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Scenic Railway - Ruined Castle - Mt Solitary - Kedumba River - Wentworth Falls
Time: 3 Days Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.2 km S of Katoomba
Length: 29.3 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 29.3 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 2147 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 2147 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start of this walk There is a train station near the end of this walk
Style: One way
Route: Hard

Circling the Jamison Valley, this spectacular three day walk is packed with great views and beautiful scenery. From Scenic World the walk heads around the base of the cliffs before climbing up to the Ruined Castle and then Mt Solitary. Walkers can rest in the sheltered Chinaman's Gully campsite overnight (don't expect water). Day two takes a rough track across Solitary and down to the Kedumba River. On the third day, the walk climbs to King's Tableland and the beautiful and amazing Wentworth Falls. (open in app)

This walk passes through a remote area and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.
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Location

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Scenic World
Scenic Railway (Bottom Platform)
Int of Scenic Railway Boardwalk and Landslide Bush Track
Landslide
Bottom of Golden Staircase
Miners Campsite
Northern Ruined Castle campsite
Ruined Castle
Intersection South of Ruined Castle
Bottom of Korrowall Knife-edge
Top of Korrowall Knife-edge
Corowal Plateau campsite
Chinamans Gully campsite
Chinamans Gully campsite
Singa-Jingawell Creek Campsite
Solitary Pass
Int of Kedumba Camping and Solitary Tracks
Kedumba River
Int of Kedumba River track and Sublime Point trail
Int of Sublime Point and Waterboard Servicetrails
End of Kedumba River Rd
End of Hordern Rd
King's Tableland Intersection
Int of King's Tableland and Rocket Point Tracks
The Archway Intersection
The archway intersection
Rocket Point Circuit Intersection
Rocket Point Creek Intersection
Top of Wentworth Falls
Int of Weeping Rock and Wentworth Falls Tracks
Weeping Rock waterfall
Int of Charles Darwin and Weeping Rock Tracks
Int of Charles Darwin and Fletcher St Tracks
Int of Charles Darwin and Parkes St Tracks
Int of Charles Darwin Track and Wentworth Falls Fire Station Trail
Int of Charles Darwin Track and Page Ave Tracks
Wilson Park
Starting point for this hiking track: Scenic Railway (Bottom Platform)

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Photo Gallery

 
Bottom Platform of the Scenic Railway
 
Bottom Platform of the Scenic Railway +
 
Looking up at Malaita Point
 
Looking up at Malaita Point +
 
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IMG_0559 +

 
The view from the bottom of the Golden Staircase
 
The view from the bottom of the Golden Staircase +
 
Going up to the Ruined Castle
 
Going up to the Ruined Castle +
 
The valley from the top of Mt Solitary
 
The valley from the top of Mt Solitary +

 
The clearing back from the Mt Solitary Lookout
 
The clearing back from the Mt Solitary Lookout +
 
Going along the cliffs of Mt Solitary
 
Going along the cliffs of Mt Solitary +
 
The view from the top of the cliffs of Mt Solitary
 
The view from the top of the cliffs of Mt Solitary +

 
The Kedumba River
 
The Kedumba River +
 
The Waterboard Servicetrail going up through the cliffs
 
The Waterboard Servicetrail going up through the cliffs +
 
The end of Hordern Rd
 
The end of Hordern Rd +

 
Wentworth Falls from Rocket Point
 
Wentworth Falls from Rocket Point +
 
As the water cascades down the rocks it is very beautiful
 
As the water cascades down the rocks it is very beautiful +
 
Crossing Jamison Creek
 
Crossing Jamison Creek +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Scenic Railway - Ruined Castle - Mt Solitary - Kedumba River - Wentworth Falls bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Scenic Railway - Ruined Castle - Mt Solitary - Kedumba River - Wentworth Falls bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Scenic Railway - Ruined Castle - Mt Solitary - Kedumba River - Wentworth Falls bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Scenic Railway - Ruined Castle - Mt Solitary - Kedumba River - Wentworth Falls bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 29km
Time 3 Days
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Grade 5/6

Route: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep and difficult scrambles (5/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs No directional signs (5/6)
Experience Required High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)
Infrastructure No facilities provided (5/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
8km of this walk is very steep and another 7km has short steep hills. Whilst another 7km has gentle hills with occasional steps and a 5km section is flat with no steps. The remaining 3km is very steep with difficult rock scrambles.

Quality of track
7km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 7km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 6km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and a 6km section follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining 3.4km follows a rough unclear track.

Signs
12km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 7km has directional signs at most intersection. Whilst another 7km has minimal directional signs and the remaining 3.6km Has no directional signs.

Experience Required
11km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 7km requires some bushwalking experience. Whilst another 7km requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience and the remaining 4.8km requires a leader with a high level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
18km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation) and another 7km is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety. Whilst another 4.9km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety and the remaining 450m forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
12km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 7km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). Whilst another 6km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) and the remaining 4.8km has no facilities provided.

