4 of the best Blue Mountains hiking trails

Fun fact: The Blue Mountains were named after the blue haze that drifts around them, making the area the most magical place you’ll ever visit.

That Blue Mountains is nothing short of breathtaking. From the sweeping vistas and astonishing rock formations to the spectacular forests and mesmerizing cascades, literally everywhere you look can be a postcard (and we’re not even exaggerating).

There is so much to see and do while visiting the Blue Mountains, but we think the most magical experiences of all are the ones you take on foot. We’ve put together a list of the best trails to hike in the Blue Mountains to ensure you’ll see everything this magnificent natural wonder has to offer.

1. Ruined Castle Walk

The sun shines down on the ruined castle in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Difficulty: Hard and challenging, but manageable
7.5 km return
5-6 hours

Begin your 7.5 km (return) trek from the Golden Stairs, making your way through lush rainforests while enjoying the diverse views; stopping to admire the formation of the three peaks and admire Mount Solitary. Although this Blue Mountains track can be tough, we can promise you it will be worth it once you reach the main event. When you stumble across several boulders that look like they belong somewhere else, you’ll know the broken landmark is nearby. This rock formation, which faintly reminds you of the castles you read about in fairy tales growing up, got its name from its resemblance to an ancient kingdom that has since crumbled.

2. Valley of the Waters Walk

The three-story Wentworth Falls cascade down the cliff face in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.

Difficulty: Difficult
1.5 km return
1.5 hours

Demonstrating the depth of beauty the Blue Mountain region has to offer, the Valley of the Waters hike will take you through the picturesque canyon, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in this World Heritage-listed site. But make no mistake, this tour is for the waterfalls. Passing through the spectacular Jamison Valley, the Valley of the Waters hike will bring you to Wentworth Falls; a three-tiered waterfall guaranteed to take your breath away. Watch as the rushing water falls into the sparkling pool below, and if you’re up for it, why not climb down the Grand Stairway and take a dip? Afterwards, you’ll continue onto Wentworth Pass, making your way through lush rainforest, stopping to admire the many smaller waterfalls that appear and snapping around 367 photos of Empress Falls as you get to it.


3. Grand Canyon Track

grand canyon course

Difficulty: Medium
5.4 km return
2-3 hours

Probably one of the most beloved Blue Mountains hikes, the Grand Canyon Track truly has it all. Seemingly transporting you to another world, this historic course will take you through dry sclerophyll forest as well as dense green rainforests for an unforgettable experience you’ll want to tell everyone about. Be aware of the fascinating flora and fauna along the way and keep your eyes skyward to admire the huge sandstone walls and ever-present waterfalls you will soon encounter.

4. Grose Valley Walk

Woman sits on a rock in the middle of the Grose River in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.

Difficulty: Medium
6 km return
5 hours

Everyone says a trip into the Grose Valley is essential when coming to the Blue Mountains, and it’s not hard to see why. Start your tour by wandering under tree ferns (it’ll make you feel like you’ve just stepped into a scene from Avatar) before walking along stunning cliff tops, gently descending into a eucalyptus forest full of beauty. Walk in the shade of towering trees and prepare for a challenging but oh-so-worth it climb down to the river. Once you reach it, you can calm down and cool off in the still waters of the river, take time to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the peaceful sound of nature that surrounds you. Once you’re done, begin your ascent out of the valley and head back, knowing you can cross this one off your bucket list.


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