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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2008
Ranger Eric’s big bushwalk review Where to start, what to take, what to see... The Great Round Walk Highlights: Skyway, The Three Sisters, Echo Point and Convict Memorial, the Giant Stairway (down only!), lush rainforest, eucalypt forest, the stunning Katoomba Falls, the Scenic Railway (steepest in the world!) and the Scenic Walkway. Starting Point: Scenic World Finishing Point: Scenic World Duration: Grade: Equipment: 2.5 - 3 hours Medium Sturdy shoes, wet weather gear, warm clothing, and water THIS DELIGHTFUL WALK incorporates two of the most popular and historic walks in Australia — The Prince Henry Cliff Walk AND the Federal Pass — taking in some of the Blue Mountains’ most famous icons. Commencing at Scenic World, buy your Great Round Walk Ticket and take a one way Scenic Skyway journey across to the Prince Henry Cliff Drive and along to the Three Sisters. Follow the signs through the stone arch along the path to the top of the recently refurbished Giant Stairway. The spectacular Jamison Valley can be viewed before starting the descent into the magic world below. As you travel down the eight hundred and sixty one steps, consider the vision and work of the original builders of these magnificent steps. Construction commenced in 1901 but they were not completed until 1927. About halfway down, notice Honeymoon Bridge which allows access to the first ‘sister’ rock formation, a breathtaking spot for a well-earned rest. Once at the bottom of the stairs turn right onto the Federal Pass track. The track winds its way close to the bottom of the cliff face capturing spectacular views of the Jamison Valley and Mount Solitary on the left and the majestic sandstone cliffs on the right. The Federal Pass meanders through temperate rainforest to open and dry eucalypt forest. The track continues with scenery such as this until it crosses Kedumba spring 2008 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 29 Creek at Cook’s Crossing. From here, the separate levels of Katoomba Falls can be viewed. Nearby picnic tables are available in this shady glen providing a delightful spot for morning tea or lunch. Two hundred metres above the valley floor, the new Scenic Skyway can be seen making its journey, quietly gliding across this ancient ravine. A short fifteen-minute walk from Katoomba Falls will bring you to the base of the Scenic Railway which provides easy and exciting access back up the escarpment to Scenic World. Alternatively, your Great Round Walk ticket allows you the option of the Cableway ride, found a short stroll along Scenic World’s elevated timber board walk. Either way, both rides take you back to your return destination, Scenic World. Scenic World Blue Mountains offers souvenir outlets, cafés and restaurants with public transport providing easy access to Katoomba town centre, Katoomba railway station or Echo Point. Buy your Great Round Walk ticket at Scenic World