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Scenic World
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
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Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Scenic World
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Free Beacon Hire Alt = 0 m
A Personal Locating Beacon is a hand-held device that, when triggered, sends a message to the emergency services with your location. The emergency services staff can then look at your trip intention forms and decide how best to help you. In the Blue Mountains, you can hire these for no charge, just complete this Trip intention form, and a borrowing form. The device can be picked up from:
NPWS Office - Govetts Leap Rd Blackheath - 9am to 4pm 7 days Ph: 02 4787 8877
Katoomba Police Station - 217 Katoomba St Katoomba - Anytime Ph: 02 4782 8199
Springwood Police Station - 4 Jerseywold Avenue Springwood - Anytime Ph: 02 4751 0299
More info

Scenic World Alt = 951 m
Scenic World is one of the most renowned tourist attractions of Katoomba and the Blue Mountains. Located on the cliffs of the Jamison Valley [1], visitors can enjoy a ride on the Scenic Railway (the world's steepest incline railway) or the Scenic Cableway, into the Jamison Valley, and explore the Scenic Walkway from the base. Alternatively, the Scenic Skyway offers a bird's eye view over the valley, with a glass floor to enhance the experience. Scenic World also features a revolving restaurant, a cafe and a kiosk, in addition to the documentary theatre and souvenir shop. Rides can be purchased, starting from $16 for adults and $10 for children, and combination or family passes are available. More info

(0 km) Scenic World to Scenic Railway (Bottom Platform)
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - transport
Length = 299 m Time = 26 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -210 m
From Scenic World, this walk goes down the cliffs using the Scenic Railway. Hang on tight! This 415m-long journey is the world's steepest railway. At the bottom, the track comes to a great viewing platform of the valley. Use of the railway costs $10 for adults and $5 for children one-way. Last train normally at 4:45pm (opens at 9am) More info
Note: The distance and altitude change for this ride is not included in the total for this walk.

(0.3 km) Scenic Railway (Bottom Platform) to Landslide
Track: Moderate - duckboard,bushtrack
Length = 1.34 km Time = 46 mins
Climb = 175 m Descent = -178 m
Turn left : From the bridge over the bottom of the Scenic Railway, this walk follows the signs to 'scenic walkway', passing a replica of a mining cart, as well as an old mine. Just past this, the walk comes to a pipeline that runs down the hill collecting fresh water, signposted as drinkable. Continuing past the old mine shafts along the boardwalk, this walk comes to an intersection with a bush track going slightly off to the right. This is signposted as the way to the Landslide.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the wide track and signposts towards the 'landslide'[2] (keeping the cliffs on the right). The walk winds along a bush track with small boulders strewn along it. There are a number of old mine shafts just off the track and some interesting historical items. The track continues under Malaita Point before breaking out of the vegetation to a worthy view of the valley, just before the landslide. As the track comes to the old landslide site, it become rougher with plenty of boulders over the track. There are also excellent views of the cliffs above and the landslide as the vegetation is quite sparse here.

The Landslide Alt = 742 m
'The Landslide' is a large rockfall going into the valley approximately 100m. There is a good vantage point for the landslide from under the cliffs to the east, and a great but more distant view from Narrow Neck lookout. The landslide occurred in 1931 after a few days of rumbling. There has been much debate as to whether this event was helped along by erosion and coal mining in the area at the time.

(1.64 km) Landslide to Miners Campsite
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 3.81 km Time = 1 hr 33 mins
Climb = 232 m Descent = -252 m
Continue straight: From the eastern side of the Landslide, the walk heads across the face of the landslide (keeping the cliff on the right). At this point, the track is quite rough, with frequent boulders making it a slight scramble. On the other side of the landslide, the track narrows and becomes a flat bush track that follows the base of the cliffs. The surrounding trees become quite dense again, adding quite an ambiance to the area. The walk heads along the bottom of the Narrow Neck escarpment, until coming to an intersection with a set of stairs off to the right, signposted as the 'Golden Staircase'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Federal Pass - Ruined Castle' sign[3] along the flat wide track, keeping the valley to your left. This track follows the old horse-drawn coal tram route. The track leads through a tall rainforest filled with fern trees[4] and vines[5], with the occasional lyrebird. After about 1.3km the forest opens up[6], letting in more light and exposing some distant filtered views. After wandering through the more open forest[7] for about 250m, the track passes a small campsite[8] (on the right). This walk continues for another 700m along the main track through the bracken fern forest[9] to find a larger campsite[10] (just up to the right) with a short stone wall on one side[11]).

Miners Campsite Alt = 726 m
This flat campsite beside the Federal Pass walking track about 2.2km south of the intersection at the bottom of the Golden Stairs. There is short constructed stone wall[12] left over from when there area was habited by miners. The campsite is surrounded by a tall forest, bracken ferns and some nice fern trees. There is no water or facilities.

Northern Ruined Castle campsite Alt = 726 m
A short distance south east of the intersection[13] with the Federal Pass and the northern access track to the Ruined Castle, is a fairly large basic campsite. There are two main flat areas for camping, both with fire scares[14]. The area is surround with tall trees and ferns[15][16][17][18]. There is no water nor any other facilities.

The Ruined Castle Alt = 793 m
A formation jutting out of the Jamison Valley, the Ruined Castle has great views of the Jamison Valley from Katoomba to Leura. It is also possible to see Mt Solitary to the south-east.

(5.45 km) Miners Campsite to Northern Ruined Castle campsite
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 300 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From the miners campsite[19], this walk follows the clear track south-west, keeping the valley to your left. The mostly flat track narrows a bit as it leads past a large flat area (on your right) after about 140m[20], then past a smaller campsite[21] a short distance later. The track then winds through the forest for another 100m to come to a clearing and signposted three-way intersection[22], where there is a 'Federal Pass - Katoomba' sign[23] pointing back along the track. (There is a campsite a few metres further on and to the the left[24].)

