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The Giant Stairway, Katoomba (Blue Mountains)

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Published June 26th 2014
Can you conquer the Giant Stairway?
Sitting in the prestigious World Heritage Area of the Blue Mountains lay the Three Sisters and all of their glory, nestled in between the breathtaking valleys and mountains. What really steals your breath away is getting so close to them that you can almost touch them...

The Giant Stairway is the gateway to really get up close and personal to these magnificent towering sandstone rock formations.

A view of some of the stairs at the Giant Stairway...


At 540 metres in length with 911 steps hewn from the cliff face and thirty two steel staircases, the aptly named Giant Stairway drops almost three hundred metres to the floor of the mighty Jamison Valley below the Three Sisters.

It officially opened in 1932, and according to the Newcastle Morning Herald (back in that time) it was seen as a "triumph of nerve and skill" and I agree with this!

Once you make your way down the steep stairway you are welcomed with one of, if not, the most spectacular view of the Three Sisters and the lingering valleys below.

A breathtaking view of the mountains from the Giant Stairway...


There is so much more to be discovered on foot at this glorious World Heritage Area. There are walks from the Giant Stairway, which follows to Dardanelles pass to the Leura Forest, all the way to the tracks along to the Federal Pass and then they climb back up to Echo Point where it all started (It is a 3 hour circuit walk).

The stairway is strenuous and does require moderate fitness level, as the stairs are quite steep and provide entry to the Jamison Valley, descending approximately 300m via more than 800 steps and runways.

Close up view of the top of one of the Three Sisters from the stairway...


Be sure to bring plenty of drinking water (this is essential... trust me), and sandshoes or flat shoes are a must- the stairway is secured with rails and metal stairs for the most part.

From Echo Point Lookout, the Giant Stairway is awaiting to be conquered. It takes around twenty minutes from the lookout to the entrance of the stairway, then the journey of conquering begins with its steep series of narrow steps and picturesque views.

Some of the mountain views from the stairway...


This is slightly challenging for some people, so ensure you are in moderate health to take on these mighty stairs.

This is an absolute must do when you are visiting the Blue Mountains, as there is nothing more thrilling than seeing the Three Sisters in a different perspective and up close-not from vantage point lookouts, but rather get close enough that you can almost touch them...

There is metered parking near Echo Point Lookout or alternatively you can catch the bus, which stops near the lookout.

Close up views of the stunning mountains...
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Why? To see the Blue Mountains and Three Sisters in a different perspective...
When: All year round
Where: Echo Point Rd, Katoomba (enter from Echo Point Lookout near the visitors centre)
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I am glad I bought back memories- thank you Mary :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|298) 382 days ago
Thank you for the article.It brings back very sweet memories.Wish we had places like this in our crowded cities in India...but we do have lots of Indian history and the beautiful Taj Mahal.
Mary Bhalla
by Bhall (score: 1|12) 382 days ago
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