National Pass - Blue Mountains - Australia


Many people have helped in the compilation of this website. We would like to give special thanks to:

Tourism NSW

Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism

Regional Office
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Colin Delap, Landlign Pty Ltd
contractor for National Pass restoration

John Merriman, Local Studies Librarian
Blue Mountains City Library

Bill McCabe
Web site concept and content

Rob Fisher
Site content and encouragement

John Penlington
Web site design, content, editing and production

Building the National Pass

The National Pass hiking track was built with picks, shovels, crowbars and dynamite between 1906 and 1907. It involved cutting a zig-zag staircase into a cliff face and became a very popular walking trail.   Learn more

Restoring the Trail

After 95 years service, the track had to be closed in 2002. Bushfires, rain storms and landslides played havoc with fencing and wooden bridges. The $1.5 million restoration project won a National Trust award.   Learn more

Bushwalking Tips

Walking this historic trail will be more enjoyable if you prepare well. Bring a camera and binoculars if you can. Make sure you have adequate clothing should the weather change. Carry water and snacks. Don't stray off the trail.