(5.75 km) Northern Ruined Castle campsite to Ruined Castle
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 727 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 82 m Descent = -17 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Ruined Castle'[25] sign uphill along the eroded track and soon passes the yellow 'Warning - Remote area indistinct route steep terrain - Exposed climbing loose surfaces - No reliable water Carry plenty Sterilise any water found on route' sign[26]. The track winds up the wide valley getting steeper as it goes, climbing up onto the main ridgeline. Here the walk turns left (away from the view of Castle Head[27]) and follows the rocky track more gently uphill for about 220m to pass under the side of a large boulder[28]. The track continues along the narrow ridge for about 280m, with some filtered views past another large boulder to the base of the tall Ruined Castle summit[29]. Here the walk heads gently down a bit (keeping the rock wall to your left), past a crevice[30], then follows the main track to the other (southern) side of the summit. The track then heads up again to find a number of rocky pinnacles[31].

(6.48 km) Ruined Castle to Intersection South of Ruined Castle
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 389 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -123 m
Continue straight: From near the summit of Ruined Castle[32], this walk heads south-east along the main ridgeline, initially keeping the rock wall to your left[33]. The track follows the rocky ridgeline gently downhill[34] and after about 70m the track starts to become much steeper[35]. The track winds down, flattening out for a short time[36] before continuing steeply down to a sign posted three-way intersection[37] just beyond the 'Ruined Castle to Mount Solitary' map[38]. There is a 'Ruined Castle' arrow[39] here, pointing back up the hill.

(6.87 km) Intersection South of Ruined Castle to Bottom of Korrowall Knife-edge
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.33 km Time = 35 mins
Climb = 132 m Descent = -38 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Mount Solitary' sign[40] gently downhill along the fairly narrow track[41], keeping the main valley to your left. After about 300m, the more eroded and rocky track[42] begins to climb the ridge and after climbing for just shy of 300m, the track flattens out and passes a couple of small clearings[43][44] - the second clearing is just past where the track leads downhill. Just after the second clearing (used as a campsite[45]), the track begins to climb up the ridge again[46]. This track climbs up a few rocky eroded section and soon comes to the base of a tall series of rockwalls - the Korrowall Knife-edge[47].

(8.2 km) Bottom of Korrowall Knife-edge to Top of Korrowall Knife-edge
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 204 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 86 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the base of the rocks[48], this walk starts the arduous climb up the Korrowall Knife-edge. Ascending the Korrowall Knife-edge is a hard climb, vertical in places and much of the climbing will involve both hands - some people use ropes to help lift heavy packs. This walk initially heads around to the left of the first boulder to head up through the eroded steep valley[49] between the rocks. The walk continues to scramble up the side of the rocks[50], then climbs vertically up a crack in the rock[51] to a small flat area[52], offering the first distant view[53] for this climb. The walk continues by climbing up a 3m rock wall[54], then up the eroded track[55] before climbing up through the obvious gap[56] in the next rock wall. At the top of this climb is another great view[57] and a short distance further up, this faint track passes a rock with a hole/cave[58] (on your right). From here, the walk follows the worn track up through a couple more rock gullies[59], still generally keeping the rock wall to your right (and passing a couple of arrows[60]). This brings the walk to an exposed flat area, with red dirt and fantastic views[61]. The walk continues by climbing up through the next eroded gully[62] to the top of the Korrowall Knife-edge, where there is a large rock wall on your left[63].

(8.4 km) Top of Korrowall Knife-edge to Corowal Plateau campsite
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 449 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 119 m Descent = -15 m
Continue straight: From the top of Korrowall Knife-edge, this walk heads south following a worn track that initially heads steeply down beside the large rock wall[64] (keeping the wall to your left). The track passes a small cave[65] at the base of this cliff then climbs up beside the cliff[66] to the top of the ridge[67], past the rocks[68] to find a view to the left[69]. Here the faint track veers right[70] to follow along the base of another cliff[71]. The walk then heads up a short but steep climb[72], where a short flat walk[73] leads to a fantastic view on your right, looking over Cedar Creek valley to Narrow Neck[74]. After following this faint track a further 60m south along the base of another cliff[75], this walk then climbs up the middle of a steep gully [76] - just past the top of this climb, the track bends sharp left and leads up[77] the hill for about 50m to enter a lovely she oak forest[78], a clearing[79] and the Corowal Plateau campsite[80].

Corowal Plateau campsite Alt = 953 m
The Corowal Plateau campsite is an informal campsite at the north eastern end of Mount Solitary. The clearing is set among some pleasant casurina forest. There are a few campfire scares, although this is in a fuel stove only area. There is plenty of flat area but there is no water source or any other facilities.

Mt Solitary Lookout Alt = 944 m
This informal lookout is on top of the 'Koorowall Knife Edge' on the western side of Mount Solitary. The lookout boasts some fantastic views over the Jamison Valley and to the west - this is well-worth the scramble to the top. There is some natural shelter and shade to rest amongst, and some people have camped here in the past (although better camping is available in Chinamans Gully).

(8.85 km) Corowal Plateau campsite to Chinamans Gully Campsite
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 818 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -120 m
Veer right: From the campsite[81], this walk heads south-east, following the mostly flat track along the top of the ridge through the she oak forest[82]. After about 200m, this walk enters a banksia forest[83], and continues along the flat ridge (past a few impromptu campsites) for about 400m, where the track begins to head downhill[84]. The track winds downhill for about 170m (passing a track on your left) and comes to a large flat saddle[85] and clearing with a large rock wall, Chinamans Gully Campsite[86].

