Conservation Hut to Empress Falls

Download & Print Map and Notes

1 Hr

1.1 km Return

145 m

Hard track
For those that like waterfalls, this is a fantastic walk. The walk has some very steep sections, down and back up to Conservation Hut. However, the steep climbs are worth it for the stunning waterfalls and magnificent canyon experience.

Maps for the Conservation Hut to Empress Falls 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.
Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series 89301S KATOOMBA NSW-89301S
Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 KATOOMBA 8930

Cross sectional view of the Conservation Hut to Empress Falls bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Conservation Hut to Empress Falls

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 1.1 km
Time 1 Hr

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

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


350m of this walk has short steep hills and another 110m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (90m) is very steep.

Quality of track

Around 500m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 55m follows a smooth and hardened path.


This whole walk, 560m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 380m of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 180m requires some bushwalking experience.


Around 470m of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 85m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.


Around 290m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 270m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Conservation Hut to Empress Falls walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Conservation Hut to Empress Falls walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Conservation Hut to Empress Falls walk starts and ends at the Conservation Hut (gps: -33.720216, 150.3629)
Your transport options to Conservation Hut 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 🙂