Prince Henry Cliff Walk (Leura to Echo Point)
Walking Track Description
The Blue Mountains, almost 100km west of Sydney, are pivotal in Australian colonial history. Having crossed these inhospitable ranges the British settlers surveyed (with awe) the abundant pastoral plains of Bathurst that sustained NSW from infancy to it’s adolescence.
The most famous and most visited town in the Blue Mountains is Katoomba, second only to it’s nearest and cutest, neighbour, Leura, where the Prince Henry Cliff Walk starts.
The walk starts at the Leura Cascades picnic area, a great place to soak in the mountain air and soak up the views across the Jamison Valley. The concrete path commences near a large information sign (and map), becoming rockier as it descends beside Leura Cascades creek towards Bridal Veil lookout.
The walk continues alongside the Prince Henry Drive, until it reaches a stunning lookout, Tarpeian Rock. This elevated vantage point offers clear views of Mt Solitary. From this pont, the track becomes a little more challenging, climbing uphill and presenting a tough climb of steps towards OlympianRock and across a high concrete bridge to Elysian Rock. Yes, they like rocks up this way.
From here, the walk follows the cliff line all the way to Millamurra and Tallawarra Lookouts, both speccy and both presenting sweeping views over the valley while you catch your breath. The last part of the climb will see you reach the stunning rock towers at Echo Point, known as the Three Sisters. This last climb is long but steady and the 180 to 270 degree view of the Jamison Valley on show from this lookout is seriously incredible, you can see for miles and miles.
From Echo Point there are numerous walks to take, including the exhilarating descent from Echo Point to the Scenic Railway via the Giant Staircase.