The Giant Stairway, Katoomba

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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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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  • Fun walk down the steep stairs. We did the walk when it was raining and it was still a lot of fun and the kids enjoyed themselves. 
  • This is a great activity if you are relatively fit. I have a dodgy knee and I managed to go down the stairs with no trouble at all. However I wouldn't try going back up unless you are reasonably fit. ...  read more »
  • Well worth the effort to walk down those Nasty stairs to get to the honeymoon bridge. Such a great place to visit. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great experience to take the stairs up and down, with some amazing and tranquil views along the way. The stairs are slippery during and after a rainy day so care must be taken. It may also not be suitable to those who are less mobile and/or who do not have a good balance. In saying that I've seen people of a wide range of ages take the stairs.
  • The stairs offer one of the best vistas in the entire range. The air is crisp and clean and the whistling of birds is very peaceful
  • Good view. However I think the staircase part of national pass in Wentworth falls is even more spectacular.
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