The Shortcut Track

Download & Print Map and Notes

30 mins

1.1 km One way

42 m

Moderate track
While not as spectacular as other walks in the Wentworth Falls area, this walk is not without it’s charm. Going from Conservation Hut to the Falls Picnic Area, this track does provide a great access route between two popular picnic and eating locations, and access to many of the walks in the area.

Maps for the The Shortcut Track 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 The Shortcut Track bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Shortcut Track

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 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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 720m of this walk is flat with no steps, whilst the remaining 390m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

Around 720m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 390m follows a smooth and hardened path.


This whole walk, 1.1km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 1.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 1.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 1km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 110m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the The Shortcut Track walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the The Shortcut Track walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The The Shortcut Track walk starts at the Conservation Hut (gps: -33.720216, 150.3629)
Your main transport option to Conservation Hut is by;
Car. There is free parking available.
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The The Shortcut Track ends at the The Falls Picnic Area (gps: -33.724911, 150.37)
Your main transport option to The Falls Picnic Area is by;
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 🙂