The stunning National Pass walking track at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains. Photo from the NSW NPWS website.
The National Pass is a loop walk with stunning waterfalls at both ends. It offers fantastic views of the Jamison valley through dry eucalypt forest. The walk is approximately 5.4 kilometres and takes about 3.5 hours to complete. The difficulty level of the walk is classified as hard, which means that some sections of the walk will require reasonable fitness.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends to put sunscreen before setting out and to bring a hat, plenty of drinking water, and if bushwalking, a topographic map and compass or a GPS. The National Pass can be quite popular on weekends, so it may be well to remember that parking can be limited. Note as well that some sections of the track can become impassable after rain, thus a weather check would be most recommended before setting out.
The National Pass takes you to Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains. Photo from the NSW NPWS website.
Think Before You Trek bush safety initiative between the NSW Police Force and the National Parks and Wildlife Service operates in the park, so please don't forget to check out the website before a trek. This bush safety initiative aims to provide bushwalkers and adventurers in the Blue Mountains with a free loaned Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). It is easy to get lost in the Blue Mountains National park which covers over a quarter of a million hectares of land and the PLB can save your and your companions' lives. Click here for the Think Before You Trek bush safety initiative website.
Don't get discouraged by the preliminaries. The National Pass may be a difficult walk, but the rewards can be exhilarating. The track is built into the side of the cliff where every step you take gives you spectacular and probably unrivalled views of the many wonders of the Blue Mountains and the Jamison Valley below. Empress, Silvia, and Lodore Falls will welcome you to the Valley of Waters, and it is recommended that you bring your camera and maybe a water proof coat. Walk up the Giant Staircase hand-built by men with picks and shovels 100 years ago, which leads to the incredible Wentworth Falls and the awesome views from the Jamison lookout.
Access to the National Pass is through the Conservation Hut at Fletcher Street, Wentworth Falls, a suburb of the Blue Mountains. It is approximately 90 minutes' drive from Sydney. To get to Conservation Hut, turn left to Falls Road from the Great Western Highway, then turn right to Fletcher Street.