Echo Point to Katoomba Falls
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

1 h 45 min to 3 h

3.3 km
return

↑ 403 m
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Moderate track
From one magnificent lookout to more magnificent lookouts of the Jamison Valley, this walk just gets better as it heads from the highly popular Echo Point, to Katoomba Falls. Hidden below Katoomba Park these falls are enchanting to watch as the water cascades down the rocks and along the stream. From here, the walk continues for a short distance to another great lookout before returning to Echo Point. 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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The Jamison Valley from Echo Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Three Sisters from Echo Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Jamison from Lady Daley Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Cliff formations along Prince henry cliff walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Under a small overhang Near Katoomba Falls Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Scenic Skyway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The occassional set of steep stairs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Katoomba Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Children playing in Katoomba Falls Waterfall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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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 Queen Elizabeth Lookout (-33.7327197,150.3120221)
Mode Bus
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the main lookout area at Echo Point, this walk heads across the concrete, keeping the view to the left, and then follows the concrete ramp down the gentle hill to the intersection of the Queen Elizabeth Lookout path.
From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath heading away from Echo Point, winding through the bush for a short while until coming to the Kedumba View at the information sign, near the end of the footpath.
From the Kedumba View, the walk heads off the footpath and follows the bush track, keeping the valley to the left while winding through the bush and along the side of the hill, climbing up to the 'Lady Darley Lookout'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Queen Elizabeth Lookout Start (a highway|pedestrian).
Find the Echo Park at the start.
After another 4 m continue straight.
Queen Elizabeth Lookout (about 20 m back from the start).
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 25 m find the "Echo Point" (10 m on your left).
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 80 m pass the "Katoomba Tourist Information Centre" (75 m on your right).
Then pass the water tap (45 m on your right).
Then find the "Echo Point Information Centre" (85 m on your right).
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.

Then find the "Parking Accessible" (45 m on your right).
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.

Then pass the car park (25 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 110 m pass the "Lilianfels Park" (on your right).
After another 55 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 40 m come to the "Kedumba View".
After another 105 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 80 m veer left, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 20 m find the "Lady Darley Lookout" (on your left).
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 95 m come to the "Allamble Lookout".
After another 85 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 15 m find the "Allambie Lookout" (on your left).
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.

After another 55 m come to the "Little Milou Lookout" (8 m on your left).
After another 85 m pass a seat (on your left).
After another 50 m find the "Wollumai Lookout" (on your right).
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.

After another 230 m find the "Cliff View Lookout" (on your right).
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 20 m (at the intersection of Prince Henry Cliff Walk & access to Prince Henry Cliff Walk) veer right, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 30 m find the "Skyway Station" (25 m on your right).
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.

After another 20 m head into the "Katoomba Falls Reserve".
After another 200 m continue straight, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 15 m find the "Parking Accessible" (15 m on your right).
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 90 m pass the car park (35 m on your right).
Then find the "Katoomba Falls Park" (15 m on your right).
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 45 m cross the ford.
Turn left, to head along Prince Henry Cliff Walk.
After another 20 m find the "Katoomba Cascades" (15 m on your right).
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.

Continue another 155 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.7 km to get back to the start.
Then find the "Kedumba River lookout" (5 m on your right).
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.

About 70 m past the end is "Katoomba Falls".
Katoomba Falls
Katoomba Falls

The Katoomba Falls are among the most famous waterfalls in the the Blue Mountains region. The Kedumba River falls about 150 meters in 2 main stages. The Undercliff Track, from the Furber Steps, can be used to access the first landing of the waterfall. The Katoomba Falls can be viewed from most lookouts in the the area, including from the bottom of the falls at Cooks Landing on Federal Pass, or from the track running next to the Kedumba River at the top of the falls. These falls are also a highlight for the trip across the Scenic Skyway.
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The Katoomba Falls are among the most famous waterfalls in the the Blue Mountains region. The Kedumba River falls about 150 meters in 2 main stages. The Undercliff Track, from the Furber Steps, can be used to access the first landing of the waterfall. The Katoomba Falls can be viewed from most lookouts in the the area, including from the bottom of the falls at Cooks Landing on Federal Pass, or from the track running next to the Kedumba River at the top of the falls. These falls are also a highlight for the trip across the Scenic Skyway.

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Echo Point to Katoomba Falls


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.3 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 3 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
Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.1 km apart with the largest gap of 2.5 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Building
85 mEcho Point Information Centre
Building
1.2 kmSkyway Station
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