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
North-west of Echo Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Wollumai Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Prince Henry Cliff Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Prince Henry Cliff Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Prince Henry Cliff Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Staircase Looking up to the Lady Darley Lookout from the west. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Jamison from Lady Daley Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
People enjoy the view at Lady Darley Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Prince Henry Cliff Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Prince Henry Cliff Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Prince Henry Cliff Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Intersection of Echo Point and Queen Elizabeth Lookout tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Queen Elizabeth Lookout plaque. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Echo Point Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Echo Point from well behind. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7262787,150.3039261)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom
  • Turn on to Bathurst Road, BMD then drive for 165 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Gang Gang Street, BMD and drive for another 105 m
  • Turn right onto Lurline Street, BMD and drive for another 1.4 km
  • Turn right onto Goyder Avenue and drive for another 140 m
  • Turn left onto Katoomba Street and drive for another 10 m
  • Keep right onto Katoomba Falls Road and drive for another 325 m
  • Continue onto Katoomba Falls Road, BMD and drive for another 280 m
Finish (-33.7321565,150.3123901)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (Parking fees apply in the area.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Katoomba Falls Kiosk, this walk heads out the front doors and turns left following the side of the building, past the car park to the small park, which it crosses, passing the water fountain and the large information signs to the signposted intersection of the 'Prince Henry Cliff Walk' and the track heading to 'Scenic Railway ....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Katoomba Falls Reserve at the start.
There is a toilet (about 50 m back from the start).
There is a playground (about 40 m back from the start).
After 55 m pass the car park (15 m on your left).
After another 40 m find the "Katoomba Falls Kiosk" (35 m on your left).
Katoomba Falls Kiosk
Katoomba Falls Kiosk

The Katoomba Falls Kiosk serves a variety of light and healthy meals including breakfast, lunch and Devonshire teas. A drink enjoyed here will add to the experience of any local bushwalk. For more information, phone (02) 4782-4868.
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The Katoomba Falls Kiosk serves a variety of light and healthy meals including breakfast, lunch and Devonshire teas. A drink enjoyed here will add to the experience of any local bushwalk. For more information, phone (02) 4782-4868.

Then pass the "Katoomba Falls Kiosk" (35 m on your left).
Veer left, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 75 m pass the "Blue Mountains National Park" (on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Katoomba Falls Track & Prince Henry Cliff Walk) veer left, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 10 m come to the viewpoint (9 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Solitary Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 85 m come to the "Duke & Duchess of York Lookout".
After another 15 m pass the "Katoomba Falls" (20 m on your left).
After another 5 m find the "Kedumba River lookout" (5 m on your left).
Kedumba River lookout
Kedumba River lookout

This unnamed, fenced lookout is at the bend in the track along Kedumba River, at the top of Katoomba Falls. The lookout gives great views across the valley to Mount Solitary and Narrow Neck. There are also glimpses of the Katoomba Falls as it drops away, far into the valley below.
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This unnamed, fenced lookout is at the bend in the track along Kedumba River, at the top of Katoomba Falls. The lookout gives great views across the valley to Mount Solitary and Narrow Neck. There are also glimpses of the Katoomba Falls as it drops away, far into the valley below.

After another 155 m turn right, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 20 m find the "Katoomba Cascades" (15 m on your left).
Katoomba Cascades
Katoomba Cascades

Popular with locals and visitors alike, these picturesque cascades are on the Kedumba River. The cascades are nestled in the bend on Cliff Drive, near Katoomba Park. There are stepping stones across the creek at the bottom of the falls and a bench seat in the shade. There are a few small clearings where visitors can sit and enjoy the falls.
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Popular with locals and visitors alike, these picturesque cascades are on the Kedumba River. The cascades are nestled in the bend on Cliff Drive, near Katoomba Park. There are stepping stones across the creek at the bottom of the falls and a bench seat in the shade. There are a few small clearings where visitors can sit and enjoy the falls.

Then cross the ford.
After another 50 m find the "Katoomba Falls Park" (15 m on your left).
Katoomba Falls Park
Katoomba Falls Park

The Katoomba Falls Picnic area and park is found at the corner of 'Katoomba Falls Rd' and 'Cliff Dr', Katoomba. The south and western edge of the park is lined with a fence protecting the small Kedumba River, just above Katoomba Cascades. There is a fenced (1.2m high) viewing platform at the top of the cascades, and a smooth/flat conrete footpath leading to it. The park is also home to a series of 8 picnic tables. There is a car park for around 17 cars on Cliff Dr, as well as a separate signposted mobility parking bay at the south-eastern corner of the park. A pleasant picnic area.
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The Katoomba Falls Picnic area and park is found at the corner of 'Katoomba Falls Rd' and 'Cliff Dr', Katoomba. The south and western edge of the park is lined with a fence protecting the small Kedumba River, just above Katoomba Cascades. There is a fenced (1.2m high) viewing platform at the top of the cascades, and a smooth/flat conrete footpath leading to it. The park is also home to a series of 8 picnic tables. There is a car park for around 17 cars on Cliff Dr, as well as a separate signposted mobility parking bay at the south-eastern corner of the park. A pleasant picnic area.

