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“Perfect place for an afternoon hike”
Review of The National Pass

The National Pass
Reviewed 10 June 2014

We started at the conservation hut and walked anti clockwise towards Wentworth Falls on the Nature Track which was the opposite of the majority of people on the track. At Empress Falls, we then joined onto the National Pass. It was a fantastic walk that went past little streams, amazing look outs and water falls. It had been raining in the days leading up to our walk so the path was quite wet but this just made it a little bit more exciting. We found that Empress falls (more cascades, more water flow) was more beautiful than Wentworth so if you only have time for one, I know which I would prefer. The map and signs told us it would take approx 6 hours to complete but it only took about 3.5 hours. We walked quite slow in some parts and stopped many times to take photos and enjoy the view. In regards to the level of difficulty, I thought the rating given on the signs and website of 'Hard' was a little extreme. I'm not a massive hiker and although there were lots of stairs and I was out of breath on some parts, it was not too difficult. A person of decent health (but not much fitness) can easily do this walk.

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

This is a great walk passing through several different environments and with some spectacular views. It goes across the top of Wentworth Falls, down the steep, narrow steps of the Grand Staircase, originally carved by hand out of the cliff face in 1908, back across the middle of the falls between the upper and lower drops and then along a ledge halfway up the cliff face for most of the rest of it. The views both looking down at the valley and up at the cliffs towering above you are amazing. The walk passes through damp and dry sections, lush rainforest and barren rock. At the end the climb up alongside Empress Falls is pretty cool.
The track was refurbished in 2008 and is very well made and maintained. If you have three hours to spare in the mountains, it is definitely worth doing. Much more spectacular than the Three Sisters!

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Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Probably one of the most beautiful walks and waterfalls I've ever seen! Well worth the trek out there from Sydney! Some great pics to be taken

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Reviewed 20 January 2014

My wife and I hiked the National Pass trail on 2 January 2014 and it was one of the major highlights of our 3-1/2 week small campervan tour of eastern and central NSW to see and hike in national parks. The park ranger at the Govetts Leap Visitor Center in Blackheath recommended we hike the trail in the opposite direction from the guidebook, so we started/finished at the Wentworth Falls Picnic Area rather than the Conservation Hut. This direction had us descend the Giant Stairs rather than climb them, which ensured we would look up and see the grandeur of the cliffs and valleys below us instead of keeping our noses pressed to the stairs. The entire round trip was rated as “hard” and “4 hours” in the park guide book but we easily hiked it in about 3 hours with stops and breaks. Sturdy walking shoes are all that are needed. Bring adequate water in the summer. Start early in the summer because the picnic area parking starts overflowing by late morning and people park over a KM away in the adjacent neighborhoods. An outstanding, well-maintained, and beautiful trail!

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Reviewed 10 January 2014

This is a great half day walk in the beautiful Blue Mountains Heritage Area. It passes over the top of Wentworth Falls and then down into the valley before ascending via Empress Falls to the Conservation Hut at the other end. It is quite a steep climb up at the end but the scenery is well worth the effort. The bushland is pristine and the waterfalls, pools and overhanging caves spectacular. The walk is well-signposted and there is the opportunity to descend further into the valley for a longer walk via Wentworth Pass. This walk is definitely one of the best in the Mountains!

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