10 Amazing Places To Get Fit In Katoomba
May 24, 2018
We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, tourists flock in the thousands to come see our amazing natural beauty.
So why not take advantage of this, get outside, appreciate the beauty, have an amazing day and work on your health and fitness all at the same time.
So here are my top 10 places to get fit in/around Katoomba, in no particular order.
The Giant Stairway
Now this is no small feat and you will be working hard throughout this one, but this does expose you to some of the most incredible views, and some incredible natural beauty as you head into the valley.
There is aprox. 800 steps involved, so amazing calves and legs here you come, and if you want to go for a longer walk and not climb the stairs back out, you can continue down the track to scenic world, and either catch the historic scenic railway back to the top, or if you want to push your fitness even further for the day you can climb the furber steps to the top.
Either way, you are in for a treat, and a spectacular day.
I would take a picnic lunch or something of this nature to enjoy on the valley floor, take in the beauty of nature and reconnect. Get a 2 for 1 deal, destress and spend quality time with those important to you, and work on your health all at the same time.
Wentworth Falls Lake Track
Everybody knows Wentworth Falls lake, it is a favourite of my niece’s nothing like seeing the ducks, playing on the equipment and just running around like a kid.
But what a lot of people don’t know is that there is a full track loop that you can walk, and at the peak of it there is a stunning view of the entire lake, especially if you get the time of day right.
This is one for a more gentle day, despite being a 3.5km walk it is mostly flat and just a lovely walk through nature, around the lake, it standarly takes 1.5-2 hours to do and is perfect for some quality time with a friend to chat and catch up on the week, while getting in some extra exercise.
Remember every bit helps.
Dardanelles Pass Loop Walking Track
Are you wanting with something more of a challenge, or to see some of the most incredible views the mountains have to offer, than look no further.
On this 5.3km walk, you will see waterfalls, rainforest and breathtaking views of the Jamison Valley, not to mention it starts at the 3 sisters so you can have a quick look as well, on top of that you get to enjoy the Prince Henry Cliff walk as well.
Now, this is a grade 4 walk and I would recommend doing the Giant Stairway first because that is part of it. But if you feel up to it this is a wonderful way to spend a day off.
The Three Sisters Walk
Looking for something gentle quick and with one of the number one attractions in the Mountains, then look no further than the 3 sisters walk.
Pass through the archway near Echo Point and you will find yourself in the beautiful bush land, continue on that path and you will soon be at Oreades look out. From there you can take it a bit further and head to Lady Game lookout.
And if you are for some stairs and even more incredible view take the stairs to Honeymoon Bridge which connects to the first sister.
Located off Minni Ha Ha Road in Katoomba this is a nice gentle walk through some stunning bush and well worth a visit especially on a hot day, the falls are perfect for swimming.
The walk will take you about an hour and is a 1.5km return. Great for a family day out there is a swing and picnic tables near the start of the track, plus many shallow pools for kids to swim in along the way.
But continue to the end and you will find a beautiful swimming hole that is deep and if the weather permits is well worth a swim.
Plus plenty of places to sit and have a picnic lunch and enjoy some time out in nature.
Once you have taken in the beauty, had a nice rest, just retrace your steps and head back to the car.
6 Foot Track
Now we are getting serious to fully complete the 6-foot track will take you 3 days, so you will need a pack, tent, food the whole nine yards. If you are up for that it is an incredible walk spanning 44km taking you from Katoomba to the Jenolan Caves. This is an amazing experience for anyone who is up for a challenge.
However if you aren’t keen to invest 3 days and to camp, there are many smaller walks that you can do starting at Explores Tree.
You can do the walk to Nellies Glen this is just under 5 km return trip and has some very challenging parts to it, but there are some great lookouts along the way, plus stairs and some fun terrain to test your fitness and strength.
This is a much better option for a one day option and should take around 2 hours, if you really want to push and see some history of the mountains and extend the walk out to 8 kms return you can continue on the Megalong Village before heading back.
Just depends on how hard you want to work that day and what you want to see.
Valley Of The Waters
This is a beautiful return trip walk that can start and end with a coffee and incredible views, I don’t know about you but I was already sold on this fact.
Starting at the famous Conservation Hut in Wentworth Falls you can grab a to-go coffee and sit out at one of the picnic tables and appreciate the incredible views.
From here you can head off on this 1.5 km walk, despite not being very far this is a grade 4 walk and will take you about an hour and a half.
This walk explores a portion of the Wentworth Pass Track that we discuss below, so a good introduction to it. Along the way, you will pass many waterfalls which in the early morning produce the most magnificent views and mist coming down over the track.
You can also stop at many lookouts, to catch your breath, only to have it taken away again by the spectacular views, including the Queen Victoria and Empress Lookout.
Wentworth Pass Loop Walking Track
This is on the tougher scale grade 4 again, a 5 km loop and will take 4-5 hours, but it is worth every challenge.
This walk begins at the Wentworth Falls Lookout, with breathtaking views of the Jamison Valley.
From this starting point, you head down to the top of Wentworth Falls (the falls themselves not the suburb) before joining the National Pass, if the weather permits the pool beneath the falls is an ideal spot for a swim or cold therapy depending on the time of year.
Then continue onto the Valley of Waters, then make your return trip to the Conservation Hut, grab a coffee and then take the shortcut track back to your car.
Govetts Leap Descent
This has to be one of the mountains hidden gems, not as famous as the Three sisters or the Wentworth Falls but is absolutely worth the trip up to Blackheath.
You start the walk at Govetts Leap Lookout which gives spectacular sweeping views of the valley.
You then head off and end up at the base of the falls, the walk is showered a bit as you head down form the moss hanging off the cliff above.
This is one of my personal favourites and has one of the most stunning tracks around.
The walk is 1.2km and will take about an hour and 45 mins to complete.
Make sure you bring your water and your camera for this walk, but not one you want to miss.
Grand Canyon Track
Saved the best for last this is an iconic walk opened in 1907 this beautiful walk takes you directly into the heart of the heritage listed landscape that is the Blue Mountains.
You start out at Evans lookout and head down into the valley, with a well-covered track and close Greaves Creek, the combination of the plant life and running water makes a perfect track during the summer months.
This will take you across many creeks, past a few waterfalls, and some amazing views of sandstone walls and rock overhangs.
This is a 6 km loop, lovely with a picnic lunch if you want to break it up.