After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 20 m find the "Parking Accessible" (15 m on your left).
Parking Accessible
Parking Accessible

The signposted mobility parking area is located on the 'Cliff Drive' road. The parking area is concrete, 8m wide and 3.25m deep.
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The signposted mobility parking area is located on the 'Cliff Drive' road. The parking area is concrete, 8m wide and 3.25m deep.

After another 245 m find the "Skyway Station" (25 m on your left).
Skyway Station
Skyway Station

The Scenic Skyway is a cable car that bridges the 720-metre gap across the valley, in front of Katoomba Falls. This is the remote station, with the main station based at Scenic World. Visitors can travel one way, in either direction (Adult $10 child $5) or take a return trip (Adult $16 child $8), with family discounts available. The Skyway enjoys a full 360-degree view, with a glass floor allowing you to look straight down at the trees 270m below. This is a spectacular and popular attraction for visitors to the area and is open daily from 9am to 5pm.
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The Scenic Skyway is a cable car that bridges the 720-metre gap across the valley, in front of Katoomba Falls. This is the remote station, with the main station based at Scenic World. Visitors can travel one way, in either direction (Adult $10 child $5) or take a return trip (Adult $16 child $8), with family discounts available. The Skyway enjoys a full 360-degree view, with a glass floor allowing you to look straight down at the trees 270m below. This is a spectacular and popular attraction for visitors to the area and is open daily from 9am to 5pm.

At the intersection of Prince Henry Cliff Walk & access to Prince Henry Cliff Walk veer left, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 65 m find the "Cliff View Lookout" (on your left).
Cliff View Lookout
Cliff View Lookout

This large, fenced wheelchair accessible lookout provides great mountain views of Mt Solitary, Kedumba Valley, Narrow Neck and across to Scenic World. There's a bench seat at the back of the lookout to enjoy the views from. The lookout fence is 1.2m high, the platform is 7.8x5.5m wide.
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This large, fenced wheelchair accessible lookout provides great mountain views of Mt Solitary, Kedumba Valley, Narrow Neck and across to Scenic World. There's a bench seat at the back of the lookout to enjoy the views from. The lookout fence is 1.2m high, the platform is 7.8x5.5m wide.

After another 8 m find the "Seat" (6 m on your left).
Seat
Seat

A timber slat bench seat on a conrete platform. The seat is 53cm high, 35cm deep and 1.8m wide with a 40cm high backrest.
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A timber slat bench seat on a conrete platform. The seat is 53cm high, 35cm deep and 1.8m wide with a 40cm high backrest.

After another 255 m pass a seat (on your left).
After another 25 m find the "Wollumai Lookout" (on your left).
Wollumai Lookout
Wollumai Lookout

Wollumai Lookout is a small, fenced lookout on the side of the Prince Henry Cliff Track. The lookout is on a sandstone platform at the base of a cliff, and looks over a much larger drop into the Jamison Valley. There is a bench seat to enjoy the views over the valley, including Mount Solitary, Narrow Neck and glimpses of the Three Sisters.
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Wollumai Lookout is a small, fenced lookout on the side of the Prince Henry Cliff Track. The lookout is on a sandstone platform at the base of a cliff, and looks over a much larger drop into the Jamison Valley. There is a bench seat to enjoy the views over the valley, including Mount Solitary, Narrow Neck and glimpses of the Three Sisters.

Veer left, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 85 m continue straight, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 25 m come to the "Little Milou Lookout" (8 m on your right).
After another 35 m find the "Allambie Lookout" (on your right).
Allambie Lookout
Allambie Lookout

Allambie Lookout is a small, fenced lookout on the side of the Prince Henry Cliff Track. The lookout provides an opportunity to enjoy the valley view and the sights of the Three Sisters, Kings Tablelands and Mount Solitary.
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Allambie Lookout is a small, fenced lookout on the side of the Prince Henry Cliff Track. The lookout provides an opportunity to enjoy the valley view and the sights of the Three Sisters, Kings Tablelands and Mount Solitary.

Then pass a seat (on your left).
After another 190 m find the "Lady Darley Lookout" (on your right).
Lady Darley Lookout
Lady Darley Lookout

Lady Darley Lookout is a moderately-sized, fenced lookout, found on the Prince Henry Cliff Track. The lookout can also be accessed directly by a track from Panorama Drive. There is an information sign describing the view and the traditional naming of the natural features. The panoramic views from the lookout are great, from Kings Tableland on the left to Mount Solitary, Narrow Neck and parts of Scenic World on the far right.
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Lady Darley Lookout is a moderately-sized, fenced lookout, found on the Prince Henry Cliff Track. The lookout can also be accessed directly by a track from Panorama Drive. There is an information sign describing the view and the traditional naming of the natural features. The panoramic views from the lookout are great, from Kings Tableland on the left to Mount Solitary, Narrow Neck and parts of Scenic World on the far right.

