NATIONAL PASS one of the best walks in Australia, especially if you go all the way down Slacks Stairs to the very bottom of Wentworth Falls. If you make the walk via Slacks Stairs add 2 hours to your walk time.
The view at the bottom is almost tropical, but the temperature is quickly brings you back to reality. The weather can change quickly so be prepared.
TIP: Allow about 3.5 hours to do the round walk and start and end the walk at the The Conservation Hut and do it in the morning. Make a lunch time table reservation on the verandah, so when you’ve done the walk you have the best seat in the house for lunch.
According to NPWS: Built into the side of the cliff, the National Pass is a spectacular walking track offering unrivalled views of the many natural wonders of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park.
Your journey begins at Conservation Hut where you can grab a map, information, water and other supplies for the walk. When you reach Queen Victoria lookout you’ll marvel at the valley and sandstone cliffs, which feel more dramatic by the roar of the waterfalls below. As you enter the Valley of the Waters you’ll be greeted by a set of beautiful waterfalls, including Empress, Silvia and Lodore Falls. You’ll then reach the historic Grand Stairway, built by hand in the early 1900’s – as you’re making your way up, spare a thought for the men who built it using picks and shovels, with a bit of dynamite for good measure, more than 100 years ago.
There is really so much to see along this walk, so be sure to pack your camera to capture the views and wildlife you spot along the way.