Chinamans Gully Campsite Alt = 841 m
Next to a small creek (often dry) and sheltered from the winds, this campsite is great for those wanting to camp on Mt Solitary. For daywalkers, this spot offers the chance to rest under the overhangs of the cliffs before continuing. Water here is not reliable, please note that in the past water was more reliable, but not so now. Please carry plenty of water. There is a camping area near the beginning of the track and there are also a few spots along the gully where people have camped previously.

(9.67 km) Chinamans Gully campsite to Chinamans Gully view
Optional sidetrip: Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 388 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -50 m
Turn left : From Chinamans Gully campsite, this walk follows the track north[87], keeping the rock walls to you right[88]. The track soon starts to head gently downhill, keeping the small gully on your left and passing through a number of sandstone camping caves[89][90]. The track then heads left to follow the gully downhill[91] for about 150m, and comes to a small clearing and campsite[92] at the junction of two creeks. The track then crosses the side creek[93] and heads gently up the side of the hill[94], coming to an unfenced filtered view up the Kedumba Valley to Katoomba[95].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Overnight stay Goto day 2 notes

Day 2


(9.67 km) Chinamans Gully campsite to Singa-Jingawell Creek Campsite
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.81 km Time = 55 mins
Climb = 179 m Descent = -206 m
Continue straight: From the large campsite at the top of Chinamans Gully, this walk heads east up the gully[96], initially keeping the large main rock to your right (and Chinamans Gully to your left). The track leads up the short gully[97] to the top of the rock, where there is a filtered view[98](to your right). This walk follows the track as it winds up the hill for about 130m, passing another great view[99] (on your right). The track then mostly flattens out, following the top of the ridge for another 500m to pass a small campsite[100]. About 200m past this campsite, the track then passes a short track (on your left that provides great unfenced views over the Kedumba Valley[101]). Over the next 400m, the track continues east, fairly closely to the northern face of Mount Solitary, with the occasional gap in the trees to provide great views. The track alternately rises and falls, and passes the (not very noteworthy) summit[102] of Mount Solitary. From here, the track starts to lead down[103] a ridge, passing a few filtered views over about 500m, then comes to a large campsite[104], with a rock platform[105] (up to the left) that provides even more views[106].

Singa-Jingawell Creek Campsite Alt = 814 m
Singa-Jingawell Creek Campsite is near the northern wall, partway across the eastern half of Mount Solitary. The informal campsite sits in a pleasant little depression beside the small, usually dry creek. There is a rock platform at the top of the campsite that provides great views[107] up the Kedumba River towards Katoomba. There is a large fire scare[108], but this is in a fuel stove only area, so please avoid lighting any campfires. The creek gets a small amount of water in it after rain, but it does not last long, so always best to bring your own.

(11.48 km) Singa-Jingawell Creek Campsite to Solitary Pass
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.19 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 61 m Descent = -105 m
Continue straight: From Singa-Jingawell Creek Campsite, this walk heads south-east, initially keeping the rock wall to your left. After about 80m, this walk stays left (ignoring the track that crosses the creek). Here the track climbs the fairly short hill then follows the ridgeline for just over 100m to climb up the gully[109] beside the large rock formation[110], then climbs up a rock wall[111] (about 2-3m tall). There are some views (to the right) over Singa-Jingawell Creek valley[112]. The rocky track continues east for about 500m and then turns right, coming to a small ridgetop campsite[113] just over 100m later. Shortly after this campsite (just before a large rocky outcrop[114]), the walk turns left and starts to lead down the ridgeline, quite steeply in places[115], for about 250m and finds an intersection in a saddle, with a steep gully[116] on your left and a short climb to a rocky viewpoint[117][118] (and logbook[119][120]) straight ahead.

(12.67 km) Solitary Pass to Int of Kedumba Camping and Solitary Tracks
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.2 km Time = 40 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -428 m
Turn left : From the saddle, this walk follows the eroded track very steeply down the gully[121] to the north. The track soon bends right[122] around the base of the cliff to find the ridge[123]. The walk follows the steep eroded track down the ridge for about 300m to where the track flattens out for a short time[124], then turns left to wind down through the casuarina forest[125]. The track winds down through this casuarina forest, very steeply and slippery in places[126] for about 800m, (turning right at the faint track intersection partway down) heading east to a flat area, campsite[127] and signposted intersection, where a 'Mount Solitary' sign[128] points back up the hill.

(13.87 km) Int of Kedumba Camping and Solitary Tracks to Kedumba River
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.4 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -206 m
Continue straight: From the intersection and campsite[129], this walk follows the 'Kedumba Pass'[130] and 'Kedumba River'[131] signs west, gently downhill along the ridge. After about 600m, just after passing between some boulders[132], the track starts to steepen[133] and leads down towards the views of the cliff[134] (on the far side of the valley), then mostly flattens out again[135]. This track then steeply descends[136] again, until the track bends right and comes to a beach on the south (western) side of the Kedumba River[137]. Here the walk crosses the river[138] (usually lower-shin deep, this river has a large catchment and may be impassable after rain). Once on the other side, this walk comes to a rocky beach and climbs over a large fallen tree[139] to see the main track continuing ahead and a little to the left (sometimes marked with a cairn[140]). There is a place that has been used as a campsite a short distance upstream[141] (not safe if there is a chance of the river rising), or there are a few alternative places to camp up the embankment[142].

Kedumba River Campsite Alt = 150 m
This campsite is next to the Kedumba River, along the Mount Solitary walking track. This is a large clearing and basic campsite. Open fires are not permitted so it is necessary to take a fuel stove. There is normally plenty of water in the creek, but it should be treated for drinking. There are no facilities.

