The Giant Stairway
The Giant Stairway
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Mary
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
I love this walk but beware! Has been somewhat ruined by the greed of the company who runs the cable cars that take you out of the valley.

The views are great and it’s a lovely track, but at the end down in the valley it’s minimum $55 per person for the cable car back up, or else you have to walk all the way back and walk back up the 900-odd steep steps. Have seen people in a really bad way attempting this if they’re not prepared as it’s a very steep walk.

Scenic world is a huge ripoff, especially since they’ve abolished their one-way/single tickets and upped their prices. They’ve got a captive audience and are exploiting it to the max, with no warnings on the way down about the price of the ticket and a sales pitch that heavily leans on ‘rides’. There are no ‘rides’, only two different large cable cars, a small railway and a boardwalk. The cable cars also don’t come that often so you get stuck in several long queues. Shame they’ve tarnished the beauty of this walk.
Written January 10, 2023
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Audrey
Singapore, Singapore11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
We did not do as much research it seems and accidentally stumbled upon these stairways. It was actually pretty steep and some of the stairs are actually carved from the mountain itself.

We saw some kids and even moms carrying their babies on the back, and a local told us that she could climb these stairways in 25 mins. It took us almost 1.5 hours as we were behind these moms carrying their babies and took our time. I wore sport shoes and actually almost slip 2-3 times (for reference I am in my early 30s and while I rarely hike or do much outdoor activities, I’m an active gym go-er).

Would highly recommend if you have the time and if you are fit/enjoy difficult hikes.
Written October 31, 2022
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What We Found Travelling
Sydney, Australia5,955 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Solo
Taking the stairway down to the honeymoon bridge to the first Sister is exhilarating. Brilliant photo opportunities to be made. You just need luck with the crowds, as it is a slow process down & back up. The stairway is very steep but quite solid & of steel construction.
Written June 11, 2020
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sccrref
Tucson,Az1,671 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
If you are in decent shape you can manage this. Im 65 and my friend is 71. It's very cool to be able to walk from Echo Point to the valley and then back passing by the 3 sisters. We did it near sunset so coming up we had very cool views as the sun started to set.
Written October 9, 2023
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Gladys S
Sydney, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Easy access with good safety facilities for all ages.
Easy going downhill and a bit hard the uphill climb but taking time and pausing it was worthy to do the walk to the bridge.
Good looking mountains and bush with fantastic views.
Written October 7, 2020
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ChrissieWilliams81
Wyong Creek, Australia1,142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We descended these steps to do a valley floor loop.

Very steep and narrow with lots of ladders. You can go up or down the staircase, but I’d recommend down. Still a great workout.

Be careful in rock fall areas.
Written October 10, 2020
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boymomdfw
Dallas, TX2,325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Would recommend going down the giant staircase instead of up. We went when it was raining some. So it was slippery and there were lots of leeches. Check your shoes and legs! It still was a good hike although we couldn't see much with the fog.
Written March 22, 2024
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earthflute
Cremorne, Australia42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Giant is right. Very steep in most areas.
If you have kids be warned they will whinge.. saw and heard them on the way down!
Great start to walk along valley floor around to Furber Stairs and back. About 2to3 hours.
Written October 5, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,624 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This historic walk takes you down into the valley and right up close to the first of the famous Three Sisters. It’s a brilliant thing to do although it takes a bit of stamina. It’s very, very steep - steep enough to give you ‘jelly legs’.
Altogether there are 998 stairs, which is an awful lot of stairs.
Some are roughly hewn stone steps, others are metal, open grid style steps.
The most confronting part is the last section leading down to the Three Sisters. The staircase here is narrow and ladder-like. There are metal safety railings but even so, it feels a little hairy.
Only one person at a time can go up or down because there’s not enough space for two people to pass each other.
There’s a point where you look straight down, you feel as if there is very little between you and the deep valley in front of you.
If you don’t like heights, you’d probably find it very uncomfortable. The lady in front of me was baulking at going down and only kept inching her way down because her kids were pleading with her to continue.
In the past you could cross Honeymoon Bridge and walk right onto the first sister. You had to take a deep breath to venture across the bridge but it was quite spectacular.
However this time, the bridge was was closed due to the risk of rockfalls. This looked more like a permanent closure than a temporary one.
We didn’t go any further than the Three Sisters. Had we continued on, we would have descended more than 300m into Jamison Valley. I have done this some years ago and caught the historic Scenic Railway back up but we were there late in the afternoon and the last train leaves around 4pm (it is worth checking the timing of the train).
Written May 17, 2023
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Ares do Mundo
Sao Paulo, SP245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Friends
Its impressive to make this tour by using the Giant Stairway. The train works in the middle of a jungle. Very nice and peaceful.
Written August 7, 2017
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