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“Lovely afternoon adventure”
Review of The Giant Stairway

The Giant Stairway
Ranked #6 of 48 things to do in Katoomba
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Hjo, Sweden
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Lovely afternoon adventure”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Had a wonderful afternoon walk DOWN the stairs from Echo Point, to the Three sisters, and down toward the scenic walk.
Would not recommend walking up the stairs unless you want a full workout.
I would recommend walking up the Furber steps and enjoying the waterfalls instead.
Spent a good 5 hours just walking and really enjoying the scenery and diversity of plants.


Don't forget to bring plenty of water!


Will come here again. This time to go toward the Ruined Castle.

Visited October 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Interesting but not the best of the Blue Mts”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

If your time and transport options are limited walk down the Giant Stairway and do the valley walk to Scenic World , but rather than taking the cable car up, take the Furber Steps up to the picnic area and walk back to Echo Point. The Furber Steps section is the most interesting part of the walk. IMO the walk from the bottom of the Giant Stairway to the Furber steps is scrubby with limited views or features. The Giant Stairway itself is crowded and lacks the atmosphere and wow factor of other walks in the Blue Mts.
If you do have transport, the walks around Wentworth Falls (eg National Pass Walking Trail to Conservation Hut), Blackheath (eg Govetts Leap to Pulpit Rock, Evans Lookout Grand Canyon Loop) are far superior and reward you with the beauty of the Blue Mts without the crowds.

Visited January 2013
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Frome, United Kingdom
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“Lovely walk”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

It is worth taking time out of your day to walk around and just enjoy being here. Even though it is steep in parts there are rails to hang on to but do stick to the path!

Visited December 2012
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Great walking down”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

Great for walking down (be careful if you are afraid of hights) but do not recommend to walk back up. Really admire the people that also made their way up, but I think it is really though. Great views from the staircase. You can get back up when walking towards scenic world.

Visited January 2013
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“Quite a Descent”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

The stairway tested our ageing legs but is a spectacular descent, very steep and over 900 steps in total. Good handrails and regular resting places. We did it the sensible way, going down the staircase, walking through the forest and going up again and ascending by cable car. Climbing up the staircase requires a good level of fitness which we did not feel able to attempt. Climbing down is a good way to escape the Katoomba crowds as probably only about 5% of visitors do it.

Visited December 2012
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