Overnight stay Goto day 3 notes

Day 3


(15.27 km) Kedumba River to Int of Kedumba River track and Sublime Point trail
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.19 km Time = 1 hr 8 mins
Climb = 345 m Descent = -17 m
Continue straight: From the Kedumba River crossing, this walk follows the track (sometimes marked with a rock cairn[143]) north, up the embankment and away from the river. The track soon bends left and leads around the side of the flat area with a nice blue gum stand[144]. The track then starts to climb, steeply at first[145], for about 400m (passing some views back to the cliffs of Mount Solitary[146]) before flattening out[147]. The track then leads gently up through the open forest[148] for about 800m, where it then leads gently down to cross a small gully[149][150]. The track continues up the main ridge for another 400m then along the side of a narrow steep gully[151] (on your left). Near the top of this gully, the track turns left to cross the now small gully[152]. The track now leads north for a little while around the ridge and climbs the hill for another 500m, passing through a ferny forest, to find a yellow 'warning' sign[153]. From this sign, the track leads left and up the bank, coming to an intersection with the Sublime Point management trail, where a 'Mount Solitary' sign[154] points back along the track.

(17.46 km) Int of Kedumba River track and Sublime Point trail to Int of Sublime Point trail and Kedumba Valley Rd
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 427 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 38 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Wentworth Falls' sign[155] uphill along the wide management trail as it bends left. The trail leads past a small cave[156] (on your left) and further uphill, the trail bends right. Soon after, the trail leads down a short hill[157] to come to a clear three-way intersection[158] with a 'Leura via Fern Bower' sign[159] pointing back along the trail.

(17.88 km) Int of Sublime Point and Waterboard Servicetrails to End of Kedumba River Rd
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 3.15 km Time = 1 hr 26 mins
Climb = 350 m Descent = -73 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads north, uphill along the management trail, following the sign to 'Wentworth Falls'. After the uphill section, the trail turns to the right and starts heading steeply up between the gap in the cliffs. The walk passes a locked gate and continues steeply up the hill until reaching the top, where the track curves around to the bends again sharply to the left - there are some great views from here. From the top of the cliffs, the track zigzags north along a relatively flat management trail until coming to the end of Kedumba Valley Rd, marked by a large towering gateway with small track around it.

(21.04 km) End of Kedumba River Rd to King's Tableland Intersection
Walk: Easy - road,servicetrail
Length = 5.18 km Time = 1 hr 41 mins
Climb = 163 m Descent = -102 m
Continue straight: From the end of Kedumba River Rd at the large archway, this walk heads north along the wide dirt road. This gradually curves around left (at the junction with Kings Tableland Rd, unsignposted), becoming Tableland Rd. The walk continues along Tableland Rd for some time, before coming into a more suburban area and turning left into Hordern Rd. At the far end of Hordern Rd, there is a 'T' intersection with a dirt road.
Turn right: From the end of Hordern Rd, this walk heads north along the management trail, away from the power lines, and after approximately 100m passes a large wire gate. Another 100m on from here, the trail passes a large green gate and sign saying 'Kings Tableland Track'. After this, the flat management trail continues until coming to an intersection with another management trail, signposted as the 'Rocket Point Track.

King's Tableland Alt = 853 m
The first point of Aboriginal and European contact in the Blue Mountains, King's Tableland is a significant Aboriginal meeting spot. Historical and cultural sites on the tableland include open campsites, occupation shelters, axe grinding grooves, stone arrangements and art sites, including cave paintings and rock engravings.

(26.21 km) King's Tableland Intersection to The archway intersection
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 427 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -48 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Rocket Point Track' sign north along the smaller management trail. As the track begins to go downhill, it narrows into a bush track. The track gently winds along until coming to an intersection with another bush track, marked by signs pointing to 'Rocket Point' and 'Wentworth Falls'.
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Rocket Point' sign down the narrow track (with the main valley to the right). Soon the track comes to an unfenced rock platform on a right-hand bend in the track, with great views over the valley (but not of the falls). From the view, the walk follows the stone steps down along the rock face to soon come to an intersection just before the large rock archway at the 'Rocket Point Lookout' sign.

(26.64 km) The Archway Intersection to Rocket Point Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 19 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -13 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows 'Rocket Point Lookout' sign, keeping the rock face to the right. Soon the track leads to the fenced and signposted 'Rocket Point Lookout' and its great views of Wentworth Falls and surrounding valley.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Rocket Point Lookout Alt = 804 m
Rocket Point Lookout is a fenced and signposted lookout, high on the cliff south-west of Wentworth Falls, in the Blue Mountains National Park. The lookout provides a good view down Wentworth Falls and into the valley. There is also a great view of the Sublime Point escarpment. The lookout itself has an interesting sandstone wall and is just down from a natural rock arch.

(26.64 km) The archway intersection to Top of Wentworth Falls
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 143 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -27 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads through the rock arch, away from the face of the 'Rocket Point Lookout' sign. The track heads downhill into a valley and then continues around the hill to soon come to an intersection, marked with a 'Round Walk' sign (just above another track, small creek and falls).
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the track away from the 'Round Walk' sign to zigzag down the hill a short distance to the well-managed and fenced track below (marked with a 'Rocket Point Circuit' pointing back up).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk keeps the handrail on the left and cross a small creek using the stepping stones. The track soon leads to a large pool, Queen's Cascades and a fenced creek crossing, the top of Wentworth Falls.

