The Giant Stairway, Katoomba

#4 of 16 in Parks in Blue Mountains
Hiking Trail Nature / Park
Take a fun and challenging walk up The Giant Stairway for views of the Blue Mountains from the famous Three Sisters Lookout. Stop at Echo Point, which sits precariously at 170 meters (557 feet) above the valley floor, seemingly defying gravity. The entire walk will takes about 30 minutes, but there are plenty of rest stops along the way. The stairway itself is very steep and constructed mostly of stones. You will most likely feel a sense of achievement when you reach the top. Make The Giant Stairway part of your personalized Katoomba itinerary using our Katoomba vacation generator.
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  • Trust me, when I say you're going to want to take this train back after a long day of walking, I mean it! Not only is this a practical attraction, but the views that you are able to take in are extra ...  more »
  • After a little wait you get in through the side door which automatically opens and allows four people to sit on a bench seat. When it moves off it goes BACKWARDS which you do not expect. You tend to s...  more »
  • Had a great time on this railway. Kids and adults alike will love the thrill of the steep railway. We ended up going down a couple of times just because we enjoyed it so much.  more »
  • A long way down, but great views, you can go also go partially way down. Perhaps 150 steps to honeymoon bridge were you can stand under the first sister. Good fitness level is required if doing the whole staircase
  • Tackle this first if you're planning to visit and walk the whole day. The view alone sometimes turns legs into jelly! Not for anyone with a massive fear of heights. Overcome that though, and you'll get a pretty great view of the valley/forest below. Bring water!
  • Fun walk, enjoyed descending into the rainforest canopy, going back up looks tough! (took a different route)
  • This one is certainly for adrenaline junkies. Takes you all the way to the bottom of the mountain through hundreds (maybe a couple of thousands) of rustic, dilapidated (at few places) stairs. Not suitable for elderly, kids and pregnant women. Best way to experience this is to descend all the way and trek a couple of hours to reach scenic railways. Getting back up all the way through the stairs is quite a task. If you do not want to miss the adventure but can't go all the way down you may choose to take this staircase and descend a bit to visit three sisters sand rock formation..
  • 900 steps from top to bottom and 1-2 hr walk to Scenic World for cable car or steps up. If you are not ready, dont go too deep!

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Where to stay in Katoomba

Ideal for backpackers and other travelers exploring the Blue Mountains on a budget, Katoomba offers a great selection of economical lodgings. Many visitors choose to base their trip at one of the town's motels or hostels, which offer small but clean rooms minutes from Katoomba's central area and main train station. The town also features a number of mid-range hotels, providing rooms and suites with views of the picturesque mountain range. To get the most from the great outdoors, stay at one of Katoomba's campgrounds, featuring powered sites and cozy log cabins.
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