Federal Pass – The Three Sisters

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NSW National Parks | Steve Alton

NSW National Parks | Steve Alton

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If you like your scenic views from the ground up, you’ll love this magnificent walk through Jamison Valley. Originally built by the Katoomba community, from Leura Forest to Katoomba Falls, the track was extended on the old horse-drawn coal tramway line and now goes all the way to Ruined Castle, on the other side of Jamison Valley.

This historic walking track follows the base of the cliffs from Leura to Ruined Castle, passing forests, waterfalls and the iconic Three Sisters. You can join Federal Pass at four places and each junction involves a challenging climb down and back up the valley. Descending any of the stairways to join the historic track, marvel at the scenic views of the dramatic cliff line.

You’ll pass through dense forests and cool clear waterfalls, so pick your spot for a picnic. Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch. If you’re after a real heart-pumping finish, take the stairs back to the top, or enjoy an exhilarating train ride to the top at Scenic World.


  • Bush walking
  • Sight-seeing
  • Photography
  • Picnics


  • Walking trail - 13km one way | 6.5 hours | difficult grade
  • Picnic area
  • Car park
  • Toilets

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for the most up to date information.
  • Ensure you observe all safety signs. Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Wear suitable footwear and always ensure to bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements when exploring Australia.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Parking, camping and national park fees may apply. See parks website for more details.
  • Please do not feed the wildlife.

Photo & content credits: NSW National Parks | Steve Alton

Location & Supplier

Federal Pass – The Three Sisters

Address: The Three Sisters, Cliff Drive, Leura, New South Wales 2780

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