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Family Walks, Blue Mountains

Kids Walks in the Blue Mountains

Meet the Team: Amanda, Head of Marketing & Events

As a  relatively new recruit to the Blue Mountains, Amanda has enjoyed exploring her love for bushwalking in her new environment away from the big city. Bushwalking with two small children in tow, she has scoped out the best local walks that are kind to little feet and has promised to share her local secrets:

What are your top few walks for families with young kids?

  1. The Charles Darwin Walk in Wentworth Falls. It’s a completely flat walk connecting Wenty Village with the Falls. Its 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.  Of course you don’t need to do the whole walk.
  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 play equipment, BBQ and plenty of shady grass, a perfect end to a family walk.
  3. Prince Henry Cliff Walk. A really easy one with amazing views. Park at Scenic World and access the track from behind the main plaza and walk around to the Skyway’s east station via Katoomba Falls. Either walk back or rescue tired feet with  a return ride on the Skyway! About 30 minutes return.
  4. Furber Stairs  – From the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, take the Furber Stairs 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 the Waterfall and then exit out of the National Park into  Scenic World to take the Scenic Railway all the way back up! Phew!
  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 1960’s and  used up until the 1990’s. It’s a bit overgrown, but very peaceful and  an intersting 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 Acquatic Centre adjacent to the track.

Any other tips?
Weather changes a lot up here which can make for a really interesting day. But make sure you pack rain gear, sun hat and sunscreen (in Summer). Closed shoes for the kids are also good, sometimes tracks can be quite muddy. Of course plenty of water and snacks – and the promise of an ice-cream at the end always helps team moral!

Sculpture at Scenic World, 2012

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