Work is underway to repair Charles Darwin Walk, at Wentworth Falls, following devastating impacts from flooding in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

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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.

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 and 2022.

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 and is suitable for the geotechnical setting (swamp) along much of Jamison Creek.

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 is also working within the constraints of limited contractor availability, and working in difficult conditions to access and sensitive bushland and swamp environments.

Much of the repair work on the upper section of the track involves bridge replacement and track surfacing, including step replacement, and this is progressing well including the construction of three footbridges in 2022. It is anticipated that three more footbridges will be completed by mid-2023 and track reconstruction is ongoing.

For the more technically challenging lower section of the track, Council is investigating and trialling new engineering technology to construct footings for the boardwalk. The outcomes of these trials will inform a range of critical factors including the alignment, constructability, cost, and environmental impact when compared to traditional methods. As a result, planning and design of this component of the repair work is still in its early stages.

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).