After another 2 m veer right, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 105 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 95 m come to the "Kedumba View".
After another 25 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 125 m pass a seat (25 m on your left).
After another 45 m come to the "Queen Elizabeth Lookout" (5 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 25 m pass the car park (25 m on your left).
After another 45 m (Queen Elizabeth Lookout) turn sharp left.
After another 15 m find the "Echo Point" (10 m on your right).
Echo Point
Echo Point

Echo Point is the Blue Mountains' most famous lookout, home to one of the best photo opportunities for the Three Sisters. Visited by over two million tourists each year, this popular spot also serves as the starting point for numerous bush walks of various grades, securing its position as one of the most popular locations in the Blue Mountains.
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Echo Point is the Blue Mountains' most famous lookout, home to one of the best photo opportunities for the Three Sisters. Visited by over two million tourists each year, this popular spot also serves as the starting point for numerous bush walks of various grades, securing its position as one of the most popular locations in the Blue Mountains.

After another 10 m find the "Queen Elizabeth Lookout" (20 m on your right).
Queen Elizabeth Lookout
Queen Elizabeth Lookout

Queen Elizabeth Lookout offers a breathtaking outlook, directly over the Three Sisters rock formation, and into the Jamison Valley. One of a number of viewing platforms at Echo Point, this platform is slightly lower than the more popular road-side area, however it is wheelchair-accessible, also offering some shade and seating. The platform was officially named in 1955, after a visit from Queen Elizabeth II the preceding year.
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Queen Elizabeth Lookout offers a breathtaking outlook, directly over the Three Sisters rock formation, and into the Jamison Valley. One of a number of viewing platforms at Echo Point, this platform is slightly lower than the more popular road-side area, however it is wheelchair-accessible, also offering some shade and seating. The platform was officially named in 1955, after a visit from Queen Elizabeth II the preceding year.

After another 6 m veer right.
After another 65 m find the "Seat" (15 m on your right).
Seat
Seat

Large concrete seat, no backrest. The seat is 40cm high, 1.5m deep and about 5.5m long. The height and depth vary slightly along the length.
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Large concrete seat, no backrest. The seat is 40cm high, 1.5m deep and about 5.5m long. The height and depth vary slightly along the length.

After another 20 m find the "Seat" (9 m on your right).
Seat
Seat

Large concrete seat, no backrest. The seat is 40cm high, 1.5m deep and about 5.5m long. The height and depth vary slightly along the length.
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Large concrete seat, no backrest. The seat is 40cm high, 1.5m deep and about 5.5m long. The height and depth vary slightly along the length.

Continue straight.
After another 40 m pass the water tap (20 m on your left).
Then find the "Parking Accessible" (20 m on your left).
Parking Accessible
Parking Accessible

There are three signposted mobility parking spaces. They are 3.8m wide and 5.5 deep. Smooth gentle ramp access from the parking area nearby facilities.
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There are three signposted mobility parking spaces. They are 3.8m wide and 5.5 deep. Smooth gentle ramp access from the parking area nearby facilities.

About 20 m past the end is "Echo Point Information Centre".
Echo Point Information Centre
Echo Point Information Centre

This modern building at Echo Point is a great source of information. It is open daily from 9am-5pm (except Christmas Day). There is a large range of books, maps and information about the area (and ice creams). There are toilets opposite the entrance, and mobility parking opposite. For more information, phone 1300 653 408.
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This modern building at Echo Point is a great source of information. It is open daily from 9am-5pm (except Christmas Day). There is a large range of books, maps and information about the area (and ice creams). There are toilets opposite the entrance, and mobility parking opposite. For more information, phone 1300 653 408.

About 20 m past the end is "Toilet Accessible".
Toilet Accessible
Toilet Accessible

Accessible unisex toilet and parents change room. MLAK key access, although gate may be locked after hours. Toilet has hand rails, there is a basin with soap and running water, mirror and baby change table.
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Accessible unisex toilet and parents change room. MLAK key access, although gate may be locked after hours. Toilet has hand rails, there is a basin with soap and running water, mirror and baby change table.

The end.

An optional side trip to Solitary Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 25 m come to "Solitary Lookout".
Solitary Lookout
Solitary Lookout

This unnamed lookout, near Katoomba falls, looks straight out across the Kedumba Valley to Mount Solitary. Although the Three Sisters are not visible, visitors can see Narrow Neck plateau and Ruined Castle to the right. The lookout is fenced, and there is a chair where you can sit and watch the Scenic Skyway go back and forth.
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This unnamed lookout, near Katoomba falls, looks straight out across the Kedumba Valley to Mount Solitary. Although the Three Sisters are not visible, visitors can see Narrow Neck plateau and Ruined Castle to the right. The lookout is fenced, and there is a chair where you can sit and watch the Scenic Skyway go back and forth.

The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 25 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Katoomba Falls to Echo Point via Prince Henry Cliff Walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2 km
Time 1 h to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -29 m back from the start.

Seat: There are 6 on route, on average they are 290 m apart with the largest gap of 860 m.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-29 m[toilet]
Building
800 mSkyway Station
Building
2 kmEcho Point Information Centre
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