Scenic Railway to Leura Forest

Download & Print Map and Notes

4 hrs 30 mins

6.7 km Return

622 m

Moderate track
Any walk that begins with a trip on the world’s steepest railway is bound to be exciting, but its the tranquility of Leura Forest that makes this walk extra special. From the bottom of the Scenic Railway, this walk goes through the cool forest at the base of the cliffs, until reaching Leura Forest. This is a great spot to relax and enjoy the serenity of a day in the bush before returning back along the bush track.

Maps for the Scenic Railway to Leura Forest walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Six Foot Track 1:50 000 Map Series Six Foot Track NSW-six-foot-track
Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series 89301S KATOOMBA NSW-89301S
Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 KATOOMBA 8930

Cross sectional view of the Scenic Railway to Leura Forest bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Scenic Railway to Leura Forest

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 6.7 km
Time 4 hrs 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


3km of this walk has short steep hills and another 340m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (300m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

Around 3.3km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 300m follows a smooth and hardened path.


This whole walk, 3.6km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 3.6km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 3.6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 3.6km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Scenic Railway to Leura Forest walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Scenic Railway to Leura Forest walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Scenic Railway to Leura Forest walk starts and ends at the Scenic World (gps: -33.728585, 150.30095)
Your transport options to Scenic World are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

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 Forest

This walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