3 hrs 30 mins

4.6 km Circuit

773 m

Hard track
This walk offers fantastic views of the Jamison Valley and the surrounding cliffs. Take time to explore the historic and very scenic ledge halfway down the cliffs. There are beautiful waterfalls at both ends and recent track maintenance has made this walk easier and more enjoyable. Allow time to soak up the wonders of the cliffs and waterfalls of this area before returning to Conservation Hut via the Shortcut Track.

Maps for the National Pass 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 National Pass bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the National Pass

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 4.6 km
Time 3 hrs 30 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
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


2.1km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 970m is flat with no steps and the remaining 490m is very steep.

Quality of track

2.4km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (670m) follows a smooth and hardened path.


Around 2.8km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 1.9km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 2.4km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


Around 2.3km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 2.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 4.2km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 430m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the National Pass walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the National Pass walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The National Pass walk starts and ends at the Conservation Hut (gps: -33.720216, 150.3629)
Your main transport option to Conservation Hut 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



Short URL = http://wild.tl/tnpt

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 🙂