Our Top 5 Family Friendly Bushwalks in the Blue Mountains
We asked the mums and dads of Scenic World to nominate their favourite kid-friendly hikes to bring you their top five.
And here it is:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
The weather can change quickly up here which can make for a really interesting day. Make sure you pack rain gear, a sun hat and sunscreen (in summer). Closed shoes for the kids are recommended to navigate tracks which can sometimes be quite muddy. Of course, don’t forget to take plenty of water and snacks – and the promise of an ice-cream at the end always helps team moral!