Sydney Train Walks

From Katoomba via Federal Pass 7h / 14km to Katoomba

About this walk

This walk follows part of the Federal Pass.

Instead of climbing out of Jamison Valley, there is an option to take the Scenic World's cable car back up instead.

It takes about 7 hours to complete the full 14 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops. A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.

Getting there and back

Get the train to Katoomba using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Katoomba at transportnsw.info.

Along the way

From the station cross the road and follow Katoomba Road.

At the roundabout, follow Waratah Street to the left.

Near the end of Waratah Street, follow Carrington Ave to the right until you get to Carrington Reserve.

From the reserve follow Cliff Drive halfway to the Solitary Kiosk.

On the right side of Cliff Drive a walking path heads down to the lookouts around Leura Falls.

Follow the the Price Henry Walk to the right away from Leura falls to the juntion with the Federal pass and Leura Forest.

From there the track descends steeply into the valley down several steep metal stair cases.

At the intersection with the Fern Bower track follow the directions the Federal pass and Leura Forest

Eventually the track flattens out at a picnic area in Leura Forest.

On the far side of the picnic area, follow the signs to the Federal Pass and Scenic World.

The trail winds around the Three Sisters and is eventually joined by Dardanelles Pass

Keep following the Federal Pass until the signs at Cooks Crossing offers two ways to get out of the valley.

Climb the Giant Stairway or take the Scenic World train ($16) back to the top.

If you climb the Giant Stairway, keep following the directions up to Katoomba Falls. There are several lookouts along the way.

If you use the Scenic Railway, follow the walking track from the Scenic World to Katoomba Falls.

Both ways out fof the valley will converge at Katoomba Falls.

From Katoomba Falls follow the Prince Henry Cliff Walk to Echo Point. There are many lookouts along the way.

At Echo Point a the Prince Henry Cliff Walk continues through a stone gate to the left of the visitor centre.

Follow the direction back to the Leura Cascades along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk. The slight detour to the Three Sisters is recommended.

The Price Henry Cliff Walk will lead back to the start at Carrington Reserve. From there retrace your steps back to Katoomba Station.

What to bring

  • Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
  • Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
  • Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
  • Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
  • Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
  • Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
  • Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.