With more than one million hectares of some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, the Greater Blue Mountains has heritage walking trails to suit everyone from one hour rambles to challenging hikes lasting several days.
Hiking in the Blue Mountains, the deceptively-named Six Foot Track is actually a 45 kilometre-long walk following the route of the original 1884 horse track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves.
It is tough walk, crossing mountain ranges and deep valleys – but the grand prize is the range of habitats you’ll encounter in this World Heritage-listed area, which has barely changed since the Jurassic era.
The walk passes through rainforests, eucalypt forests, sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, underground caves and opens grazing country. The climb down Nellies Glen will most likely leave you with rubber knees, and the whole walk takes around three days to complete.
The Echo Point to Scenic World via the Giant Stairway walk is a must do for all visitors to the Blue Mountains if you’re just here for a day or so.
The walk starts at the popular lookout and passes one of Australia’s most famous landmarks, The Three Sisters.
After descending into the valley and along the bottom of the cliffs you can catch the scenic railway back up the hill. Be warned, this is not for those with a fear of heights.
For a complete list of all the walks in the Blue Mountian region: download a copy of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Region Bushwalking guide.