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22 Jun 2017

Our Top 5 Family Friendly Bushwalks

We asked the mums and dads of Scenic World to nominate their favourite kid-friendly Blue Mountains hikes.

  1. The Charles Darwin Walk in Wentworth Falls. It’s a completely flat walk connecting Wentworth Village with the Falls. It's about 5kms return but easy and  plenty of lovely places to stop along the way for snacks, or dip your feet in a cool stream.
  2. Gordon Falls Reserve in Leura. There are several short walks here, some to lookouts and one down to the Pool of Siloam. The Reserve also has the added bonus of nearby play equipment, BBQs and plenty of shady grass; a perfect end to a family walk.
  3. Prince Henry Cliff Walk. A nice leisurely walk with amazing views. Park at Scenic World and access the track from behind the main plaza before walking around to the Scenic Skyway’s east station via Katoomba Falls. Either walk back to the car park, or rescue tired feet with a return ride on the Skyway. It's a 30 minutes return trip.
  4. Furber Stairs. From the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, take the Furber Steps down into the Jamison Valley - there are a lot of stairs but it's all downhill with amazing views of Katoomba Falls and the Three Sisters. You can walk to the base of Katoomba Falls and then take the Scenic Railway all the way back up.
  5. Catalina Park Raceway. This one is less of  a bushwalk and more of a dream bike track for kids. The 2km car racing circuit was built in the 1960s and used up until the 1990s. It's very peaceful and  an interesting part of  Katoomba's history. The kids can ride safely without the threat of cars (but there are a few steep hills to manage). There's also a duck pond nearby and the Katoomba Sports & Aquatic Centre adjacent to the track.