National Pass - Blue Mountains - Australia

Dry West Stretch

We're rested and refreshed and move into a section of the trail that could be anywhere in the Dry Centre of Australia. It's difficult to believe that we're walking only 90 minutes from the heart of Sydney and 300 vertical metres from our lodgings.

This is the Dry West Stretch of the National Pass. We pass sandstone walls that have been sculpted by nature for eons.

CockatooOur constant companions, the white cockatoos, land and play in the sandstone crevices and sharpen their beaks on the rough weathered rock.

Angophoras proliferate here. Their trunk colours of silvers and oranges are a striking feature of the Australian bush. Ancient grasstrees stand silently as sentinels to our journey - their 'spears' at the ready.

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.