Queen's Cascades Alt = 799 m
Queen's Cascades[160] are a lovely set of falls on the Jamison Creek at the top of Wentworth Falls. The creek heads down the wide, two-stage cascades into a sandy pool. From the pool, the water flows between the stepping stones, under the fence and down the very tall Wentworth Falls. There are also great views to Sublime Point across the valley.

(26.78 km) Top of Wentworth Falls to Weeping Rock waterfall
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 102 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From top of Wentworth Falls, this walk crosses the creek on the stepping stones keeping the view to the left (the creek may be impassable after rain). The walk heads up the log steps (passing some more nice views of Jamison Creek) to soon come to a three-way intersection, with a sign pointing back to 'Wentworth Falls' and 'Wentworth Pass'.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Weeping Rock Circuit' and 'Darwins walk' signs up a few steps and between the rocks. The track soon leads to a great view of Weeping Rock, then heads down some steps onto a slippery rock platform, beside a pool at the base of Weeping Rock waterfall.

Weeping Rock Alt = 804 m
Weeping Rock is a waterfall on Jamison Creek, upstream of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains National Park. The water falls over the wide circular top overhang, to then cascade down the rocks to a pool below. A staircase beside the falls helps walkers view this waterfall from different angles. This is a nice cool spot on hot days. The rocks are slippery and there are no fences, care is needed.

(26.89 km) Weeping Rock waterfall to Int of Charles Darwin and Weeping Rock Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 35 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the bottom of Weeping Rock, this walk heads up the metal staircase (with the falls to the right). At the top of the falls, the track continues upstream, across the slippery rock platform, keeping the lovely view of Jamison Creek to the right. The track soon heads up some steps to an intersection with 'Darwins Walk' and a sign pointing back to 'Weeping Rock Circuit'.

(26.92 km) Int of Charles Darwin and Weeping Rock Tracks to Wentworth Falls Railway Station
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,footpath
Length = 2.65 km Time = 51 mins
Climb = 116 m Descent = -58 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads alongside Jamison Creek (creek to the right)following the signs along the Charles Darwin Walk. The track soon crosses two small streamlets and continues up the main creek along a mixture of bush track and boardwalk. This passes a great section of overhanging cliff on the other side of the creek. After this, the track rises slightly before going down to an intersection with a track signposted as the way up to Fletcher St, on the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads upstream beside the creek. This track goes along a mixture of boardwalk and bush track until continuing on a long section of boardwalk. The walk crosses the creek and goes up a steep set of stairs, then past a beautiful section of creek where the water cascades down the rocks.
Shortly the cascades, the track crosses the creek using a foot bridge and comes to a signposted intersection with 'Parkes Street' track (on the left).
From the intersection, this walk follows the clear track upstream (keeping the creek through the bush, on the right). The track bends right passing a bench seat and crossing the creek on a footbridge. On the other side of the bridge the walk climbs the stairs then gently meanders along the side of the creek till coming to a clearing. On the other side of the clearing the walk comes to an intersection just before the pipe bridge.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows 'Village' sign along the track and under the large pipeline (keeping Jamison Creek on the left). The track meanders alongside the creek over some timber platforms and through a lovely Banksia grove. After a short time the walk passes a 'Charles Darwin walk' sign and comes to an intersection with a timber bridge on the left of the track.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the stairs (away from the bridge and creek) and turns left. The walk almost immediately comes to an intersection with a set of stairs (heading up to Page Ave on the right) and a sign pointing to 'Wilson Park'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows 'Wilson Park' and 'Village' signs down some steps and along the track (keeping the creek to the left). The track soon passes a bush regeneration information sign and heads into an open pine forest. The walk then crosses the creek on a small timber bridge and heads up the hill. Soon the track passes under the 'Charles Darwin Walk' arch and enters Wilson Park (just next to the tennis courts).
Continue straight: From the the archway in Wilson Park, this walk heads away from the tennis courts, keeping the creek on the right. At the far end of the park, the walk comes to the Great Western Highway and turns right. After about 150m, this walk crosses the highway at the traffic lights and heads up Station St, past the shops and up to Wentworth Falls Railway Station on the right.

Catch the train from Wentworth Falls Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Wentworth Falls Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
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Drive from Wentworth Falls Railway Station
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

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Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 1.7 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 2 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 30 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 30.5 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 30.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Scenic Railway - Ruined Castle - Mt Solitary - Kedumba River - Wentworth Falls.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Scenic Railway - Ruined Castle - Mt Solitary - Kedumba River - Wentworth Falls
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5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
28 km (to the WNW)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 28 km (to the WNW)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 29 km (to the NNW)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 30 km (to the E)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 35 km (to the NE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
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A few showers, easing.
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100% humidity     (as at 28/09:00am)
Thu      11°A few showers, easing.
Fri|12°Partly cloudy.
Sat|13°Mostly sunny.
Sun|16°Mostly sunny.
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Blue Mountains National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park
Closure information last downloaded Thursday 28th of August 2014 11:00 AM
CLOSED AREAS
Advising that Glenbrook Precinct of Blue Mountains National Park has reopenedAerial Pest Control (Ends Friday 29 August)

