Conservation Hut to Empress Lookout

30 mins

762 m Return

95 m

Moderate track
This is a walk that engages the senses, from Conservation Hut into the Valley of the Waters. The walk starts off with coffee aromas from Conservation Hut and winds down through the inspiring bushland, with a number of views along the way. The turn-around point of Empress Lookout doesn’t have the greatest views but the sounds of Empress Falls roaring through the canyon are quite enjoyable.

Maps for the Conservation Hut to Empress Lookout 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 Lookout bushwalking track

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

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 762 m
Time 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 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


Around 270m of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 110m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

Around 320m 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, 380m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 380m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 380m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 270m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 110m 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 Conservation Hut to Empress Lookout walk.

Other Nearby walks

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

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Conservation Hut to Empress Lookout 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 :)