National Pass - Blue Mountains - Australia

The Shortcut Track

If you walk only one trail in the Blue Mountains, make the National Pass the one you choose. The National Pass is an iconic walk. It is a definitive slice of an ancient continent, its plants and its animals.

This is a trail that can be walked either way and is definitely worth walking twice – but not on the same day!

In fact, the National Pass is very different in character when walked in the opposite direction.

Inspiring views which close in behind you as you enter canyons and pass under rain forest canopies do the opposite and open out like flowers as you walk the other way.


No matter where you're staying, or whichever end of the National Pass trail you set out from, there's a short trail that will prove handy.

You'll use this Short Cut Track at the start or the end of your adventure. It turns the National Pass into a loop and makes it easy to walk in either direction.

This pleasant level track takes only 15 minutes. It's the shortest of six entirely different walking trails that link the Conservation Hut [marker 1] kiosk and picnic area with the Wentworth Falls picnic area [marker 2]:

Short Cut Track
Breakfast Point and Den Fenella Trails
Undercliff and Overcliff Tracks
National Pass Trail
Wentworth Pass Trail
Vera Falls Trail and
  Hippocrene Falls wilderness walk

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.