The Giant Stairway, Katoomba

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Hiking Trail
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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  • I knew the train was on a steep incline but when you first get into the train it doesn't feel like it will be too bad. Then you set off and there is no warning about how steep it is, nearly lost my ba...  more »
  • this place has beocme son busy with tourists buses that you cannot get a ride without prior booking now which is a shame. fun to ride on once you get onto it!  more »
  • We went on a beautiful day, I would not go if it was wet, would be too slippery. The hike is good, narrow in some parts and you have to stop and let hikers pass who are travelling the other direction ...  more »
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  • Big walk down, but completely worth it. Hike through the Dardanelles pass or Federal pass to Leura falls or Furber steps to come back up to the top. A must - see at the blue mountains.
  • Great walk with wonderful views. Some sections are quite narrow so you'll have to stop to let people pass, but there are handrails everywhere. A few steep sections of stairs whixh are obvriously easier to walk down than up. Plenty of opportunities for a rest with seats along the way and lots of opportunities for selfies. The bottom of the Giant Stairway is only marked by a "you are here" sign and you have three options at the bottom: 1) Head back up the way you came, 2) Take the 1-2hrs walk to the Scenic Railway on your right, or 3) Take the path to your left to continue your bushwalk. We went back up and had a few moments where our legs felt like they'd turned to jelly from all the climbing up! I did the walk with my three young kids (aged 2, 6, and 9yrs) and they were fine. Mind you, we're relatively fit. Had my youngest in a carrier on my back for the way down and half of the way up before she demanded to walk herself (which she did by herself). This walk can get pretty busy. We did it in the late afternoon on a cold day so there weren't as many people. The walk from Echo Point information centre down the Giant Stairway and back up again, with 3 kids and some quick stops on the way up (for the youngest) took us 1hr 35mins.
  • Best thing about these stairs is how much the crowds thin out very quickly - guess 900 steps isn't for everyone. If you're reasonably fit you can get up in 10 minutes at a constant pace.
  • Stunning and relaxing. Beautiful place to go. It will be a little bit tired if you trying to climb back up lol
  • It's a fun thing to do but it get's crowded so be prepared to stop, not because your legs have turned to jelly, but because people have to pass in a narrow section or someone ahead is taking a selfie. 998 steps, only fit and brave souls go up the stairs, I only went down and 3 days later my calves are still telling me all about it. When you get to the bottom the easiest way back up is to walk the few kilometers (4ish) to the bottom of the scenic railway and take it back to the top which is an adventure on its own, the kids loved it.