The spectacular Katoomba Falls Night-lit Walk is now open to the public to view.

The 1.3km walk gives visitors access to a unique, night-time viewing experience of outstanding natural features such as Orphan Rock, Witches Leap, Katoomba Falls and Katoomba Cascades.  At certain vantage points you can also see the Three Sisters lit up.

The experience connects other previously lit areas, and has new lighting from the top of the Katoomba Falls Kiosk car park, around Reid’s Plateau and down to the Duke and Duchess lookout.

 

All the lights turn on at dusk and flood lights are turned off at 10.30pm and path lights at 11pm.  Download the map below

 

Watch the video highlights on our YouTube channel here.

KEY POINTS

Distance: 1.3km

Time: Up to 60 mins return

Bookings required: No (The walk is free)

Access: You can start the walk from two places - 

  • The main Katoomba Cascades carpark
  • Or from beside the old Katoomba Kiosk.

Steps: Yes

Accessible: Partly 

Wheelchair Option: While the recently completed component of the walk is not wheelchair friendly, if you park at the Katoomba Cascades carpark you can complete a portion of the lit walk (download map below). The walk to Cliff View Lookout is paved and wheelchair friendly and looks back over the Orphan Rock and Reids Plateau.  Allow 20 mins return for this component of the walk.

Light source: Ensure you have a personal light source at all times - such as a flashlight, mobile phone light or a head torch.

Dogs: Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

 

We urge all visitors to leave the Blue Mountains World Heritage environment as you find it. 

Please do not leave rubbish behind.

 

Background information

A huge amount of planning and development work has also gone into creating sympathetic lighting at the site to highlight the area’s spectacular natural features without causing unnecessary light pollution for wildlife or local residents.

Thirteen floodlights highlight the main focal points at the site with another 390 individual lights illuminating the footpaths. All lights are energy efficient LEDs. (Due to the usage and location, Reid Plateau has not been part of Council’s current solar roll out.)

However, as part of Council’s commitment to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2025 we are actively working towards a renewable electricity Power Purchase Agreement that will deliver 100% renewable energy for all of Council’s electricity use.