The following areas of the southern Blue Mountains National Park & Kanangra-Boyd National Park will be closed from Tuesday 26th of August 2014 to Thursday 28th of August 2014 (inclusive), for an aerial pest control operation;
- Kowmung River corridor, from Mathesons Creek to Kelpie Pt (Cox's River)
- Colong / Billys Creek & Church Creek Caves
- Limeburners Flat
- Scotts Main Range & Mt Cookem bushwalkers corridor
- Bullnigang, Millnigang & Jooriland Ridges
- Tonalli Tablelands and Broken Rock Range area
There will be no access for any persons by any means. The reserve will be re-opened on Friday 29th of August 2014.
Burralow Picnic and Camping Area closed due to local flooding. - Burralow Creek camping groundClaustral Canyon access change
Access to Claustral Canyon via the previous route across private land at Mt Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mt Tomah residents and avoid using private land.
Alternative access from the west side of Mt Bell has been identified. For details please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre, phone 02 4787 8877; open seven days 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.
Fire affected areas remain closed
NPWS is conducting risk assessments of fire affected areas in an effort to re-open sites to the public as soon as possible. Until assessments and/or required work is completed, the following areas remain closed:
  • Mt Banks walking and cycling track
 Please continue to check the website for further updates, as re-openings will be posted on a regular basis.

Locations affected: Mount Banks Summit walk, Mount Banks Road cycle route
Overcliff track - Wentworth Falls - Overcliff-Undercliff track
The Overcliff Track between Lyrebird and Breakfast Point lookouts remains closed due to storm damage.
The Waratah Native Gardens
The Waratah Native Gardens precinct of Blue Mountains National Park will be closed to the public until Spring 2014 due to major landslip event occurring across the Gorge Walking Track – a full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The precinct will be closed at the Valley Ridges Road Berambing entry gate (west of Bilpin).

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Yen Ho IP:122.152.148.xxx | 2009-07-21 03:02:12
This track is great, but after Chinaman's Gully campsite the track is not very well marked, and the old markings have faded and very hard to find.
Paul Harmon - Golden Staircase to Mount Soli IP:123.243.11.xxx | 2010-03-22 05:19:21
This last weekend myself and a mate (both about 60 yrs) started at the Golden Staircase went accross to Mount Solitary and then down accross the Kadumba River and then up to the locked gate on Kadumba Valley Rd (this is a 2 day version of this walk that is best described at: http://ozultimate.com/bushwalking/walk.php?nid=237

We found this a very challenging but rewarding walk - some of the scambles are verging on climbs and some of the time the footing can be a bit difficult.

On a previous walk, in the wet, we had returned via the Golden staircase and found it treacherous. Having said that desceding the staircase on a fine day was no trouble at all.

When it comes to water we carried 4 litres each but probably used more than 6 by the time we reached the Kedumba river. It was not too hot and, with care, we certainly would have survived on 4 but we found slowly trickling water in the very lowest reaches of the Chinaman’s gully creek so we drank freely. There is another creek further east that other walkers told us still had water but with a little more dry weather Solitary could soon be completely dry so be careful.
Pc - mt solitary IP:58.110.154.xxx | 2010-03-27 02:29:20
i found the climb up the mt solitary very challenging specially on a wet and dark weather
this walk is certainly not for beginners
Itsfun - Chinaman's Gully Creek Registered | 2010-08-31 07:37:50
Had a great walk from Golden stairs to Mt solitary today.
There is no moving water in the creek at the moment so be prepared and carry water in.
Was an absolutely beautiful sunny day, although a bit windy climbing the knife.
Fantastic website you have got here..
Rajiv - Golden Staircase to Kedumba Ri IP:163.189.7.xxx | 2010-10-06 00:48:17
My friend and I parked the car and did the walk from the locked gate at end of Kedumba River Road, Wentworth Falls, to Golden Staircase via Kedumba River and Mt Solitary. The track notes are excellent, and we took about 4 litres of water each. The weather was perfect for walking, overcast with a breeze and we completed the walk in 8 hours (7AM to 3PM). We are in our mid fifties.
JRae - Optional route IP:115.64.40.xxx | 2011-05-26 11:32:20
I was thinking of following Kedumba and Jamison rivers back to wentworth falls on the 3rd day. Has anyone done this or anyone who has walked the track have any views/opinions on the third leg and whether it might be worth changing? Only because the third leg seems like roads and nothing challenging, though some nice views.
admin - re: Optional route Super Administrator | 2011-05-26 11:40:54
JRae wrote:
I was thinking of following Kedumba and Jamison rivers back to wentworth falls on the 3rd day. Has anyone done this or anyone who has walked the track ....

Hi JRae
Sounds like fun. I am in the process of putting up another couple of walks that sounds similar to what you want. A fair bit on management trail walking, but better than the road. I hope to have it up next week. Fling me an e-mail (matt@wildwalks.com) and I can let you know when it is live.
Thanks
Matt :)
Richo - General Info. IP:124.169.140.xxx | 2011-12-30 03:15:08
Myself and a mate just completed this hike. our first one , found the endless climbing hard and the big descent into Kedumba river very testing. Took approx 6 ltrs water each which just lasted to Kedumba river.Our packs weighed approx 25kg each which obviously made the hike harder.Found the tracknotes very accurate although some of the climbs seemed longer and steeper than suggested.Turn off track at Chinamans Gully was hard to find and we lost an hour roaming around getting frustrated it needs a sign or arrow or paint or something. I am 45 and thought i was fit for my age due to alot of cycling but this was a very hard slog,but it sure felt good to get out of that very steep valley[Kedumba]and reach the main gate.We were lucky to get a lift from there back to Scenic Railway to get our car, so we did'nt have to hike right in to Wenty Falls. If you can i suggest to get picked up from the gate or leave a car there prior.All in all we were very proud to do it but physically broken at the end.Good luck.....
admin - re: General Info. Super Administrator | 2011-12-30 05:56:43
Richo wrote:
Myself and a mate just completed this hike. our first one , found the endless climbing hard and the big descent into Kedumba river very testing........

