Katoomba Falls Park to Cliff View Lookout
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

15 min to 20 min
20 min to 30 min

520 m
return

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Smooth & flat
This very pleasant walk starts from the Katoomba Falls Park. The walk explores the cliffs and dense vegetation in the area, and enters the Blue Mountains National Park to enjoy the views from the Cliff View Lookout. The lookout provides stunning views up the Kedumba Valley. The walk is well signposted, has handrails and fencing. The walk passes under the skyway just below the eastern station. An easy walk with spectacular views. 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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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2016.
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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 (-33.7264284,150.3060824)
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
  • Turn left onto Cliff Drive, BMD and drive for another 135 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection (by the signposted mobility parking bay on Cliff Drive, about 120m from Katoomba Falls Road), this walk follows the 'Cliff View Lookout 10 mins' sign gently uphill along the stenciled concrete path (with handrails on the right) for about 60m. This walk then meanders along the path gently downhill for about 45m to come to a start of the second handrail(on the left) where this walk becomes a bit steeper downhill. After about 60m this walk flattens and continues gently uphill for about 80m to come to a 3-way intersection with the 'Skyway East Station' staircase (on the left).
From the intersection, this walk follows the stenciled concrete path keeping the handrails on the right, almost immediately passing under the cables of the 'Skyway' cable car. This walk continues for about 40m and goes up and over a gentle rise to come to a concrete platform marked by the 'Cliff View Lookout' sign on the fence.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Katoomba Falls Reserve at the start.
Parking Accessible (about 20 m back from the start).
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 250 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.
Continue another 20 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 260 m to get back to the start.
About 20 m past the end is "Cliff View Lookout".
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.

About 20 m past the end is "Seat".
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.

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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Katoomba Falls Park to Cliff View Lookout


Grading
Class 1/6
Smooth & flat
Length 520 m
Time 15 min to 20 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Naturally Accessible
Slope summary:
Mostly flat or gentle slopes. No section steeper than 1:12.

Surface summary:
Smooth & hard concrete surface the full length.

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 270 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Building
255 mSkyway Station
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