Work is underway to repair Charles Darwin Walk, at Wentworth Falls, following devastating impacts from flooding in both 2020 and 2021.  

Read the Media Release

The historic and much-loved walk at Wentworth Falls is being repaired with assistance from the NSW and Federal governments’ Disaster Recovery Funding. Council is contributing $440,000 to this major project which is expected to take 18 months.

The restoration of this walk involves significant investigation, complex redesign and reconstruction work in order to provide a high quality track and infrastructure that is more resilient to future, severe weather events.

It will require hundreds of metres of boardwalk and half a dozen footbridges to replace critical track infrastructure that was either damaged or lost during the flooding 

Council responded to more than a dozen significant landslip events across the City following the natural disaster in February 2020. Damage to the 2.4km Charles Darwin Walk was exacerbated by flooding again in 2021. 

Grand Cliff Top Walk

Once rebuilt, the walk along Jamison Creek will form one of the main entry points to the Grand Cliff Top Walk – a two-day 20km walk from Wentworth Falls to Katoomba linking existing tracks and lookouts and providing spectacular views of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

The Grand Cliff Top Walk project funding of $4 million, which includes the repair of Charles Darwin Walk and two landslips on Prince Henry Cliff Walk Leura, was awarded to Council under Stream 2 of the Local Bushfire Economic Recovery Fund in July 2021.  

The project is a joint partnership being delivered by Blue Mountains City Council and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

Work is expected to be finished by June 2023.

Read the NPWS Media Release: Magnificent Blue Mountains Grand Cliff top Walk to be completed in 2023