The National Pass

Set in the Blue Mountains National Park, the National Pass is an incredible walking track made up of dramatic views and well worth a visit. Begin your journey at Wentworth Falls picnic area as it leads you into Jamison Valley to Grand Stairway. The walk is tucked into the side of the cliff, which brings sweeping views of the lush national park. As you pass through you’ll be able to soak up the beautiful Wentworth Falls and then get prepared for the Grand Stairway; sandstone steps that were carved out of the cliff face in 1908. You’ll end up at Empress canyon, with a waterfall pool awaiting, which then links up to the Conservation Hut cafe for you to stop for a bite to eat. The walk is about 2.5 to 3 hours in total and five kilometres. As a circuit, you can begin at either Wentworth Falls picnic area or the Conservation Hut - with a shortcut track in between the two starting points, which is just a 20-minute walk. The National Pass is a very popular walk, so consider exploring it early in the morning as the sun is coming up for fewer crowds around. With a few steep descents, pack a light carry bag, so you won’t have to worry about weight holding you down on your journey. Overall, this walk brings incredible views and a mix of different paths to explore. The National Pass is a great way to experience the Blue Mountains.