Hi Richo
Glad you enjoyed the challenging walk. You picked a challenging walk for your first time, sounds very hard with 25kg packs as well :) Thanks for the feedback. glad the notes where helpful. Any feedback on how to make the notes clearer at Chinaman's Gully would be appreciated. It is a funny intersection.
Matt :)
Kurtos - General Info. IP:123.243.58.xxx | 2012-01-01 06:42:41
Hi all,
I am the mate that went with "Richo" on this amazing hike. Like already stated, it was a first hike and unlike Richo, aren't 'as' fit and active as he is. Just to sum up, richo wrote most of the important notes of the track. Just wanted to add and let people know:
1. Make sure you get an early start to get to your first designated campsite. Unfortunatly, we arrived late due to bad traffic. So early start is key.
2. Chinaman's Gully campsite had honestly the best viewpoint on the entire hike. Absolutly AMAZING.
3. leeches!!! Bad enough to watch out for tick's, snakes and damn goanna's. So just quickly check before heading off how bad the leechs are in the area.
Apart from that, it is a hard hike and really need to have previous experience hiking. Also need to be physically and mentally strong.
Good Luck, Have Fun.
Andrew - Awesome views (but leeches!) IP:121.44.22.xxx | 2012-04-09 04:43:05
Was a great hike. Quite challenging but definitely worth it. We camped at Kedumba river and the leeches were everywhere! We literally flicked over 20 off our clothes and boots... bring some strong leech repellent!
admin - Awesome views (but leeches!) Super Administrator | 2012-04-11 14:28:18
Thanks Andrew
Yeah crazy Leech season this year, they have been going nuts.
Glad you enjoy the walk, I love the views from the Mt S, well I loved most of this walk.
Matt :)
Zara - Estimated time IP:124.186.92.xxx | 2012-09-10 07:12:34
Looking at doing this walk when my partner and I come to the Blue Mountains next March. I just wondering what time roughly everyone arrived at Wentworth Falls Railway on the 3rd day?
admin - re: Estimated time Super Administrator | 2012-09-16 22:33:01
Zara wrote:
Looking at doing this walk when my partner and I come to the Blue Mountains next March. I just wondering what time roughly everyone arrived at Wentworth Falls Railway on the 3rd day?

Hi Zara
It is about 6hrs walking time, you might want to check out this option.
http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/blue-mountains-katoomba/mt-solitary-and-kedumba-valley-circuit.html
More camping options on the second night, so you can get much closer to Wentworth Falls. You will need to make a bit of a detour from the notes by turning right at 29.68, to walk up to the Katoomba Station. Hope that helps
Happy walking
Matt :)
Pat - challenging IP:121.210.16.xxx | 2013-01-26 02:20:40
did this walk on december 8th 2012 with me mate .. we wanted a challenge and planned to do the whole track in a day(highly not recommended) ... started at 7am from katoomba station and finished at 9 pm at wentworth falls .. the tracks on top of mt solitary are very faint with only brush marks to point the way ... we got lost for an hour trying to find the tracks ... overall it was a great track and planning to do it again someday overnight ... but we couldnt find the logbook .. where exactly is it ??
admin - Challenging Super Administrator | 2013-01-27 21:39:15
Hi Pat
Yep that would be a big day - you did very will finishing it in 14 hours.
The log book is about 5m ahead at the point described in the notes - near the edge of the cliff - I have some photos here that might help. it does take a few minutes to find. Log books like this are generally out of clear site.
http://www.wildwalks.com/i.html?image_id=315698
Hope that is helpful.
Matt :)
Brosh - Question? IP:60.242.115.xxx | 2013-02-16 01:41:07
Has anyone done this walk in the other direction, finishing at the scenic railway. Obviously it makes it even steeper getting up Mt Solitary, but any other problems?
admin - re: Question? Super Administrator | 2013-02-17 23:13:32
Brosh wrote:
Has anyone done this walk in the other direction

Hi Brosh
No worries you can do this walk either way. The climbs are different - not sure it is any easier or harder either way. Maybe climbing down the scrambles on the east side is a little harder then climbing up. But if you are comfortable with rock scrambles and off track navigation then either way is much the same either way.
happy walking
Matt :)
David IP:170.148.144.xxx | 2013-04-02 23:12:49
Was a long and challenging walk, but really rewarding once you complete it. We completed it in the 3 days, but unfortunately started off from the golden staircase at 12pm so had to camp just past ruined castle on the first night, which made the Day 2 walk slightly longer and more challenging to the Kedumba river. As others have stated, the leeches were a nuisance, but apart from that the weather was great. There was water at Singa Jingawell (as at April 1) and that was useful as we had used more water than expected. We found the track notes extremely helpful and we are grateful you have taken the time to put them together. However, we have found some additions that might be useful for future hikers attempting the walk.

1. Chinamans Gully - suggest you mention to continue to head east and straight ahead up the hill next to the large rock on the right (you have a view over the valley to the right as you climb this)
2. On Day 3 when you reach Tableland rd, it might be useful to mention that the road turns left at the Hospital. (We were on tablelands rd for a while not knowing if we were correct or not, as the signage is non existant.)
Gaurav - Camping IP:14.200.83.xxx | 2014-04-06 01:44:13
I am planning for this walk on easter holidays. could anyone please let me know if I can do a camping near to this walk?
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